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Freud, A. (1933). Report of the Twelfth International Psycho-Analytical Congress. Bul. Int. Psychoanal. Assn., 14:138-180.

(1933). Bulletin of the International Psycho-Analytic Association, 14:138-180

Report of the Twelfth International Psycho-Analytical Congress

Anna Freud

The Twelfth International Psycho-Analytical Congress was held at Wiesbaden from September 4 to 7, 1932, under the presidency of Dr. Max Eitingon.

In spite of various reports received to the effect that both the time and the place would not be favourable for a scientific conference, the proceedings went off very smoothly and the meetings were most stimulating. Naturally there was a somewhat smaller attendance than at the last few Congresses; nevertheless, as many as 119 persons were present, of whom 59 were members of the Association and 60 were guests. On the evening before the meetings began, September 3, those who had already arrived for the Congress were welcomed by the German Psycho-Analytical Society. On the afternoon of September 6, when there was no meeting, everyone took part in a delightful expedition on the Rhine, from Mainz to the Lorelei Rock.

The management of the Wiesbaden Spa extended, as is their practice, a kindly welcome to this Congress, and thanks are due to Dr. and Frau Landauer for the thoughtful care and skill with which they arranged for comfortable accommodation for the members.

Opening of the Congress

The President, Dr. Max Eitingon, opened the Congress on Sunday, September 4, at 9 a.m. at the Small Assembly Hall of the Kurhaus with the following address:

I wish to thank all those present for having come to our Congress in spite of all the difficulties in their way and the distress and exigencies of the times. The Twelfth International Psycho-Analytical Congress, for which we have assembled here to-day, is taking place a year later and in another place than had been decided at our last meeting, held at Oxford in July, 1929. As you all know, the present Congress was to have taken place in Switzerland, at Interlaken, at the beginning of September, 1931. In July of last year the economic situation in Central Europe suddenly became vastly worse and nobody could then foresee how rapidly it might develop or what its effects would be. The Central Executive therefore thought it advisable, though it was very loth to take the decision, to put off the Congress for a year.

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