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Puget, J. (1989). Marie Langer 1910-1987. Free Associations, 1P(15):39-43.

(1989). Free Associations, 1P(15):39-43

Marie Langer 1910-1987

Janine Puget

Marie Langer died on 22 December 1987. She was seventy-seven years old. She was a wise human being, a psychoanalyst in the full sense of the word, a woman immersed in this world from her early youth. She also tried to cut through the knots that articulate social and individual practice, in order to see clearly women's place. She suffered two holocausts, the German and the Argentine, and paid for them in several emigrations. She would not remain in a country where arbitrariness and scientific or political dictatorship would limit her being and force her to forsake her ideals.

Thus she slowly became a truly international woman of our century. She rebelled in Vienna against the Austrian Fascism that made destructive inroads, not only at a national level but even within the Psychoanalytical Institute of Vienna. They forced her to choose: either she must give up her political militance or she would have to interrupt her psychoanalytical training. She fought with the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War. She went to Uruguay and after a short time there she settled in Argentina. Argentina was a country she loved so much that she decided to return there to die, surrounded by her children and her very many friends.

She founded the Argentine Psychoanalytical Association (APA) during the 1940s, still at that time a revolutionary task.

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