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Conci, M. (2003). James E. Goggin and Eileen Brockman Goggin, Death of a “Jewish Science”. Psychoanalysis in the Third Reich: Indiana: Purdue University Press, 2001. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 12(2-3):173-178.

(2003). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 12(2-3):173-178

James E. Goggin and Eileen Brockman Goggin, Death of a “Jewish Science”. Psychoanalysis in the Third Reich: Indiana: Purdue University Press, 2001

Review by:
Marco Conci, M.D.

I met the clinical psychologists James and Eileen Goggin from Texas last year in Barcelona, at the IX Meeting of the International Association for the History of Psychoanalysis, which represented one of the best rencontres of this group of psychoanalysts and historians I ever participated in. “Psychoanalysis in exile, elements of a history”, the theme chosen by the organizing committee chaired by Alain de Mijolla (the founder and chairman of the association since its foundation, in 1985) attracted more than 200 participants, many of whom not only reconstructed very interesting chapters of our history, but also opened their hearts to the audience and brought very moving personal testimonies of their destinies as immigrants — with particular reference to the Spanish-speaking group of colleagues and their vicissitudes, between Europe and South America. Very interesting and moving was also the Goggins' Barcelona paper “Emigrants in the USA and the FBI Archives”, which ended on the following note, in the voice of Martin Grotjahn: “Immigration was a death experience, but it held out hope for rebirth”. Taking this phrase as a point of reference for the book under review, I can say that none of the colleagues (in the first place, Felix Boehm and Carl Müller-Braunschweig), with whom the authors. deal in their book, had as much courage as Dr. Grotjahn, one of the few non-Jewish Berlin analysts who decided to leave Nazi Germany. In other words, no one is up to the concept of what psychoanalysis should be — a discipline that can be cultivated only in a democratic society.

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