Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: PEP-Web Archive subscribers can access past articles and books…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

If you are a PEP-Web Archive subscriber, you have access to all journal articles and books, except for articles published within the last three years, with a few exceptions.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Abelin-Sas, G. (2002). ‘It is a New Kind Of Diaspora.’ Explorations in the Sociopolitical and Cultural Context of Psychoanalysis: Riccardo Steiner. London: Karnac Books. 2000. Pp. 212.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 83(4):955-958.

(2002). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 83(4):955-958

‘It is a New Kind Of Diaspora.’ Explorations in the Sociopolitical and Cultural Context of Psychoanalysis: Riccardo Steiner. London: Karnac Books. 2000. Pp. 212.

Review by:
Graciela Abelin-Sas

This carefully researched and elegantly constructed book offers a treasure of information drawn from the correspondence (held in the Archives of the British Psychoanalytic Society) between Jones, Anna Freud, Eitingon, van Ophuijsen, Brill and many others during the Nazi persecution. Summarising and quoting from letters written between 1933 and 1938 from and to London, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam and New York, Steiner transports the reader to the angst and uncertainty of those dangerously evolving scenarios, which often required thoughtful and immediate action to save lives as well as protect the Psychoanalytic Institution.

About two hundred and twenty letters were exchanged between Anna Freud and Jones alone in the years 1933 to 1939. Steiner is well aware, as he states in the introduction, of the complexities involved in an epistolary-based reconstruction of history. How much of what was written served purposes of camouflage? Was it used as a means to document positions for posterity? Unconsciously censored? Knowingly and wisely avoided? For instance, in March 1933, after a visit to Berlin and specifically to Eitingon (Polish Jewish President of the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute), van Ophuijsen writes to Jones that mixed marriages will be considered illegal from now on But if you write, you must be cautious, you have not been so in your last letter to E, it might have harmed him as it is now absolutely certain that his correspondence is under control (p.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.