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Limentani, A. (1989). The Psychoanalytic Movement During the Years of the War (1939–1945) According to the Archives of the IPA. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 16:3-13.

(1989). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 16:3-13

The Psychoanalytic Movement During the Years of the War (1939–1945) According to the Archives of the IPA

Adam Limentani

When I accepted the task of describing the state of the psychoanalytic movement during the Second World War, according to the evidence obtainable from the Archives of the IPA, I was well aware that there was little there on which to write a full-length paper. Until 1949, when the fourth term of Ernest Jones' Presidency came to an end, most of the records did not find their way to the offices of the Association, as the latter did not have a permanent home of its own. I am very grateful indeed to all the Societies and individual members who have written with information about the period under review. With those replies we have made a good start on filling in the gaps in the Archives. But the gaps were still considerable, so after some discussion with the organizer of this Conference, Dr de Mijolla, we agreed that I would supplement whatever information I could elicit from our records by turning to our library, which we are in the process of building up. This proved to be quite rewarding in many respects.

During the war years, the affairs of the IPA had come, to all intents and purposes, to a halt, so much so that no Bulletins of the IPA were issued during 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944. The organization was, in fact, entirely in the hands of the President, Dr Jones, and the Secretary, Dr Edward Glover. In a somewhat laconic note, which appeared in the Psychoanalytic Review of 1941, Jones and Glover put it on record that 'an emergency committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association

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