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Jacobi, J. (1974). Obituary Notices. J. Anal. Psychol., 19(1):94-98.

(1974). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 19(1):94-98

Obituary Notices

Jolande Jacobi

Jolande Jacobi died on 1 April 1973, exactly one week after her 83 rd birthday. She was still in the middle of her work, and her death thus became the culmination of a rich and diversely stimulating life. The sadness we feel at this irreplaceable loss is, however, mingled with gratification that this extraordinarily vital woman, who had been experiencing progressive physical weakness as she approached old age, should have been fortunate enough to die in a manner so appropriate to her dynamic personality.

Dr Jacobi leaves behind her a corpus of work which includes six books on psychology, two anthologies and nearly 100 articles and essays. Her most important books include The psychology of C. G. Jung (1939); Complex, archetype, symbol (1957); The way of individuation (1965); Women's problems—marriage problems (1968); Vom Bilderreich der Seele (From the pictorial world of the soul) (1969) (untranslated); and, Die Seelenmaske (The mask of the soul) (1971) (untranslated). Her central concern was the exposition and dissemination of the psychological discoveries of C. G. Jung, a task which she undertook with tireless energy and great success. The psychology of C. G. Jung went through many editions and has been translated into eight languages.

Unfortunately she could not be persuaded to write her ‘very own book’—that is, the story of her life. A charming and enthusiastic hostess until the day of her death, she made her evenings at home memorable experiences. The décor of her Swiss apartment was such as to make one forget completely the sober atmosphere of Zürich and at once transposed the visitor into the elegant comfort of old Vienna. On these occasions it took little urging to make Dr Jacobi bring out the visitors’ book of her Vienna days (1918-38), a book which contains the names of so many prominent personalities of that time: Paul Valéry, Franz Werfel, Hugo von Hoffmansthal, Béla Bartok, Bruno Walter, as well as C. G. Jung, Heinrich Zimmer and many others. Each visitor dedicated a poem, a fragment of melody, a witty remark, often in almost illegible script.

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