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Brenner, C. (1973). Rudolph M. Loewenstein an Appreciation. Psychoanal Q., 42:1-3.

(1973). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 42:1-3

Rudolph M. Loewenstein an Appreciation

Charles Brenner, M.D.

The Psychoanalytic Quarterly has a very special pleasure this month. It is to convey to Dr. Rudolph M. Loewenstein on the occasion of his seventy-fifth birthday the good wishes and affectionate greetings of his many friends and colleagues.

Dr. Loewenstein is still so energetic both physically and mentally that it is hard to believe that he has been an active member of the psychoanalytic community for the past fifty years and one of its leaders for most of that time. He decided to become a psychoanalyst during his student years in Switzerland, and moved to Berlin as soon as he was able in order to complete his medical studies and to get training in the newly founded psychoanalytic institute there. Two years after he had graduated from the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute, he was invited to Paris, where he was one of the founders of the first psychoanalytic society in that city. There he remained, busily engaged in psychoanalytic practice, training, and research until Germany invaded Poland. He served in the French army with distinction till France fell. Then he went with his family to the south and eventually, like many others in those tragic days which now seem so distant, they made their way to New York, where he has lived ever since.

It was in New York that Dr. Loewenstein began his close association with the two colleagues with whom his name is indissolubly linked in our minds, Heinz Hartmann and Ernst Kris. The three became the closest of friends, the most intimate of associates. They met at least weekly for an evening of discussion and collaborative authorship. They often spent parts of summer holidays together as well. After Kris's untimely death in 1957, Loewenstein and Hartmann continued their close collaboration until the latter's death in 1970.

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