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Target, M. Fonagy, P. Mayes, L. (2009). Introduction to Hansi Kennedy's “Children in Conflict”: An Appreciation: The Anna Freud Centre Perspectivefrom the Directorial Team of The Anna Freud Centre. Psychoanal. St. Child, 64:303-305.

(2009). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 64:303-305

Introduction to Hansi Kennedy's “Children in Conflict”: An Appreciation: The Anna Freud Centre Perspectivefrom the Directorial Team of The Anna Freud Centre

Mary Target, Ph.D., Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., FBA and Linda Mayes, M.D.

DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR, A GROUP OF DEVOTED ADOLESCENTS and young women, mostly themselves refugees in most difficult circumstances, joined Anna Freud in her efforts to care for many babies and children in London and surrounding areas who were orphaned or displaced during the bombings. Hansi Kennedy was one of these young women who brought her intuitive sense of what a child needs to the care of so many frightened, vulnerable children. Like many young persons who managed to escape the Nazi oppression, Hansi gave deeply of herself to help those just as vulnerable and alone. She also evidently either absorbed or brought to this situation very strong capacities for curiosity, systematic objectivity, and openness to new observations, which continued to be very characteristic of her writings and her professional work.

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