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Samuels, A. Shamdasani, S. Heuer, G. Von Der Tann, M. (1993). New Material Concerning Jung, Anti-Semitism, and the Nazis. J. Anal. Psychol., 38(4):463-470.

(1993). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 38(4):463-470

New Material Concerning Jung, Anti-Semitism, and the Nazis Related Papers

Andrew Samuels, Sonu Shamdasani, Gottfried Heuer and Matthias Von Der Tann

Since the publication of my papers (Samuels 1992) on Jung, anti-Semitism, and the Nazis, some new material has come to light.

In 1934 Matthias Göring and Jung co-signed a birthday greeting to Dr Robert Sommer that was printed in the Zentralblatt für Psychotherapie (Göring and Jung 1934). Sommer was one of the co-founders of the General Medical Society for Psychotherapy in 1926 (it was formally incorporated in 1928) and had been responsible for Jung having been invited to join in 1928 and to become a vice-president in 1930.

According to Cocks, Sommer was the ‘moving spirit’ behind attempts to translate ideas of ‘social and racial hygiene’ into the mental health field (Cocks 1985, p. 46). In 1923 Sommer had founded an organization called the Deutscher Verband für psychische Hygiene (German Association for Psychic [or Mental] Hygiene). In their birthday tribute, Göring and Jung say of this group that it was a ‘comparatively small association before the turning point, today of extraordinary importance’. The ‘turning point’ was, of course, the coming to power of the Nazis.

Göring and Jung go on to praise Sommer's book Familienforschung, Vererbungs-und Rassenlehre (which can be effectively translated as ‘Family Studies, Hereditology and Raceology’ - there are (happily) no present-day terms for the last two disciplines). In particular, they praise a new chapter (‘an important chapter about raceology’) of the book, written in 1927 (Sommer 1927) and added to the existing text of 1907. It interested me to know why, in 1934, Göring and Jung would go out of their way to praise one particular chapter (pp. 344-499) added in 1927 to a book first published in 1907.

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