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Pappenheim, B. Parzen, T. Ollendorff, K.R. Pollock, G.H. (1982). The Hazelnut Torte. Ann. Psychoanal., 10:293-298.

(1982). Annual of Psychoanalysis, 10:293-298

The Hazelnut Torte

Bertha Pappenheim, Trude Parzen, Kate R. Ollendorff and George H. Pollock, M.D., Ph.D.

In recent years we have learned much about the famous Anna O.—Bertha Pappenheim. Stimulated by what has already been discovered, there is an increasing search for more details and information about the famous Miss Pappenheim's life and her activities, especially after her treatment ended with Josef Breuer. The volume by Albrecht Hirschmüller (1978) gives us much information about her medical and psychiatric treatment. However, it is apparent that this unusual and gifted woman had many talents which were utilized in areas that go beyond the clinical.

In the following translation of a fairy tale that Bertha Pappenheim wrote, one has evidence of another one of her talents—the writing of short fairy tales. These obviously were not merely amusements but were commentaries on life. It is noteworthy that Bertha Pappenheim especially points out that the heroine, Mrs. Frummet, and her brother “did not get along well together.” This may well be autobiographical and will be commented upon in another publication.

George H. Pollock, M.D., Ph.D.

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