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Freud, A. (1928). I Report of the Tenth International Psycho-Analytical Congress. Bul. Int. Psychoanal. Assn., 9:132-156.

(1928). Bulletin of the International Psycho-Analytic Association, 9:132-156

I Report of the Tenth International Psycho-Analytical Congress

Anna Freud

The Tenth International Psycho-Analytical Congress was held at Innsbruck from September 1 to 3, 1927, Dr. Max Eitingon (Berlin) being President. The number of those present was 220, of whom 105 were members of the International Psycho-Analytical Association.

On the evening before the Congress opened a reception was held for those attending by the Vienna Psycho-Analytical Society at the Hotel 'Tiroler Hof', at which Dr. Paul Federn bade them welcome to Austria. The Vienna Society was most successful in its kindly efforts to make their stay at Innsbruck full of varied interest by arranging excursions in common and social meetings for members of the Congress. On the second evening of the Congress an official banquet was held.

Fräulein Dr. Salomea Kempner (Berlin) and Dr. Philipp Sarasin (Bâle) deserve special thanks for the way in which they devoted themselves to the laborious work of organization at the local office of the Congress.

On Thursday, September 1, 1927, Dr. Eitingon opened the Congress as follows:—

Ladies and Gentlemen, —In opening the Tenth Psycho-Analytical Congress I am acting in the place of one to whom, at our last Congress, we had hoped for long to entrust the helm of our movement, our late President, Karl Abraham, of undying memory. He was with us at Homburg, after recovering from a serious illness, and he looked such a picture of health that none of his friends could have detected that he already bore within him the seed of death.

Immediately on returning from the Congress he fell ill again and at Christmas, 1925, he succumbed to the illness against which he had put up such a hard fight. In the expressions of regret in which all our Branch Societies joined, it has been remarkable how all alike conveyed the same vivid, clearly defined picture of this man. I need not paint it again for you; merely to name the name of Karl Abraham is to conjure up his living image. Pre-eminent in intellect, absolutely trustworthy, commanding respect by his courage towards his opponents and his loyalty to his friends, a leader in our difficult paths, the like of whom we shall hardly see again, the longer we are without him the more keenly do we feel his loss.


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