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Radó, S. (1933). In Memoriam—Sándor Ferenczi, M.D. 1873-1933. Psychoanal Q., 2:356-358.

(1933). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 2:356-358

In Memoriam—Sándor Ferenczi, M.D. 1873-1933

Sándor Radó

On May the twenty-second of this year, shortly before his sixtieth birthday, Sándor Ferenczi of Budapest died of pernicious anæmia. In him psychoanalysis loses one of its most successful pioneers and brilliant proponents. He was a man of warmth and distinction, a kindly physician, a fascinating teacher, and preëminently a tireless thinker and student. His writings, which are characterized by great originality and richness in ideas, have been translated into many languages, and have carried his name far beyond the immediate field of his labors. The importance of his achievements and the nobility of his character attracted to him students of all nationalities. All those who were privileged to be among his friends or fellow-workers, even though he has left them, will continue to be bound to him in affection and admiration. His contributions to psychoanalysis fill several volumes and remain a permanent possession of our science. In the International Psychoanalytic Association, which was founded through his efforts in 1910, he occupied the post of President (1918-19), and that of Vice-President since 1927. For the last twenty years he has been leader of the Hungarian Psychoanalytic Society, which he founded; and he was a founder and coeditor of the Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse.

Our international congresses gave all the members of our body the opportunity of a personal acquaintance with Dr. Ferenczi. He was never absent from any of these congresses, and his paper was always a real event. In 1926 for a period of eight months only he left his Budapest home for a stay in New York. Here he held a series of popular lectures on psychoanalysis at the New School for Social Research, and numerous scientific lectures before psychiatric societies and at psychiatric institutions. His paper on Gulliver Phantasies, read at the New York Society for Clinical Psychiatry, gave American hearers a first-hand opportunity to appreciate him as the subtle interpreter of a literary genius.

Dr. Ferenczi was born in the small Hungarian city of Miskolcz in 1873.

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