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Greene, E.L. (1987). American Imago. XL, 1983: Helene Deutsch (1884-1982). Tributes: Sanford Gifford; Bernard Bandler; Gregory Rochlin; Victor Weisskopf. Pp. 1-27.. Psychoanal Q., 56:422-422.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: American Imago. XL, 1983: Helene Deutsch (1884-1982). Tributes: Sanford Gifford; Bernard Bandler; Gregory Rochlin; Victor Weisskopf. Pp. 1-27.

(1987). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 56:422-422

American Imago. XL, 1983: Helene Deutsch (1884-1982). Tributes: Sanford Gifford; Bernard Bandler; Gregory Rochlin; Victor Weisskopf. Pp. 1-27.

Edward L. Greene

A Note on Rosa Luxemburg and Angelica Balabanoff. Helene Deutsch. Pp. 29-33.

Four eulogies to the memory of Helene Deutsch range from general professional overview to intimate personal reminiscences. Gifford presents a brief biographical sketch of Deutsch's monumental achievements and contributions to the field of psychoanalysis. Bandler describes his memories of Deutsch as a mentor during his formative years as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. Gregory Rochlin, who had the privilege of knowing her both professionally and personally for fifty years, writes of her sensitivity, humor, warmth, and love of life and indicates how all of these elements contributed to the enrichment of her personal life and her work. Victor Weisskopf presents a picture quite different in emphasis from the others. He describes Deutsch through the lens of their common "Judeo-Austrian" background. Through an identificatory model he is able to describe what may have been the mental substrate underlying the achievements of this impressive woman.

A final tribute to Dr. Deutsch is given appropriately by her own words written about three great female contributors to the cause of peace in the world. The first of these was Bertha von Suttner who influenced Alfred Nobel to direct his interests toward world peace. The second, Rosa Luxemburg, was a powerful force for peace and played an important part in the development of the Socialist movement in Europe. Angelica Balabanoff, the last described, struggled throughout her life to organize the unprotected masses of exploited labor in Italy, and her involvement in the Socialist movement in Europe was at all times dedicated to peace. This work can be viewed as a tribute to Dr. Deutsch, in that we can see in her description of each of these women the elements of her own life: her quest for individual freedom, her dedication to the welfare of those less privileged, her intellectual and cultural wealth, and finally her lifelong dedication to constructive peaceful goals. These works leave a powerful impression of a dynamic individual of great substance, gone, but not lost.

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Greene, E.L. (1987). American Imago. XL, 1983. Psychoanal. Q., 56:422-422

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