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Friedman, H.J. (2003). DEATH OF A “JEWISH SCIENCE”: PSYCHOANALYSIS IN THE THIRD REICH. By James E. Goggin and Eileen Brockman Goggin West Lafayette, IN: Purdue Univ. Press, 2001. 242 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 72(2):508-515.

(2003). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 72(2):508-515

DEATH OF A “JEWISH SCIENCE”: PSYCHOANALYSIS IN THE THIRD REICH. By James E. Goggin and Eileen Brockman Goggin West Lafayette, IN: Purdue Univ. Press, 2001. 242 pp.

Review by:
Henry J. Friedman

It would seem a fairly safe and commonsense assumption to believe that psychoanalysis as outlined by Freud was neither practiced nor preserved during the Third Reich. The period in German history from 1933-1945 could hardly be considered compatible with the type of free thinking and self-exploration required for psychoanalysis to exist, let alone to flourish. According to this book, however, even during the height of World War II, life in Germany included psychotherapy and a form of “cleansed” psychoanalysis designed to eliminate all aspects of its Freudian (i.e., Jewish) origins.

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