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Eissler, R.S. (1970). In Memoriam: Heinz Hartmann. Psychoanal. St. Child, 25:9-11.

(1970). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 25:9-11

In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Heinz Hartmann

Ruth S. Eissler

Most readers of this Annual will by now have learned of Heinz Hartmann's death and read the obituaries that described his life and the significance of his work. Yet, for all of us who worked with him on this Annual the event of his death has retained its shocking newness, since we re-experience our loss whenever we turn to those tasks which we were so used to share with him.

It was always a particular satisfaction to me that every year the first copy of the new volume of The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child was ready for Heinz Hartmann's birthday on November 4th. The fact that he will never see this or any future volume compounds the awareness of present emptiness and irreparable loss.

I shall always regard it as a rare privilege to have been allowed to work with Heinz Hartmann so closely for so many years and to share so many areas of his work and interests.

I met Heinz Hartmann for the first time in 1933, immediately after I had left Nazi Germany to begin my psychoanalytic training in Vienna. He was then in charge of one of the departments of the University Psychiatric Clinics and I was very fortunate to be able to participate in the daily morning rounds which he conducted. The term "rounds," though, does not reflect what actually took place on these occasions. I can compare them only to a psychiatric seminar of a quality that was far beyond my expectations and hopes after the interruption of my own psychiatric career in Germany. Heinz Hartmann had one of those rare minds which integrated classical psychiatry, its fascinating phenomenological, philosophical, and diagnostic problems and their historical aspects with the broad range of psychoanalytic knowledge.


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