By Veronika Fuechtner
100 years after the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute was once tested, this booklet recovers the cultural and highbrow historical past hooked up to this shiny association and locations it along the London Bloomsbury crew, the Paris Surrealist circle, and the Viennese fin-de-siècle as a very important bankruptcy within the heritage of modernism. Taking us from international battle I Berlin to the 3rd Reich and past to Nineteen Forties Palestine and Fifties New York—and to the influential paintings of the Frankfurt School—Veronika Fuechtner strains the community of artists and psychoanalysts that all started in Germany and persisted in exile. Connecting pursuits, kinds, and subject matters akin to Dada, multi-perspectivity, and the city adventure with the idea and perform of psychoanalysis, she illuminates subject matters special to the Berlin psychoanalytic context similar to battle trauma, masculinity and femininity, race and anti-Semitism, and the cultural avant-garde. particularly, she explores the lives and works of Alfred Döblin, Max Eitingon, Georg Groddeck, Karen Horney, Richard Huelsenbeck, count number Hermann von Keyserling, Ernst Simmel, and Arnold Zweig.
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14 In his public statements, however, he omitted mention that the source of his intimate knowledge of this work was his own experience. 18 Like Simmel and other BPI analysts, Döblin was also active in the General Medical Society for Psychotherapy, which demonstrates his interest in a wide variety of psychotherapeutic approaches. Döblin’s involvement in the polyclinic, the VSÄ, and the General Medical Society for Psychotherapy indicates that he was attracted to psychoanalysis as a clinical discipline that offered him new techniques he could then incorporate into his medical practice.
Elli Klein suffered substantial physical and psychological abuse by her husband. After making two unsuccessful attempts to leave him, Klein poisoned him continuously with arsenic. She took care of him over the course of his prolonged illness until he died in the hospital. After a tip by Elli Klein’s mother-in-law, the police searched Klein’s apartment and found, hidden under a mattress, about six hundred love letters that Klein and Nebbe had exchanged over the course of a few months. The women, who could see each other’s apartments from their respective windows, had frequently exchanged letters, up to several times a day.
His reception of psychoanalysis was decidedly open-minded: he read Freud as well as Freud’s foes, like Adler and Jung, and he did not refrain from making fun of Berlin Soulscapesâ•‡â•‡|â•‡â•‡21 what he perceived as the cultlike aspects of institutionalized Freudian psychoanalysis. 8 Yet, the BPI offered Döblin an emerging institutional framework where he could connect his two professions—those of writer and physician. Moreover, he became part of an exciting theoretical moment in Berlin psychoanalysis: the convergence of psychoanalytic theory and communist and socialist theory in the works of Simmel, Wilhelm Reich, Otto Fenichel, and Erich Fromm.