Psychotherapy in the Third Reich: The Göring Institute (Google eBook)

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Transaction Publishers, Jan 1, 1997 - Psychology - 461 pages
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The idea for this book sprang from Geoffrey Cocks' curiosity as to what happened in the new, dynamic field of psychotherapy hi Germany with the advent of Hitler. While traditional views merely asserted that the Nazis destroyed the field of psychotherapy in Germany, a viewpoint justifiably based on the testimony of those in the field who had emigrated from Germany to escape Nazi persecution, Cocks learned that there was more to the story. He looked to several interesting shards of evidence that pointed to the possibility that one could reconstruct a history of morally questionable professional developments in German psychotherapy during the Third Reich.

The evidence included: existence of a journal for psychotherapy published continuously from 1928 to 1944; accounts of a psychotherapist who assumed leadership of his colleagues and who was a relative of the powerful Nazi leader Hermann Goring; and a strong psychotherapeutic lobby in German medicine that was intellectually impoverished but apparently not destroyed by the expulsion of the prominent and predominantly Jewish psychoanalytic movement. Non-Jewish psychoanalysts and psychotherapists had in fact pursued their profession under the aegis of the so-called Goring Institute, with substantial support from agencies of the Nazi party, the Reich government, the military, and private business.

Much research has been done in the ten years since the first edition of this book was published, hence the need for a second edition. Included is more information on the history of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Nazi Germany, on the social history of the Third Reich, and on the history of the professions in Germany. Three new chapters analyze postwar developments and conflicts as well as broader issues of continuity and discontinuity in the history of modern Germany and the West. In addition, the author has reorganized the volume along chronological and narrative lines for greater ease of reading. "Psychotherapy in the Third Reich "is an important work for psychotherapists, psychologists, psychoanalysts, sociologists, and historians.

  

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Contents

Medicine and the Mind in Modern Germany
1
The General Medical Society for Psychotherapy 19261933
23
Nazi Medicine and the Jewish Science
55
Psyche and Swastika
75
Psychiatry Old Enemy in a New Reich
99
The Parvenu and the Patriarch
125
Institute and Profession
157
The First Goring Institute 19361939
177
The SS the Wehrmacht and Sexuality
285
Psychotherapy and War Neurosis
305
Reich Institute
329
Reconstruction and Repression
351
Rebellion and Remembrance
379
Psychotherapy the Third Reich and the Course of Modern German History
399
Appendixes
417
Bibliography
435

Patients and Psychotherapy Neurosis in Nazi Germany
219
The Second Goring Institute 19391942
251

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About the author (1997)

Geoffrey Cocks is Royal G. Hall Professor of History at Albion College.

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