|Dr. Matthias Heinrich Göring|
Psychotherapy in the Third Reich
Implications for psychotherapy today
Inner Circle Seminar No. 180
Sunday 8 July 2012
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Psychiatry and psychotherapy in the Third Reich had different functions. Psychiatry was for the supposedly hereditarily ‘degenerate’ ‘mentally ill’, for whom its paradigmatic ‘treatment’ was so-called ‘euthanasia’ – that is, medical mass murder. Psychotherapy was for the supposedly hereditarily sound: primarily ‘Aryans’, including SS men troubled by their work. Its role was to restore the individual to play his or her part as a fit member of National Socialist society. The central psychotherapy institute, led by Hermann Göring’s first cousin, Dr. Matthias Heinrich Göring, was entrusted with coordinating this task. Purged of its ‘Jewish’ elements including psychoanalysis and psychoanalysts, it became the Reich Institute for Psychological Research and Psychotherapy. Through it, the National Socialists pioneered the state regulation of psychotherapy sought by many psychotherapists today.
After the war, psychotherapists from the Göring Institute, who now ran its successor institute, claimed that its archive had been destroyed in a bombing raid. However, the archive was not destroyed, merely hidden. Anthony Stadlen can now tell the dramatic story, which was kept secret for many years, of how the hidden archive was discovered. He has facsimiles of the complete archive, and will draw on crucial documents for the seminar. Among the questions he will discuss are: What was the relation between C. G. Jung and Matthias Göring? Did psychotherapists from the Göring Institute develop psychological methods of deceiving victims of the extermination? If not, who did? Did psychotherapists who had incorporated Nazi principles into their work continue doing so in some form after the war?
Professor Geoffrey Cocks, of Albion College, Michigan, broke new ground with his book Psychotherapy in the Third Reich: The Göring Institute (1985, 1997). Professor Cocks is not able to be present today, but is taking a keen interest in the seminar, and making many suggestions for it. Today we shall discuss his fundamental findings and the state of research in this field today. Your contribution to the discussion will be welcome.
Cost: Psychotherapy trainees £50, others £135, some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water included; no refunds unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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