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Third Reich in the Unconscious

1st Edition

By Vamik D. Volkan, Gabriele Ast, William F. Greer, Jr.

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The Third Reich in the Unconscious: Transgenerational Transmission and Its Consequences examines the effects of the Holocaust on second-generation survivors and specifically describes how historical images and trauma are transferred. The authors reveal the many ways in which the psychological legacy of the Nazi regime manifests itself in subsequent generations and how psychopathology, if present, can assume a number of different forms. Among the detailed case histories and treatment considerations, the text provides insight for developing strategies that will tame and eventually prevent transgenerational transmission.

Reviews

"At a time when there is an increasing threat to the security of the world and war is looming on the horizon, we can still find traces of the Third Reich in the unconscious of those who have been directly or indirectly affected by its evil. By analyzing the impact of war and destructiveness through the generations, the book is a most important contribution to the effort for their prevention in the future." -- Ilany Kogan, Psychoanalyst and Training Analyst of the Israel Psychoanalytic Association

"In spite of the unspeakable and unthinkable subject of this book, the authors have written hopefully, and with a deep faith in peoples' wisdom and courage, that these malignancies can be ameliorated with the insights of psychoanalysis so that our children can be healthier and especially wiser to take action to prevent ongoing and worldwide needless tragedies, misery and genocide." -- Stuart W. Twemlow, M.D., Faculty, Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

"There could be no better moment for the publication of The Third Reich in the Unconscious. This important study of the legacy of the large group traumatic experience of the Holocaust provides a brilliant analysis of the transgenerational transmission of trauma that has global implications for today's world." -- Psychologist-Psychoanalyst

Table of Contents

About the Authors

Acknowledgments

Foreword by Ira Brenner, M.D.

Introdcution

PART I. ON THE MENTAL REPRESENTATION OF HISTORY

1. Beyond PTSD: From Trauma to Transgenerational Transmission

2. The Role of Others in Mental Development

3. Varieties of Transgenerational Transmission

4. History-Related Unconscious Fantasies

PART II. CASE STUDIES

5. Jacob: The Inability to Mourn

6. Leo: A Jewish Man Living in Two Worlds

7. Uta: A Gypsy Under White Linen

8. Sabine: A German Woman's "Self-Analysis"

9. The Psychotherapeutic Study Group for People Affected by the Holocaust: Toward Ending the "Silence" in Germany

10. The Use of Third Reich Symbols by Americans Unaffected by the Holocaust

PART III. THERAPEUTIC CONSIDERATIONS

11. Different Cases, Different Approaches

Afterword: Ramifications

References

Index

About the Authors

Dr. Volkan has taught at the University of Virginia since 1963, where he founded the Center for the Study of the Mind and Human Interaction under the auspices of the University's medical school. He is also a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute in Washington, D.C. Dr. Volkan has authored or co-authored 24 books and edited or co-edited 7 more. Gabriele Ast, M.D., is a psychoanalyst and family practice physician in private practice in Munich, Germany. William F. Greer, Jr. Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and faculty member of the Center of Psychoanalytic Studies at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY000000
PSYCHOLOGY / General