IPA Journal Club

The IPA Journal Club (JC), moderated by Jack Drescher, MD, is a project of the IPA Communications Committee. It will meet 5-6 times per academic year for 75 minutes. Each meeting, in a webinar format, will be in English, and will feature a guest author who will discuss with registrants an article they have published. The meetings will be recorded and posted online at the IPA YouTube channel for viewing by the general public.  

Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Legacy of the Third Reich
Emily Kuriloff, PsyD

FRIDAY 14 JUNE 2024, 4PM (London time)


The JC’s seventh meeting, featuring Emily Kuriloff, PsyD, will be on Friday 14th June 2024 at 4PM London time. 
Registration, which is free of charge, is open to IPA members and candidates, other interested mental health professionals, scholars and academics. A copy of the paper will be made available to registrants, also free of charge and with the copyright owner’s permission, in advance of the meeting. Ideally, all registrants will have read the paper beforehand and have an opportunity to ask questions or make comments to the guest author.

Kuriloff, E.A. (2014). A child is something else. In: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Legacy of the Third Reich: History, Memory, Tradition. New York & London: Routledge, pp. 136-158. Read paper here


Contemporary Psychoanalysis and The Legacy of the Third Reich explores the ways in which the trauma of the European Shoah transformed the development of psychoanalysis at its apex and beyond. In this reading, the book’s final chapter, Kuriloff features psychoanalysts some of whom were children during the Third Reich (Henri Parens, Henry Krystal), while others were born afterward to parents who had suffered under the Nazis (Jack Drescher, Evelyn Berger Hartman, Douglas Kirsner, Robert Prince). 

Earlier book chapters had documented ways in which these analysts’ professional foremothers and fathers had downplayed the impact of personal catastrophe on their professional lives. In contrast, this group seems to honor the place of traumatic history in their work. This chapter asks and attempts to answer the question, “Why would this be so?”

The IPA Journal Club would like to thank the publisher, Taylor & Francis, for giving permission to share this chapter with attendees. 

Emily A. Kuriloff, Psy.D., is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the William Alanson White Institute in New York. She served as Book Review Editor and Editorial board member for the Institute's flagship journal, Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Her scholarly writing includes the intersection between culture, politics, and psychoanalysis, and the relationship between action and reflection, body and mind. Her book, Contemporary Psychoanalysis and The Legacy of the Third Reich, (2014) explores the ways in which the trauma of the European Shoah transformed the development of psychoanalysis at its apex and beyond. The book, which was a finalist for the Gradiva award for excellence in Psychoanalytic writing, is published by Routledge (2014). 

The regular moderator of the Journal Club is Jack Drescher, MD

Jack Drescher, MD, a member of IPA’s Communications Committee, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in New York City. A recipient of the 2022 Mary S. Sigourney Award for his international work on gender and sexuality, Dr. Drescher is on the faculties of the William Alanson White Institute, the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and the Florida Psychoanalytic Center. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia as well. He is an elected Director-at-Large of the American Psychoanalytic Association. His publications have been translated into numerous languages. He is author of Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man (Routledge) and Emeritus Editor of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. 

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