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Psychoanalysis and PoliticsHistories of Psychoanalysis under Conditions of Restricted Political Freedom$
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Joy Damousi and Mariano Ben Plotkin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744664

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744664.001.0001

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“Have You No Shame”—American Redbaiting of Europe’s Psychoanalysts

“Have You No Shame”—American Redbaiting of Europe’s Psychoanalysts

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Psychoanalysis and Politics

Elizabeth Ann Danto

Oxford University Press

Elizabeth Ann Danto examines the experiences of refugee psychoanalysts in the United States under McCarthyism. Danto charts the persecutions suffered by European psychoanalysts who had been forced into exile after World War II. These refugee psychoanalysts carried a triple burden: they were foreigners, leftists (real or alleged), and Jews, and also then obvious targets for Hoover, the FBI, and the House Un-American Activities Committee. Danto uses the American contradiction––the land of the free, the land of oppression––to illustrates the irony and contextual paradoxes painfully experienced by refugee psychoanalysts, as well to explore the effects this had on the U.S. psychoanalytic community overall.

Keywords:   Psychoanalysts in exile, post-World War II refugees, refugee psychoanalysts, McCarthyism, Hoover, HUAC, U.S. psychoanalytic community

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