Fenichel, Otto

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Fenichel was born on December 2, 1897 in Vienna; MD, University of Vienna, 1921; at age 17, decided to become a psychoanalyst and began his training while a medical student; moved to Berlin in 1922 to complete his training at the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute; appointed an assistant (1923) and a training analyst (1925) at the Berlin Psychoanalytic Clinic; traveled to the Soviet Union in 1929 and 1932; in 1933 went to Oslo to undertake the training of psychoanalysts, and did the same in Prague two years later; fleeing the Nazis, he moved to Los Angeles in 1938; Fenichel was a Marxist, and insisted that psychology needed to be studied in a societal context; publications include The Outline of Clinical Psychoanalysis (1934), Problems of Psychoanalytic Technique (1941) and The Psychoanalytic Theory of Neurosis (1945); he died on January 22, 1946.

From the guide to the Otto Fenichel Papers, 1903-1953, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

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Otto Fenichel

  • 1897, Dec. 2: Born, Vienna, Austria
  • 1921: M.D., University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • 1922: Moved to Berlin, Germany, to complete training at the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute
  • 1923 - 1925 : Assistant and training analyst at Berlin Psychoanalytic Clinic, Berlin, Germany
  • 1926: Married Clare Nathansohn (divorced 1940)
  • 1929: Traveled to the Soviet Union (also in 1932 and 1934)
  • 1933: Left Berlin, Germany, because of political climate Moved to Oslo, Norway, to train psychoanalysts
  • 1934: Published The Outline of Clinical Psychoanalysis (New York: Psychoanalytic Quarterly Press and W. W. Norton Co. 492 pp.)
  • 1935: Moved to Prague, Czechoslovakia, to train psychoanalysts
  • 1938: Immigrated to Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1939: Published Problems of Psychoanalytic Technique (Albany, New York: Psychoanalytic Quarterly Press. 130 pp.)
  • 1940: Married Hanna Heilborn
  • 1945: Published The Psychoanalytic Theory of Neurosis (New York: W. W. Norton & Co. 703 pp.)
  • 1946, Jan. 22: Died, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1953 - 1954 : Posthumous publication of Collected Papers of Otto Fenichel (New York: W. W. Norton & Co. 2 vols.)

From the guide to the Otto Fenichel and Hanna Fenichel Papers, 1934-1953, (bulk 1938-1945), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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creatorOf Otto Fenichel and Hanna Fenichel Papers, 1934-1953, (bulk 1938-1945) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Otto Fenichel Papers, 1903-1953 University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
referencedIn Papers, 1929-1960 (inclusive), 1941-1958 (bulk) Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine
referencedIn Heinz Hartmann and Dora Hartmann Papers, 1928-1974, (bulk 1944-1974) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Ernst Kris Papers, 1893-1999, (bulk 1940-1956) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Paul Federn Papers, 1864-1975, (bulk 1895-1950) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Siegfried Bernfeld Papers, 1854-1975, (bulk 1930-1953) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Smith Ely Jelliffe Papers, 1882-1977, (bulk 1885-1944) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Berta Bornstein Papers, 1933-1971, (bulk 1945-1970) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Bertram D. Lewis Papers, 1883-1974, (bulk 1927-1970) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Wilhelm Reich Papers, 1920-1952 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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associatedWith American Psychoanalytic Association. corporateBody
correspondedWith Bernfeld, Siegfried, 1892-1953 person
correspondedWith Bibring, Edward, 1894-1959 person
correspondedWith Bornstein, Berta, 1898-1971 person
correspondedWith Federn, Paul. person
associatedWith Fenichel, Hanna. person
associatedWith Fenichel, Hanna. Otto Fenichel and Hanna Heilborn Fenichel papers. 1934-1953 person
correspondedWith Hartmann, Dora, 1902-1974 person
correspondedWith Hartmann, Heinz, 1894-1970 person
correspondedWith Jelliffe, Smith Ely, 1866-1945 person
correspondedWith Jones, Ernest, 1879-1958 person
correspondedWith Kris, Ernst, 1900-1957 person
correspondedWith Lewin, Bertram D. (Bertram David), 1896-1971 person
correspondedWith Maenchen, Anna person
correspondedWith Menninger, Karl A. (Karl Augustus), 1893-1990 person
correspondedWith Reich, Wilhelm, 1897-1957 person
correspondedWith Reik, Theodor, 1888-1969 person
correspondedWith Simmel, Ernst, 1882-1947 person
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Psychoanalysis--California--Societies, etc
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Psychoanalysts--Archival resources
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Birth 1897-12-02

Death 1946-01-22

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