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"I, too, was once a human being.
My name was
Sabina Spielrein."

Sabina Spielrein in 1904

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Sabina Spielrein in 1921

Sabina Spielrein in the 1930s



The edited anthology 


Early Women Psychoanalysts: History, Biography, and Contemporary Relevance 


is now available in pre-order! 


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Early Women Psychoanalysts:

History, Biography, and Contemporary Relevance 

is an edited collection of essays that emerged from our conference "Sabina Spielrein and Early Female Pioneers of Psychoanalysis". The book offers in-depth explorations of 14 biographies

(see the table of contents below). 


To preorder go to:


or wherever you get your books.  


Critics Reviews:


'Written by experts in their fields and with a strong introduction, Early Women Psychoanalysts: History, Biography, and Contemporary Relevance is dedicated to the early European women psychoanalysts. Often ignored by males in their fields and, later, by historians, these women enhanced the study and practice of psychoanalysis, offering us invaluable histories of Jewishness, gender, World War II, the Holocaust, trauma, and memory studies. A must read!'

Marion Kaplan, author of Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany, Professor Emerita of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University


'With an exemplary combination of scholarly originality and theoretical sophistication, the essays in this volume provide definitive introductions to the lives and legacies of fourteen women, from the famous to the forgotten, who forged psychoanalysis in the smithy of their souls. An invaluable resource for every serious student of the field.'

Peter L. Rudnytsky, Head, Department of Academic and Professional Affairs, American Psychoanalytic Association


'This wonderful, scholarly collection fills a hole in psychoanalysis's early history. Detailing the lives of little-known women psychoanalysts (nearly all of whom were Jewish), it provides a rich, in-depth glimpse of their personal evolution while beautifully explicating the impact of cultural, political (and especially antisemitic) forces on them.' 

Joyce Slochower, PhD, ABPP, NYU Postdoctoral Program, author of Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Perspective (1996; 2014), Psychoanalytic Collisions (2006; 2014), Elephants Under the Couch: Psychoanalysis and the Unspoken (in press); co-editor, with Lew Aron and Sue Grand, 'De-idealizing Relational Theory: a Critique from Within' and 'Decentering Relational Theory: a Comparative Critique' (2018).


'What is extraordinary about Klara Naszkowska's edited volume is not simply its focus on the lives and work of neglected, marginalized, and yet seminal women psychoanalysts. In addition, the chapters vivify ways in which a malignant mix of misogynistic, antisemitic, fascistic, and longtime sociocultural norms both hobbled, yet also galvanized some of the greatest psychoanalytic voices of all time.' 

Emily A. Kuriloff, PsyD, author of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Legacy of the Third Reich: History, Memory, Tradition (Routledge, 2016). Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Director of Clinical Education Emeritus, William Alanson White Institute, New York



Table of contents:


Progressives, in Their Day and in Ours

Klara Naszkowska


Part I: Beyond Wife, Lover, Muse


Ch. 1 

Sabina Spielrein: Pioneer of Medical Science

Ana Tomčić and John Launer

Ch. 2 
Lou Andreas-Salomé: An Unacknowledged Psychoanalytic Theorist of Art
Shira Dushy-Barr


Ch. 3 

Beata “Tola” Rank: Out from the Footnote

Lena Magnone


Part II: Beyond Psychoanalyst: Feminist, Marxist, Director of a Jewish Foster Home 


Ch. 4 

Margarethe Hilferding: Women’s Rights Activist Ahead of Her Time

Candice Dumas


Ch. 5 

What Do We Know about Tatiana Rosenthal? An Interview with Leonid Kadis

Pamela Cooper-White and Leonid Kadis


Ch. 6 

Erzsébet Farkas: An Unknown Heroine and Her Wartime Mission in a Jewish Foster Home

Dóra Szabó


Part III: Beyond the Homeland 


Ch. 7 

Ludwika Karpińska-Woyczyńska: The Forgotten First Female Freudian

Edyta Dembińska and Krzysztof Rutkowski


Ch. 8 
Nic Waal: Speaking in Tongues

Håvard Friis Nilsen


Ch. 9 

Barbara Low: “The little bit of pioneering” or the Beginnings of British Psychoanalysis

Richard Theisen Simanke


Ch. 10 

Vilma Kovács and the Community of the Budapest School of Psychoanalysis

Anna Borgos


Part IV: Beyond the Holocaust 


Ch. 11 

Eugenia Sokolnicka and Sophie Morgenstern: The Intertwining of Life, Work, and Death

Ursula Prameshuber


Ch. 12 

Thinking Cure: Jewish Psychoanalyst Alberta Szalita, from Warsaw to New York 

Ewa Kobylińska-Dehe


Ch 13 

Olga Wermer: From Galician Archives to Memory and Postmemory
Klara Naszkowska


General Bibliography 

Statement of protest on the court ruling regarding two Holocaust historians


The International Association for Spielrein Studies expresses its support for two leading Holocaust scholars Barbara Engelking and Jan Grabowski, co-editors of the historical book Night without an End. Fate of Jews in Selected Counties of Occupied Poland (Polish Center for Holocaust Research, 2018). A defamation lawsuit was brought against the historians by a woman, backed by the Polish League Against Defamation, claiming that the good name of her uncle was tarnished in the book. The court decided that Engelking and Grabowski were wrong to trust the testimony of a Holocaust survivor. It was decided that they have to issue a written apology.


As a scholarly organisation, we stand for the academic freedom to conduct historical research. We are concerned that the trial itself and the decision of the court will undermine the independence of scholarly work, and discredit the overall work of Holocaust researchers and stop them from investigating the truth about the involvement of Polish citizens in the Nazi crimes against Jews. 


The lawsuit and the court ruling is yet another indication of Poland’s turn in a very dangerous direction heading toward authoritarianism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia.


The International Association for Spielrein Studies

Klara Naszkowska, Founding President 

Adrienne Harris, Founding Member 

John Launer, Founding Member

Pamela Cooper-White, Member of the Board  


International Conference

Webinar: 10 April 2022


Scientific and organisational committee:

Klara Naszkowska, Ph.D. (chair) 
Adrienne Harris, Ph.D.  
John Launer, Ph.D.

Bernhard Bolech, Ph.D.  

Pamela Cooper-White, Ph.D.


Watch the Introductory Webinar:


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Poster design: Luka Rayski 

About us

The International Association for Spielrein Studies was established in 2017.

It aims to  advance knowledge and understanding of Sabina Spielrein's life and work and of her contribution to psychological and psychoanalytical thought, the history of ideas and the history of culture.

We desire to encourage and support research and scholarship in relation to the life and work of Sabina Spielrein and to promote access to documents and archival material relevant to Spielrein studies.

Membership is open to scholars, researchers and writers who have contributed to studies of Sabina Spielrein or intend to do so, or who are sympathetic to our aims.

Support us

Make a donation to:

Międzynarodowe stowarzyszenie na rzecz badań nad Sabiną Spielrein

Account number: PL18 1140 2004 0000 3502 7872 1243

Address: Aleje Ujazdowskie 16/54, 00-478 Warszawa


SORT CODE: 11402004

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