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

Elizabeth Ann Danto

in Psychoanalysis and Politics

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199744664
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932863 | DOI:
“Have You No Shame”—American Redbaiting of Europe’s Psychoanalysts

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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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