Membership Division News
by Meryl Botkin, PhD, Chair, Membership Services Division
At the April 17th Members Present, Helen Schoenhals-Hart will show and discuss a film by Wilhelm Rosling consisting of taped interviews with Ernst Federn, entitled Surviving Terror. Federn was arrested as a Trotskyist in Germany and was sent first to Dachau and then to Buchenwald. Helen translated the film from the German and created English subtitles. Ernst Federn was the son of Paul Federn, an analyst and close confident of Freud. The film details life in the camps, and how, under extreme circumstances, certain defenses such as identification with the aggressor can arise as a function of survival. This film is all the more important in our current political climate, where terror is all too common, and we see more xenophobia in us and cultures world –wide, as well as the rise of new demagogues in our midst. Please join us on April 17th from 1:30-4:30 to see and discuss this evocative film.