February 18, 2015

Anny Katan learned psychoanalysis at Sigmund Freud’s knee — on his lap, in fact!

“I grew up often literally sitting on Freud’s lap when I was very little,” Katan explained in a 1986 interview, reminiscing about her childhood in Vienna.

Her personal history, intertwined as it was with the origins of psychoanalysis and with the Holocaust, transpired on a world stage. In my own personal history there was no sitting on Freud’s lap and no Nazis; there was, however, Anny Katan.

Read on at The Forward.