Erich Fromm is known as a psychoanalyst and famous author. But what remains largely unknown is the trauma and tragedy his German-Jewish family endured in the Holocaust. Reading from his family’s Holocaust letters, Roger Frie will address the nature of this trauma and the questions of silence and historical responsibility. How might this unspoken chapter in Fromm’s life shape our understanding of his work? What does it mean for Roger Frie himself, a third-generation German, to share this history with Erich Fromm? And how do we relate to the traumatic horrors of the past in the face of our own turbulent reality and the rise of racism and anti-Semitism in the present?
Roger Frie is a DAAD Visiting Professor at the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin. He is Professor of Education at Simon Fraser University and Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He is also Lecturer and Psychoanalytic Supervisor at the William Alanson White Institute and Associate Member of the Columbia University Seminar on Culture Memory in New York City. Roger Frie has published and lectured extensively on the themes of historical trauma, cultural memory, and human interaction and is most author of the award-winning book Not in My Family: German Memory and Responsibility After the Holocaust (Oxford University Press, 2017).
Thursday, November 18, 2021, 6 p.m.
The public lecture will be given in English and the discussion will be held in German. IPU President Prof. Dr. Jan-Hendrik Olbertz will give an opening address. Prof. Dr. Thomas Kühn, who currently holds the IPU Berlin Erich Fromm Professorship will moderate the event. After the lecture, the Erich Fromm Study Center would like to invite all guests to a reception.
The event will take place at the IPU Berlin (building 2, Stromstraße 2, 10555 Berlin). It is funded by the Karl Schlecht Foundation; entry is free of charge. Due to pandemic regulations, registration for the event is required. The '2G' rule applies (participants have to show a proof of being vaccinated or recovered). At the event, all guests must wear a face mask covering mouth and nose.
Registration: You can register via the participation form on the IPU Berlin website. Deadline for registrations is November 12.