Autograph Quotation and Note Signed, in German and English, 8vo, n.p., June 6, 1954
by REIK, THEODOR
Reik writes in German: "What is my last desire in this world? That shy Jewish boys shall become proud young Jews." In English he explains that "Theodore Herzl wrote this into my autograph album." He signs in a large hand, "Theodor Reik." Reik studied with Freud in Vienna, then moved to Berlin and finally to the United States after Hitler came to power. Because he had not received a medical degree, he was considered a lay psychoanalyst. In the US he founded the NPAP training institute and an eponymous clinic both for lay analysts. He wrote this statement on the back of a campaign card calling for the building of the Theodor Reik clinic which was established in 1949. Reik connects himself to his Jewish Viennese roots by recalling Herzl's personal memo to him and possibly shared the same hope at this point in his life. Condition: the card bears a vertical crack from the top edge through the space between "ist mein" in the first line of the quote; cracks to the outside surface of the card on verso. Otherwise slight bends to corners from age and some crimping to the recto surface.
(Inventory #: 4538)
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