Sándor Ferenczi Society, 2008

The Sándor Ferenczi Society, founded September 12, 1988 in Budapest, has reestablished the tradition of Ferenczi and the Budapest School of psychoanalysis. The tragic fate of Hungary, occupied and oppressed by the Nazis and subsequently dominated by a repressive communist regime, had a painful impact on the development of psychoanalysis in that country. A pioneering force in the early part of the twentieth century, Sandor Ferenczi was a close friend and collaborator of Freud and a psychoanalytic clinical and theoretical innovator. Hungarian psychoanalysis became marginalized during Hungary's occupation, surviving in minimal forms until its revival after the downfall of communism. After the political changes in 1989, the Sandor Ferenczi Society had a pivotal role in the revival and reconstruction of Hungarian psychoanalysis and is now active both locally and on the international stage. Mr. Ferenczi collaborated with outstanding figures of literature, social sciences, and the arts, and contributed significantly to Hungarian cultural and artistic life. That interdisciplinary tradition continues with the Society whose members may be from any discipline so long as they have a dialogue with psychoanalysis, including psychoanalysts, social psychologists, historians, philosophers, and literary people. Visit the Society's website to learn more.<http://www.ferenczisandor.hu/>