Thursday, 12 January 2017

SEEKING ANDRÁS PETŐ...

I chased a wild goose
And caught a red herring

Google Scholar threw me up this link (recounting the fate of Hungarian psychoanalysis during the Fascist period in Hungary in the last century). I read –

The two principal destinations of emigration were to the United States and Australia. Visas to Australia were given to András Pető and Elisabeth Kardos, as well as to Clara Lázár-Gerő, her husband and son...


Hello, what's this? Here's an unexpected twist. I has thought that András Pető did not think too highly of psychoanalysis. I had this on no less authority that one of Peter Popper's reminiscences (see pages 109-110 0f Judit Forrai's collection)! 

Pető is a common enough Hungarian surname and András in different forms is a common Hungarian personal name.

This Dr András Pető (sometimes Endre) was around the same age, went briefly to Paris in 1938, then spent the War years in Budapest. He is well documented, however, and was easily revealed as someone quite else:


His wife and co-worker Erzsébet Kardos, psychoanalyst and paediatrician, was murdered by the Arrow Cross in Budapest just a few days before the liberation of the city. Endre survived, emigrated to New York and practised there as Andrew Peto, later serving as President of the New York Psychoanalytic Society.

(p. 105, n. 45)

Reference

Mézáros, J. (1998) The tragic success of European psychoanalysis: the 'Budapest school', International Forum of Psychoanalysis, vol. 7, no 4, pp. 207-214



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