Delinquent Acts as Perversions and Fetishes : 26th July 1955 (Geneva) : Melitta Schmideberg

by Julia Evans on July 26, 1955

Contribution to the Panel on Perversions. Presented to the 19th International Psycho- Analytical Congress (Geneva), 24–28 July, 1955.

Papers read at the same conference and also commented on by Jacques Lacan :

Perversion sexuelle transitoire au cours d’un traitement psychoanalytique (French only) : July 1955 (Geneva) : Ruth Lebovici or here : Seminar IV : 12th December 1956

The Reality of the Object and Economic Point of View : 25th July 1955 (Geneva) : Francis Pasche & Michel Renard or here : Seminar IV : 19th December 2018 

Referenced by Jacques Lacan

P423-424, case of Alex in this text is commented on by Jacques Lacan at the end of Seminar IV : 30th January 1957.  See Seminar IV : The Object Relation & Freudian Structures 1956-1957 : begins 21st November 1956 : Jacques Lacan  or here  

Published : Schmideberg, M. (1956). Delinquent Acts as Perversions and Fetishes. Int. J. Psycho- Anal., 37:422-424

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Schmideberg was born in Ružomberok, Austria-Hungary (now Slovakia) into a Jewish family, the only daughter and eldest child of Arthur Klein and psychoanalyst Melanie Klein (née Reizes). Prior to the First World War, the family moved to Budapest. Following the war, her father moved to Sweden and Melitta and her mother returned to Ružomberok, where Melitta graduated from high school in 1921.[1] She moved to Berlin to train at the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute, where she met Austrian psychoanalyst Walter Schmideberg, a friend of Freud, whom she married in 1924.

In 1927, Schmideberg earned her M.D. from Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Berlin. That same year, her mother moved to London. Five years later, in response to rising anti-Semitism in Germany, Melitta and her husband joined her in London, where she became a British citizen.

She moved to New York City in 1945 and helped found the Association for the Psychiatric Treatment of Offenders in New York. She became a U.S. citizen in 1959, when she was living at 444 Central Park West.

After her mother’s death in 1960, she returned to London, where she died in 1983.


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