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Balint, Michael Maurice [formerly Mihaly Bergsmann] (1896–1970), psychoanalyst, was born on 3 December 1896 in Baross Street, Jozsefvaros, a residential section of Budapest, Hungary. He was the first of the two children of Ignac Bergsmann, a general medical practitioner. Both his parents were descendants of German Jewish families who had been fully assimilated Hungarians for only two or three generations. He later changed his name to ...

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Michael Maurice Balint (1896–1970) by Dr Edward H. Stein private collection

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Eder, (Montague) David (1865–1936), psychoanalyst, was born on 12 August 1865 at 19 Euston Square, London, the eldest of the four children of David Martin Eder, shipping merchant, and his second wife, Esther Burnstein, formerly Soloman. His parents were both Jewish. Eder was educated in ...

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Heimann [née Klatzko], Paula Gertrude (1899–1982), psychoanalyst, was born on 3 February 1899 in Danzig, Poland, the fourth and youngest child of Russian Jewish parents. Heimann would later reflect that she was a replacement for a sister who had died; indeed this family background is significant in the context of her subsequent analytic experiences. ...

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Klein [née Reizes], Melanie (1882–1960), psychoanalyst, was born on 30 March 1882 at Tiefer Gruben 8, Vienna, the daughter of Moritz Reizes (1828–1900), doctor and dentist, and a Jewish scholar from a rigidly Orthodox Polish family, and Libussa Deutsch (1852–1914), the granddaughter of a liberal rabbi. The youngest of four children, she idolized an older sister who died when ...

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Melanie Klein (1882–1960) by Jane Bown, 1959 © Jane Bown

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Rosen, Ismond (1924–1996), psychoanalyst and sculptor, was born on 2 August 1924 in Johannesburg, South Africa, the son of Harry Rosen (1880–1956) and his wife, Dora Zelda, née Goldstein (1890–1951), hoteliers. His parents were Russian Jews who had emigrated to South Africa a few years before his birth. Their success as hoteliers was due in no small part to the help ...

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Segal [née Poznańska], Hanna Maria (1918–2011), psychoanalyst, was born on 20 August 1918 in Łódź, Poland, into a family of assimilated Jews, the daughter of Czesław Poznański and his wife, Isabella, née Weintraub. She had one older sister who died aged four of scarlet fever when ...