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Monday, April 24, 2017
NYU Langone Medical Center
550 First Avenue - Smilow Seminar Room
In 1941, in the Lithuanian city of Kovno, a man beat to death 50 Jewish men between the ages of thirty and fifty, one by one, with a crowbar over the course of 45 minutes. Men, women and children looked on and, when he had finished, sang along as he played the national anthem. This was the beginning of the Nazi pogroms in Lithuania known as Operation Barbarossa.
We are now used to hearing accounts of atrocities such as this and, through the media, most of us have, at least inadvertently, seen images of victims. But being present as someone is being cruelly hurt or killed is another matter. While in some cases witnesses may be unable to intervene, e.g. when they too are held captive, in other instances they may be at relative liberty to intervene but don't. Singing the national anthem at the end of a massacre suggests not merely a passive complicity but some form of active participation. We are left asking, "Who could stand by and let such cruelty happen?"
By addressing this question from a psychoanalytic perspective, I hope to shed light on the complex psychodynamics at work in those who witness evil doing and fail to intervene.
1) To stimulate thinking about the psychodynamics of those who witness atrocities without intervening.
2) To relate the material I will present to clinical work with patients.
3) To re-assess our theoretical assumptions about the processes of denial and dissociation.
There is no fee for this event. There is a $25 administrative charge for CME credits for non-IPE/PANY members
See a full list of upcoming PANY events for the 2016-17 Academic year here.