Ferenczi, Sándor

BORN 16 Jul 1873, Miskolc - DIED 22 May 1933, Budapest
BIRTH NAME Fränkel, Sandór
CAUSE OF DEATH pernicious anemia
GRAVE LOCATION Budapest: Farkasréti Jewish Cemetery, Érdi út (E-14-11)

Sándor Ferenci was the son of Polish Jews. He studied medicin in Vienna. He worked as a neurologist and obtained the title psychiatrist of the court. He worked in Budapest at the time he met Freud in 1908. He was known to work with the most difficult patients and he developed his own theories. He did research into the communication between children and adults and he believed that the accounts of his patients of sexual abuse as children were truthful. He stated that children were more or less pure and innocent, where others were of the opinion that thay had good as well as bad feelings.

From 1918 to 1919 he was the president of the International Psychoanalytical Association. He had cooperated closely with Freud, but in the 1920s he criticized Freud's method of neutral interpretation. He already suffered from pernicious anemia that was incurable at the time he delivered his famous paper "Confusion of Tongues" to the 12th International Psycho-Analytic Congress in Wiesbaden. He died in May 1933. In 2002 Andre E. Haynal published "Disappearing and Reviving: Sandor Ferenczi in the History of Psychoanalysis" in which he described Ferenczi's relationship with Freud.

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The grave of Sándor Ferenczi at the Jewish Cemetry at Érdi út, Budapest.
Picture by androom (21 Aug 2006)


• Lukács-Csernus, Lajos e.a., Budapester Friedhöfe, Oberbügermeisterambt der Stadt Budapest, Budapest, 1999
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Published: 17 Mar 2019
Last update: 03 Apr 2022