From War Babies to Grandmothers: Forty-Eight Years in Psychoanalysis

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My professional life

Ilse Hellman interviewed by Riccardo Steiner

R ICCARDO STEINER: As you know, the British Psychoanalytical Society is conducting interviews with distinguished psychoanalysts to place on record personal accounts of their professional lives. I wonder if you could tell us something about how you came to be interested in psychoanalysis, about the people you met and who influenced you.

ILSE HELLMAN: I wasn't an analyst in Vienna. I became an analyst here, in London. When I left school I was determined to learn about children, and that meant studying child psychology. I enrolled in what was then a famous two-year course on social work -- one that specialized in juvenile delinquency. In the first year we learned the basics of social work. The second year was entirely devoted to practical work with children.

I don't know whether you ever heard of Judge Baker. He set up a foundation in America that did a great deal for juvenile delinquents who were taken away from home but

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