Object of the Month: May

Eva Rosenfeld’s photo album

Eva Rosenfeld’s photo album, that she made and labelled herself, contains ninety private photographs of varying format stuck in a landscape-format cord-bound block book, and covers the period from 1884 to 1936. Many of the photographs are of Eva Rosenfeld and family members, but there are also a number of pictures of friends or, of particular interest for the history of child analysis, photographs from the first site of the Rosenfeld-Burlingham School at Wattmanngasse 11. Today, the album is part of an exhibition on the “Hietzing School” at the Freud Museum in London.

With parents from Brno and Berlin, Eva Rosenfeld (1892–1977) was a close friend of Anna Freud. Herself an analysand of Sigmund Freud and later a psychoanalyst, she joined Anna Freud and Dorothy Burlingham to found the Rosenfeld-Burlingham School in 1927, the aim of which was to teach and, at the same time, analyse children based on the principles of psychoanalytic findings. Anna Freud was one of the first here to develop curricula on the basis of psychoanalytic knowledge. This privately run school – the “Hietzinger Schule”, as it was known – was among the first facilities in Vienna to offer children project-based lessons with teachers trained in analysis. Compared with conventional schools it was tiny, with just twenty pupils, all from homes familiar with the progressive thought of psychoanalysis. One of the pupils, Peter Heller, later wrote a book about his experiences with these innovative teaching methods. The school closed in 1932 when the Rosenfelds moved to Berlin.
Photos (c) Sigmund Freud Foundation

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