Kenneth Levin

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Kenneth Levin (born 1944) is a Newton, Massachusetts psychiatrist and historian and author of The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege.

Levin is clinical instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He holds a B.A from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.A./M.A. in English language and literature from Oxford University, an M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in history from Princeton University. His thesis was on "Sigmund Freud's Early Studies of the Neuroses, 1886–1905."

In an article entitled, "Transforming the Jewish Psyche," journalist Warren Kozak discussed Levin's analysis of the modern "penchant for self-denigration among Jewish people." Kozak summarized that "Dr. Levin, no sixth grade thinker, tells us that after centuries of hearing grotesque lies about Jewish people, that narrative hasn't just rubbed off on anti-Semites, but on some Jews as well."[1] In an interview with the Jerusalem Post, Manfred Gerstenfeld praised Levin's Oslo Syndrome for bringing to light "this phenomenon of identifying with one's besiegers."[2]

Following the 2005 publication of his book The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege, Levin became a frequent commentator on Middle East affairs.[3][4][5][6][7]

Levin told an interviewer that he wrote The Oslo Syndrome to explain "why Israel's leaders, supported by the nation's academic and cultural elites and much of the broader population, were pursuing a course that was demonstrably placing the nation, including their own families, at dire risk."[8]

According to Levin, the Oslo syndrome is a corollary of the Stockholm syndrome. Levin's original contribution is that the syndrome can afflict an entire people. The concept has passed into common usage in discussions of the Middle East.[9][10][11]


  • Freud's Early Psychology of the Neuroses: A Historical Perspective and Unconscious Fantasy in Psychotherapy
  • Unconscious Fantasy in Psychotherapy (1993)
  • The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege (2005)

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  1. ^ Warren Kozak (July 20, 2006). "Transforming The Jewish Psyche". New York Sun. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege - Middle East Forum
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-02-28. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  5. ^ FrontPage Magazine[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Gabrielle Birkner (October 19, 2007). "Conference Focuses on Israel's Jewish 'Defamers'". New York Sun. 
  7. ^ Adam Kirsch (November 23, 2007). "Israel's Jewish Defamers". New York Sun. 
  8. ^ FrontPage Magazine Archived 2008-05-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Zilber, Uzi (25 December 2009). "The Jew Flu: The strange illness of Jewish anti-Semitism". Haaretz. Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  10. ^ Yossi Klein Halevi (2003-11-05). "Fenced In". FrontPageMag. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  11. ^ Robert R. Friedmann, A Diary Of Four Years Of Terrorism And Anti-Semitism: 2000-2004, p. 264