Martin S. Bergmann

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Martin S. Bergmann
Born(1913-02-15)February 15, 1913
DiedJanuary 22, 2014(2014-01-22) (aged 100)
New York City, United States
OccupationProfessor of psychology
ChildrenMichael Bergmann
Parent(s)Hugo Bergmann

Martin S. Bergmann (February 15, 1913 – January 22, 2014) was a clinical professor of psychology of the New York University post-doctoral program where he taught the course on the history of psychoanalysis. He was a major voice in the post-Freudian analysis and authored books on human conditions like the Holocaust, the phenomenology of love and child sacrifice.[1] He was a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association and an honorary member of the American Psychoanalytic Association.[2] In the wake of 9/11 he wrote an article concerning its implications on psychoanalysis called "Psychoanalytical Reflections on September 11, 2001. He was the son of Hugo Bergmann[3] and father of Michael Bergmann.

On film[edit]

Bergmann contributed to the documentaries "The Century of the Self" (2002)[4] by Adam Curtis and Young Dr. Freud[2] by David Grubin. He appeared as Prof. Louis Levy in Woody Allen's 1989 feature Crimes and Misdemeanors,[5] and played SS NCO Zablocie in Schindler's List.[6]


Bergmann died on January 22, 2014 aged 100.[7]

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • The Anatomy of Loving: The Story of Man's Quest to Know What Love Is (1987), Ballantine Books ISBN 978-0449905531
  • Generations of the Holocaust (1991), Columbia Univ. Press, ISBN 978-0231074230
  • In the Shadow of Moloch (1992), Columbia University Press ISBN 978-0231072489
  • What Silent Love Hath Writ: A Psychoanalytic Exploration of Shakespeare's Sonnets (with his son Michael Bergmann, 2008), Separate Star, ISBN 978-0971287242
  • Understanding Dissidence and Controversy in the History of Psychoanalysis (2004), Other Press ISBN 978-1590511176
  • "The Unconscious in Shakespeare's Plays" (2013), Karnac ISBN 978-1780491561


  1. ^ "Martin S. Bergmann, PhD". Mary S. Sigourney Award Trust. 1997. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Young Dr. Freud: Featured Historians: Martin S Bergmann". PBS. 2002. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  3. ^ The Hugo Bergmann Papers
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  5. ^ "In the Shadow of Moloch", New York Times Book Review, 98, p. 43, 1993, retrieved March 27, 2012
  6. ^ Schindler's List on IMDb
  7. ^ Fox, Margalit (January 26, 2014). "Martin S. Bergmann, Psychoanalyst and an On-Screen Philosopher, Dies at 100". The New York Times. p. B7. Retrieved February 6, 2014.

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