European Victims and Perpetrators Now and Then

An Experiential Working Conference in the Series “The Past in the Present” 
August 27 – September 1 2014, Kliczków Castle, Poland

FOCUS: Europe today is undergoing severe crises, affecting European national identity, economic security and financial stability. The dream of a unified peaceful Europe appears to be receding and increasingly threatened. Yet the present instability and strife are rooted in Europe’s past and its painful history.
We invite you to attend a conference aimed at uncovering the present impact of these historical traumas.

The shadows and painful residues of World War II deeply affect people and nations across Europe and elsewhere. The injuries inflicted by Europe’s shared history derive from the traumas of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, Soviet Communism and national oppression, and the impact of ethnic tensions, leading to the recent rise of Neo-Nazism. The pain and suffering fed by the horrors of war, occupation, massacres and betrayals are still alive, if hidden, in individuals and subgroups. Religious, ethnic and racial intolerance, as well as economic hardship and cultural imperialism continue to give rise to aggression and victimization. The impact of this anguish is transmitted from one generation to the next. It shapes contemporary struggles within European society, and its impact reaches far beyond European borders.

METHOD: This is the 2nd conference in this series. It uses a variant of the Tavistock Group Relations model, and builds on the work begun with Germans and Israelis and expanded to include Palestinians and Others. The focus is on the exploration of experience in a variety of group learning opportunities in order to discover the links between personal experience, current tensions and historical trauma.

MEMBERSHIP: This residential conference invites people from the nations of Europe and elsewhere – from all walks of life and all ages – who recognize the painful residues of war and historical trauma and are puzzled by their impact on them. No previous experience of this kind of conference is necessary.

STAFF: The Conference Director is Shmuel Erlich (Israel Psychoanalytic Society, PCCA, OFEK). The conference staff is an international group with extensive experience in this way of working.

ABOUT PCCA: Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities – An organization dedicated to working with national and international conflicts.

Shmuel Erlich, PhD

Shmuel Erlich was born in Frankfurt a/M, Germany, raised in Israel, educated in the US, and returned to Israel in 1971. He held the Sigmund Freud Chair in Psychoanalysis at the Hebrew University and was Director of the Freud Center for Psychoanalytic Study and Research (1990-2005). He played a key role in introducing Group Relations to Israel and is a Founding Member of OFEK (Organization, Person, Group – The Israel Association for the Study of Group and Organizational Processes). A clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, he is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and past-president of the Society, and on the Board of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He is co-author of “Fed with Tears, Poisoned with Milk: The Nazareth Group Relations Conferences” and other publications in psychoanalysis, socio-analysis and Group Relations. His most recent book is titled, “The Couch in the Marketplace: Psychoanalysis and Social Reality” (2013, Karnac).

Dorothee C. von Tippelskirch-Eissing, PhD

I am a psychoanalyst in private practice in Berlin. I am the President of the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute and a member of  the Board and the Committee on Outreach and Interdisciplinary Dialogue of the German Psychoanalytic Association. I had studied Protestant Theology and Psychology and focused on how Christian history and tradition contributed to the genesis of anti-Semitism that led to the persecution and murder of Jews in Nazi-Germany and Europe. My way into Group Relations work was through the “Nazareth” conferences, the project of Germans and Israelis: The Past in the Present. I am a member of PCCA (Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities) and have worked in various Group Relations Conferences in different roles.

Since the founding in Berlin in 2001 of the Abraham Geiger College for training Rabbis and Cantors I have been involved in developing the college and structuring its work. I currently take part in the evaluating processes of the candidates.

Yael Sharon, MA

Born and raised in Israel, I knew that my paternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors. This awareness finally affected me in my early teens, when it set off a complex exchange between the memory of the war and my fantasy world. After my army service I studied for my BA in Psychology and Sociology, where I became aware of Israel’s role as an occupying country. Until then I knew only that Israel has always been a victim and still is, and needs to protect itself.

Since I completed my MA in Medical Psychology I work in this capacity with patients and medical staff in a leading hospital.

Four years ago, I took part in a Group Relations conference in Israel. The themes that I encountered there enabled me to expand my professional and personal life.

Two years ago I was a member in the conference “European Perpetrators and Victims – Then and Now.” At the outset I was uncertain about the relevance of the conference to my life and work, yet the conference experience expanded my perspectives and opened new professional opportunities, such as doing Group Relation work with PHR (Physicians for Human Rights) in Israel.

David Armstrong, BA

David Armstrong is a social psychologist and organisational consultant. Trained at the Tavistock Institute, he worked at the University of London and The Grubb Institute before returning to a newly founded consultancy unit at the Tavistock Clinic in 1994. He has published widely in the field of systems psychodynamics and is the author of Organization in the Mind: Psychoanalysis, Group Relations and Organizational Consultancy, a collection of papers, edited by Robert French and published by Karnac , London in 2005.

Louisa Diana Brunner, MSc

Louisa Diana Brunner: I was born in Cambridge (UK) and brought up in Trieste (Italy), which is on the border with former Yugoslavia, now of Slovenia and Croatia.  I was educated in Italy and in England. I live in Milan (Italy). I am a Founding Member and Treasurer of PCCA and have worked on the PCCA project since the first Cyprus Conference in 2004. The theme of “European Perpetrators and Victims” impacts deeply my life experience and identity. I am a leadership, management and organisational consultant. My background is in Political Science, Organisational Theory, Psycho-Social Studies and Group Relations.

M. Fakhry Davids, MSc., TQAP

M Fakhry Davids is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who lives and practices in London. He is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society, a Supervising and Training Analyst of the Institute of Psychoanalysis, and a Member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists. He is a South African who was formerly Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Cape Town, and continues to contribute to working with the legacy of apartheid in South Africa, drawing on the Group Relations Model. He has also held a number of clinical posts, is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic, and regularly contributes to trainings in London and works with colleagues abroad. He is a Founding Board Member of PCCA and has worked extensively on the psychology of racism.  His book Internal Racism: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Race and Difference was published in 2011.

Veronika Grueneisen, PhD

I began my professional career in adult education, focusing on the interrelatedness of private and socio-political life and applying my understanding of political responsibility, gained through learning about National Socialism, World War II and the Holocaust. I came to value psychoanalysis and its contribution to understanding unconscious aspects of group processes and family dynamics. After training as a psychoanalyst and an organisational consultant, I attended the first Nazareth Conference, which had a lasting impact on my understanding of being a “second generation” German. Since 2000, I was on the staff of the Nazareth and Cyprus conferences. I am a Founding Member and current Chairperson of Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities (PCCA).

Saliem Khliefi, BA

I was born and grew in Nazareth, Israel, where I attended a Christian school. After graduation I decided to study Social Work in order to help and influence people. During my studies I began to ask myself questions regarding my identity. The answers were not easy to find, so I made a very long journey to try to make sense of some of the questions and perhaps to find answers.

In the course of this journey I attended the Cyprus conference, where I had an opportunity to explore my own identity, its complexes and uniqueness. I learned a great deal, but there are still some pieces to be discovered.

I enjoy working with people and love to be part of their work and life. I am privileged to work with prisoners and with groups and children, and most of all, to be an OFEK Board Member.

Ross A. Lazar, BA (Honours), MAT

Ross A. Lazar is a Tavistock-trained psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapist working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in Munich, Germany. He is a consultant and supervisor to many organizations and institutions, both profit and non-profit, predominantly in Germany and Austria. He teaches both clinical work and organizational topics and is occasional guest professor at the Institute for Research and Further Education (IFF) in Vienna and Klagenfurt, the University of Vienna as well as having served as a clinical supervisor at INSEAD.

In the 1980’s he founded the Wilfred R. Bion Forum for the Furtherance of Psychoanalysis, and was founder member of MundO (Menschen undOrganisationen), together with a group of colleagues dedicated to providing opportunities for Tavistock Group Relations work in German-speaking Europe.

His recent activities include the furthering of the theory and practice of Organisational Observation through workshops at ISPSO Symposia in Stockholm and Toledo, for a group of psychologists and psychotherapists in Gothenburg, at the Tavistock sponsored conference “From Baby to Boardroom”, and with PhD students in Organisational Psychology at the University of London’s Birkbeck College. He has participated as a staff member in OFEK’s International Group Relations Conference, the A.K. Rice International Conference, and directed a Group Relations Conference for the Deutsche Psychoanalytische Gesellschaft (DPG).

Karin Lüders, Dipl. Psych.

After graduating in Psychology I worked as a Clinical Psychologist in a center for families and children. After completing my psychoanalytic training in Frankfurt (Sigmund Freud Institute) I went into private practice, working with adult patients and doing supervision.

I have been on the staff of all the “Nazareth Conferences” (except for Kliczkow), in which  Israeli psychoanalysts together with German analysts started to think about how to work on the aftermath of the Holocaust and decided on the Tavistock model of Group Relations conferences. Hermann Beland encouraged me to learn about these conferences in Leichester. Being born during WW II, I grew up in an environment in which German atrocities were not mentioned, though I heard a lot about German suffering.

Listening to the narrative of the other and being heard is an important issue in these conferences in whichever role one works. I learned a lot about myself as well as to what I “turned a deaf ear”, last but not least to Palestinian suffering.

Allan Shafer, MA (Clinical Psychology), D Litt et Phil

Allan Shafer has over 35 years’ experience as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a socio-analyst. Originally trained in South Africa, he has worked primarily in private practice and organisational consultancies in Johannesburg, Perth (Western Australia) and Melbourne. He has a particular interest in the unconscious dynamics of the therapeutic relationship and of organisational and social systems. He is an associate of Innovative Practice Organisational Consultants, Melbourne.

He is President of Group Relations Australia and a member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations. He is past President of the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Western Australia and a member of the Victorian Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He was an executive member of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australasia.

He has consulted to mental health, educational, religious and other NGO and private sector organisations in Australia, South Africa, Singapore and the USA and directed or consulted on the staff of Group Relations conferences in Australia, Israel,  the UK and India.

He has a strong interest in applying socio-analytic and Group Relations frameworks for the betterment of society.  From a childhood in South Africa under the Apartheid regime and with paternal and maternal ancestry who fled Lithuania to escape persecution, he has a strong interest in working against persecution and in understanding the psychodynamics of discrimination, racism and persecution.

Iwona Sołtysińska, MA

I am a psychologist, certified trainer and OD consultant specializing in professional role development, problem solving and team coaching; Content Director and Board Member of Jagiellonian University Extension (Kraków, Poland). I am Member and National Representative of OPUS, Member of ISPSO, Co-Organizer (with OPUS) of GR Conferences in Poland since 2009.

I have worked with groups and organizations for over 15 years. The initial source of my curiosity and passion arose from the cognitive psychology background and psychodynamic training, which encouraged me to ask questions concerning people’s behavior in groups and organizations. However, somehow I felt a dissonance between my thinking and the way I worked at the time. A few years ago I went back to my psychoanalytic roots and introduced the application of systemic-psychodynamic approach to groups and organizations. I found this tradition very valuable. I began cooperation with OPUS UK to support my team and myself in exploring this paradigm towards further development of my consultancy skills. Nowadays, my interests comprise a range of applications from within this method of working and identification of further applications and its benefits for groups and societies.

Sponsoring Organizations

German Psychoanalytic Association (DPV)
German Psychoanalytic Society (DPG)
Israel Psychoanalytic Society (IPS)
International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA)
OFEK – The Israel Association for the Study of Group and Organizational Processes
Polish Psychoanalytical Society (PPS)
The Tavistock Institute (TI)


Europe today is undergoing severe crises, seriously affecting European national identity, economic security and financial stability. The dream of a unified peaceful Europe appears to be receding and increasingly threatened. Yet the present instability and strife are rooted in Europe’s past and its painful history. This conference aims to uncover the present impact of these historical traumas.

The shadows and painful residues of World War II deeply affect people and nations across Europe and elsewhere. The injuries inflicted by Europe’s shared history derive from the traumas of Fascism, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, communist dictatorships and national oppression, and the impact of ethnic tensions, leading to the recent rise of Neo-Nazism, xenophobia and terror. The pain and suffering fed by the horrors of war, occupation, massacres and betrayals are all alive, even if hidden, in individuals and subgroups. Religious, ethnic and racial intolerance, as well as accelerating economic hardship and cultural imperialism continue to give rise to aggression and victimization. The impact of this anguish is constantly transmitted from one generation to the next. It shapes contemporary struggles within European society, underlies and intensifies financial and economic crises, and its fallout reaches far beyond European borders.

Major atrocities and other forms of historical trauma can produce profound and deeply lodged suspicion, hostility and enmity between victims and perpetrators. In turn, these ill feelings are transmitted and infiltrate the lives of their descendants. They permeate the relationship between the groups involved, laying the foundation for perpetual hostility and repeated conflict. The burden of both victimhood and perpetration, and perhaps no less of being a bystander, often exercise their destructive influence outside our awareness, and we can find ourselves puzzled, confused and upset by their impact on our lives.

This residential conference aims to allow participants to work on experiences and residues of such traumas, whether as victims, perpetrators or bystanders. It is designed for people who are puzzled by and curious about their history and wish to know more about its impact on their personal lives, on the groups they belong to, and on the local, national and international attitudes that are shaped by and reflect these dynamics. Often these are met in the form of overt or covert prejudices, stereotypes, fantasies and fears.

Away from the pressures of everyday life, the conference provides a safe setting for such forces to emerge, and opportunities to explore how they may be understood. It is also an opportunity to discover whether genuine movement in the real, lived relationships between members of such groups may be possible.


This conference continues the exploration of the residual effects and aftermath of horrendous atrocities on the national groups that perpetrated them or were their victims. This series, referred to sometimes as the “Nazareth Conferences”, focused initially on the shadow cast by the Holocaust on Germans and Israelis. It began with the need felt by a group of Israeli and German psychoanalysts to work on the deeply-lodged suspicion, hostility and unbearable guilt which marked the relationship between Germans and Israelis/Jews as a legacy of the Holocaust. The Group Relations approach was chosen as the best suited working method and adapted to this specific end. The first three conferences were held in Israel and Germany, and their story – contained in a recently published book – relates how the Group Relations method was modified for this purpose. The book gives examples of the impact and significance of these events on the German and Israeli/Jewish participants, many of whom were helped to repair a relationship that had been catastrophically damaged by the Holocaust. The fourth and fifth conferences included “affected Others” and were held in Cyprus. The sixth and seventh conferences in the same venue were extended to include Palestinians. Participants who worked on this interface and its effect on their personal and professional life found this work hugely beneficial, and many returned for a further opportunity to deepen their engagement with the process.

Aim of the Conference

The aim of the conference is to provide a setting, away from the pressures of daily life, in which participants can experience, reflect, explore and begin to work with the unconscious and not-quite conscious factors involved in the relationships, in the mind and in actuality, between the individuals and groups present at the conference.

Living and working together for six days provides opportunities to examine past and present psychic and social processes from different angles, to become aware of attitudes, feelings, reactions and fantasies, to reconsider one’s identity as a member of a group, to express and explore existing ideas as well as new ones, to apply and test all these within the conference, and subsequently to take them home for future application in professional and other roles.

The Primary Task

To provide opportunities for participants to explore how the full range of feelings, fantasies and experiences about ‘victims’ and ‘perpetrators’ shape relations within and between individuals and groups in the conference, and how they affect and influence perceptions of the past, the present and the future.


Group relations conferences are experiential events. Inner thoughts, feelings and fantasies about oneself as a participant and as a member of one (or more) of the groups within the conference are the raw materials that every individual brings to the work of the conference. The conference provides a setting in which these can be experienced, explored and worked with, in oneself, within groups, between groups, and within the conference as a whole. Much of this work is carried out in the here and now.

The work of the conference is done in groups. Most groups will have one or more consultants, whose role is not to lead the group but to facilitate the group’s working on the primary task of the conference. Consultants do so by focusing on the dynamics and the work of the group as a whole, rather than on the individuals within it. There is no teaching of the conventional kind, and what each individual participant learns cannot be predicted in advance, as it depends on the extent and nature of the individual’s participation in the ongoing process.


This residential conference invites people from the nations of Europe and elsewhere – from all walks of life and all ages – who recognize the painful residues of war and historical trauma and are puzzled by their impact on them. No previous experience of this kind of conference is necessary except the wish to learn from one’s experience of membership and to participate in the events of the conference.

The Role of Staff

The Staff are a significant element in the conference. They are not mere observers of the process but have an active involvement in it. However, they also have specific tasks and roles. The staff collectively forms the conference management, with authority and responsibility for setting the boundary conditions of task, territory and time – the work, the where and the when of events – that are essential for enabling participants to engage in the primary task of the conference. In addition, individual staff members take up specific directorial, administrative and consultant roles. In their consultant roles, based on their own experience and observations, staff members will offer working hypotheses about what is happening in the ‘here and now’ of the event, with the aim of focusing attention on group processes and their impact on participants learning.

The Program

The conference working day will usually begin at 7:45 and end at 21:30. However, on the first day (27 August 2014) the Opening Plenary will begin at 15:00. On the last day (1 September 2014) the final event will end at 12:30. In addition, one evening slot (from 18:00 onwards) and one afternoon slot (14:30 to 16:00) will be left free. The working day will be interspersed with breaks for breakfast (8:45-9:30), lunch (13:00 to 14:30), coffee (10:30-11:00; 16:00-16:30) and dinner (18:00-20:00).

The primary task of the conference is pursued through several different types of events, including:

Small Study Groups (SSG). These are groups of about 8-12 members with a consultant. The task is to study what unfolds in the group in the ‘here and now’, while working on the primary task of the conference.

Large Study Group (LSG). This group brings together the entire membership with several consultants. The task of this group is to study the ‘here and now’ of the large group process as it unfolds, while working on the primary task of the conference.

System Event (SE). The SE provides a setting in which members can explore and study the nature of their relatedness to their own group and to other groups present in the system. The event will start with members forming groups.

The aim of the event is to shed light on the ongoing processes of establishing and developing relationships within the system as a whole, and to explore how belonging to a group and what develops between groups is related to the primary task and the dynamics of victimhood and perpetration. This is a ‘here and now event’ in which all participants are involved. Staff will take part as a management group and will also make consultancy available. The final session will be a plenary aimed at reviewing and exploring the event as a whole.

Plenaries (P). Plenaries involve all members and all staff. The Opening Plenary introduces the conference and provides an opportunity for participants to enter into the conference, to explore and reflect on the experience of doing so and taking up roles within it. The Closing Plenary aims to review the conference experience and to work on the process of ending.

Review and Application Groups (RAG). Depending on the conference membership, there will be about 5-7 members of the same background in each group. Each group will have its own consultant. The purpose is to enable members to examine and reflect on the different roles they have taken up within the conference. It also aims to help members articulate their experience of the conference and to link it with their personal and professional roles in their home environment.

Social Dreaming Matrix (SDM). This is an open meeting in which dreams can be shared, associated to and reflected on as the dreams of the entire system. It will take place every morning (except for the last day) before breakfast. The event is open to all participants, members and staff, and staff “hosts” will be provided.

Additional events or modifications of the above events may take place, depending on the conference composition and dynamics.

A detailed timetable of the events will be available at the beginning of the conference.

Conference Management & Staff

Conference DirectorShmuel Erlich, PhD

Training and Supervising Analyst and past-President, Israel Psychoanalytic Society; Psychoanalyst in private practice and Consultant to Organizations; Sigmund Freud Professor of Psychoanalysis (Emeritus), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Board Representative, IPA; Founding Member, OFEK, PCCA; Israel.

Conference Associate DirectorDorothee C. von Tippelskirch-Eissing, PhD

Dipl. Psych., psychoanalyst in private practice; President of the Karl-Abraham-Institute, Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute (BPI); Board member of the German Psychoanalytic Association (DPV); Member of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA); Member of Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities (PCCA); Germany.

Conference AdministratorYael Sharon, MA

Medical psychologist and organizational consultant. Medical psychologist at Tel Aviv Sorasky Medical Center Ichilov. Founder and director of the Israeli Institute of Medical Psychology. Moderator of projects and workshops on preventing burnout among medical teams in organizations; OFEK; Israel.


David Armstrong, BA 

Associate Consultant, Tavistock Consulting, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust; Distinguished Member, The International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations; UK.

Louisa Diana Brunner, MSc

Leadership, Management and Organisational Consultant, Executive and Career Coach, Family Business Advisor; Board Member and Treasurer, PCCA; Honorary Member, Il Nodo Group; Member: CSGSS, the Boston Affiliate of AKRI, Family Firm Institute, ISPSO, OFEK, OPUS; Italy.

M. Fakhry Davids, MSc., TQAP

Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalyst and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in full time practice in London; Supervising and Training Analyst of the British Psychoanalytic Society and Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis; Member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists, and Founding Board Member of PCCA; UK.

Shmuel Erlich

Veronika Grueneisen, PhD

Psychoanalyst in private practice; Supervisor and Training Analyst, German Psychoanalytic Society (DPG/IPA); Chairperson, PCCA; Organizational Consultant, Member AOCS (Tavistock Institute’s Advanced Organizational Consultation Society); Member, OPUS (Organization for Promoting Understanding in Society); Germany.

Saliem Khliefi, BA

Social worker, Group Therapist, Psychotherapist, and Organizational Consultant; Israel Prison Services (IPS); Board Member, OFEK ; Israel.

Ross A. Lazar, BA (Honours), MAT

Trained as Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Family Therapist at the Tavistock Clinic and Tavistock Institute of Human Relations and Marlborough Hospital, London; Member, ISPSO, ACP (Association of Child Psychotherapists, UK), Opus (UK) and VAKJP; Germany.

Karin Lüders, Dipl. Psych.

Clinical psychologist, in private practice in Frankfurt a/M; Psychoanalyst, member of DPV and IPA; Teaching and Supervising Analyst, Frankfurt Psychoanalytic Institute; Member, PCCA; Germany.

Allan Shafer, MA (Clinical Psychology), D Litt et Phil

Socio-analyst and Clinical Psychologist in Melbourne, Australia. Organizational consultant with Innovative Practice Consulting; psychoanalytic psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in private practice. President of Group Relations Australia; Member, ISPSO; Past-President, the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Western Australia; Member, The Victorian Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy; past Executive Member of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australasia; Australia.

Iwona Sołtysińska, MA

Psychologist, OD Consultant, Coach, Content Director and Board Member of Jagiellonian University Extension. Member of ISPSO and National Representative of OPUS, with particular interest in group dynamics; Poland.

Dorothee C. von Tippelskirch-Eissing

*Will be drawn from this list 

Selected Bibliography

Armstrong, D. (2005) Organization in the Mind: Psychoanalysis, Group Relations, and Organizational Consultancy. London: Karnac.

Beland, H. Collective Mourning – Who or What Frees a Collective to Mourn?

Brunner, L. D., Nutkevitch, A. & Sher, M. (2006) Group Relations Conferences: Reviewing and Exploring Theory, Design, Role-Taking and Application. London: Karnac.

Brunning, H. & Perini, M. (2009) Psychoanalytic Perspectives on a Turbulent World. London: Karnac.

Erlich, H. S. (2001) Enemies within and without: Paranoia and regression in groups and organizations. In: L. J. Gould, L. F. Stapley, and M. Stein (Eds.), The Systems Psychodynamics of Organizations. London: Karnac, pp. 115-131.

Erlich, H. S. (2013) The Couch in the Marketplace: Psychoanalysis and Social Reality. London: Karnac.

Erlich-Ginor, M. (2003) Sliding houses in the Promised Land: unstable reality worked through dreams. In W. G. Lawrence (ed.), Experiences in Social Dreaming. London: Karnac, pp. 157-178.

Erlich, H. S., Erlich-Ginor, M. & Beland, H. (2009) Fed with Tears – Poisoned with Milk. The “Nazareth” Group-Relations-Conferences: Germans and Israelis: The Past in the Present. Psychosozial Verlag: Gießen.

Erlich, H. S., Erlich-Ginor, M. & Beland, H. (2009) Gestillt mit Tränen – Vergiftet mit Milch. Die Nazareth-Gruppenkonferenzen: Deutsche und Israelis – Die Vergangenheit ist gegenwärtig. Psychosozial Verlag: Gießen.

Erlich, H. S., Erlich-Ginor, M. & Beland, H. (2009) Being in Berlin: A large group experience in the Berlin Congress. Int J Psychoanal, 90:809–825.

Khaleelee, O. & Miller, E. J. (2000) Beyond the small group: society as an intelligible field of study. In M. Pines (Ed.), Bion and Group Psychotherapy. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 354-380.

Lawrence, G. W. (2005) Introduction to Social Dreaming. London: Karnac.

Miller, E. J. (1985) The politics of involvement. In A. Colman & M. Geller (Eds.), Group Relations Reader, Vol. 2. Washington, DC: A. K. Rice Institute, pp. 241-271.

Miller, E. J. (1989) The Leicester model: experiential study of group and organizational processes. Occasional Paper No 10, London: Tavistock Institute of Human Relations.

Turquet, P. M. (1975) Threats to identity in the large group. In L. Kreeger (Ed.), The Large Group: Dynamics and Therapy. London: Constable.

Varvin, S. & Volkan, V. (2003) Violence or Dialogue: Psychoanalytic Insights on Terrorism. London: The International Psychoanalytical Association.

The conference will begin at 15:00 on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 and end at 12:30 on Monday, September 1st, 2014.

The conference working language will be English, except where a single-language group is working with a consultant conversant with their language. Members not fully fluent in English can expect to receive help with translation when needed.

The full fee for the conference (single room for five nights and full board included) is €1,250. The fee for double occupancy is €1,160 per person.

A number of places at a reduced fee of €700 are available for East European participants, as well as a double occupancy fee of €610 per person.

The fee must be paid in full upon receipt of invoice/confirmation to:
Commerzbank Mannheim (Germany)
IBAN DE37 6708 0050 0711 2762 03

In the event of cancellation before June 1st the fee will be fully refunded. Cancellation between June 1st and July 30th will be refunded 50%. There will be no refund for cancellation after August 1st.

For Registration:
Please register by filling out the Registration Form.

A number of partial bursaries will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Those interested should send in their application not later than June 15th with their background information and supporting reasons.

The conference will be held at Kliczków Castle, Poland. Members and staff will reside and work at the conference hotel. It is located in Lower Silesia, 12 km from Bolesławiec, in the village of Kliczków, near the international roads Wrocław-Berlin, Wrocław-Dresden, Szczecin-Prague. The village is situated 122 km from Wrocław, 40 km from Forst and 55 km from Görlitz. The closest airport is Dresden airport. The closest train station is in Bolesławiec.

The hotel mailing address and other details are:

Kliczków Castle
Kliczków 8, 59-724 Osiecznica

tel.: +48 75 73 40 700 (to 702)
fax: +48 75 73 40 703

The hotel website:

Further Information: 
For questions or special needs that require our attention, you can find our contact information  on the “contact” tab.

For any questions please contact:

Geber+Reusch, Brigitte Reusch, Habichtsweg 11, D-60437 Frankfurt
Phone: +49 (0) 69 50 52 39

You can also reach Yael Sharon, the Conference Administrator, at:

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