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STATEMENT OF PLANS (from a grant application)

Like my previous novel, Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings, Fatherland will explore the nature and consequences of what James Baldwin termed “moral apathy,” that mix of selective attention and self-deception that enables ostensibly well-meaning people to remain ignorant of their own complicity with evil. Fatherland interweaves the stories of Otto Zeitz, an “Aryan” psychoanalyst, and his Jewish daughter, Hannah, during and just after the Third Reich.

In 1928, Sigmund Freud sends Zeitz to work at the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute, which, at that time, Freud still hoped would be the vanguard of the psychoanalytic movement. Read More