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Wilhelm Reich

Reich in his mid-20s
Pronunciation English /raɪx/; German [ʀaɪç]
Born (1897-03-24)24 March 1897
Dobzau, Austria-Hungary (now Ukraine)
Died 3 November 1957(1957-11-03) (aged 60)
United States Penitentiary, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Cause of death Heart failure
Resting place Orgonon, Rangeley, Maine, United States
44°59′28″N 70°42′50″W / 44.991027°N 70.713902°W / 44.991027; -70.713902
Nationality Austrian
Medical career
Education M.D. (1922), University of Vienna
Speciality Psychoanalysis
Institutions Vienna City Hospital; Vienna Ambulatorium; University of Oslo; The New School, New York
Known for

Character analysis
muscular armour
orgastic potency

Notable work

Character Analysis (1933)
The Mass Psychology of Fascism (1933)
The Sexual Revolution (1936)


Annie Reich, née Pink (m. 1922–1933)
Elsa Lindenberg (1932–1939)
Ilse Ollendorf (m. 1946–1951)
Aurora Karrer (1955–1957)


Eva Reich (de) (1924–2008)
Lore Reich Rubin (b. 1928)
Peter Reich (b. 1944)


Leon Reich, Cecilia Roniger

Relatives Robert Reich (brother)

Love, work, and knowledge are the wellsprings of our lives, they should also govern it.
Wilhelm Reich
Only the liberation of the natural capacity for love in human beings can master their sadistic destructiveness.
Wilhelm Reich
Most intellectual people do not believe in God, but they fear him just the same.
Wilhelm Reich
The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not a proof of their vitally necessary character. The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality, but no one would have regarded it as vitally necessary.
Wilhelm Reich
Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena.
Wilhelm Reich
The few bad poems which occasionally are created during abstinence are of no great interest.
Wilhelm Reich
Honest pioneer work in the field of science has always been, and will continue to be, life's pilot. On all sides, life is surrounded by hostility. This puts us under an obligation.
Wilhelm Reich