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A Personal Biography


Ilse Ollendorff Reich

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 1969 by Ilse Ollendorff

Copyright 2011 by Peter Reich

For Eva, Lore, and Peter

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I wish to express my appreciation to all those who actively helped me with the task of collecting the necessary background material. My special thanks go to A. S. Neill and Dr. Ola Raknes who put their voluminous correspondence with Reich at my disposal in addition to generously offering their time for many talks about Reich; to Dr. Annie Reich, Jo Jenks, and Gladys Meyer Wolfe who contributed reminiscences and photographs; to Elsa Lindenberg for her willingness to share her memories of Reich with me; and to all the many others who contributed notes, letters, and memories and thus helped to make this a more rounded picture of the man Reich.



For many years, whenever I talked with friends and acquaintances about my years with Reich I was told to put these things down on paper, and I have played with the idea of writing a biography for a long time, without really taking it seriously. Now that I am tackling this job in earnest, I regret that I did not write down much more over the years than I actually have.

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