“Harald Leupold-Löwenthal shaped a generation of analysts through his teaching. The endowment fund at the IPU Berlin is now meant for the next generation,” explains Ida di Pietro Leupold-Löwenthal. In February 2021, she established the open Associate Professor Dr. Harald Leupold-Löwenthal Endowment Fund within the Foundation to Promote University Psychoanalysis. This fund will support IPU and its many activities within the realm of academics and sciences, as well as those oriented towards its societal responsibilities. Since 2019, the IPU has enjoyed a fruitful cooperation with Ida di Pietro Leupold-Löwenthal, which she initiated with the goal of continuing the work of her husband, who passed away in 2007. In honor of Harald Leupold-Löwenthal, she has also been supporting IPU students through the Germany Scholarship for the past two years.
Harald Leupold-Löwenthal was a psychoanalyst in Vienna and was also involved in the psychoanalytic community in many ways. He served as the chair of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Association from 1974-1981, was a founding member of the Sigmund Freud Society, and served as its president from 1976-1999. Like Sigmund Freud in 1924, Leupold-Löwenthal was awarded the honor of “Bürger der Stadt Wien” in 1995 which is given to citizens of Vienna in recognition of special services. You can read an account of the life and work of Harald Leupold-Löwenthal here.
“We celebrate the 70th birthday of a psychoanalyst who, perhaps more than any other, has helped our profession build a bridge between the past and present developments of psychoanalysis in the city of its birth.”
Otto F. Kernberg, 1996, in: The Psychoanalytic Process. Publication in commemoration of Harald Leupold-Löwenthal’s 70th birthday.
Leupold-Löwenthal was involved on international and intercultural levels throughout his life, and one of his particular passions was supporting refugees. This inspired Ida di Pietro Leupold-Löwenthal to use the topic of “Escape and Migration” as a direct connection between the IPU and the continuation of her husband’s legacy: “The way I see it, this joint effort came into focus, on one hand, through IPU’s support of refugees since November 2015, and, on the other hand, through my husband’s experiences of working with Hungarian refugees after 1956.”
The IPU is very pleased about the establishment of the Associate Professor Dr. Harald Leupold-Löwenthal Endowment Fund by Ida di Pietro Leupold-Löwenthal, and thanks her for her dedicated support of the International Psychoanalytic University.