“Jung also had the idea that if you want to come to your shadow, you have to live with somebody. Otherwise you deceive yourself.” – Hilde Kirsch
Born into a Jewish family rooted in Berlin since the 9th Century, Hilde Kirsch came to know Jung in the late 1920’s when she began an analysis that lasted until Jung’s death. She married Dr. James Kirsch, an analyst also training with Jung. In 1935 they emigrated to England. There she began her work as an analyst, prompted by Jung who sent her the first patient. In 1940 the Kirsches moved to Los Angeles where they, together with others, founded the C. G. Jung Institute.
Hilde Kirsch was one of several gifted “lay analysts” of the first generation after Jung. She gave generously of her time to build a sound program for the training of analysts. She also gave seminars, sponsored public lectures and hosted authors from around the world. For the younger generation especially, she became a guiding light respected for her particular gift of working with material from the collective unconscious.
This conversation, with Gilda Frantz, a Jungian analyst practicing in Santa Monica, California, was filmed in Hilde Kirsch’s home in May of 1976.
Producer: George Wagner – Director: Suzanne Wagner, Ph.D. – Editor/Line Producer: Tee Bosustow – Music: John Adams.