Wilhelm Reich Museum
Wilhelm Reich Archives
Biography of Wilhelm Reich
Frequently Asked Questions
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Welcome to The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust.
This Trust was established by Wilhelm Reich, M.D. (1897-1957)--a pioneering psychiatrist,
psychoanalyst, research physician and scientist--in his Last Will & Testament to "secure
transmission to future generations of a vast empire of scientific accomplishments" and to
"safeguard the truth about my life and work against distortion and slander after my death."
These are responsibilities that the Trust takes seriously and this website is one manifestation
of that commitment. Here you will find factually accurate information about Reich's life and
work; substantial excerpts from his books, research journals and bulletins; a bookstore that
offers the largest assortment of Reich's publications available anywhere (over 7000 pages
of materials); and information about the Trust's numerous activities regarding The Wilhelm
Reich Museum, the Archives of the Orgone Institute, and the publishing of Reich's books.
To understand Reich's legacy in a factual, intellectually honest way, it is essential at some
point to read and study Reich’s documentation of his own life and work, i.e., Reich’s life
and work in his own words, his own narratives, and not in the narratives and opinions of
Reich documented his life and work in many ways: articles, monographs, books, personal
diaries and journals, correspondence, laboratory notebooks, published research journals and
bulletins, audio recordings, photographs and films, unpublished archive materials; as well as
in his development of a laboratory and research center called Orgonon in Rangeley, Maine.
And no other entity except the Trust has the responsibility--designated by Reich himself--
of preserving and making available these valuable primary sources.
Regrettably and tragically for historical truth, distortions, factual inaccuracies and outright
slanders about Reich persist to this day. Reich's work has been misrepresented, maligned,
mysticized and politicized by detractors and admirers alike. And today anyone can create
any written or visual content about Wilhelm Reich and post it on the Internet where it can
be seen and shared by anyone. The creation, availability and perpetuity of unreliable and
factually incorrect Internet content trivializes Reich's legacy and renders it unrecognizable.
Regarding the Trust's website, with all of its factually accurate information and primary
materials, we are reminded of something Reich said in his closing remarks at the Second
International Orgonomic Convention at Orgonon in August 1950: “We have a good thing
in our hands," he said. "We can do a lot of good."
We feel the same way about our website and we hope it will be a valuable tool for deepening
your appreciation and understanding of Wilhelm Reich's remarkable life and legacy.
The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust is a non-profit corporation in the State of Maine.
Visitors to our website are encouraged to explore the material presented here:
- Reich's published works--including books, journals, German manuscript editions, and more--are available for purchase via our online bookstore.
- Help support the legacy of Wilhelm Reich, the Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust, and the Wilhelm Reich Museum by becoming a Friend of the Wilhelm Reich Trust. Our ability to oversee the administration of the Trust, see that his written works remain available, and maintain the Wilhelm Reich Museum depend on your support.
- Keep up-to-date on summer conferences, talks, and other activities sponsored by the Wilhelm Reich Trust by signing up for email updates.
- A biography of Wilhelm Reich and a history of the Trust are available, as well as the full text of Reich's Last Will & Testament.
- Parties interested in accessing the Archives of the Orgone Institute should read through the policies and procedures for requesting access to the archives.
- The Trust maintains two cottages at Orgonon. Both are available for rental.
- And much more.
If you have further questions, please consult our responses to frequently asked questions, or contact us at the Trust office.
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