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September 2004 Update
The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust
& The Wilhelm Reich Museum

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You can access them through the Updates option at the top of this page or via the Quick Links along the left side of the page. These Updates provide the best contemporaneous accounts of the Trust's ongoing activities over the past six years.

Visiting Orgonon in September
Lecture in New York City
Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust Endowment Fund
Bringing Reich’s Work to the Scientific Community
Back in Print: Reich Speaks of Freud
Trends in Our Bookstore
Orgonomic Functionalism
Rental Cottages 


Please note that while our 175 acre property, with its trails and nature walks, is open year round from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Observatory is open for tours on Sundays only from 1- 5 p.m. It will be closed from October through June, and re-open in July.

Special tours can be arranged throughout the year by calling the Museum office at (207) 864-3443. The Conference Building, which houses the Museum and Trust offices, the Orgone Room, and our new Reading Room, is open year-round Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 



Our annual benefit for the Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust Endowment Fund will feature a presentation by Elizabeth Ann Danto, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Policy at Hunter College School of Social Work, City University of New York (CUNY). The benefit will be held at the Williams Club at 24 E. 39th St. and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Danto has written and lectured extensively about the social activism of pioneering European psychoanalysts in the early 20th century, including an article on Reich's free clinics published in Psychoanalytic Social Work (Spring 2000). Dr. Danto is also the author of "The Berlin Poliklinik: Psychoanalytic Innovation in Weimar Germany" (Journal of the Psychoanalytic Association, December 1999) and "The Ambulatorium: Freud's Free Clinic in Vienna" (International Journal of Psychoanalysis, May 1998).

Her book Oedipus Red - Psychoanalysis in Europe, 1918-1938 will be available in Spring 2005 from Columbia University Press.

The evening will include a champagne fete with hors d'ouvres. A contribution of $75 to the Endowment Fund is requested, $35 for students with valid college or university I.D. If you're planning to attend, R.S.V.P as soon as possible.

Checks can be made out to the Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust Endowment Fund, and mailed to P.O. Box 687, Rangeley, ME. 04970. For further information, call the Museum office at (207) 864-3443. 


Our funding needs cover a broad range from individual project support to general support to capital support. With the Museum's annual operating budget now approaching $150,000 (to maintain seven buildings on our 175 acre property, plus salaries and office expenses), capital support is more crucial than ever.

Like most non-profits, we need to secure a solid financial base as we plan for the future. Which means we cannot survive without a healthy Endowment Fund.

At the suggestion of Paul Della Penna, a long-time supporter from Canada, The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust began its Endowment Fund which is managed by a senior officer at UBS Financial Services. The Fund now consists of over $200,000, none of which we are currently using for our expenses. This sum represents individual contributions, proceeds from our annual programs at the Williams Club in New York City, and generous bequests from two individuals who were profoundly committed to Reich's work and the mission of the Trust. Our goal is to build up the Fund to $1,000,000 by 2008, at which time we can use the interest to meet our budgetary needs.

Please help us provide a solid financial base for the Trust through contributions of assets during your lifetime or bequests in your will. Helping us realize our goal is a unique and practical way to express your commitment to Reich's legacy. 


Implicit in the Trust's mission is the need to interest traditional science and medicine in the value of Reich's work. This we are doing consistently, quietly, and strategically. With input from our friends and supporters, we are researching and identifying individuals, organizations, and funding resources to whom we might send materials for the purpose of pursuing a variety of opportunities.

For example, today more than ever before there are numerous well-financed alternative medical trials involving a plethora of promising new treatments. It is imperative that these trials provide a context in which the American medical community will seriously and honestly study the orgone energy accumulator and the extensive medical data documented by Reich and his colleagues.

Equally important is presenting Reich's findings to physicists who may be questioning long-held precepts about energy, space, and the laws that govern the universe. Here again, Reich's empirical findings offer a compelling body of work worthy of serious examination.

In the past few years we have sent out packages of materials to physicians, physicists, medical and scientific researchers, and educators. These include copies of our biographical video Man's Right to Know, along with selections of Reich's work carefully chosen for each individual, based on his or her profession and areas of interest.

While we have no illusions about the formidable obstacles we face in these endeavors, Reich's emphasis in his Will on the "secure transmission to future generations of a vast empire of scientific accomplishment" makes our course of action clear. 


For years Reich Speaks of Freud has been out of print, and available in the Museum bookstore only in bound xerox copies. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of our publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux and Lightning Source, a books-on-demand publishing house, it is now available in softcover in our Museum Bookstore.

First published in 1967, the core of this book is a transcript of a three-day interview with Reich, conducted by Kurt Eissler of the Freud Archives in October 1952 at Orgonon. An extensive documentary supplement provides pertinent extracts from Reich's writings and previously unpublished material from the Reich Archives, including letters to Freud, Adler, Ferenczi and others involved in the early struggles within psychoanalysis.

This volume, more than any other, clarifies the relationship between Reich and Freud, documents the unrelenting hostility of the psychoanalysts toward Reich, and traces the origins of many of the rumors and distortions that we hear even today.

We often recommend this book to those who are just learning about Reich and are curious about which titles might provide the best introduction to his life and work. This volume presents a conversation with Reich that is accessible, concise, and rich with detail and insight about the early decades of psychoanalysis. Along with Selected Writings and The Function of the Orgasm, Reich Speaks of Freud is an ideal resource for newcomers to orgonomy. 


We keep close tabs on the sale of books, reprinted materials, videos, audiotapes, and other items in the Museum Bookstore. In addition to our online store, these materials can be purchased during visits to Orgonon or by phone, FAX or e-mail through the Museum office.

Publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux also provides us with figures about domestic and foreign book sales. And friends and visitors frequently report to us on titles they often see in the popular chain bookstores. (Generally the most commonly found Reich titles in major bookstores are Character Analysis, The Function of the Orgasm, Listen Little Man, and The Mass Psychology of Fascism.)

Below is a list of the Museum bookstore's best-selling materials, starting with the most popular:

  1. Listen Little Man
  2. Ether, God and Devil/Cosmic Superimposition
  3. Man's Right to Know (biographical video)
  4. Contact with Space
  5. "Plans for Constructing an Accumulator" and "Plans for Constructing an Orgone Blanket"
  6. The Function of the Orgasm, Genitality, The Murder of Christ
  7. The Cancer Biopathy
  8. "Alone" (audiotape), American Odyssey, Children of the Future, The Oranur Experiment
  9. The Bioelectrical Investigation of Sexuality and Anxiety, Selected Writings
  10. The Bion Experiments, "The Orgone Energy Accumulator" (booklet) 


In terms of the commercial market, Reich's scientific writings have never attracted a significant readership. Consequently, various titles by Reich have gone in and out of print over the years. And publishers have been reluctant to commit their resources to any new scientific materials authored by Reich. Yet Reich's unpublished writings on infant care, parenting, education, physics, nature, weather, and other topics are crucial to understanding the breadth of orgonomy.

In the Spring of 1990, The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust issued Volume I of Orgonomic Functionalism, intended as a bi-annual periodical devoted to previously unpublished material by Reich, as well as key selections from his books and bulletins. Edited by Mary Boyd Higgins and Chester M. Raphael, M.D., the Trust was assisted financially in this endeavor by the generosity of an eclectic group of supporters: Stewart Ascher M.D., Kenneth Baker D.O., Paul Della Penna, Jeanne Fitzgerald, Seymour Gottlieb, Morton Herskowitz D.O., the Institute for Orgonomic Science, Monte Jaffe, Heiko Lassek M.D., Victor Sobey M.D., and William Steig.

Volume 6, published in 1996, turned out to be the final issue, due to lack of funding. We hope to resume publication in the near future. Meanwhile, all six volumes of Orgonomic Functionalism are available in the Museum Bookstore in their original binding. We call your attention to their invaluable contents, and hope you'll add them to your collection.

Volume 1 - Spring 1990
"Developmental History of Orgonomic Functionalism - Part 1"
"From Homo Normalis to the Child of the Future"
"A Note on Sympathetic Understanding"
"Silent Observer, Part 1: The Yearning for the Hidden Sweetness"
"Functional Thinking: A Discussion with Wilhelm Reich"

Volume 2 - Fall 1990
"Developmental History of Orgonomic Functionalism - Part 2"
"Silent Observer, Part 2: Freud's Position in the Sexual Revolution"
"Wrong Thinking Kills"
"On Using the Atomic Bomb"
"Man's Roots in Nature: A Lecture and Discussion"

Volume 3 - Summer 1991
"Developmental History of Orgonomic Functionalism - Part 3"
"Orgonotic Pulsation, Part 1: Differentiation of Orgone Energy from Electromagnetism Presented in Talks with an Electrophysicist"
"The Evasiveness of Homo Normalis"
Volume 4 - Summer 1992
"Developmental History of Orgonomic Functionalism - Part 3"
"Orgonotic Pulsation - Part 2"
"Orgone Functions in Weather Formation"
"Attitude of Mechanistic Natural Science to the Life Problem"

Volume 5 - Summer 1994
"Orgonomic Functionalism in Non-Living Nature - Part 1"
"Orgonotic Pulsation - Part 3"
"Parents as Educators"
"Open Season on Truth"
"The Fundamental Problem of Form"

Volume 6 - Summer 1996
"Orgonomic Functionalism in Non-Living Nature - Part 2"
"Orgonotic Pulsation - Part 3"
"Desert Development and Emotional Deadness"
"Processes of Integration in the Newborn and Schizophrenia"
"The Meaning of ‘Disposition to Disease'"
"The Difficulty"

Single volume : $18.75
Any two volumes: $35.00
Volumes 1-6: $100.00 


Looking to get away in the next couple of months? September is peaceful and beautiful in Rangeley: the crowds are gone, and the summer weather often lingers as we ease into autumn. The fall foliage peaks anywhere from the last days of September to the first week of October. And even after peak season, autumn in Maine is tranquil and memorable.

We still have availabilities at our two rental cottages. The smaller cottage we call Bunchberry was originally built by Reich as a study, while the larger cottage known as Tamarack provided living quarters for him and his family. Both cottages offer quiet, seclusion, and access to the shores of Dodge Pond. For more details, please visit our website or call us at (207) 864-3443.


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