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September 2008 Update
The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust
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Presentation in New York
We Have Speakers Available
Seminar: The Future of Childhood
Wilhelm Reich's FBI File
Orgone Energy Bulletin, Vol 5 



From 2002 to 2006, The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust held an Annual Benefit for our Endowment Fund at The Williams Club in New York City. Because of our inordinately busy schedule last year, we held no Annual Benefit in 2007. This year we are resuming this event, which will comprise two talks:

Overview of the Trust (2008 - 2033)
Kevin Hinchey - Director, Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust

Preparing a New Manuscript by Reich
Mary Higgins - Director, Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust

This evening will also include a champagne f๊te with hors d'oeuvres.

When: Friday - November 14, 2008 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Williams Club, 24 East 39th St., New York City
Contribution: $75.00 per person to benefit The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust Endowment Fund. $40.00 for students with valid college or university I.D.

Checks can be made out to The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust Endowment Fund, and mailed to The Wilhelm Reich Museum, P.O. Box 687, Rangeley, ME 04970. For more information--or to R.S.V.P. if you're planning to attend--please contact us at (207) 864-3443 or email: wreich@rangeley.org. 


Are you planning an event or are you part of an organization where you'd like to hear more about the life and legacy of Wilhelm Reich? Or more about The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust or The Wilhelm Reich Museum? The Trust has available speakers to address your group. For more details, please contact us at: wreich@rangeley.org.  

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Kevin Hinchey--a Director of The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust--will join several other speakers at a one-day seminar sponsored by The Institute for the Study of the Work of Wilhelm Reich:

THE FUTURE OF CHILDHOOD: The Study of Children and Child Development from Wilhelm Reich and A.S. Neill to the Present

This one-day seminar will comprise the following presentations:

  • The Orgonomic Infant Research Center: Resources in the Archives of the Orgone Institute
    Kevin Hinchey

  • The Orgonomic Infant Research Center and its Historical Context.
    Philip Bennett, Ph.D.

  • An Orgonomic Developmental Model: Unifying The Work of Wilhelm Reich and John Bowly
    Harry Lewis, Ph.D.

  • A Video Presentation on Infant Assessment and Emotional Development
    Dorothy Burlage, Ph.D.

  • Armoring and Childbirth
    Peter Jones

  • Contemporary Attachment Theory – An Orgonomic Perspective
    Daniel Schiff, Ph.D.

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2008

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Location: Village Community School, 272 W. 10th Street (Between Greenwich & Washington Streets), New York, N.Y.

Fee: Prior to October 25 - General public: $70
Students and those requesting a scholarship: $50.
On the day of the seminar - General public: $80
Students and those requesting a scholarship: $60.

Please share this announcement with anyone who you think might be interested in attending this one-day seminar. 


About eight years ago, Reich's FBI file--comprising approximately 800 pages--became available online at the FBI website, in a section of the website dedicated to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Some time during 2007, a number of people reported to us that Reich's FBI file had been removed from that website.

Philosophy professor Philip Bennett, Ph.D.--a friend and supporter of The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust--recently contacted the FBI to inquire why this file was no longer available online. He received the following reply:

"The answer to your question was received from our Records Management Division (RMD) but we thought they were going to notify you. It was our mistake and I am sorry for the delay this has caused.

Wilhelm Reich's file was intentionally taken off the Electronic Reading Room. Last year, RMD worked closely with the FBI's Historian to identify files which were either historically valuable or were popular files, that is more than 3 - 4 requests in the past 3 years. The file in question didn't make the list, so they removed it from the website."

In a follow-up inquiry, Dr. Bennett asked:

"With regards to the decision to remove Wilhelm Reich's FBI file from the Electronic Reading Room, may I ask for the date at which time his file ceased being available. I'm writing an article that references Reich's file and I would like to be clear about the time it was available, which I believe was in 2000 and ended recently.

To which he received the following reply:

"Although I cannot give you the exact date that Wilhelm Reich's file was taken off the Electronic Reading Room, it was late last summer or early fall. I would like you to know, however, that although it is no longer available online, you may still receive a paper copy or CD of the information. The cost of a CD is $15..."

Dr. Bennett has also recently completed a major task that will be helpful to all scholars and researchers: collating all of the materials in Reich's FBI file into chronological order. The FBI file on Reich--in its electronic and CD format--comprises eight PDF files that contain two separate categories of information: (1) Personal information about Reich, and (2) Information about the Orgone Institute and The Wilhelm Reich Foundation. Consequently, the over-800 pages in this FBI file are not arranged chronologically, making the study of these materials rather difficult. In addition to putting all of these pages into chronological order, Dr. Bennett has also included documents about Reich from the State Department.

For more information, contact Dr. Bennett at: pbennett@mail.fairfield.edu  

Volume 5, Numbers 1 and 2 (1953)


In our April 2008 Update we announced that we are now selling bound-Xerox editions of Orgone Energy Bulletin, Volume 4, Numbers 1,3,4 (1952). We also included a table of contents for these bulletins.

Now available in the Museum Bookstore are bound-Xerox editions of Orgone Energy Bulletin, Volume 5, Numbers 1 and 2 (March 1953).

Up until recently these materials--which were banned and burned in the 1950s by order of a United States Federal Court--were available only in a handful of university libraries and on microfilm from our bookstore. With an original volume showing up occasionally among used and rare booksellers, or on eBay.

Reich published the Orgone Energy Bulletin from 1949 to 1953. Its five volumes-- comprising over 1200 pages--are unique resources that provide the reader with an historic appreciation of the development of Reich's work and the contributions of his students and colleagues in America and Europe. As well as a fascinating look at some of the organizational details and activities of the Orgone Institute in both New York City and Rangeley, Maine.

In March 1953, Reich published what would be that year's only issue of the Orgone Energy Bulletin, as Volume 5, Numbers 1 and 2. This would also be the last volume of the OEB. In July 1954, Reich would continue publishing a research bulletin under the new name of C.O.R.E. (Cosmic Orgone Engineering).

In this final volume of the Orgone Energy Bulletin, an Introductory Note on Page 1 explains the reasons for the delay of this publication and why this turned out to be the last edition:

"The Vol. V, No. 1 issue of the Orgone Energy Bulletin, 1953, was scheduled to appear during January of the current year. The great delay in its publication was due to the disruption of all routine activities at Orgonon in consequence of the Oranur Experiment. The disruption is so severe that stopping the publication of this bulletin for one year has been contemplated. Should such a step become necessary, we hope that our readers will understand this necessity."

VOLUME 5 – NUMBERS 1 and 2 (94 pages)

"Introductory Note"

"On Laws Needed for the Protection of Life in Newborns and of Truth"
(Text of a proposal made to the Congressional Committee on Foundations of the USA in November 1952 by The Wilhelm Reich Foundation)

"From The Murder of Christ"
by Wilhelm Reich, M.D.

"The Blackening Rocks – Melanor"
by Wilhelm Reich, M.D.

"A Grave Therapeutic Problem"
by Elsworth F. Baker, M.D.

"Medical Effects of Orgone Energy"
by Kenneth M. Bremer, M.D.

"Modju at Work in Journalism"

"Introduction to the Documentary Volumes on Wilhelm Reich, History of Orgonomy (1897-1952)"

Air Germs


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