Alan Jacobs

Alan Jacobs is a psychotherapist, and also an author and independent researcher on issues related to genocide and the abuse of power.

He has been to Auschwitz and Birkenau many times. During those visits, he intervieiwed numerous survivors and took many photographs of the camps. He has also spent many hours viewing artifacts, art and photographs stored at the Auschwitz Museum Archives. He made a film using the words and art of survivors and SS photos. Although still a work in progress, it has been shown in universities, professional conferences, cultural centers etc. There have been several shows of Jacobs Auschwitz photographs, some of which can now be seen on the Internet:

Photographs of Auschwitz/Birkenau,

Photographs of Birkenau, shown at Idea.

Jacobs has had several articles published on the structure of dictatorship and for some of this work he received the 1996 Eric Berne Memorial Award for social applications of theory. He wrote about autocratic power, nationalism, aspects of survival, and explanations of why people commit mass murder and genocide.

Jacobs is the editor of Idea, an e-journal of articles, stories and reviews dedicated to discussion and exploration of cults, totalism, autocracy, war, holocaust and genocide.

Also a psychotherapist and trainer, Jacobs has has conducted workshops for professional therapists in the USA and abroad.

This photograph was taken by Scott Sakansky in 1996 at the base of the infamous staircase into the rock quarry at the former Nazi concentration camp, Mauthausen.

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