In memory and honor of the Liberation of Auschwitz, 27 January 1945
Our reviewed author, Yehiel De-Nur, wrote more than 20 books, many using the identity KZ for Ka-Tzetnik 135633, the concentration camp number branded on his arm.
The picture shows De-Nur testifying in Israel at the trial of Adolf Eichmann; the year is 1961 – sixteen years after Auschwitz and fifteen years before his LSD-serotonin therapy and healing. In the photo, the guard is showing De-Nur prisoner garb that would have reminded him of Auschwitz; if it looks like he’s about to gag, you’re correct; in a few moments he basically loses it and can’t continue with his testimony.
De-Nur “lived” through two years at Auschwitz; he was sent to his death, to be gassed and burned, and found a way to survive. His survival came with a burden: he worked in the crematorium and gave witness to the ashed dead of Auschwitz.
In 1976, with his sleep marred by three decades of Auschwitz nightmares, De-Nur left Israel and went to the Netherlands, Leiden University, in search of relief; he had heard stories of other concentration camp survivors using a new therapy at Leiden, a treatment involving LSD and his serotonin system.
The doctor who helped De-Nur, Jan C. Bastiaans, professor of psychiatry at Leiden University, treated over 300 people with LSD-serotonin therapy. Two resources from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies give background and political context to his work: The LSD Therapy Career of Jan Bastiaans, M.D. (1998) and The Bastiaans Method of Drug-Therapy (1999).
Of course, this is very political. LSD, since 1970 in the US, has been a Schedule I drug: this means no medical value and high abuse. De-Nur’s book shows medical value (an N of 1) and he has only five sessions and stops; he then returns to Israel, waits ten years, then uses the tape recordings from the 1976 sessions to write his book. Hakibbutz Hameuchad published Shivitti: A Vision in Hebrew in 1987. Harper & Row published an English version in 1989; the book was published again in 1998 in the First Gateways Edition, the one used in the review.
We’ll stop for now and continue this journey next month with the addition of Hannah Arendt: specifically, her footnotes … from her book, The Human Condition.
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Title: Shivitti: A Review of Ka-Tzetnik 135633’s Vision
Publisher: Bryan W. Brickner
Publication date: 23 January 2015
Price: $5.55 print and $2.99 Kindle
The booklet is available on CreateSpace, Kindle, Amazon and other online retailers.
Next: on Friday 30 January, a touching serotonin (5HT) update for the synaptic Super Bowl.
Posted by Bryan W. Brickner