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March 1952

Health and Human Relations in Germany

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1952;67(3):417. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1952.02320150150018

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An opportunity to carry further the work of the Princeton conference came when several Germans attended the White House Conference on Children and Youth. A meeting was arranged at Williamsburg, with Dr. John R. Rees again serving as chairman. At this conference there were, as before, American, English, and French participants, but more Germans. The German members pointed out that the statements about German character (pages 49-54 of the report of the first conference) were somewhat questionable; so the following statement was prepared and unanimously adopted:

"The Williamsburg conference is of the opinion that the attempt to explain historically and psychologically the nature and origin of the German character, as outlined in the report of the Princeton conference on pages 49 to 54, is affected by the historical period in which it was written and is a somewhat one-sided post-war document. This attempt is not wholly just. The explanation as