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Summoned to Berlin


Dr. Intrator was born and raised in New York City. As a psychiatrist for 30 years, she conducted groundbreaking research on brain imaging of psychopaths. The associated paper was published in the journal Biological Psychiatry and is frequently cited. The New Yorker magazine wrote about her research as well. Joanne has stated that her expertise in psychopaths helped her to understand and confront the German bureaucrats, and ultimately gain restitution for her family's building.

Dr. Intrator was born and raised in New York City and works as a psychiatrist and is very excited to share her story with everyone.
Continue reading for an interview with her.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I was born in 1946. I am the daughter of two German Jewish refugees. I have a younger brother. Grew up in Queens, a borough of NYC. Lived modestly on a street with other refugee families. Was quite aware of my parents' suffering. I studied European History in college. Then worked in the film until I had the courage to go back to school and take the science and math courses I did not take in college. Went to Med School at age 30 which at the time was hard to do. I have one child who is also a doctor. Love the cultural life in NYC. Have traveled a great deal. And plan to continue both for my book and for the general pleasure of seeing the world.

Why did you choose to become a psychiatrist?
Since I was quite young I was acutely aware of people's feelings and wanted to minister to them. My father was very ill when I was a child and doctors played a big role. Then by the time I was a teenager, I was the go-to person for advice.

Can you tell us a bit about your practice? Does your practice have a particular focus?
My focus has changed over the years from an academic one, teaching, and research, in hospital-based settings to private practice. Though skilled in pharmacology, and find it amazingly useful, I find it very rewarding to do therapy. What I do is a mix of all that I have been trained in so it could be analytic, oriented, practical types of problem-solving that you see in CBT or DBT, breathing work.
It all depends on my client and what I sense they need and how ready they are for in-depth problem-solving. I am also very interested in Bessell and er Koch's work " The body keeps score." I also was trained as a lay chaplain at Bellevue many years ago and I do work with the terminally ill and chronically ill.

Tell us a bit about your book, “Summons To Berlin."
It begins with my father's death bed challenge" to be tough enough and let them know who you are", as he anticipated my going to Berlin to handle a restitution case of a building taken from my family in 1938. The Berlin wall had just fallen. It was a nine-year fight because others claimed the building as theirs. I hired an international investigator and found and found that the building's use was turned into making Nazi flags and Jewish patches to identify Jews for isolation and ultimately death. And that my opponents were Nazis.

What was your impetus for writing it?
As an example of the need for courage to overcome one's fears and anxieties which I had plenty of. And I also focus on the use of my psychological skills to overcome intransigent obstacles that have to do with German history.

Do you think your background as a psychiatrist helped in the writing of the book?
Absolutely. Facing my own demons.

What are the main points you’d like your readers to take away from reading “Summons to Berlin?”
Be a good listener. Face the truth. Ask questions and work to overcome one's own fears.

Do you have any other upcoming projects?
I plan to rewrite a script I wrote a few years back that takes place in Berlin.
And I have an idea for a novel.
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