About Dr. Joanne Intrator

Joanne Intrator’s life has been shaped by being the daughter of German Jewish refugees. Since childhood, she pondered why people perpetrate atrocities on their fellow human beings. After studying European history at Connecticut College, she received an MD from Columbia University and became a psychiatrist. She did a fellowship in Psychiatry and Law at Albert Einstein. Mentored by Dr. Robert Hare, she spearheaded the first brain imaging research on well-defined psychopaths, published in The Journal of Biological Psychiatry.

Summons to Berlin. My Memoir.

On his deathbed, Dr. Joanne Intrator’s father poses two unsettling questions:

“Are you tough enough? Do they know who you are?”

Joanne soon realizes that these haunting questions relate to a center-city Berlin building at 16 Wallstrasse that the Nazis ripped away from her family in 1938. But a decade is to pass before she will come fully to grasp why her father threw down the gauntlet as he did.


“‘I couldn’t put the book down’ is a frequently used comment to praise an author’s work. In fact, I opened this book late one afternoon and read without stopping for five hours, mesmerized by the shocking details of Dr. Intrator’s experience.”

—Dr. Marianne J. Legato, Bestselling author of Eve’s Rib

“With her Summons to Berlin, Joanne Intrator provides readers with rich, vibrant details of Mitte history that they simply will not find anywhere else.”

—Dr. Benedikt Goebel, Director of the Office for City Research, Berlin

“Joanne Intrator’s Summons to Berlin is an important and engrossing book. This memoir reads with intense imagery that is really the stuff of novels.”

—Steven K. Baum, Author of Antisemitism Explained and The Psychology of Genocide

“…an inspiring saga of vindication and justice, and of one very determined woman prevailing against seemingly impossible odds.”

—Dean Pitchford, Academy Award and Golden Globe Award Winner

“Joanne Intrator’s Summons to Berlin is a compelling confession full of intriguing questions and significant insights. Intrator rewards readers with a vivid feel for the complex, often disturbing events at the heart of her narrative.”

—Dr. Michael Eigen, Author of The Sensitive Self and The Psychoanalytic Mystic

“Joanne Intrator’s story is that of a woman who dares to confront those who would find security in silence…”

—Rabbi David Greenberg, Temple Sharaay Tefila, Bedford Corners, New York