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About Dr. Joanne Intrator

Joanne Intrator has been a practicing psychiatrist for more than thirty years. In 1993 she began an international legal quest to gain restitution for the property in Central Berlin that the Nazis had stolen from her family.


“‘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

Upcoming Book

“Given that conventionally narrated history has the Holocaust ending in 1945, the bitterest of ironies attaches to Germany only starting a victim reparations program in 1953 and to boot, having the gall to label it Wiedergutmachung — (literally ‘Making good again’) — but my memoir narrates how, for decades on end, the Holocaust continued casting fearsome shadows over my entire family.”