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A Brief History of Erik Erikson Erik Erikson was born on June 15 1902 in Frankfurt Germany His parents had separated from each other before he was born and his mother wedded a Jewish doctor They raised Erik under the last name of Homburger which belonged to his Jewish stepfather Martin His peers beheld him as Jewish but his Jewish temple did not accept him because of his appearance Consequently during his youth Erikson had many struggles with identity Boeree Eriksons family very much wanted him to study science Erikson did not do well in school and did not continue on to university Instead of pursuing the science degree he went to art school and enjoyed eight years of traveling Europe as a wandering artist Martin After Erikson had graduated from art school he began to teach at a private school in Vienna He attended the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society He also taught in a small private school and educated himself as a Montessori teacher Erikson studied psychoanalysis with Anna Freud the youngest of Sigmund and Martha Freuds six children Astor He married a woman whose name was Joan M Serson and had two sons with her Boeree In the early 1930s Erikson moved his family to the United States He became a US citizen in 1939 and changed his last name from Homburger to Erikson Martin Erikson worked at Harvard Medical School Yale University and several private appointments in their clinics for disturbed children At Harvard he taught a course
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