Dr. Dieter Duhm

Psychoanalyst, Art Historian, Prolific Author and one of the Leading Figures in the 1968 Students Movement in Germany, Visionary and Head of the Department for Art and Healing in Tamera.

Dieter Duhm was born in Berlin in 1942 in the middle of World War II. He experienced the violence of the night bombings of Berlin and of the refugee trek to Southern Germany. In his new homeland at Lake Constance a group of local boys grabbed him, tore his clothes off, tied him to a lamppost and smeared him with tar from head to toe. He had done nothing to offend them; it was just that he was a "stranger." It was then that he received his first lesson on the nature of fascism.

He was about 14 years old when he heard of the concentration camps. At first he resisted with all his mental ability to believe that this was true. He tried to convince himself that in reality the victims must all have been criminals or that maybe adults did not suffer from pain as much as children. Then he began asking questions to his parents and the people he knew. His hope of getting some consolation and pain-numbing answers melted away the more facts his research unearthed. There was no solace.  Auschwitz: this was a reality, at least an ineradicable part of it.  One last hope remained in him that perhaps all of this had once been real but it is no longer. This hope vanished. 

Years later he became one of the leaders of the leftist German '68 Students Movement. He fought against imperialism and the Vietnam War alongside his comrades. He saw the photos of Vietnamese women with their breasts cut off. He saw the pictures of people burned by napalm. He recognized this as the reverse side of Western morals and culture. Then he experienced the murder of a man who his comrades believed to be an informer and realized an elementary fact of political life – that ideological beliefs are interchangeable as long as the human character structures remain the same. 

The leftist movement did not reach its goal and faded out. 

Dieter Duhm could no longer integrate himself into bourgeois society. Nor could he accept any of the multiple offers of professorship. He was not willing to proceed with business as usual in the face of global violence.

He decided to retreat to an isolated farmhouse in Lower Bavaria for reflection. The massacres of My Lai and the Second World War – from where does this continuum of violence stem? How was it possible for the Holocaust to happen? How could good family men turn into concentration camp executioners over night? Is it really possible to end global violence once and for all?

His country hermitage became a workshop for envisioning a new future. He studied different sources of thinking and wisdom: Nietzsche, Hegel, van Gogh, Rudolf Steiner, Jesus, Lao Tse, Wilhelm Reich, Prentice Mulford, Teilhard de Chardin. Slowly the individual fragments of knowledge came together in a new picture, a preliminary stage of what would evolve into his holographic theory. A new pattern formed from the latest findings of biology, cybernetics, psychoanalysis and mathematics as well as art, history and theology. A vision emerges: yes, it is possible! This is how world peace can prevail.

Out of the vision he formulated a political concept starting with the fact that wars are created anew every day in the cohabitation of people, of man and woman, of children and adults, individuals and society, of nature and man. It is here that a change has to take place, a shift in paradigm has to be created and not just intellectually or in words but in the concrete experience of lived praxis.

He began to put his ideas into practice, founded the first communty experiment in 1978; suffered setbacks; was exposed to resistance, slander and hostility from society; deepened, corrected, completed his concept and started again from scratch. Long years passed without any visible outer success. But he kept at it.

In 1995, after long years of preparation, he finally founded, together with his partner in life, Sabine Lichtenfels, the physicist Charly Rainer Ehrenpreis and others, the peace research centre Tamera in Portugal. Today about 170 people are working there engaged in the development of a community model without lies, violence and degradation.  They research and actualize the social, ecological and technological aspects that can be the basis of a future global society.


Books by Dieter Duhm:

The Sacred Matrix. From the Matrix of Violence to the Matrix of Life, 2005

Future without War.
Theory of Global Healing, 2007

Eros Unredeemed
. The World Power of Sexuality, 2010

Towards a New Culture
. From Refusal to Re-Creation. Outline of an Ecological and Humane Alternative, 2012
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