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The passing of Isca Wittenberg

It’s with great sadness that we share the news of Isca Wittenberg’s passing on 23 December. She was 100 years old.

Across her life, Isca has seen many of the twentieth-century’s most turbulent events. These inspired her desire to care for others, and to understand what makes people act the way they do, underpinning her journey from being a child refugee to becoming the Vice-Chair of the Tavistock and Portman.

Over the course of a 70-year career, through her training and writing, Isca helped shape the thinking of generations of child psychotherapists.

In July 2023 Isca joined us online for our celebration of 75 years of the NHS. As part of the celebrations, we interviewed her. You can read the interview on our website at the link below:

‘My story is one of beginnings and endings’ – Isca Wittenberg, 100, reflects on 75 years of the NHS – Tavistock and Portman