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This paper is a tale of two immigrants, an analyst and a patient, whose treatment was truncated because he left after ten sessions. The contrast between their different migration experiences and their sharing the same language provided the grounds for an intense therapeutic experience exacerbated by peace demonstrations and changes in immigration policies in the US. Mourning of the loss of the patient was an important piece in the transformation and understanding of the analyst’s own unresolved issues.

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I want to thank Adrienne Harris and Drew Magidoff for their invaluable contributions to developing and revising this paper, particularly Drew Magidoff for his editorial work.

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A version of this paper was presented at the IARPP conference ‘Imagining with eyes wide open’, held in Tel Aviv, Israel, June 2019. Address correspondence to Ruth Lijtmaer, PhD, 88 West Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA.

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Lijtmaer, R. Can we imagine a world without walls?. Psychoanal Cult Soc 28, 460–475 (2023).

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