Last Will and Testament of Wilhelm Reich
from the files at: Franklin County Probate Court Court House, Farmington, Maine 04938
I WILHELM REICH, residing at Orgonon, Rangeley, Maine hereby make, publish and declare this as My Last Will and Testament:
1. No personal revenge nor disregard for the many kindnesses I enjoyed during my lifetime determine my decisions in this Will. Being in full possession of my judgment of people and social matters and being clear of mind, I made the consideration of secure transmission to future generations of a vast empire of scientific accomplishment the guide in my last dispositions. To my mind the foremost task to be fullfilled was to safeguard the truth about my life and work against distortion and slander after my death.
2. I hereby revoke all prior Wills by me at any time made.
3. I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid with the exception of the specific requests hereinafter made; I hereby give, devise and bequeath all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, of every nature and kind whatsoever and wheresoever situated, of which I may die seized and possessed or to which I shall then be entitled, to my Trustee hereinafter named, and to such successor trustees as may be appointed to administer the same, to have and to hold the said property and to manage, sell, invest the same and to collect the interest, income, dividends and proceeds arising from the said property for the uses and purposes herein set forth:
a. The Trust shall be held and administered hereunder under the name of the Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust Fund.
b. The administrative expenses of the said Trust shall never exceed 20% of the total income.
c. To operate and maintain the property at Orgonon under the name and style of the Wilhelm Reich Museum.
During the years following 1949 my life was running its course within and around the walls of the Orgone Energy Observatory. I supervised the building myself for two summers; I paid out upwards of $35,000 from my privately earned possessions for the construction. I have collected all of the pertinent materials such as instruments which served the Discovery of the Life Energy, the documents which were witnesses to labors of some 30 years and the library of a few thousand volumes, collected painstakingly over the same stretch of time and amply used in my researches and writings, the paintings, some 25 of them, small items which I loved and cherished during my lifetime such as the carved African stick given me by Malinowski, the Sigmund Freud picture, a few inexpensive but meaningfull vases, the “Rock Woman” by Jo Jenks, the “Zaenn’t Weh’ Bauer” carved 12,000 feet above sea level on some mountain refuge in Austria — all of these things and similar things should remain where they are now in order to preserve some of the atmosphere in which the Discovery of the Life Energy has taken place over the decades.
The grounds should be kept neat and clean and repairs should not be neglected.
The costs of maintenance, repairs, services and salaries should be paid from this
d. In order to enable the future student of the PRIMORDIAL COSMIC ENERGY
OCEAN, THE LIFE ENERGY discovered and developed by me, to obtain a
true picture of my accomplishments, mistakes, wrong assumptions, pioneering
basic trends, my private life, my childhood, etc., I hereby direct that under no
circumstances and under no pretext whatsoever shall any of the documents,
manuscripts or diaries, found in my library among the archives or anywhere else
be altered, omitted, destroyed, added to or falsified in any other imaginable way.
The tendency of man, born from fear, to “get along with his fellow man” at any
price, and to hide unpleasant matters is overpoweringly strong. To guard against
this trend, disastrous to historical truth, my study including the library and
archives, shall be sealed right after my death by the proper legal authorities and no
one shall be permitted to look into my papers until my Trustee, herinafter named,
is duly appointed and qualified and takes control and custody thereof.
These documents are of crucial importance to the future of newborn generations.
There are many emotionally sick people who will try to damage my reputation
regardless of what happens to infants, if only their personal lives would remain
hidden in the darkness of a forsaken age of the Stalins and Hitlers.
e. I therefore direct my Trustee and his successors that nothing whatsoever must be
changed in any of the documents and that thay should be put away and stored for
50 years to secure their safety from destruction and falsification by anyone
interested in the falsification and destruction of historical truth.
f. These directives are established by me solely for the preservation of documented
truth as I lived it during my lifetime.
g. I have throughout all of my lifetime loved infants and children and adolescents,
and I also was always loved and understood by them. Infants used to smile at me
because I had deep contact with them and children of two or three very often
used to become thoughtful and serious when they looked at me. This was one of
the great happy privileges of my life, and I want to express in some manner my
thanks for that love bestowed upon me by my little friends. May Fate and the
great Ocean of Living Energy, from whence they came and into which they must
return sooner or later, bless them with happiness and contentment and freedom
during their life times. I hope to have contributed my good share to their future
To this end the Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust Fund should be mainly devoted and
h. I bequeath the cabin below the road opposite the Student’s Laboratory at
Orgonon to my daughter Dr. Eva Reich.
i. The 80% of all income, profits or proceeds due me and the Trust from royalties
and tools originating in my discoveries shall be devoted to the care of infants
everywhere, towards legal security of infants, children and adolescents in
emotional, social, parental, medical, legal, educational, professional or other
distress. Part of the proceeds may be used for basic orgonomic research.
j. Should the Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust Fund fail of purpose, then my Trustee
after careful deliberation of the matter shall transfer all of the assets of the said
Trust Fund to an appropriate agency designed and capable to handle such affairs.
4. My son Peter will need financial support for many years in his education to adult social
activity. I therefore directthat:
a. All Treasury Bonds of the United States of America, bought and made out in
Peter’s name, should not be used before the bonds fully mature.
b. I hereby specifically give, devise and bequeath certain bonds made out in my
name, my son Peter Reich as receiver after my death, to Ilse Ollendorff in trust
nevertheless, or in the event of her death to Eva Reich in trust nevertheless, to
have and to hold the same and receive the income and profits thereof and pay out
to Peter the income, proceeds and principal thereof at the rate of $150. per
c. I hereby give, devise and bequeath to Peter any two of my rifles which he may
choose, and together with those rifles such accessories as cartridge belt and
cleaning material as he desires; my photographic equipment; such of my clothes
as he may choose. For his life and until he decides not to use it personally, prior
to his death, possession of the so-called “lower-cabin” at Orgonon with its
furniture, together with surrounding acreage of about 10 acres, more or less,
subject to a license in Eva Reich to use the cabin if she wishes; upon the death of
Peter or upon his deciding not to use it personally, or upon his having not used it
personally for a period of three years, the lower cabin shall revert to the Wilhelm
Reich Infant Trust Fund for use by the Fund as a summer home for children;
under no circumstances shall such summer home be in the possession, custody or
control of any person other than Peter, or Eva Reich, if she likes, as hereinbefore
5. I hereby give, devise and bequeath to my daughter Eva $10,000, any of my personal
furniture she may desire to possess.
6. I hereby give, devise and bequeath to Aurora Karrer $4,000 and my Chrysler 300, 1955
7. I hereby give, devise and bequeath to my daughter Eva and my son Peter, share and share
alike each 10% of all royalties which may be due at the time of my death or thereafter,
which such royalties mean income from my discoveries, books or translations of books.
8. I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint Eva Reich M. D. as the Trustee of this My
Last Will and Testament and as my Trustee direct that he or she shall be required to file
no bond as such Executor or Trustee, any law to the contrary notwithstanding;’ and I
further direct that in the execution of the Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust Fund, my said
Trustee by an instrument in writing may appoint a successor, in the event my Trustee
resigns or becomes incapacitated, or by a testamentary instrument may appoint a
successor upon his death, which said successor and all of my trustees shall thereafter
successively have the same power; it being my sole direction in this regard that such
successor trustees shall make appointments consistent with my expressed purposes.
9. I harbor no ill will against my relatives. Most of them I have not met for many decades.
Since I know of no relative of mine who would be able to serve the main purposes of this
will, namely the Safeguarding of the Full Truth about my Life and Work, I disinherit for
all future and in every respect ALL my relatives by blood and by marriage (both legal and
common) on both my father’s and my mother’s line. They should have no claim
whatsoever, no matter who, in what form or under whatever pretext to any of my present
or future possessions, or to the possessions of the Wilhelm Reich Foundation which
carries my name and was founded to preserve my discoveries; no claim on any ground
and at no time whatever. This includes my own children with the exceptions mentioned
10. This Will and all of the provisions herein shall not be wholly or partially revoked or
rendered or rendered wholly or partially ineffective or otherwise affected by the
subsequent birth of a child or children to me.
11. I do not wish to be buried in any cementary, but on Orgonon under the open porch,
facing East, or at Rock Cove in the South. My Jo Jenks bust should be put on top of my
grave. The inscription should be on granite and should contain the following words:
Wilhelm Reich, born March 24, 1897, died___________, ________, No religious
ceremonies should be performed. The “Ave Maria” of Schubert, sung by Marian
Anderson, should be played.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set hand and seal this 8th day of March, 1957.
Wilhelm Reich (L.S.)
Signed, Sealed, PUBLISHED AND DECLARED by the above named Testator as his Last Will
and Testament, and we, at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other, have
hereunto signed our names as subscribing witnesses this ____ day of March, 1957.
Last Will and Testament of Wilhelm Reich