© Paul Michael Haffner MMXVIII
Paul Michael Haffner

Family

My father

My father’s family originally came from Salzburg, where the Sigmund Haffner Gasse is in the heart of the old town. Our coat-of-arms was awarded to the family in the year 1632 by the Emperor Ferdinand II of Austria for service to the Catholic Church during the Thirty Years’ War. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dedicated to our family a Symphony  and a Serenade. My father Dr Christopher Haffner, was born in Stuttgart, but left West Germany in 1935 to study Art at the University of Berne, under Paul Klee. Later he joined the Universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh where he studied medicine in the war years, graduating in 1944. This was followed by a period of training in psychiatry at the Maudsley, later working at Guy’s Hospital, taking his MD in 1951. The following year he was appointed Consultant Child Psychiatrist at St James’ Hospital, Portsmouth, and subsequently became Medical Director of the Wessex Unit for Children and Parents. Intensely creative and imaginative, his considerable abilities as a painter, and as a writer, were unfortunately seldom allowed public expression because of his natural reticence. He died at the age of 72 on 16 February 1986, after a short illness. My father was a Foundation Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

My mother

My mother’s family originally came from the Charente-Maritime region in France and, from La Rochelle, left France to colonize Canada in the seventeenth century. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem about one of my  maternal ancestors, the Baron de Saint Castin. My mother, Luce Jean Haffner was born in L’Islet, 80 km east of Québec, Canada. She studied and taught sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, in the USA, and at Laval University in Québec Canada. and continued her career in Europe, where she met my father in Portsmouth. She wrote several books some of which are described in these pages.
© Paul Michael Haffner MMXVIII
Paul Michael Haffner

Family

My father

My father’s family originally came from Salzburg, where the Sigmund Haffner Gasse is in the heart of the old town. Our coat-of-arms was awarded to the family in the year 1632 by the Emperor Ferdinand II of Austria for service to the Catholic Church during the Thirty Years’ War. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dedicated to our family a Symphony and a Serenade. My father Dr Christopher Haffner, was born in Stuttgart, but left West Germany in 1935 to study Art at the University of Berne, under Paul Klee. Later he joined the Universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh where he studied medicine in the war years, graduating in 1944. This was followed by a period of training in psychiatry at the Maudsley, later working at Guy’s Hospital, taking his MD in 1951. The following year he was appointed Consultant Child Psychiatrist at St James’ Hospital, Portsmouth, and subsequently became Medical Director of the Wessex Unit for Children and Parents. Intensely creative and imaginative, his considerable abilities as a painter, and as a writer, were unfortunately seldom allowed public expression because of his natural reticence. He died at the age of 72 on 16 February 1986, after a short illness. My father was a Foundation Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

My mother

My mother’s family originally came from the Charente-Maritime region in France and, from La Rochelle, left France to colonize Canada in the seventeenth century. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem about one of my  maternal ancestors, the Baron de Saint Castin. My mother, Luce Jean Haffner was born in L’Islet, 80 km east of Québec, Canada. She studied and taught sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, in the USA, and at Laval University in Québec Canada. and continued her career in Europe, where she met my father in Portsmouth. She wrote several books some of which are described in these pages.