Felix Klein, Founder and president of the National Society for Graphology, founder and president of the National Bureau of Document Examiners, and a past president of the American Association of Handwriting Analysts, began his study of graphology in his birthplace, Vienna, Austria, at the age of thirteen. He was a practicing graphologist all of his life and lectured and gave seminars throughout the United States, and in Canada, England, Germany, Israel and Mexico.
Mr. Klein came to the United States in 1940 after spending six months each in the concentration camps at Dachau and Buchenwald. While in those camps, he formulated his theory of directional pressure as a result of studying changes in the handwriting of his fellow inmates.
He translated and condensed Dr. Pulver’s “Symbolism in Handwriting” from the original German, and was the author of 22 monographs, including “The Character Structure of Neuroses,” “The Psychology of the Handwriting of the Child,” “Intelligence in Handwriting,” “Rhythm, Ground-rhythm and Beyond,” and “Emotional Release in Handwriting.” His contribution to the scientific validity of graphology is described in his 44-page paper comparing the accuracy of matching TAT (Thematic Apperception Test) with graphological personality profiles, a research project conducted at Hunter College, New York in 1973.
Mr. Klein did extensive work in personnel selection for major companies and banks, vocational guidance, and individual analyses, all through his company, Manhattan Handwriting Consultant.
A consultant to the United Nations, to AT&T and to the State of New York, Felix Klein was a top-ranked questioned documents examiner and testified in over 150 court cases in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, New Mexico and Nevada, as well as in Geneva, Switzerland and the island of St. Vincent’s. In 1979 he was called to Ghana, Africa to testify in a case involving a major political figure.
It was probably as a teacher that Felix Klein was most known and loved. He held classes at his New York City office in all levels of graphology: Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced, Master Research, and Psychology for Graphologists. He also offered correspondence courses at all levels and had correspondence students from all over the U.S., Canada, England, Sweden, Israel and Australia.
Felix Klein appeared on numerous television and radio shows, among them the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s TV version of “60 Minutes,” “ What’s my Line,” The Alan Douglas, Alan Burke, Jerry Williams, Long John Nebel, and Candy Jones shows, as well as the radio stations of Harvard, Brown and Boston Universities. A prominent clinical psychologist once wrote to Felix, “…with your knowledge of graphology and psychology, you’re the only one I know who speaks and understands both ‘languages.’”
Wherever Felix spoke, his warm, caring personality and his naturalness and keen sense of humor generated enthusiastic responses from young and old alike.