Viktor Frankl 's Man 's Search For Meaning

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Number 119,104: Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning
Viktor Frankl had a chance to escape the wrath of World War II, but he didn’t! Instead, he chose to stay behind so that he could be close to his parents. That choice, ultimately led him to extreme experiences within several Nazi concentration camps, including the infamous Auschwitz. Watching those around him suffer the same fate, the same hardships and the same pain, he noticed that they all reacted differently. Those who had found a meaning or will to live did so, but others who had lost everything dear to them often just gave up – and died. Frankl realized that (and he often quotes Nietzsche), "He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how”.
Frankl’s Early Life and Parental Attachment
Viktor Frankl was born on March 26, 1905 in Vienna, the same day Beethoven died to Elsa and Gabriel Frankl. He was interested in psychology from an early age and in 1921 gave a public lecture “On the Meaning of Life”. He graduated with a doctorate in 1930 (V Frankl Institut). While in training he had great difficulty being apart from his parents and stated in his autobiography that “I was so emotionally attached to my parental home that I suffered terrible homesickness during the first weeks and months, even years, when I had to stay overnight in the various hospitals where I was working” (Frankl, 2000). In 1940, during the war, he became a director of the Neurological Department of Rothschild Hospital where he made…
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