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Grade 8 Up–When Frankl was a child in Vienna, his dream was to be a doctor. While pursuing that goal, he became intrigued with Sigmund Freud and eventually moved into psychiatry, developing his own theory of logotherapy, a way to encourage patients to live fully by looking to the future rather than reliving the past. Frankl's professional plans were interrupted by the events of the Holocaust, with his arrest and imprisonment in four different concentration camps over a two-and-a-half-year period. Faced with the unimaginable, he applied his theory of logotherapy and helped many of his fellow camp victims to survive. When the war ended and Frankl returned to Vienna, he learned of the deaths of his beloved wife and parents in the camps. Years of his own depression were countered with encouragement from colleagues and a new relationship and marriage. He began to write about his experiences from a psychological viewpoint. The result was his widely read and acclaimed book Man's Search for Meaning
. Redsand has written an intriguing biography of a man who made a huge impact on the lives of many. His story presents a valued and readable look at one man's life.–Rita Soltan, Youth Services Consultant, West Bloomfield, MI
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A survivor of Theresienstadt and Auschwitz, Viktor Frankl became a world-renowned psychiatrist, and his book Man's Search for Meaning
(1946) has sold millions. This biography, illustrated by a plentiful selection of black-and-white photos, sets his personal story against the history of his time, including discussion of the rise of Hitler and the destruction of the Jews, as well as Frankl's own incredibly painful experience--the loss of his family and his years in the death camps. Less accessible than the history is Redsand's turgid explanation of Frankl's psychological analysis. Although this book lacks the stark immediacy of some Holocaust memoirs--for example, Primo Levi's The Drowned and the Saved
(1988)--there's still a lot to discuss here--especially Frankl's ideas of salvation through love and personal responsibility, and his opposition to revenge and collective guilt. Includes an annotated bibliography and chapter notes, mainly to Frankl's own writing. Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved