- Publisher: Rider (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846042844
- ISBN-13: 978-1846042843
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3,699 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Man's Search for Meaning The Classic Tribute to Hope from the Holocaust Hardcover – 2011
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"Remarkable...It changed my life and became a part of all that I live and all that I teach." * Susan Jeffers, author of Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway and Embracing Uncertainty * "A poignant testimony...a hymn to the phoenix rising in each of us who choose life before flight." * Brian Keenan, author of An Evil Cradling * "His works are essential reading for those who seek to understand the human condition." * Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks * "An enduring work of survival literature." * New York Times * "If you read but one book this year, Dr Frankl's book should be that one." * Los Angeles Times * --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Viktor Frankl was born in Vienna in 1905 and was Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School. His wife, father, mother and brother all died in Nazi concentration camps, only he and his sister survived, but he never lost the qualities of compassion, loyalty, undaunted spirit and thirst for life (earning his pilot's licence aged 67). He died in Vienna in 1997. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
"We who lived in the concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."
Several quotes from the book struck a chord with me. First, Frankl wrote, "a person may remain brave, dignified and unselfish, or in the bitter fight for self-preservation he may forget his human dignity and become no more than an animal."
I was moved by this book. That Frankl and so many others were tortured and endured the camps, yet found joy in a new life, even those who lost all of their family and possessions, shows man's incredible strength.
The second quote by, Dostoevski was, " There is only one thing I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings."
And the last, by Nietzche is, "He who has a Why to live for can bear almost any How."
Now Frankl's challenge to the reader: find your Why.
His story refuses to dwell on the horrors of the camps but rather, how people responded to these horrors. He wrote his observations on scraps of paper -destroyed unfortunately at one point, but which he rewrote- and hid them till after the War, when he wrote his book in a little over a week.
Don't imagine that this book is depressing. Rather, even thought the setting is one of the worst hells in history, we feel uplifted by his observations and humbled by the strength and resilience of his soul and intellect.