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In Auschwitz and in Comfort

Man's Search for Meaning

In his renowned work Man's Search For Meaning, Viktor Frankl discusses the psychological effects of brutality in a World War II concentration camp. Frankl relates more than a mere factual account of the events, focusing on man’s experience of those events and how any man at all was able to survive. This psychological account of life at a concentration camp follows man and the who and what he becomes under such circumstances. Frankl’s discussion and conclusion of man’s freedom and inner choices are very relevant in our modern world, in which man still constantly begs for a reason to be here.

Frankl talks about how prisoners in the concentration camp changed over their time there. He notes that after only a short time at the camp the prisoner became desensitized to death and the incessant violence around him. 

One effect that hit the prisoners right away was the feeling of humor at the wretched circumstances that they were forced into. Frankl discusse…

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