NOTES from the PAST by Victor Frankl


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When we are no longer able to change a situation,

we are challenged to change ourselves.


Victor Frankl


  LastofHumanFreedoms -quote by viktor frankl


from Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning



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~ Bruce ~


10 thoughts on “NOTES from the PAST by Victor Frankl

  1. I was just thinking of re-reading “Man’s Search for Meaning” yesterday. It was inspirational, given that Frankl maintained such a good attitude, despite his gruesome circumstances. There was no bitterness, no calls for revenge. Truly a refreshing voice in a world so much in need of hope (then and now). The book is on my shelves, and it’s short but packed with wisdom. I thought he was in Auschwitz, not Dachau?

      • Inspired by your blog, I pulled “Man’s Search for Meaning” off my bookshelves and have re-read about half of it: the part about life in the concentration camp. He mentions Auschwitz several times, but apparently he was moved a couple of times, the last to a place affiliated with Dachau, but not Dachau itself.


        I’m about to read the second half, about logotherapy.

      • By the way, I visited Dachau on my one and only trip to Germany, in 1974. It was a desolate place. I still remember seeing the (pictures of?) a great mound of shoes from sacrificed prisoners. On re-reading the book, I noticed how Frankl mentions several times that the prisoners had inadequate footwear, even though they were working in below freezing weather on railroad lines. It makes me wonder why the Nazis couldn’t even supply shoes for the working prisoners, when they had so many.

    • Thanks for your further responses Katherine. The first half of Frankl’s book was riveting, I recall. I will revisit it in the future as it is profoundly moving, thinking of how to find meaning in suffering. For the past couple of weeks my wife and I are listening to a detailed lengthy podcast on Dietrich Bonhoeffer… very challenging and moving, his transformation and strong voice against the insanity of violence and fascism. Thanks for sharing your experience of visiting Dachau… such a terrible time,to always remember. With the hope to not constantly repeat with silence against the hate.

      • Synchronicity? Your comment came as I was commenting on your latest post. I have re-read “Man’s Search for Meaning” since my last comment and want to incorporate Frankl’s philosophy about meaning and his ideas on logotherapy into

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