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Why This Book Matters:
Man’s Search for Meaning shares the experiences of Viktor Frankl’s time in Auschwitz to help readers learn how to get through the unthinkable.
The Big Takeaways:
- For most prisoners, the trip to Auschwitz was met with a range of emotions.
- If Many wanted to believe the outcome of Aushwitz would be good before they were met with the reality of the situation, shifting them their feelings to fear.
- Becoming indifferent to their situation allowed prisoners to change their mindset to one that would help them survive.
- Keeping emotions buried after witnessing others being tortured and killed was used as a survival tactic for many prisoners.
- It was hard for those who left Auschwitz to return to a normal life.
- Going back to a life that was normal, both physically and emotionally, was very difficult for those who survived Auschwitz.
- A standard tool for survival was focusing on the past.
- To escape the brutal reality of Auschwitz, many had to focus on a world within their mind. They often replayed memories and dreamt of a normal future.
- Even with little power, some prisoners still made small choices for themselves to mimic a sense of control.
- With every freedom taken away from the prisoners of Auschwitz, some felt they needed to make every decision based on their values when allowed to choose.