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Holocaust Survivor - Viktor Frankl

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James Lee

on 3 April 2013

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James Lee Holocaust Survivor, Viktor Emil Frankl Viktor was born on 26 March to a Jewish family of civil servants January 2, End of Russo-Japanese War Russian army surrenders at Port Arthur, China Meanwhile 1933-1937 Completed residency in neurology and psychiatry at the Steinhof Psychiatry Hospital in Vienna Was in charge of Suicide pavilion and was credited in treating over 30,000 women prone to suicide 1938 February 4, Adolf Hitler abolishes War Ministry and creates "High Command of the Armed Forces", giving him direct military control. Prohibited from treating 'Aryan' patients. In 1940 began work at Rothschild hospital heading neurological department. Only hospital in Vienna allowing Jews. 1942 September, Frankl and wife was deported to Nazi Theresienstadt Ghetto. Assigned to psychiatric care ward. Set up organization to welcome newcomers and made suicide watch. 1944-1945 October 1944, transported to Auschwitz Camp. Later moved to concentration camp affiliated with Dachau Concentration camp. Worked 5 moths as slave laborer. Moved to rest-camp called Türkheim in 1945 working as a doctor. Liberated by Americans by April 27, 1945. Liberation Returned to Vienna, and wrote world-famous book called, "Trotzdem Ja Zum Leben Sagen: Ein Psychologe Erlebt das Konzentrationslager" After suffering in the camps. He came to conclusion that life has potential meaning and even suffering has meaning. Served as strong basis for his logotherapy and existential analysis which he described before World War 2. 1928 As a med student at University of Vienna, set up program to counsel high school students for free between 1928 and 1930 focused mainly around time of report cards. In 1931, not a single Viennese student committed Suicide. Caught attention of Wilhelm Reich 1930's Nazi's rise to power; 1933 Germany hosts 1936 Summer Olympics; outs out of LoN. Kristallnacht; November 9-10, 1938 Married wife, Tilly, on December 1941
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