Can a book originally published in German in the aftermath of the Holocaust provide relevant inspiration for people coming to terms with the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic? After finishing the book, I answer, “yes.”
Dr. Viktor E. Frankl, a Jewish survivor of multiple concentration camps, wrote Yes to Life: In Spite of Everything after delivering a series of three lectures less than a year after being liberated. Recently, the book was published for the first time in English.
Frankl (1905-1997) was a distinguished Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist who founded the Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy and authored books including the bestseller, Man’s Search for Meaning. Decades ago, I read this remarkable work while pursuing my undergraduate degree in Jewish Studies. Now, I am inclined to reread the book to see how it addresses our current issues. Read More