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Where were conditions like in the concentration camps?

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Conditions in the camps were brutal. Frankl writes about the starvation rations, the impossible living conditions, the brutal manual labor he was forced to perform, the poor clothing and bitter cold, the beatings, the daily confrontation with death. He talks about how one becomes hardened to even the most abject or terrifying scenes; how the purpose of the camps was to separate the prisoner from his humanity, to turn them into numbers.

Despire all this, the thesis of Frankl’s book is that if one has a purpose in life, one can endure anything. For all the horror of the camps, Frankl also writes about the decency of the prisoners, of how even in the camps it was possible to show compassion or friendship. Mostly, though, Frankl argues that the people who best survived were not the physically strongest ones, but the...

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