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Victor Frankls Love in a Concentration Camp To comprehend the unfaltering love of Victor Frankl we must understand his circumstances There is no way we can step into his shoes to experience his tragedies but his vivid descriptions help us vicariously relive his tribulation He opens a window into his world and we can actually see the scenes he paints for us The accompanying guards kept shouting at us and driving us with the butts of their rifles he says 348 It is difficult to put ourselves in his position of despair Being forced to do things in abominable conditions against our will when our lives depend on it is not something we as modern Americans know much about It may be more difficult to understand how he keeps his hope alive Frankl clings to the one thing even the Nazis could not take away from him The love for his wife was a bond even death could not erase There was no need for me to know nothing could touch the strength of my love my thoughts and the image of my beloved Frankl writes 349 I think it is wonderful how he can recall his wifes face amidst the chaos around him He exhibits great discipline in a place of desolation He has an optimistic approach to the hardships of the day When the others are moping about he still thinks about her In addition his thoughts take him away from any physical pain he may be experiencing Even though he is lovelorn he has the ability to drift to another world though his love 349 What words can describe a love like Frankls John Alan Lee writes a typology on different kinds of love Looking at a few types we can see qualities that characterize Frankls love A touch of eros is apparent because Frankl can remember what his wife looks like He describes her smile and look Her look
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