“On him we have set our hope
that he will continue to deliver us…”
2 Corinthians 1:10
When a book has gone through 73 printings in English in less than 40 years selling almost 2 ½ million copies, and been translated into 19 other languages you must admit it has something going for it. Such is the story of Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning. The first portion of the book deals with the horrors he experienced during several years in a Nazi death camp.
Dr. Frankl, had trained as a psychiatrist and neurologist and practiced for some years before entering the death camps as a Jewish prisoner. In Man’s Search for Meaning, he tells the reason why a man who appeared to be as healthy as one could be under such dire circumstances could one day lie down and die in 48 hours. It actually happened to one of the men he knew when he gave up any hope of release from the camp.
The death rate in the days between Christmas 1944 and New Years 1945 soared beyond anything on record at the death camp. The only reason that could be deduced was that the prisoners had hoped to be home for Christmas. Nothing else had come along or changed in their experience to account for the many deaths.