Viktor E. Frankl was a highly respected psychiatrist in his native Austria when he was transported to Auschwitz in 1944. Against all odds, Frankl survived. After his liberation, and having lost his wife and his family, he wrote Man’s Search for Meaning about his experience in the death camps.
Viktor Frankl was born in Vienna in 1905 and was Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School. His wife, father, mother and brother all died in Nazi concentration camps, only he and his sister survived, but he never lost the qualities of compassion, loyalty, undaunted spirit and thirst for life (earning his pilot's licence aged 67). He died in Vienna in 1997.