This book has two parts but I've decided to only read part one.
Part one is true accounts of a psychiatrists experiences in four Nazi death camps including Auschwitz. It's really hard to put this book down once you get going even though it's account is just as horrifying as many of the other accounts of life in a Nazi camp. He speaks not only of himself but of the many people that shared the same experiences with him. He not only labors like most of the others but he's also 'employed' to counsel typhoid patients throughout his time at the camp. His book is unlike the others because he analyzes his experience at a psychological level. "Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose." I believe this is what allowed him to survive the camps. He shows how powerful the mind is and that it is possible to overcome almost any situation.
Part two is about Frankl's therory- known as logotherapy. I've decided to not read that section of the book. I feel like I've gotten a lot out of the book and I'm just not in the right head space to read in depth about his theory.
It's a great read very eerie, powerful, and really quite inspiring.