EXCERPTS FROM VIKTOR FRANKL OBITUARY
(appearing in several dozen U.S. newspapers)
Reknown Psychiatrist Frankl Dies
copyright 1997 by Roland Prinz
Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, September 3, 1997; 11:00 a.m. EDT
VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Viktor E. Frankl, author
of the landmark `Man's Search for Meaning' and one of the last great
psychotherapists of this century, has died of heart failure. He was 92.
Frankl survived the Holocaust, even though he was in four Nazi death camps
including Auschwitz from 1942-45, but his parents and other members of
his family died in the concentration camps.
During -- and partly because of -- his suffering in concentration camps,
Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy.
At the core of his theory is the belief that humanity's
primary motivational force is the search for meaning, and the work of the
logotherapist centers on helping the patient find personal meaning in life,
however dismal the circumstances may be.
Frankl wrote that one can discover the meaning in life in three ways: "by
creating a work or doing a deed; by experiencing something or encountering
someone; and by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering."
Frankl's 32 books on existential analysis and logotherapy have been translated
into 26 languages. He held 29 honorary doctorates from universities around
Viktor Emil Frankl was born in Vienna on March 26, 1905. His father worked
his way up from a parliamentary stenographer to director at the Social
Affairs Ministry. As a high school student involved in Socialist youth
organizations, Frankl became interested in psychology.
In 1930, he earned a doctorate in medicine and then was
in charge of a ward for the treatment of female suicide candidates. When
the Nazis took power in 1938, Frankl was put in charge of the neurological
department of the Rothschild Hospital, the only Jewish hospital in the
early Nazi years.
But in 1942, he and his parents were deported to the Theresienstadt
concentration camp near Prague.
Frankl returned to Vienna in 1945, where he became head
physician of the neurological department of the Vienna Polyclinic Hospital,
a position he held for 25 years. He was a professor of both neurology and
Starting in 1961, Dr. Frankl took five professorships in the United States
-- at Harvard and Stanford universities as well as at universities in Dallas,
Pittsburgh and San Diego.
During a recent visit to Vienna, Hillary Rodham Clinton met Frankl at the
presidential office. Austrian President Thomas Klestil recalled her telling
Frankl: ``You don't realize what this hour of meeting with you means for
He leaves his wife, Eleonore, and his daughter, Dr. Gabriele
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