Oct. 19, 2014

A Jewish psychiatrist in a Nazi concentration camp writes about how “sensitive” prisoners survived the horrors of camp better in some ways:

Sensitive people who were used to a rich intellectual life may have suffered much pain (they were often of a delicate constitution), but the damage to their inner lives was less. They were able to retreat from their terrible surroundings to a life of inner riches and spiritual freedom. Only in this way can one explain the apparent paradox that some prisoners of a less hardy make-up often seemed to survive camp life better than did those of a more robust.

Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

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