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Viktor Frankl

I do not forget any good deed done to me, and I carry no grudge for a bad one.1 (V. Frankl)

Viktor E. Frankl was born in Vienna, Austria, on March 26, 1905. It was the day Beethoven died, and in Frankl’s autobiography he is quick to note this coincidence and reveal his sense of humor by sharing a comment made by one of his schoolmates: “One mishap comes seldom alone.”2 Frankl’s father, who had been forced to drop out of medical school for financial reasons, was a public servant who instilled in the young Viktor a firm sense of social justice. For thirty-five years Viktor’s father worked for the department of child protection and youth welfare. Viktor’s mother, with whom he was very close, helped him develop his emotional side—the ...

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