Viktor E. Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning
EXPERIENCES IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP
"On the average, only those prisoners could keep alive who, after years of trekking from camp to camp, had lost all scruples in their fight for
existence; they were prepared to use every means, honest and otherwise, even brutal force, theft, and betrayal of their friends, in order to
save themselves. We who have come back, by the aid of many lucky chances or miracles - whatever one may choose to call them - we
know: the best of us did not return."
The Three Phases of the Inmate's Mental Reactions to Camp Life:
a) the period following his admission
Symptom = shock
"Delusion of reprieve": "The condemned man, immediately before
his execution, gets the illusion that he might be reprieved at the
very last moment. We, too, clung to the shreds of hope and
believed to the last moment that it would not be so bad."