Friday, April 22, 2011

Contentions ...

... A Commonplace Blog: Viktor Frankl and Auschwitz. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

No human experience is comparable to Auschwitz. There is no possible advice that floats like ash from the crematorium’s chimney. The Holocaust is another world, and any effort to adjust it to the ordinary world of ordinary human experience is a perversion and a lie.

I wonder, though. Frankl was only briefly at Auschwitz, as I recall, and was a slave laborer for six months or so after being moved to a camp connected to Dachau. I would hesitate to challenge the view of anyone who had actually experienced the horror of the camps. That said, David's post makes for powerful and unsettling reading.

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