Between 1942 and 1945, the Austrian psychiatrist Vicktor Frankl spent time in four different Nazi concentration camps. The experience was every bit as horrible as you’d imagine. His family was killed, he suffered terribly, and he spent years watching everyone around him suffering and dying. But he survived and out of his experience came the incredible book “Man’s Search for Meaning”.
This is one of it’s most powerful quotes:
“We who lived in the concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Here he is talking about Man’s search for Meaning: Viktor Frankl interview