Mental Health Counseling History

Mental Health Counseling History
Brad Erlandson
University of Phoenix

World War Two, Hitler, Nazi invasion, anti-semitism, all these terms have become somewhat academic in our culture. However the terms Holocaust, Ashwits death camps, speak deeper to the souls of most people, even if they are not sure what really happened during those days or why. “The word Holocaust comes from two Greek words, olos, meaning whole, and kaustos, meaning burnt. Originally, it was used to refer to burnt sacrifices.” (Redsand, 2006 p.) Today when the word Holocaust is spoken it usually has reference to 6 million Jewish people and millions of others being gassed and cremated simply for being who they were.
Years before the War began, a baby was born, March 26, 1905. His name Viktor Frankl son of Elsa and Gabriel Frankl. A new baby coming into the world, born to loving parents is a reminder that life goes on, life continues, another generation is born to take the place of the previous generation. New beginnings, new hope and joy. Few things in life compare to one’s own flesh and blood being introduced to the world, Elsa and Gabriel must have been estatic.
Elsa and Gabriel were born in what was then Czechoslovakia, which was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. (book) Gabriel came to Vienna, Austria hoping to go to medical school, but had to stop because of finacial reasons. He later became the Director of Social Service. (book) Elsa and Gabriel were drawn together by their Jewish roots. Though they were not strictly orthodox they did observe the Jewish Holidays and dietary codes. (book) “Every morning, Gabriel Frankl went into his room to pray. He put on phylacteries, small leather boxes containing verses from the Hebrew Bible. He prayed the Shema Yisrael, the principal prayer of the Jewish Faith: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One God; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.’ (Redsand, 2006)...