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184 Pages
Publication date: October 2019
Imprint: Bergwelten
Michael Holzer Klaus Haselböck Elisabeth Lukas

Viktor Frankl - Mountain and Meaning

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Through climbing, Viktor Frankl reinforced his inner strength, which he called »defiance of the mind«. According to Frankl, this helped him to overcome his own fear of heights and more importantly to survive four concentration camps.

In the mountains, the world-famous psychiatrist Viktor Frankl was »just Viktor,« as his wife Elly put it. Not an exceptional alpinist, but a true friend of the mountains, with heart and soul.
Climbing as a parable for life: We are confronted with our fears, overcome external and internal obstacles, train our body and our will and learn to trust absolutely – our own abilities, but also our rope partner.

Elisabeth Lukas, psychotherapist and one of the best-known students of Viktor Frankl, adds context and well-founded logotherapeutic principles to accompany these climbing tours.

An hommage to an exceptional alpinist who provided us with a way to talk about the meaning of climbing.


»The authors have climbed all of the tours and describe them so authentically that one does not only get close to Frankl but also to the mountain. The book shows in a very elegant way that the impression we have of the psychiatrist Frankl would be unthinkable without the mountaineer Frankl.«
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

»By following Frankl’s climbing routes the authors review his impressive life and connect every route with his work«
Österreichischer Alpenklub

»It (the book) encourages each of us, whether mountaineers or not, to embark on the “mountain tour of a lifetime”.« Zell am See

»Hence we have a book of great alpine historical value that should not be missing in any library.«
ÖTK Magazin

»They skilfully interweave individual alpine delicacies from the life of the climbing professor with his life story and the development of his therapeutic approaches.«



Sample Translation


Michael Holzer

Michael Holzer is a journalist, has been a business consultant for twenty years, and is a coach and confidant of personalities from the fields of economy, sports, and media. The most important intellectual mentor for his work is Viktor E. Frankl, with whom he shares a love for the mountains

Klaus Haselböck

Klaus Haselböck is editor-in-chief of the magazine Bergwelten. In his leisure time, the native of Lower Austria also enjoys climbing, hiking, or ski touring.