A Conversation with Viktor Frankl’s Grandson – Alexander Vesely

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 11:08am

– Listen to this interview to find out how to win a copy of the documentary “Viktor & I”–

Movie Trailer: Viktor & I, An Alexander Vesely

In this episode, I spoke with Alexander Vesely about his grandfather, Viktor Frankl.

Viktor Emil Frankl, M.D., Ph.D. (1905-1997) is considered by many as one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century.

He was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, as well as a Holocaust survivor.

Frankl is known by many via his best-selling book Man's Search For Meaning.

Alex Vesely is an Austrian-born filmmaker and trained psychotherapist.

His movie – “Viktor & I” – is an impactful documentary about his eminent grandfather, Viktor Frankl.

For three years, he traveled the world to bring us this insightful look at Viktor Frankl through the eyes of those closest to him.

In our conversation we discussed:

– How to introduce the life work of Viktor Frankl to the next generation

– What is logotherapy

– How logotherapy can help people on their journey of personal development

– How Viktor Frankl spoke about despair (despair is suffering without meaning: d=s-m)

– The core of resilience and the role of meaning

– How Alex realized that his grandfather was the famous Viktor Frankl

– How the experience of being Frankl’s grandson shaped him

How Frankl lived the maximum “The salvation of man is through love and in love” in his personal life and that of his family

– How does one surrender judgement in order to practice forgiveness

– How Viktor Frankl spoke about Responsibility

4-Min Video: Frankl at a conference in Toronto


Movie “Viktor & I”

Man’s Search for Meaning

Related Episodes:

007: Searching for Meaning – Are You Aiming High Enough?

008: React or Create – Your Choice


  1. Excellent interview. I did not know that Frankl had developed the concepts of Man’s Search For Meaning prior to him having an opportunity to put it into practice. Also that he studied with Alfred Adler. Good interview Ana. When there is love, there is meaning!!!

    Comment by Connie Kadansky on June 12, 2015 at 6:54 pm
  2. Thanks @conniekadansky:disqus . This is one of my favorite interview too 🙂

    Comment by Ana Melikian on June 14, 2015 at 10:37 pm
  3. Whether we are participant or spectator of rational human’s irrational behavior, we know from history that good always suffers tremendously and also sin inflicts penalty of captivity etc. We know from nature a grain of wheat has to shed coat to liberate its real life. Sin infested humans can think of only evil. However God Himself had to undergo this gruesome suffering physically mentally and spiritually to liberate us like the Wheat grain to the real Life we are made to live. We know Yahweh’s chosen race are victors like Dr Viktor Frankl. God had a plan for his life – he has fulfilled it and given hope to human sufferings. Thank you God for Dr Viktor Frankl. We can now always hope to a Sunrise beyond this seeming incessant holocaust of pandemic. Dr Frankl says“If you have a “WHY” you can go through any “HOW”.

    Comment by Ember Lobo on May 27, 2021 at 1:48 am

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