Asked to recommend a book, Jurriaan Kamp, 2009 IdeaFestival participant and founder of Ode Magazine, suggested Victor E. Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning. Frankl, who survived Auschwitz, was a distinguished psychiatrist before and after World War II and believed that we could endure anything except the loss of meaning. I was moved by this quote:
Our generation is realistic, for we have come to know man as he really is. After all, man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord's Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips.
All books recommended by speakers at the IdeaFestival may be found under "books" in the category cloud on the blog.
Wikipedia: Man's Search for Meaning