At the age of sixteen, Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. Hours after her parents were killed, Nazi officer Dr. Josef Mengele, forced Edie to dance for his amusement and her survival. Edie was pulled from a pile of corpses when the American troops liberated the camps in 1945.
Edie spent decades struggling with flashbacks and survivor’s guilt, determined to stay silent and hide from the past. Thirty-five years after the war ended, she returned to Auschwitz and was finally able to fully heal and forgive the one person she’d been unable to forgive—herself.
Edie weaves her remarkable personal journey with the moving stories of those she has helped heal. She explores how we can be imprisoned in our own minds and shows us how to find the key to freedom. The Choice is a life-changing book that will provide hope and comfort to generations of readers.
There are no words that would do this book enough justice! One of my most favorite historical time periods to read about is this one. It is suffice to say that reading about the experiences of prisoners at Auschwitz pains me, baffles me, and educates me every time.
What sets Dr. Egers book aside from many others is her ability to reach my heart in a way like no other. Her experience as a prisoner drove her to be an inspiration to so many victims. Not only victims of the horrific internment camps but sufferers of absuse, stress, illness, & anxiety. Dr. Egers turned her life mission into helping others learn to survive. I want to read her book again and again. I want to meet her, thank her, and carry on her message.
Stories of Holocaust survivors will always amaze and inspire me. Dr. Egers story not only inspired me but motivates me to think like a survivor not a victim. She inspires me to make choices in the present and to know that no one can steal the thoughts and feelings in my mind. She is an amazing woman. Everyone should read her story.
An eminent psychologist and one of the few remaining Holocaust survivors old enough to remember life in the camps, Dr. Edith Eger has worked with veterans, military personnel, and victims of physical and mental trauma. She lives in La Jolla. The Choice is her first book.