The Choice : Embrace the Possible
"The Choice is a gift to humanity. One of those rare and eternal stories that you don't want to end and that leave you forever changed". (DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate). In 1944, sixteen-year-old Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. There she endured unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. Over the coming months, Edith's bravery helped her sister to survive, and led to her bunkmates rescuing her during a death march. When their camp was finally liberated, Edith was pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive. In The Choice, Dr Edith Eger shares her experience of the Holocaust and the remarkable stories of those she has helped ever since. Today, she is an internationally acclaimed psychologist whose patients include survivors of abuse and soldiers suffering from PTSD. She explains how many of us live within a mind that has become a prison, and shows how freedom becomes possible once we confront our suffering. Like Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning, The Choice is life changing. Warm, compassionate and infinitely wise, it is a profound examination of the human spirit, and our capacity to heal.
"The Choice is a gift to humanity. One of those rare and eternal stories that you don't want to end and that leave you forever changed. Dr. Eger's life reveals our capacity to transcend even the greatest of horrors and to use that suffering for the benefit of others. She has found true freedom and forgiveness and shows us how we can as well" DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate "Important...gripping...not just another holocaust book...a universal message of hope." -- Philip Zimbardo, author of The Lucifer Effect "Comparisons to Man's Search for Meaning are natural but this work has the potential to be even more bold" -- Michael Berenbaum, Former Project Director, US Holocaust Memorial Museum "One of those rare, page-turning books that will leave the reader fundamentally changed" -- Harriet Lerner, author of The Dance of Anger
A native of Hungary, Edith Eger was a teenager in 1944 when she and her family were sent to Auschwitz during the Second World War. Despite overwhelming odds, Edith survived the Holocaust and moved with her husband to the United States. Having worked in a factory whilst raising her young family, she went on to graduate with a PhD from the University of Texas and became an eminent psychologist. Today, she lectures around the world and is often flown in by the military to deal with their most troubling cases.