Author(s): Edith Eger
THE AWARDWINNING, INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER'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 LaureateIn 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, but exceptional in its own right, The Choice is life changing. Warm, compassionate and infinitely wise, it is a profound examination of the human spirit, and our capacity to heal.
~ This is a deeply affecting memoir by clinical psychologist Dr Edith Eger who, at the age of 16, was trucked to the living hell of Auschwitz with her family. An aspiring Olympic gymnast and ballerina Edith remembers an important piece of advice her mother gave her before their separation - 'no one can take away from you what you’ve put in your mind...' which she holds onto as she is forced to dance for Dr Mengele, infamously known as 'The Angel of Death'.
Through all the horrors, she finds two things to live for - the hope that she may be reunited with the love of her life and her sister who is with her. She spend decades afterwards trying to run from her past and suppress it which she finds is the very thing that makes it worse. A harrowing and raw read, what struck me throughout the book was Edith's amazing spirit, her focus not so much on her suffering as on seeing the potential in every human, however damaged, and her passion for healing and growth, which is so inspiring. Jemma