'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.
About the Author
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.
"The Choice is a gift to humanity. One of those rare and eternal stories that you don't want to end and that leaves 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 *
"I can't imagine a more important message for modern times" * New York Times Book review *
"Eger's remarkable spirit shines through in every word" * Stylist *
"Edith's strength and courage are remarkable in this memoir as she draws on her own unthinkable experience in Nazi concentration camps to become a therapist and help others recover from all kinds of hardship. Her life and work are an incredible example of forgiveness, resilience and generosity." * Sheryl Sandberg *
"I can't describe to you how powerful this book is ... I barely have words." * Marian Keyes *
"There have been many heartrending Holocaust books. But few as powerful as this new memoir by a ballet dancer. " * Daily Mail *
"Exceptional...Eger became a friend of Viktor Frankl...and The Choice is a wonderful companion piece to his classic memoir Man's Search for Meaning. Both books are full of hope...and leave you marvelling at the resilience of mankind" * Daily Express *
"One of the most incredible [stories] I've ever read - and one you must read too" * Sun *
"Rocket-fuelled inspiration" * Psychologies *
"Deeply moving...extraordinary insight...It is not surprising that, when Eger speaks, her audiences are roused to give her a standing ovation. For they are not only honouring Edith Eger but also the triumph of the human spirit." * Jewish Chronicle *
"Important...gripping...a universal message of hope." -- Philip Zimbardo, author of * The Lucifer Effect *
"A beautiful memoir, reminiscent of the great works of Anne Frank and Viktor Frankl. But it is more than a book-it's a work of art. It gave me goosebumps, the kind that grace you in transcendent moments of appreciating a Mozart sonata, an Elizabeth Barrett Browning sonnet, or the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel" -- Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of GIVE AND TAKE, ORIGINALS, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg
"Edith Eva Eger is my kind of hero. She survived unspeakable horrors and brutality; but rather than let her painful past destroy her, she chose to transform it into a powerful gift - one she uses to help others heal." -- Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle
"This warm, compassionate and truly extraordinary book is much more than a remarkable Holocaust survivor story. It is at heart an examination of the human spirit and how it can be helped to survive after trauma. Like Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl, a more important book for our times is hard to imagine." * The Bookseller *
"Compelling and irresistible. A genuine, honest-to-goodness life-changer." * Good Housekeeping *