Edith Eger was 16 when her family was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. At age 90 she wrote ‘The Choice’ to tell her story and help others.
Holocaust survivors are people who survived the persecution and attempted annihilation of the Jews by Nazi Germany and its allies in Europe and North Africa during the Holocaust both before and during World War II, from the rise of the Nazi Party to power in Germany in 1933 until the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945.
Edith Eva Eger is a doctor and an author and an inspirational speaker. Eva was a teenager whose Hungarian family was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust. There, she lost her parents in 10 minutes and fought for her life.
In 1944, she was deported to Auschwitz. Her parents were killed immediately on arrival. On 4 May 1945, a young American soldier noticed her hand moving slightly amongst several dead bodies. He quickly summoned medical help and brought her back from the brink of death.
Eager tells her story in an interview she has with people around the world, including veterans, active-duty military personnel, and others who have experienced physical and mental trauma as she has as a clinical psychologist.
Eger also said. “I think I owe it to my parents, that they didn’t die in vain. I’m one of the youngest survivors, and I’m 91-years-old and I’m committed to doing everything in my power that your children and grandchildren will never experience what I did,”
she’s living out the message she shares in her book, “The Choice,” which she wrote at the age of 90. While beautifully explaining what she’s learned and taught as a clinical psychologist, Eger shares dark and devastating anecdotes from her past with hope for the future. She says she learned all there is about life in Auschwitz and sees the experience as a gift.
“Time doesn't heal. It’s what you do with the time. Healing is possible when we choose to take responsibility when we choose to take risks, and finally when we choose to release the wound, to let go of the past or the grief." The Choice