The Choice : Embrace the Possible
by Edith Eva Eger


Overview - Winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award and 2018 Christopher Award

"Edith's strength and courage are remarkable...her life and work are an incredible example of forgiveness, resilience, and generosity."--Sheryl Sandberg

It's 1944 and sixteen-year-old ballerina and gymnast Edith Eger is sent to Auschwitz.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award and 2018 Christopher Award

"Edith's strength and courage are remarkable...her life and work are an incredible example of forgiveness, resilience, and generosity."--Sheryl Sandberg

It's 1944 and sixteen-year-old ballerina and gymnast Edith Eger is sent to Auschwitz. Separated from her parents on arrival, she endures unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. When the camp is finally liberated, she is pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive.

The horrors of the Holocaust didn't break Edith. In fact, they helped her learn to live again with a life-affirming strength and a truly remarkable resilience. The Choice is her unforgettable story.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781501130786
  • ISBN-10: 1501130781
  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company
  • Publish Date: September 2017
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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BookPage Reviews

Resilience and hope

The Choice is more than an eloquent memoir by Holocaust survivor and psychologist Edith Eva Eger. It is an exploration of the healing potential of choice. When someone chooses to harm us, our sense of self can later be overwhelmed by the memory of that pain. But Eger, who has helped countless trauma patients, believes that we can regain our autonomy by choosing to confront the past—a lesson she learned from her own experience.

When Eger was 16, Josef Mengele, the abhorrent Auschwitz physician, made horrific choices for her. He chose for Eger to live and sent her parents to die. That same day, he chose Eger to dance “The Blue Danube” for his entertainment. Although a prisoner, Eger infused that dance with all the joy that dancing always brought her. Mengele gave her a loaf of bread as a reward for her bravura performance. Eger shared the loaf with the other prisoners, and later, a girl who had eaten that bread chose to help Eger, saving her life as a result. The ability to choose, even though those choices were circumscribed by an electrified fence, gave Eger the strength to survive.

After the war, she repressed these memories to spare others the pain of her experience. Wracked with guilt for having survived when so many perished, Eger watched her marriage crumble. Another choice confronted her: Stay mired in the past, or face it and learn to live in the present. Her journey took her back to Auschwitz, where she unlocked the last and darkest memory of that first day, and forgave not only her tormentors but also, and most importantly, herself.

Eger is not suggesting that she is unscarred by her experience, but that she lives a life filled with grace. The Choice is not a how-to book; it is, however, an invitation to choose to live life fully.

 

This article was originally published in the September 2017 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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