Dr. Edith Eva Eger
The Choice: Embrace the Possible
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At the age of sixteen, edith eger, a trained ballet dancer and gymnast, was sent to auschwitz. Hours after her parents were killed, the 'angel of death, ' nazi officer dr. Josef mengele, forced edie to dance for his amusement--and her survival. He rewarded her with a loaf of bread that she shared with her fellow prisoners--an act of generosity that would later save her life. Edie and her sister survived multiple death camps and the death march. When the american troops liberated the camps in 1945 they found edie barely alive in a pile of corpses. Edie spent decades struggling with flashbacks and survivor's guilt, determined to stay silent and hide from the past . . . Today, at ninety years old, edie is a renowned psychologist and speaker who specializes in treating patients suffering from traumatic stress disorders. She . . . Weaves her remarkable personal account of surviving the holocaust and overcoming its ghosts of anger, shame, and guilt with the moving stories of those she has helped heal. She explores how we can be imprisoned in our own minds and shows us how to find the key to freedom . . . --jacket. Foreword / philip zimbardo, phd -- part i: prison. Introduction: i had my secret, and my secret had me ; the four questions ; what you put in your mind ; dancing in hell ; a cartwheel ; the stairs of death ; to choose a blade of grass -- part ii: escape. My liberator, my assailant ; in through a window ; next year in jerusalem ; flight -- part iii: freedom. Immigration day ; greener ; you were there? ; from one survivor to another ; what life expected ; the choice ; then hitler won ; goebbels's bed ; leave a stone -- part iv: healing. The dance of freedom ; the girl without hands ; somehow the waters part ; liberation day. Dr. Edith eva eger, with esmÃ© schwall weigand. Includes index.