From Goodreads: ” 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, 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. “
Wow what a powerful audiobook!
I don’t even know where to start with this review, except to say that as soon as I started listening, I knew that I needed to get a kindle copy, so I could highlight excerpts as I was listening. There are so many profound truths in this book, that I’m going to have to go back and really think about them, so I can work them out in my own life.
Her story of her time in Auschwitz was horrific, as was her recovery after the war. The fact that she survived and then went out to study and become an internationally acclaimed psychologist is truly amazing. Yes she struggled with all sorts of unimaginable issues, but she learnt through situations, and with help from family and friends plus Viktor Frankl’s book, how to live in freedom from her past.
I love her thoughts about forgiveness, about freedom from the past, and also about revenge, even non-violent revenge. I also really enjoyed the stories about her clients and how she helped them through incredibly difficult circumstances.
Tovah Feldshuh’s narration was outstanding, she brought Edith’s story to life so completely that I thought I was listening to the author telling her own story. The emotion she put into the recording was so amazing.
If you’re looking for a holocaust memoir full of hope and honesty, then I highly recommend this audiobook.
Thanks so much to Chloe Rose at Penguin Audio for my digital copy via the titleShare App.