Edith (“Edie”) Eger was sixteen years old when she and her family were taken to Auschwitz. Hours after her parents were sent to the gas chamber, the infamous Dr. Joseph Mengele demanded that Edie, a trained ballet dancer, dance for her life. When the American troops finally liberated the camps in 1945 and found Edie, barely alive in a pile of corpses, it marked the end of only the first half of her ordeal. Edie spent decades struggling with flashbacks and survivor’s guilt, determined to stay silent and hide from the past. She returned to Auschwitz in her fifties and was finally able to fully heal and forgive the one person she’d been unable to for years. Not Hitler. Not Joseph Mengele. Herself.
Today, in her nineties, Dr. Eger is an internationally acclaimed psychologist who maintains a clinical practice in La Jolla, holds a faculty appointment at the University of California, San Diego, and also serves as a consultant for the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. Her patients include surviv