Dr. Edith Eger maintains a busy clinical practice in La Jolla, California, 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 in resiliency training and the treatment of PTSD. She regularly gives lectures around the country and abroad. Her highly anticipated memoir, The Choice: Embrace the Possible, Scribner US | Rider UK, will grace bookshelves the first week of September 2017.
A native of Hungary, Edith Eva Eger was just a teenager in 1944 when she experienced one of the worst evils the human race has ever known. As a Jew living in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, she and her family were sent to Auschwitz, the heinous death camp. Her parents were sent to the gas chambers but Edith’s bravery kept her and her sister alive. Toward the end of the war Edith and other prisoners had been moved to Austria. On May 4, 1945 a young American soldier noticed her hand moving slightly amongst a number of dead bodies. He quickly summoned medical help and brought her back from the brink of death.
After the war Edith moved to Czechoslovakia where she met the man she would marry. In 1949 they moved to the United States. In 1969 she received her degree in Psychology from the University of Texas, El Paso. She then pursued her doctoral internship at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Dr. Eger is a prolific author and a member of several professional associations. She has a clinical practice in La Jolla, California and holds a faculty appointment at the University of California, San Diego. She has appeared on numerous television programs including CNN and the Oprah Winfrey Show; and was the primary subject of a holocaust documentary that appeared on Dutch National Television. She is frequently invited to speaking engagements throughout the United States and abroad.
—David Lange, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
“Edie’s history is amazing. Her love of life and people is amazing. We were deeply touched by Edie’s humanistic approach to business, as well as her genuine concern regarding ethics, communications, and the business family.”
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“Rising above your own traumatic beginnings during the reign of Hitler in Germany, including the death of your own parents, you have shown great courage by helping others to survive their own personal tragedies.”
—Maureen O’Connor, Former Mayor of San Diego
“Ms. Eger is a brilliant woman. She is not only a highly intelligent and warm and sensitive person, but is also possessed of a deep wisdom. I have always found it to be a terribly moving and richly ennobling experience to see her strength, her lack of bitterness, and her compassion.”
—Dr. John H. Haddox, University of Texas, El Paso
“. . . an extraordinary professional and charismatic workshop leader. She brings her discipline of psychology, interweaves a vibrant religious perspective, and leavens the whole with humor and genuine caring.”
—Carl Kahrs Towley, Chaplain, USA Chief Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii
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