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The Choice: Embrace the Possible

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  3,533 Ratings  ·  508 Reviews
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 h
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Scribner
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Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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**4.5 STARS **

Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity”
― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

I could never find the right words and phrases to describe what a moving yet uplifting memoir this is. Edith Eger was just 16 years old in 1944 when she entered the gates of hell - Auschwitz. Her grandparents and mother and father were sent to the gas chamber under the direct orders of the inf
Elyse Walters
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Time doesn’t heal. It’s what you do with time. Healing is possible when we choose to take responsibility, when we choose to take risks, and finally, when we choose to release the wound, to let go of the past or the grief”.

The above excerpt is true - but that doesn’t mean it’s easy - or can be achieved by waving a magic wand- or positive thinking it alone. We’d only be fooling ourselves.
It’s more involved than simply stating a mantra.

But.... I’m getting ahead of myself.
The most important thi
Louise Wilson
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr Edith Eva Eger is an eminent psychologist whose own experiences as a Holocaust survivor helps her treat patients and allows them to escape the prisons of their own minds.

Edith Eger was just sixteen when the Nazis came to her hometown of Hungry and took the Jewish family to an interment centre and then to Auschwitz. Her parents were then sent to the gas chamber by Joseph Menele. Edith was demanded by Menele to waltz "The Blue Danube" just a few hours after her parents were murdered. Menele rew
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the memoir of Dr. Edith Eger, age internationally acclaimed psychologist and one of the few remaining Holocaust survivors. At the age of sixteen, along with her parents and sister Magda, was sent to Auschwitz.
Edie and Magda survived multiple death camps, and Edie was found barely alive in a pile of corpses when American Troops liberated the camps in 1945.
Such an extraordinary book on survival and stories of how she has helped others to heal by confronting their suffering and maki
This is a beautiful, absolutely pitch-perfect memoir by Dr. Edith Eger. I was not familiar with Dr. Eger prior to reading this, and I am grateful to her for sharing her story.

The book is organized into four sections: Prison, Escape, Freedom, and Healing. I would describe it as three parts memoir, one part therapy. It would be enough, simply for nanogeneraian Dr. Eger to tell us her story and share the important events she witnessed in her lifetime. But she is not satisfied to make this book onl
Paul Lockman
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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5 stars
Absorbing. Brilliant. A truly inspirational read.
What a woman! Edith Eger is now 90 years old and has given the world this outstanding memoir of her survival in Auschwitz as a teenager and then her life after WWII when she and her husband emigrated to America and all the while describing how she has dealt with being a survivor and her path to self-acceptance, self-fulfilment and inner peace. The book cover has a quote from Desmond Tutu, ‘A gift to humanity. One of those rare and eternal s
Lisa Vegan
full 5 stars book

It’s a great mix of holocaust, biography, psychology, though it’s mostly her personal story, with various family members, and to a lesser extent some of her patients included. It’s extremely readable and it flows beautifully, and I didn’t want to put it down.

It’s a compelling account, and it’s powerful, and for me with “punches to the gut” emotional.

It seems that she wants readers/others to feel empowered by her story and with what she’s learned about healing and living, but m
I will admit that I did not expect to enjoy this book. I thought it was going to be another holocaust memoir with a hint of psychological analysis. But man, was I wrong.
This book was beautifully written, and was a struggle to put down every night. This book was a small exercise in self-help, disguised as a gorgeous memoir. The Choice has genuinely made me change how I think about life.

I would highly recommend this book.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I once had the opportunity to hear Christopher Reeves speak after he was paralyzed from his neck down. He was confined to a wheelchair, dependent on a ventilator to breath and yet I was totally amazed at all he had accomplished after his he did not allow his body to imprison him. Tears flowed through out the audience as he shared his story . I do not think anyone could leave that day without being inspired.

Amazing as it is, Edy Eger and her book have impacted me even more. Not onl
Ruth O'hagan
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This was one of the most beautiful and inspiring books I have ever read. Edith tells the story her extraordinary. The main premise of the book is how she highlights her extraordinary experience as a Holocaust survivor and the how she learned to heal herself. Edith gently takes the reader by the hand vividly guides the reader on a journey of her past and present through this book. The most compelling section of the book is when she retells her experience in the concentration camps. She explains i ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Que pequeno tesouro este livro!
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An uplifting and powerful lifetime memoir documenting not only the authors experience in Auschwitz but also the longer term recovery, both physically and psychologically. This was an unexpected read in the sense that I anticipated much of the book to be focused on wartime; when in actual fact, only the first third was. The latter parts of the book focus on the authors personal life as she nurtured a family and works as a psychologist.

This was different to many books of a similar genre but I enj
Maria João Trindade
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
No words to describe this. It's life-changing and I will never forget what I read here. Thank you so much for sharing your story, Dr. Eger. It truly was one of the most inspiring books I've ever read.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Adele Shea
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Words can not express the feelings and emotions I felt reading The Choice.
To read first hand what a POW had to endure, saddens me but I also feel privileged that Edith Eger has shared her horrific story with us.
Edith Eger, is most definitely up there in the top ten strongest people I have ever learned about. Such a wonderfully strong woman, she's not afraid to admit are weakness. I feel, to speak of your weaknesses makes you stronger.

Note: the last 10% of the book is just index and points of re
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es difícil ponerte en el lugar de otra persona cuando esta te cuenta su experiencia de vida. Es decir, puedes hacerte una idea y sentir tristeza por todo aquello que le paso y hacer lo posible por brindar consuelo, pero ¿Qué pasa cuando esta experiencia tiene que ver con una sangrienta guerra y los planes siniestros de un grupo de personas a las que no le interesa la humanidad de nadie? ... Nuestra protagonista no tiene nada de ficticia, es real y, a pesar de no haber vivido ni la mitad de lo qu ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, double wow. This is a memoir about a woman who survived Auschwitz as a child. She went on to be a famous psychologist known for helping people recover from trauma.

There are many books about surviving the holocaust but not as many about the saga of recovery. This one does both. Once her story reaches adulthood she expertly weaves in patient case studies with issues relevant to her own struggles.

She offers many pearls of wisdom but I have a favorite: there is no hierarchy of pain. Everyone'
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Never forget. Never again

Years ago, I've had the chance of visiting a concentration camp. It was a haunted place, a place that had its soul burnt in the crematories. It is a dark and heavy feeling to know that someone very likely died or feared for their lives where you are casually stepping. It was not a happy visit. But it was a necessary visit, one I think every human being should make, so that the horror of the Holocaust is not allowed to happen again.

That being said, I sometimes feel that t
Maria Sol
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terriblemente real..... sigo leyendo y leyendo relatos que vienen de la locura de la segunda guerra mundial y sigo sin poder entender como todo esto fue posible. Tremendo!
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ik heb zo veel emoties gevoeld tijdens het lezen. Niet te beschrijven. Recensie volgt snel.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Llevaba tiempo detrás de leer este libro y la verdad es que la experiencia no pudo ser más satisfactoria. Me ha gustado, sobre todo, que se centre ya no sólo en lo que le ocurrió en Auschwitz sino en sus años posteriores, cómo siguió adelante con su vida, las secuelas psicológicas a las que tuvo que hacer frente... Y todo desde una perspectiva muy esperanzadora y transmitiendo unos mensajes y una sabiduría digna de admirar.
I finished this book last month but finally adding it on here after the holidays. Profound and unbelievable. Gathering my thoughts and will post review soon. I will note now that this is hands down the best audio narration I’ve ever listened to. Actress Tovah Feldshuh was superb.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy buen comienzo pero acaba en autoayuda pura y dura y aburre
Yelda Basar Moers
"Just remember, no one can take away from you what you've put in your mind."

Right before the cattle cars open and Edith and her family are ushered through the gates of the Auschwitz death camp, Edith's mother tells her these words. She is then killed soon after. Everyone under 14 and over 40 is immediately killed and sent to the gas chambers. Every day there is a selection process of who lives and who dies. Edith is 16 and a dancer who made the Olympic team but was disqualified because she is Je
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent moving story thanks Elyse!!!!
Lola Et La Vie
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I knew from the start this book would touch me. I generally avoid books about WWII and concentrations camps, their horrors too much for me to contemplate. Yet, I felt compelled to read this book. The reason being that from the description I gathered this was about a woman who had survived and gone on to use her strength to help others with their trauma.

No, this was not an easy read. When she takes us into Auschwitz and tells us about the horrors she had seen and experienced there, my heart shran
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a remarkable story written by Dr. Edith Eva Eger who in 1944 as a sixteen-year-old was sent to Auschwitz and endured unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele.
The book tells of her bravery that helped her sister to survive and led to her bunk mates rescuing her during a death march. When the camp was finally liberated, Edith was pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive and survived to tell this remarkable story. The book is about a lot more
Milly Cohen
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Me maravilla el ser humano. Su potencial. Su fuerza. Su fe. Su transformación.

Esta mujer me maravilla aun más. Por su humor. Por su vitalidad. Por su historia (para mi no existe eso de "una historia más del mismo tema").

No creo haber leído a ningún sobreviviente del Holocausto, aun vivo, con tanta preparación y sabiduría. Y dulzura.

No lo entiendo. No entiendo cómo se puede lograr tanto luego de lo otro, y muchos no logramos nada, sin haber pasado por lo otro.

Una joya de libro y de mujer.

Con cad
Claudia S. (Dream Memories)
"No existe una jerarquía del sufrimiento. No hay nada que haga que mi dolor sea mejor o peor que el tuyo, no existe ninguna gráfica en la que podamos plasmar la importancia relativa de un pesar respecto a otro."

Reseña completa en el blog:

No suelo leer libros de no ficción, pero siempre estoy dispuesta a leer historias profundas e importantes que me hagan cambiar la perspectiva de las cosas. Agradezco a la vida y a la editorial por poner este libro en mi
Angela Smith
This is truly an inspirational story of how the author went to Auschwitz and unlike so many others, she survived to share her story. Her story is not just about the terrible things she saw and suffered there but also how she managed to go on living after it happened and turned it in to something positive to help others going through struggles in their lives, be it PTSD, addiction, loss. The things that happened were truly horrendous but she chose to live, to survive and face her fears, even retu ...more
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