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As a teenager, the author found herself in Auschwitz, struggling to survive with her sister Magda. By a series of sheer flukes coupled with their own stubborn hope, they survived, although at liberation they were scarcely alive. In the years that followed, Edith married, had children, moved to the US, and eventually became a psychotherapist. A very good one, who eventually allowed herself to open up about her war experience and deal with its trauma. It sounds easy, put like that, but it’s anything but. It’s hard work, and her life journey has been to help others deal with their own traumas and griefs. She worked particularly with military personnel, and became a renowned and inspiring speaker. This book tells her story, and the stories of others, in a heartfelt compassionate way. She uses plain English, so her book is very accessible. No doubt it has helped many, and will continue to do so. An absolute standout in the field.
How a person could live such a compassionate life after having endured so much horror is astounding. Edith's life is astounding, it's inspirational, she's an amazing woman, she's intelligent, courageous, thoughtful, forgiving. One cannot read this book without being affected by the anecdotes recounted unless you're one of those who subscribe to Nazi ideology. Her choice, "We can't choose to vanish the dark, but we can choose to kindle the light." Very, very highly recommended.
A page turner for its authenticity and the light that shines from the author even in the darkest of descriptions. This book shows that we all have the means to conquer ourselves if we can only realise that the war is within. The hardest fight is yourself vs yourself. What a gift to be able to show people how to win it. Forget the high five, here's to a high kick!!
Reading this book is a revelation in dealing with trauma, forgiveness and understanding of oneself. Such honesty by the author and her bravery and resilience in surviving in Nazi Germany gives one support to deal with one's own life.
I loved how this story was shared, how grizzly truths were revealed about a shocking time in history; World War II and genocide, alongside the glimmers of human kindness that lift you up with appreciation. This was a very emotional read for me personally, it shocked me and then enlightened me... An absolute page turner. Thank you
This book was so easy to read, i was taken on the journey with Edith, her past and present. As she shared her story and others it made me think of what are my prisons, what is my choice. I couldn’t wait to get back to read this each day after work.
Eger shares from her heart her unforgettable life story and learnings. Such a precious message- responsibility, choice, freedom, forgiveness and authenticity. Written insightfully, personally and generously. A reflective book that will leave an impact on your heart and mind.
A book everyone should read, it’s hard to say I loved it as it was shocking and almost unbearably sad at times but I did enjoy it. There is so much great advice along with the authors personal account of her incredibly sad life. I will re-read this again and again. I highly recommend