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A sixteen-year-old girl is in love. She loves to dance. She
has a boyfriend. And she lives with two sisters and her parents and the
attendant conflicts that come with family life. One morning in 1944, her life is
violently disrupted when soldiers rip her family apart. Next, we are on a journey with her. We see her enter the bleak
dream-destroying Auschwitz. We learn about survival amidst a human hell.
I wasn’t excited by the novel I started during a visit to
Washington DC. My wife thought I might like Eger’s book, The Choice. She was
right. By the end of our DC visit, we returned to the Holocaust
museum, which became a new experience through Dr. Eger's lens. I found myself looking at the faces in a new way--wondering about victims, survivors, and perpetrators in terms of life-choices.
Eger’s tells her story of survival through the eyes of a
young woman. We see her near death experiences, wonder at her tiny triumphs,
worry about whether she will make it, rejoice in her successes, and feel her
warmth and joy as we learn of her wisdom in later years.
Dr. Eger is a clinical
psychologist and professor of psychology at UCSD. But she did not enter college
until middle age. She connects with Viktor Frankl with whom she shares not only
a common past but also a common love for humanity.
As Edith struggles with her past and works to live in the
present, she is faced with many life-choices. We are treated to a case study in
post-traumatic growth as she reviews her past through the lens of a
psychologist in healing whilst helping others heal as well.
The Choice is an
inspirational story that will be of interest to anyone who enjoys seeing people
break free from the past. She offers us an opportunity to dance with a star.
Eger, E. E. ( 2017). The choice: Embrace the possible. Simon & Schuster. La Jolla, CA.