1944年，16歲的Edith Eger被送到奧斯威辛，身為一位匈牙利裔猶太人，她跟家人是戰爭結束前最後一批被送到集中營的受害者。在集中營中，Edith的父母不久即被送入毒氣室而過世；Edith則被命令為將雙親送入毒氣室的「死亡天使」醫師約瑟夫•門格勒（Josef Mengele）跳舞。當門格勒看完Edith的舞姿，獎勵了她一條麵包。Edith努力幫助妹妹存活下來，姐妹兩人被轉送至奧地利的毛特豪森-古森集中營，當營區終於被解放時，Edith在一堆屍體中被找到，奇蹟似地倖存生還。
身為走過集中營創傷的倖存者，Edith Eger並未讓自己被悲劇性的經歷擊垮，而是選擇就讀心理學，運用所學理論與親身生命經歷，成為享譽國際的心理學家與醫師─尤其專精於創傷後壓力症候群PTSD。她幫助了歷經戰場創傷的士兵們，與受虐的女性等等病患，讓他們也體認到，自己能夠成為一個跨越傷痛、堅毅而寬容諒解的靈魂。在這本感人的回憶錄中，Edith Eger娓娓道來她在大屠殺中的遭遇以及自那以來曾幫助過許多病患的動人故事。現今大多數人的心靈都禁錮在我們自己所創造出監獄，然而就如同Edith Eger想傳達的訊息：「你的苦痛並非無關緊要，它值得被治癒；而你也能選擇過一個快樂自由的生命。」
就像Viktor E. Frankl的《活出意義來》，The Choice是面對變化無常的生命之歌。暖如旭陽、深切的同情心與無盡智慧，這是一個深奧的人道精神檢驗，以及人類自癒能力的昇華。(文/博客來編譯)
A New York Times Bestseller
"I'll be forever changed by Dr. Eger's story...The Choice is a reminder of what courage looks like in the worst of times and that we all have the ability to pay attention to what we've lost, or to pay attention to what we still have."--Oprah
"Dr. Eger's life reveals our capacity to transcend even the greatest of horrors and to use that suffering for the benefit of others. She has found true freedom and forgiveness and shows us how we can as well." --Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
"Dr. Edith Eva Eger is my kind of hero. She survived unspeakable horrors and brutality; but rather than let her painful past destroy her, she chose to transform it into a powerful gift--one she uses to help others heal." --Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle
Winner of the National Jewish Book Award and Christopher Award
At the age of sixteen, Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. Hours after her parents were killed, Nazi officer Dr. Josef Mengele, forced Edie to dance for his amusement and her survival. Edie was pulled from a pile of corpses when the American troops liberated the camps in 1945.
Edie spent decades struggling with flashbacks and survivor's guilt, determined to stay silent and hide from the past. Thirty-five years after the war ended, she returned to Auschwitz and was finally able to fully heal and forgive the one person she'd been unable to forgive--herself.
Edie weaves her remarkable personal journey with the moving stories of those she has helped heal. She explores how we can be imprisoned in our own minds and shows us how to find the key to freedom. The Choice is a life-changing book that will provide hope and comfort to generations of readers.