The Choice: Embrace the Possible
A native of Hungary, Edith Eva Eger was just 16 years old 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. Her parents lost their lives there. She and her sister survived even though they were subjected to horrible treatment by Josef Mengele and endured the death march from Poland to Austria.
In 1949, she and her young family 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. She has spent much of her professional time working with members of the military, helping them to recover from and cope with the ongoing effects of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Eger has always found ways to use her personal experiences to inspire, educate and help others. Eger has a clinical practice in La Jolla, California, where she uses her past as a powerful analogy to inspire people to reach their potential and shape their destinies.
In the fall of 2017, at the age of 90, her memoir, The Choice: Embrace the Possible, was published. In the book, she details how the synergy of working with and learning from her patient’s perspectives has enriched her life experiences. The book focuses on moving forward in light of hardship and has received excellent reviews, is a best seller in several countries, and has been translated into nine languages. The New York Times Book Review wrote: “Eger’s book is a triumph, and should be read by all who care about both their inner freedom and the future of humanity.” As of March 2018, the book has received a book award from the national organization of the Jewish Book Council. She also received the Christopher Award.
The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, 94105
4:45 p.m. check-in
5:15 p.m. program