in partnership with The Carlsbad City Library
About the Event
Adventures by the Book™ is pleased to partner with the Carlsbad City Library for a Free Library Adventure with psychologist and Holocaust survivor, Dr. Edith Eva Eger.
Join us as we delve into a powerful, moving memoir—and a practical guide to healing—written by Dr. Edith Eva Eger, an eminent psychologist whose own experiences as a Holocaust survivor help her treat patients and allow them to escape the prisons of their own minds.
As one of the few living people who can remember the horrors of the camp, this event will be a rare opportunity to hear from someone who not only survived these atrocities but who has chosen to forgive her captors and find joy in her life every day. Edith was sixteen years old when the Nazis came to her hometown in Hungary and took her Jewish family to an interment center and then to Auschwitz. Her parents were sent to the gas chamber by Joseph Mengele soon after they arrived at the camp. Edie and her sister survived Auschwitz, were transferred to the Mauthausen and Gunskirchen camps in Austria, and managed to live until the American troops liberated the camps in 1945 and found Edie in a pile of dying bodies.
Now a psychologist, Edith has dedicated her life to using her clinical knowledge and her own experiences with trauma to help others who have experienced painful events large and small. Don't miss this incredible free author talk on Edith's memoir, The Choice: Embrace the Possible.
This Adventure includes a book discussion, Q&A with the author, and book signing.
About the Author and Book
A native of Hungary, Edith Eva Eger was just a teenager 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, the heinous death camp. Her parents were sent to the gas chambers but Edith’s bravery kept her and her sister alive. Toward the end of the war Edith and other prisoners had been moved to Austria. On May 4, 1945 a young American soldier noticed her hand moving slightly amongst a number of dead bodies. He quickly summoned medical help and brought her back from the brink of death.
After the war Edith moved to Czechoslovakia where she met the man she would marry. In 1949 they 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.
Dr. Eger is a prolific author and a member of several professional associations. She has a clinical practice in La Jolla, California and holds a faculty appointment at the University of California, San Diego. She has appeared on numerous television programs including CNN and the Oprah Winfrey Show; and was the primary subject of a holocaust documentary that appeared on Dutch National Television. She is frequently invited to speaking engagements throughout the United States and abroad.
Event is free and open to the public and registration is not necessary. However, seating is limited and expected to fill quickly, so stay tuned to learn how you can obtain your free tickets for admission. Information coming soon at the Carlsbad City Library.
Books will be available at the event for purchase and signing, or pre-order a signed copy below of The Choice: Embrace the Possible to be delivered at the event.