About Dr. Edith Eger

Edith Eva Eger
Dr. Eger is a sought-after clinical psychologist and lecturer, helping individuals discard their limitations,
discover their powers of self-renewal, and achieve things they previous thought unattainable. Using her
past as a powerful analogy, she inspires people to tap their full potential and shape their very best
destinies. Hers is a message of healing and personal growth. A message of freedom from self-imposed
limitations. A message that helps people build character, deal effectively with life’s events, and enrich the
lives of others.
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, the heinous death camp. Her parents lost their lives there. She and her
sister survived even though they were subjected to the horrible treatment by Dr. Josef Mengele and
survived the Death March from Poland to Austria. In May 1945, when the American Army liberated the
Gunskirchen camp, Edith was near death. A young American soldier noticed her hand moving slightly
amongst a number of dead bodies. He quickly summoned medical help and brought her and her sister
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. She has spent much of her professional time working with members of the military helping
them to live productive lives and heal from PTSD. Dr. Eger has always found ways to use her personal
experiences to inspire, educate and help others. She continues to work with patients from many walks of
life in her practice in La Jolla, California.
Dr. Eger is an author and member of several professional associations. She has appeared on many,
many television programs including Oprah Winfrey and Larry King Now and was the primary subject of a
holocaust documentary that appeared on Dutch National Television. She is frequently invited to speak
throughout the United States, as well as internationally. Dr. 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
her 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 thirty 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 two
book awards, one being from the national organization of the Jewish Book Council Award; the other – The
Christopher Award. After an intimate interview with Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday, The Choice
spent several weeks on the New Times Best Seller List in 2019. In September 2020 her latest book The
Gift , Twelve Lessons to Save your Life will be released in both the UK and the United States. It is
already being translated into nine languages