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 and has been a highly sought after speaker for Resiliency Forums for the past two years.
Dr. Edith Eva Eger published her NY Times best-selling memoir, The Choice, at the age of 90 in 2017. In 2020, during COVID lockdowns, she published her Internationally best-selling guidebook, The Gift. She survived Auschwitz, is a practicing, world-renowned Psychologist, a great-grand-parent to seven, and the embodiment of lighthearted love and positive energy. Both books are translated into more than 30 languages.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
The Choice received The Christopher Award and the Jewish Book Council Award
MY VIDEOS TO SHARE
Ted Talk 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0We7BNUILBA&t=5s
The Power of Choice 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfZwXzPlTFY&t=4s
Oprah Network – Super Soul 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fauouBeIdGM
Illinois Holocaust Museum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QP0zLAA-8M
VIDEOS FROM PAST RESILIENCY CONFERENCES
An excerpt from Resiliency 2020 that has been used for social media campaigns: https://www.facebook.com/104681411408278/videos/911750769635208
Video from Resiliency 2020 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Wn5OJoaROiguamXs5ozGZUbUmFbBtv-N/view?usp=sharing
Video from Resiliency 2021 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RG_0wNvNPi-WKYLh7_fY_QcLvpHbcSDK/view?usp=sharing
QUOTES FROM MY BOOKS
“Your pain matters and is worth healing; you can choose to be joyful and free.” The Choice
“The biggest prison is in our own mind.” The Choice
“We are not born with fear. We are born with love.” The Choice
“There is no love without hate. There is no summer without winter.” The Choice
“Healing can’t happen as long as we’re hiding or disowning parts of ourselves. The things we silence or cover up become like hostages in the basement, trying more and more desperately to get our attention. The Gift.
“I have the power to free myself. So do you. Forgiveness isn’t something we do for the person who’s hurt us. It’s something we do for ourselves, so we’re no longer victims or prisoners of the past, so we can stop carrying a burden that harbors nothing but pain. The Gift.
“Our painful experiences aren’t a liability—they’re a gift. They give us perspective and meaning, an opportunity to find our unique purpose and our strength.”
“We don’t know where we’re going, we don’t know what’s going to happen, but no one can take away from you what you put in your own mind.”
“The only place where we can exercise our freedom of choice is in the present.”
“Change is about noticing what’s no longer working and stepping out of the familiar, imprisoning patterns.”
“Survivors don’t have time to ask, “Why me?” For survivors, the only relevant question is, “What now?”
“The hardest person to forgive is someone I’ve still to confront: myself.”
“Our painful experiences aren’t a liability—they’re a gift.”
Are you Evolving or Revolving?
PUBLICATIONS / BOOKS
The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life
The Choice: Embrace the Possible
REVIEWS FROM PARTICIPANTS
- I originally signed up because I had just finished reading “The Choice “by Dr.Edith Eva Edger and loved it, and went to her website and found out about this webinar. So, I love Dr. Edgar but found so many of the speakers inspirational.
- Dr Edith Edgar – who’s book I read to get me through my breast cancer treatment and at the same time my acceptance to change and go through a divorce after finishing my treatment …to get away from a bad marriage.
- All speakers stories were powerful and impactful. I’m a big fan of Dr. Eger and I resonate with her message of parenting ourselves because this is truly self care, self compassion and self love. Looking for the silver lining in the midst of adversity was an empowering message for me as well.
- Dr. Edith Eva Eger was the most inspiring for me. I have just recently began experiencing the peace and freedom of “letting go” of things in my life that had a hold on me and kept me from reaching my potential in life.
- Dr. Edith Eger’s emphasis on self love and self care isn’t narcissistic.
- Honestly, I got something from each presenter, but Dr. Edith Eva Eger touched my heart and inspired me so deeply. I have read both of her books and admire her greatly.
- I found Edith Eger through a coworker. Her book The Gift brought me through a very difficult time after my brother’s suicide in March of 2020. I am forever grateful for her wisdom and healing.
LITTLE KNOWN FACTS
Edith will soon be a hologram.
Edith turned 91 and still loves to dance. www.facebook.com/watch/?v=180616916158949
Edith loves to cook with favorite dishes being Hungarian Szekely Goulash, Chicken Paprikash, Palacsinta a la Edie, and her famous Nut Roll.