Dr Edith Eger

February 12, 2017

Dr. Edith Eger – The Ballerina of Auschwitz

Dr. Eger is one of the few living Holocaust survivors to remember the horrors of the camps, yet her exuberance for all that life holds inspires all who meet her.

Edith Eva Eger was a young Hungarian teenager, training as a gymnast for the Olympics when she was devastated to receive notification that she could not compete as a Jew. Soon the real horror began as she and her family found themselves entering the Auschwitz concentration camp. There they encountered Dr. Mengele who spared her and her sister from the gas chamber, but not her parents. Hours later when asked to dance a ballet for Dr. Mengele, she was able to perform by remembering the parting words of her mother to keep her mind strong; she pictured herself on stage in a beautiful performance hall, and she began to dance.

Since Eger was liberated in 1945, she has used her mother's words to overcome the horrors of her past.  She has forgiven her captors and has been helping others find liberation from their past for over thirty years as a clinical psychologist. Dr. Eger has dedicated much of her time counseling female victims of domestic abuse, and through the U.S. military, has been able to treat American veterans with Post Traumatic Brain Disorder following their service in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dr. Eger holds a faculty appointment at the University of California, San Diego, is a prolific author, frequent lecturer, and has appeared on numerous television programs including Oprah Winfrey and CNN. Simon and Schuster will release her autobiography, The Choice, this September.

"Auschwitz gave me a tremendous gift in some ways, that I can guide people to have resilience and perseverance," Eger says.

Please join us on February 12th to see for yourselves that the "Ballerina of Auschwitz" is still high-kicking!

Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served beginning at 6:00. Dr. Eger will begin speaking at 6:30. Advance ticket purchase is encouraged through February 8th at 5:00pm. Any remaining tickets will be sold for $30. $10 student tickets are available.

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