The Choice is the memoir of Edith Edger, an Auschwitz survivor. In 1944 she was arrested with her family as a Jew and sent to Auschwitz. One year later she was pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive.
In this incredible book she tells her own story of living with trauma and how she came to help thousands of others to deal with their own trauma.
I can’t recommend The Choice highly enough. I never could have imagined that an Auschwitz survival story could be simultaneously so devastating, uplifting and hopeful. It’s like a therapy session in a book.
My favourite quote is Edith’s perspective on forgiveness:
To forgive is to grieve. For what happened, for what didn’t happen. and to give up the need for a different past. To accept life as it was and as it is. I do not of course mean that it was acceptable for Hitler to murder 6 million people. Just that it happened and I do not want that fact to destroy the life that I clung to and fought for against all odds.
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The Choice was published by Penguin Random House in 2017 and has been newly released in paperback in August 2018.
Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of review.