By Edith Eger
‘Little dancer’, Mengele says, ‘dance for me’
In 1944, sixteen-year-old ballerina Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. Separated from her parents on arrival, she endures unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. When the camp is finally liberated, she is pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive.
The horrors of the Holocaust didn’t break Edith. In fact, they helped her learn to live again with a life-affirming strength and a truly remarkable resilience.
The Choice is her unforgettable story. It shows that hope can flower in the most unlikely places.Tweet
I loved the majority of the book, and was so engrossed in Edith’s story from her time in Auschwitz, to what happens when she does what so many could not, make a life for herself afterwards. Although I knew about the camps being liberated, I had little to no knowledge about what happened when they were given their freedom. Edith brought me into her world and educated me beautifully. I learned a lot and was captivated and moved by her story, who couldn’t be? Her images were strong and vivid, and many have stayed with me long after finishing.
However, as the book went on, I started to drift away. I was less interested in her life as a therapist and her patients. As I feel the book wasn’t sold to me on this premise it felt slightly disjointed. To me, it seemed as if it was really two separate books, put together in order for them to both sell.
Have read many Holocaust stories, this is amongst the best.
The horrors lived through, and their aftermath, is so well told.
A life story of survival, against all odds.
I would recommend this book to others.