WISeR PeaceMaker Celebration
Special Sunday Workshop with Dr. Edith Eva Eger
10 am -1 pm
Western Institute for Social Research in Berkeley
2930 Shattuck Avenue Suite 300
Eminent Psychologist, Author and Auschwitz Survivor Edith Eva Eger PhD
Like Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, Dr. Edith Eger's "The Choice" is life changing. Warm, compassionate and infinitely wise, it is a profound examination of the human spirit, and our capacity to heal.
In 1944, sixteen-year-old Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. There she endured unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. Over the coming months, Edith’s bravery helped her sister to survive, and led to her bunkmates rescuing her during a death march. When their camp was finally liberated, Edith was pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive.
Dr Edith Eger shares her experience of the Holocaust and the remarkable stories of those she has helped ever since. Today, she is an internationally acclaimed psychologist whose patients include survivors of abuse and soldiers suffering from PTSD.
Dr. Edie explains how many of us live within a mind that has become a prison, and shows how freedom becomes possible once we confront our suffering. forgiveness is remarkable and inspiring.
'The Choice is a gift to humanity. One of those rare and eternal stories that you don't want to end and that leave you forever changed.' —DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
“I would take Edie Eger on an op with me any day.”
—U.S. Navy SEALs Commander (Ret.) MARK DIVINE, bestselling author of The Way of the SEAL and Unbeatable Mind
“I have learned from this gifted human being, this indomitable survivor, this accomplished therapist, more about humanity and suffering and resilience than from all my advanced degrees. This effervescent, brawny nanogenarian has more than a story to tell, a therapy to offer, a journey to guide; she brings us to a new way of being.”
—Dr. ROBERT KOFFMAN, former Director of Psychological Health, U.S. Navy
"The Choice"- Resilience Initiatives, The Power of Expressive Arts, Peaceful Homes, Workplaces & Society; Psychology, Innovative Trauma Informed Care, Law, Education, Healthcare, Multiculturalism & Social Justice***
Internationally acclaimed psychologist Dr. Edith Eger—one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors—tells her unforgettable story in this moving testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of Choice in our lives.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24
- SUNDAY 10 A.M. - 1 P.M. : Dr. Edith Eger Resilience & Forgiveness Workshop***, All are Welcome, hosted at WISR in Berkeley
- SUNDAY Afternoon Presentation
- SUNDAY Closing Gathering
***note: Sunday Workshop CEU Credits are available for Educators, Teachers, Health Care Professionals, Therapists, and Counselors
Dr. Edith Eva Eger, Special Workshop on Resilience and Forgiveness: Campaign NonViolence & WISeR PeaceMakers 2017
International speaker, and best selling author Dr. Edith Eva Eger will share her inspiring story as a survivor of Auschwitz, and her incredible journey from Hungary to the United States, where she has risen to become an Eminent Psychologist, Best Selling Author, Human Dignity Advocate, and inspiring International Speaker. Dr. Eger has been featured on Oprah, TED Talks, and most recently offered the keynote for the California Legislature Annual Caucus.
Edith Eger was sixteen years old when the Nazis came to her hometown in Hungary and took her Jewish family to an internment center and then to Auschwitz. Her parents were sent to the gas chamber by Joseph Mengele soon after they arrived at the camp. Hours later Mengele demanded that Edie dance a waltz to “The Blue Danube” and rewarded her with a loaf of bread that she shared with her fellow prisoners. These women later helped save Edie’s life.
One of the few living Holocaust survivors to remember the horrors of the camps, Edie has chosen to forgive her captors and find joy in her life every day. She combines her clinical knowledge and her own experiences with trauma to help others who have experienced painful events large and small.
Dr. Eger’s message is powerful and important:
“Your pain matters and is worth healing: you can choose to be joyful and free.”
Dr. Eger lectures frequently on the power of Love and healing. She is eighty-nine years old and still dancing.
Dr. Eger will offer tools you can use right away for developing your innate confidence, resiliency and supporting self-empowerment and healing from adversity.
The Choice is a gift to humanity. One of those rare and eternal stories that you don’t want to end and that leave you forever changed. Dr. Eger’s life reveals our capacity to transcend even the greatest of horrors and to use that suffering for the benefit of others. She has found true freedom and forgiveness and shows us how we can as well. —DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
The Choice weaves Eger’s personal story with case studies from her work as a psychologist. Her patients and their stories illustrate different phases of healing and show how people can choose to escape the prisons they construct in their minds and find freedom, regardless of circumstance.
“In this extraordinary chronicle of heroism and healing, Dr. Eger shows us how to escape the prisons of our own minds . . . Millions of people can learn from Dr. Eger’s inspiring cases and shocking personal story as well as her profound clinical wisdom to heal their lives.”
—PHILIP ZIMBARDO, PhD, Stanford professor emeritus of psychology and New York Times bestselling author of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil
Today Dr. Eger is 89 years old. She maintains a busy clinical psychology practice in La Jolla, California, holds a faculty appointment at the University of California, San Diego, and regularly gives lectures around the country and abroad, also serving as a consultant for the United States Army and Navy in resiliency training and the treatment of PTSD. Dr. Eger inspires and empowers diverse audiences, from Navy SEALs to clergy and religious groups to medical professionals to survivors of domestic abuse.
This is a part of a four day Conference on resiliency, healthy workplace initiatives, multiculturalism, trauma informed care, social justice, human dignity and the expressive arts.
In partnership with ThinkRound, Ardicare Foundation, The Tanya Project, and New Workplace Institute, Together We Stand, ChuckThree Productions, Amelia Romano & ATB