Special Episode with Dr. Edith Eger: ‘The Psychologist’
Happy Birthday TeachPitch! We are 7 years old today on UNESCO’s World Teachers Day. Recent times haven’t been easy for educators and with this interview we wanted to do our little part in showing that we care. In search for tips & tricks to cope with all the challenges coming our way, Aldo speaks to life-long teacher and best-selling author Dr. Edith Eger about the adversities she overcame as a Holocaust survivor & refugee. Loads of wisdom and valuable advice from this 94 year old world-renowned Psychologist. Guest Introduction: You have books and then you have Books with a big capital B. As a reader you can be touched by a book for many reasons; its intention, its story line, its plot, the message it has for the world and/or fall in love with one or all of its main characters. Often just one of these components is already enough to make it a big success but very rarely have I read one or better said two books that have it all. ‘The Choice’ and ‘The Gift’ written by the renowned psychologist Dr. Edith Eger surpassed any expectation I had and left me in admiration, awe and with a lot of deep questions about us human beings. By any standard I can say that both works are absolutely monumental reads, undoubtedly here to stay. Dr. Edith Eger shares with us the story of surviving the most horrific atrocities in Auschwitz. Her ordeal as a 16 year old Jewish girl growing up in Hungary during the Second World War is beyond anything you can imagine. With both her parents killed in the gas chambers, having undergone the torture, the humiliation and many systemic attempts to be killed, Edith and her sister Magda miraculously make it out alive of this death camp. Step by step Dr. Eger tries to rebuild her life in post-war Hungary but not even 5 years after the war she is again led in incredibly difficult circumstances as the Russians seize power in the East of Europe. Dr. Eger, her husband Bela and daughter Marianne seek refuge in the United States where they need to start over their entire life again, with not a penny to their name and only the motivation to build something new. Both books by Dr. Eger ‘ are about resilience, loss, bereavement, bravery, anger, forgiveness but most of all about the unique power given to all of us that we can always make a choice. “We have the capacity to hate and the capacity to love. Which one we reach for,” Dr. Eger states, “is up to us.” When reading the incredible story of Dr. Edith Eger you are moved beyond belief. It is a story that overwhelms you not only because of what happened to her but also how you will be transformed when reading them. You cannot carry on as normal after you have read the books of Dr. Eger. ‘I will be forever changed by Dr. Eger’s story’ says the mighty Oprah Winfrey and who am I to disagree? Now this Podcast Program is all about challenges and how great people have overcome adversity and setbacks and went on to achieve great things. I for one cannot come up with a guest more befitting for our Podcast or as a journalist for the New York Times describes it: “I can’t imagine a more important message for modern times. Eger’s book is a triumph, and should be read by all who care about both their inner freedom and the future of humanity.” Without a doubt Dr. Eger and her story personify everything we stand for it is my distinct honour to bring to you this interview with her on our 7th birthday and UNESCO’s ‘World Teachers Day’.