“I Didn’t Need the Nazi, I Had One in Me”

In honor of today being Holocaust Remembrance Day, I am reblogging a post I did on the amazing Judith Eva Eger, whose story exemplifies how one can overcome adversity through the most horrific of circumstances. May we never forgot the horrors of the Holocaust and the the evil that both spawned and enabled it to continue.

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Edith Eva Eger was starved, beaten and terrorized on a daily basis during her brutal stay at a WWII Nazi death camp, even forced to dance with Josef Mengele, the infamous Angel of Death who murdered her parents along with countless others.  She survived that horrible time by clinging to her mother’s last words before being sent to the gas chamber, “I want you to remember, no one can change what is in your own mind”.

That brief sentence became a personal mantra for Eger, both during her time at Auschwitz and while battling the post-traumatic stress disorder she suffered for years after the war.  In fact she built an entire career around it, as a highly successful clinical psychologist, helping thousands overcome trauma by accessing what’s inside of them to make the shift from victimhood to empowerment.

This took time though, as survivor’s guilt messed with her thinking…

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9 Responses to “I Didn’t Need the Nazi, I Had One in Me”

  1. Wow! “I want you to remember, no one can change what is in your own mind”.

    What a powerful story and an amazing woman.

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  2. Wally Fry says:

    That was good then, and is good as a rerun.

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  3. I love this story even for the second time around!!!

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  4. Citizen Tom says:

    Most of us have such pathetically small problems. If someone can come terms with losing so much and being so horribly abused, then ordinary Americans like us should be able to do the same.

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