Edith Eger was born on September 29, 1927, in Kosice, Slovakia, where she lived with her parents and two sisters, Magda and Clara, until 1944 when the Nazis occupied Hungary and forced them into Kosice Ghetto. In May 1944, they were loaded onto cattle cars and sent to Auschwitz, where Edith first encountered Dr. Mengele. In November 1944, Edith and Magda were consigned to ammunition trains and slave labor. In May 1945, they were liberated from Gunskirchen and were reunited with Clara in Prague. Edith married and came to the United States. She had three children and became a clinical psychologist.