In 1944; at the age of 16; Edith Eger was taken by the Nazis from her home in Hungary and sent to the infamous Auschwitz death camp. Although spared the gas chambers used on her parents; the already-thin Edith gradually wasted away as she was transferred from one camp to another. In May; 1945; approaching death; Edith fell into an unconscious stupor. The guards assumed she was dead and threw her into a mass grave in the woods behind the Gunskirchen Lager Camp. Miraculously; an American GI saw Edith’s hand moving amidst the corpses. He rescued the then 60-pound girl from certain death.