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I Danced for the Angel of Death
The Dr. Edith Eva Eger Story

A Presentation of WLRN Public Television


I Danced for the Angel of Death: The Edith Eva Eger Story


I Danced for the Angel of Death - The Dr. Edith Eva Eger Story reveals how Holocaust survivor Edith Eva Eger’s bravery keeps her alive through three concentration camps, including two encounters with the notorious Dr. Josef Mengele. Liberated in 1945, decades of flashbacks and survivor’s guilt forced her to stay silent and hide from the past. After years of suffering, Edie was able to heal and forgive the one person she’d been unable to forgive—herself. She refused to be a victim and never gave up.

Today, at the age of 93, Edith is a published bestselling author and internationally acclaimed Psychologist.




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WLRN Public Television hosted a special panel discussion on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021, featuring psychologist and Holocaust survivor Dr. Edith Eva Eger, WWII veteran and concentration camp liberator Alan Moskin, film director and founder of the Holocaust Education Film Foundation Ron Small, and Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, the founder of the Holocaust Teacher’s Institute at the University of Miami.

This presentation is made possible with the support of The Holocaust Educational Film Foundation and Holocaust Teacher Education Institute, University of Miami


Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff (Moderator)

Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff is the Founding Director of the Teacher Institute on Holocaust Studies for the University of Miami’s School of Education. She has participated in extensive studies at Yad Vashem’s International Center for Holocaust Studies and is the creative founder of the “Screening The Holocaust Film Series “in cooperation with The Miami Jewish Film Festival in Miami, Florida. Dr. Klein Kassenoff is an appointee to the Florida Education Commissioner’s Holocaust Task Force. As the Education Specialist for Holocaust Studies for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, she is responsible for all staff development and Holocaust teacher training for school district. Dr. Klein Kassenoff is a member of the USHMM Council of Holocaust Centers.

Dr. Edith Eva Eger

Born September 29, 1927, in Kosice, Slovakia, Holocaust survivor Dr. Edith Eva Eger was a teenager when she arrived at Auschwitz only to face and be forced to dance for the notorious “Angel of Death” Dr. Joseph Mengele. This moment, which is revealed in the film, ultimately saved her life. Following the war, Dr. Eger moved to Czechoslovakia where she met her husband. In 1949 they moved to the United States. Dr. Eger received her degree in Psychology from the University of Texas, El Paso, in 1969. She then pursued her doctoral internship at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss, Texas. At 93, Dr. Eger has a clinical practice in La Jolla, California and holds a faculty appointment at the University of California, San Diego.

Alan Moskin

Alan Moskin served in the United States Army from September 1944 until August 1946 as a member of the 66th Infantry, 71st Division, part of General George Patton’s 3rd Army, He moved up the ranks to Staff Sergeant, while his outfit fought in combat through France, Germany, and Austria. Alan Moskin completed a J.D. degree from New York University Law School in June 1951 and practiced law as a civil trial attorney in New Jersey for over 20 years. Today, at 93 years of age, Alan resides in Nanuet, New York, and continues to travel the country sharing his experiences as an infantry combat soldier and a “Concentration Camp” liberator.

Ron Small

Ron Small is the film director and founder of the Holocaust Education Film Foundation. He is known for his films Surviving Birkenau: The Dr. Susan Spatz Story (2019), To Auschwitz and Back: The Joe Engel Story (2017) and Ashton Harrison: the Road to 24 (2017). With an Anthropology Degree from Tulane University, Ron’s passion turned to a career in entertainment where his degree “served little purpose” until he started making documentaries. Ron Small is fond of saying, “I’m the luckiest guy on the planet because look at the sandbox I get to play in. The camera has taken me around the world to fascinating places, to work with extraordinary people and I never take any of it for granted.”

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