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Even in the face of unimaginable hardship, Irene Miller chose to embrace life.
Irene Miller knows what it means to suffer. The Holocaust stole her childhood and her home and left her alone. Over 100 of her family members were murdered. Yet, her story is not one of a victim, but one of triumph. Despite overwhelming odds against her, she has gone on to be a teacher, mental health director, and advocate for those suffering from discrimination, addiction, and mental health issues.
In this heart-wrenching episode, Ms. Miller recalls the details of fleeing the Nazis, struggling to survive against the elements, Soviet soldiers, Siberian work camps, under-resourced orphanages, and facing the trauma of what happened to her family. She shares her unbreakable spirit, which has allowed her to flourish even after the cruelest start to life.
Perhaps most importantly, Ms. Miller gives us insight into how her traumatic childhood spurred her on to become the voice of the voiceless; to give compassion to others suffering, and to take up their cause as her own.
At this moment in time, we face a country divided politically and socially. It is easy to let feelings of resentment and bitterness take over. However, Ms. Miller is proof that choosing hope over hate is always better for your mental well-being.