The True Adventures of Gidon Lev

The True Adventures of Gidon Lev : Rascal. Holocaust Survivor. Optimist.

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Of the approximately 15,000 children imprisoned in the Nazi concentration camp of Térézin (Theresienstadt ) near Prague, less than 100 survived. Gidon Lev is one of those children.




Gidon's is the story of a little boy who never really grew up. His life spans the horrors of the Holocaust, the beginnings of a fledgling country, two marriages, six children, and a late-in-life romance that made the telling of his story more than possible but also imperative during these tumultuous times.



The True Adventures of Gidon Lev offers a primer on Jewish and Israeli history, insights into the culture of the modern state of Israel, and the inspiration to carry on after hardship and loss. From Prague to New York to California and back to Israel again, Gidon Lev and Julie Gray take us on a journey into the depths and back up into the sunshine of hope, love, laughter, and possibilities. Weaving Gidon's invaluable memories together with the cultural and historical backstory of time and place, Julie Gray invites readers inside the process of mining memories for truths and history for lessons.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 18mm | 404g
  • English
  • 173524970X
  • 9781735249704
  • 10,991

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The True Adventures of Gidon Lev offers a primer on Jewish and Israeli history, insights into the culture of the modern state of Israel, and the inspiration to carry on after hardship and loss. From Prague to New York to California and back to Israel again, Gidon Lev and Julie Gray take us on a journey into the depths and back up into the sunshine of hope, love, laughter, and possibilities.

"Just when you thought there was nothing new that could possibly be said about the Holocaust, along come Gidon Lev and Julie Gray with this delightful, moving, original, and yes, charming account of an extraordinary man who happens to have been a child survivor of the Theresienstadt concentration camp. With irreverent humor and deep insight, The True Adventures of Gidon Lev presents an improbable love story-of a man who had every reason to be bitter but instead fell in love with life. It is also the story of a late-life romance that will make you believe in happy-ever-after endings again. Read this wonderful book and you'll fall in love too-with Gidon, with Julie, with the Jewish people, and with the nation they created out of the abyss."

-Yossi Klein Halevi, senior fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute, author of Like Dreamers



"How do we remember in order to learn, and learn in order to build a better world-while not letting the Holocaust eclipse our life-affirming purpose and values? In The True Adventures, truth-that is to say searching, love, humor, anger, despair, hope-is not shrouded in dark clouds, but aglow amidst them. Wonder of wonders, it is exactly through this tale, a tale with the Holocaust at its essence, that a new light is shed on Jewish possibility and purpose."

-Rabbi Susan Silverman, author of Casting Lots: Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World
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