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The True Adventures of Gidon Lev

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Of the 15,000 children in the Nazi concentration camp of Theresienstadt, fewer than 92 survived. Gidon Lev is one of those children. One part memoir, one part travelogue, and one part history that you thought you knew, The True Adventures of Lev is the quirky story of a Holocaust survivor and the writer who loved him. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Of the 15,000 children in the Nazi concentration camp of Theresienstadt, fewer than 92 survived. Gidon Lev is one of those children. One part memoir, one part travelogue, and one part history that you thought you knew, The True Adventures of Lev is the quirky story of a Holocaust survivor and the writer who loved him. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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United States

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Of the 15,000 children in the Nazi concentration camp of Theresienstadt, fewer than 92 survived. Gidon Lev is one of those children. One part memoir, one part travelogue, and one part history that you thought you knew, The True Adventures of Lev is the quirky story of a Holocaust survivor and the writer who loved him. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Language:

English


Episodes

Mother | 15

5/5/2022
When he finds the long-lost Holocaust testimony of his mother, Gidon spots inaccuracies. Whose memory is more reliable, those of Gidon or his mother? After a long life, can Gidon find forgiveness for Doris? With a buckle and a whoosh, Gidon sets off on the New Adventures of Gidon Lev. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:24:19

The Like of This | 14

5/5/2022
A visit to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem reveals the true fate of Gidon's father, Ernst, and some unsettling statistics about the state of Holocaust education today. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:26:38

Into the Dark | 13

5/5/2022
Looking back at a long, adventurous life, Gidon reveals the subject of his deepest sorrow and most difficult challenge - cancer. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:17:59

A Life Less Ordinary | 12

5/2/2022
After the heart-wrenching events that took place in 1970, Gidon begins his life anew yet again when he meets a brunette intellectual, Susan, who will change the course of his life forever. This unlikely partnership, filled with love, heartache, and adventure will last for over 40 years. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:31:53

Paved Over Paradise | 11

4/21/2022
Reeling from shock and weighted with the emotional trauma of the Holocaust, Gidon Lev reacted to the abduction of his children in the only way that made sense to him. He went on a wild goose chase in California. Things didn't go as planned. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:33:52

Things Fall Apart | 10

4/7/2022
On May 15th, 1967, Gidon is called up for emergency duty and sent to the Golan Heights, leaving his wife and baby behind. Israel manages to survive the Six Day War but what lies just around the corner for Gidon will be the most traumatic experience of his life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:33:56

Archaeology | 9

3/31/2022
On the eve of the Six-Day War, a young American searching for independence crashes into the rock-solid determination of the new, grown-up Gidon. Together, they have a child. Gidon doesn't know it yet but the biggest trauma of his life has already been set into motion. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:28:52

Big Hard Sun | 8

3/22/2022
It's 1960 and the world is once again changing. Only 15 years earlier, Gidon had been liberated from a concentration camp. Now he finds himself serving in the Israeli Defense Forces amidst one of the world's most complex, agonizing, and seemingly never ending conflicts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:39:45

The New Jew | 7

3/11/2022
While the new State of Israel is finding its footing in the charged geopolitical realities of the Middle East, in Canada, Gidon immerses himself in the ideology of Zionism. With his mother is unable to overcome the trauma of the Holocaust, Gidon once again finds himself on a ship, headed to his next adventure. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:40:35

Grace Street | 6

3/6/2022
In 1948, Peter Wolfgang Löw arrived in Brooklyn. Fatherless, unable to speak English, and carrying unprocessed grief and trauma, Gidon was lost and lonely. One day, in Prospect Park, The HaShomer Hatzair socialist Zionist youth group invited him to join a soccer game. Gidon didn't know it at the time but joining that game would shape the direction of his life forever. He had found his tribe. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:26:44

Liberation | 5

2/24/2022
On May 8th, 1945, the Soviet Red Army liberated Theresienstadt. For Gidon, ten years old, frail, malnourished, and fatherless, a new chapter was about to begin. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:32:29

Theresienstadt | 4

2/20/2022
Gidon returns to Theresienstadt, where he spent four years of his life hungry, frightened, and in constant danger of being sent to the death camps. The memories are painful. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:31:22

Czechia | 3

2/10/2022
The Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary is a far cry from the Nazi concentration camp of Theresienstadt. What can it have been like to be transported away from an all-too-brief childhood to the depths of hell? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:37:48

Praha | 2

2/4/2022
Prague - the city of a thousand steeples and the historical capital of Bohemia. Gidon Lev, his family and thousands of other Jews from the Sudetenland took temporary refuge in this grand city with long shadows and a golem in the attic. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:32:44

Rascal | 1

1/27/2022
Of the 15,000 children transported through or imprisoned in the Nazi concentration camp of Theresienstadt, fewer than 92 survived. When I found myself sitting in an Israeli cafe with one of those child survivors, a handsome, now elderly man with bright blue eyes and an infectious laugh, I couldn't have imagined the journey I was about to embark upon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:26:02