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The True Adventures of Gidon Lev

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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
Paperback, 318 pages
Published July 1st 2020
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Linda Maxie
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've always sympathized with the Jewish people. But honestly, throughout my entire life (I'm 58), I have met very few of them. Two, I met in high school, but as they were not in my grade, and I had no shared classes with either. They were popular kids and I was shy. I met one other Jewish student in college, but even though we took a three-week May in England class together, we never became friends.

So I was curious when I picked up this book. Julie Gray befriends, then loves, the subject of the
Kathy Altaras
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Julie Gray’s quest to honor the life of Gidon Lev is an ambitious attempt to capture the life and spirit of this remarkable man with a journalist’s tenacity to put names, places, and dates to his experiences. She smoothly interweaves his incomprehensible past into the man he is today – a survivor, a role model, a humorist, and a citizen of the country he loves and is proud of.
For me, the fascination of this book lies in her ability to bring Gidon to life through his own words. The insertion of
Mark Kapner
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Julie Gray successfully wears many hats as she chronicles the life and adventures of Gidon Lev, her LLB (Loving Life Buddy), as she refers to him. She is alternately Gidon's biographer, interviewer, companion, editor, writing coach, and admirer, as she both gets his incredible story down on paper and infuses the process with love and caring. The book has liberal passages in Gidon Lev's own words, as well as wonderful explanations of the difficulties inherent in the process of remembering and ver ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is no ordinary biography of a Holocaust survivor. This is a complex story told in a complex manner that makes you pay extra attention, want to learn more, and reflect on today’s world situation. Gidon’s story is told through the prism of Julie’s life-changing move to Israel. The technique of inserting his words into her narrative is interesting but I finished the book wondering what happened during some very large chunks of time. The book sometimes runs the risk of coming off as more about ...more
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Hello! I am a lifelong bibliophile, and I also love podcasts and films. I appreciate a good gin and tonic and love Middle Eastern food. For many years, I wrote for the Huffington Post and I have also written for Script Magazine, Moment Magazine and The Times of Israel, among many others. My dayjob is as an editor so I'm lucky to be immersed in stories every day. A devoted lap swimmer, I also love ...more

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