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

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

by Julie Gray


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781735249704
Publisher: Julie Gray
Publication date: 07/01/2020
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 389,288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Julie Gray was born in 1964 in the San Joaquin Valley in California. A longtime Huffington Post contributor, Julie has been published in the Sanskrit Literary Journal, Moment Magazine, The Times of Israel, MovieMaker Magazine, Script Magazine, and Hip Mama. Her essay "The Freaking Autumn of My Life" was included in the anthology "Aging: An Apprenticeship." A veteran essayist and editor, Julie moved to Israel in 2012 and is working on her memoir "They Do Things Differently Here."

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1. Gidon Lev

2. Praha

3. Italska

4. Karlovy Vary

5. The Fortress

6. Térézin

7. Howl

8. Liberation

9. 1947

10. My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

11. Grace Street

12. A Man to Till the Soil

13. The New Jew

14. Nahal

15. Big Hard Sun

16. Archaeology

17. From Sparks

18. 1967

19. Things Fall Apart

20. Paved over Paradise

21. The War of Attrition

22. Hadas

23. A Life Less Ordinary

24. She Lifted up Her Wings

25. A Journey of 10,000 Steps

26. The Like of This

27. Mother

28. Hineni

Gidon's Afterword

Interviews With Gidon Lev


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