The True Adventures of Gidon Lev

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.

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Episodes

Thursday May 05, 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. 

Thursday May 05, 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. 

Thursday May 05, 2022

Looking back at a long, adventurous life, Gidon reveals the subject of his deepest sorrow and most difficult challenge - cancer. 

Monday May 02, 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. 

Thursday Apr 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. 

Thursday Apr 07, 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. 

Thursday Mar 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. 

Tuesday Mar 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. 

Friday Mar 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. 

Sunday Mar 06, 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. 

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