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 Feb 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. 

Sunday Feb 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. 

Thursday Feb 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? 

Friday Feb 04, 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. 

Thursday Jan 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.   

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