Rascal. Holocaust Survivor. Optimist.

Of the 15,000 children in the Nazi concentration camp of Theresienstadt in the Czech Republic, fewer than 100 survived. Gidon Lev is one of those children. 

Gidon did more than survive - he thrived. His is the story of a little boy who never truly grew up, with a desperate need to belong and to build a family for himself. His story spans the beginnings of a fledgling country, a first marriage gone tragically wrong, a second marriage that lasted for more than forty years, and a late-in-life relationship with a writer 29 years his junior, with whom his adventures continued. 

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A father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Gidon also co-wrote a book, produced a podcast series, became a viral celebrity on Tiktok, and delivers flowers every Friday afternoon. He is, in other words, a ray of sunshine and the most colorful character you are likely to meet. 

Photo by Erez Kaganovitz, Humans of the Holocaust

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