Gidon Lev arrived at the Nazi concentration camp of Theresienstadt in the Czech Republic as prisoner number 885. He was six years old.
The True Adventures of Gidon Lev spans the horrors of the Holocaust, the beginnings of a fledgling country, and a life lived fully in between. One part memoir, one part travelogue, and one part history you thought you knew, The True Adventures is the story of a remarkable man who refuses to be defined by the greatest atrocity in human history. And he's still not done.
"a vital story"
"A very important if not landmark book, extremely well done."
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TikTok Star. educator. Fighter.
The True Adventures of Gidon Lev is a warm, sometimes difficult, and always deeply reflective story of a Holocaust survivor as he reconciles his horrifying past with the present. The book examines the nature of traumatic memory and contextualizes the historical moments that Gidon continues to live through.
The story of Gidon's life inspired the book that one reader called "an uplifting story of humanity and love" and a limited podcast series. Gidon has appeared on multiple media outlets in Europe and Israel and has over 445K followers on the world's largest social media platform: TikTok. There, Gidon and Julie continue to tell Gidon's story as they combat antisemitism today. Their contribution to the study of online antisemitism was recently awarded the Shimon Perez Prize in Berlin. Gidon and Julie have also been recognized in the Jewish 100 List by the Tel Aviv Institute.