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At the age of 6, Gidon Lev arrived at the Nazi concentration camp of Theresienstadt as prisoner number 885.  He was 10 years old when the camp was liberated. Selected as one of the Best Books of 2020 by the Kirkus Review, The True Adventures of Gidon Lev is the quirky, hopeful, and thoroughly inspirational story of the unusual life of a Holocaust survivor and the writer who loved him. One part memoir, one part travelogue, and one part history that you thought you knew, The True Adventures is a love letter to life that IndieReader called "Inventively structured and impeccably written." (5 star review)

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 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, Julie and Gidon take us on a journey into the depths and back up into the sunshine of hope, love, laughter, and possibilities. Uniquely structured, using a meta-narrative, The True Adventures of Gidon Lev includes invaluable first-person recollections of his time in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, liberation, and life in Israel in the 1960s. 

Author Bio

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." 

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

Julie Gray

July 1,2020 

$16.95 (pbk), $9.99 (ebk)

English language market

Paperback, ebook

8.5 x 5.5


NONFICTION/Biography/Middle East



978-1-7352497-0-4 (PRINT) 

978-1-7352497-1-1 (EBOOK)

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