Join us in a stirring narrative as Gidon Lev, a Czechoslovakian-born, former Israeli dairy farmer, and Holocaust survivor, opens up about his harrowing childhood in the Theresienstadt ghetto and his path to becoming an inspiring figure on social media. Gidon reflects on the pain of losing 26 family members during the Holocaust, his journey to Israel, service in the Six Day War, and finding the strength to foster tolerance and hope in a war-torn region. Discover how Gidon’s legacy transcends trauma, turning a history of darkness into a beacon of light for future generations.
Born in 1935, Gidon Lev was interned at the Theresienstadt ghetto during the Holocaust from the ages of 6 to 10, where Gidon lost 26 family members and only he and his mother survived. They moved to Toronto, Canada, in 1949, where Gidon became actively involved with the Zionist youth organization HaShomer HaTzair. In 1959, he immigrated to Israel and served in the IDF, standing guard on Mt. Scopus in 1962 and later engaging in combat during the Six Day War and the War of Attrition.
Gidon has six children from two marriages. He now resides in Northern Israel with his partner Julie, who was the guiding force behind Gidon’s social media ascension.