Let's Make Things Better
Gidon Lev’s life can be, in some ways, expressed through numbers, symbols and dates. He was born in 1935, an only child. He was put on Transport M as number 885 and imprisoned in the Terezin (or Theresienstadt) Nazi concentration camp from the ages of six to ten. Gidon is one of two thousand children estimated to have survived the camp. His father was sent to Auschwitz, where he was tattooed as prisoner B12156. Gidon has lost twenty-six family members to the Holocaust. He was liberated in 1945. And, as of 2023, he has lived 87 years.
Despite everything that Gidon has faced, he still believes that many good people do good things to make our society a better place, but we don’t always see them. And this, among other things, is what gives him a tremendous amount of Hope. It is this Hope that he hangs on to. Quite simply, we have to make this world a better place, each in our own way. No matter what we face, it is as easy – and grand – as that.
By writing about his life, he hopes his book will help people see what is hopeful and possible, even in the darkest of moments.