For Yom HaShoah, Israel Story brings us the story of Lizzie Doron, an Israeli author who was born in Tel Aviv in the early 1950s. Like many others of her generation growing up with parents who were Holocaust survivors, Doron had a childhood filled with silence. Her questions about the family’s past were, more often than not, left unanswered or ignored. So, in a neighborhood where traumatic memories were relived on a nightly basis, she had to fill in the blanks of her own story imaginatively. And in her mind, Doron wasn’t alone. There was always someone there, looking out for her, looking at her.

Maya Kosover unfolds an unusual saga, which ends—decades after Doron left her mother’s home—with a shocking discovery.

The original music in this episode was composed and performed by The Hazelnuts—Shira Z. Carmel, Yifeat Ziv, and Ronnie Wagner. This story was produced together with JCC Manhattan.

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