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My Lost Family

Narrated by: Danny Ben-Moshe
Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (1,450 ratings)

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Our favorite moments from My Lost Family

The letter that changed everything
"What are people going to think?"
The day the children disappeared

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Summary

Growing up in a poor Yiddish speaking home in 1950s London, Lillian – then just a teenager – marries charming older man Raymond. One day he takes their children to the local park. But he never returns.

When they reappear 40 years later – the search for the truth begins.

Unfolding like a mystery, we follow Danny Ben-Moshe and his eccentric Jewish family as they unearth secrets, attempt to reconcile, and hear shocking news that sheds a new light on events.

This series builds upon the story from Danny’s award-winning documentary film My Mother’s Lost Children.

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Danny Ben-Moshe

About the creator

Danny Ben-Moshe is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder of Identity Films in Melbourne, Australia. His film, China’s Artful Dissident, was broadcast in June 2019 on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre (ABC, Australia). Danny has a penchant for Jewish stories, including Outback Rabbis (PBS) and My Mother’s Lost Children (BBC), an epic family saga told across five continents and six decades.

Prior to his career as a filmmaker, Danny was an associate professor at Victoria University and Deakin University in Australia. He is the author of more than 30 academic articles on racism, diasporas, Jewish identity, and Israel. He is a graduate in law and politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and received a PhD in Jewish studies from the University of Melbourne.

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Generational trauma

I listened to this with interest and at times broke off to have in-depth discussions with my partner about the impact of family and relationships on our lives. In that way it was very meaningful for me. I identified with Ira & Danny's experience of growing up under the cloud of their mother's trauma. I was heartened that they still had her to talk to about these issues many years later. A story of our times that was very worth telling.

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It’s not a pretty story...

So so sad. But what an amazing lady, I loved listening to her and hope she knows how brave she is.

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Undecided

Danny had a great idea for this true life podcast and I had high hopes. Unfortunately I was left unsure if it was fantastic or terrible. The presentation was great. Danny was lovely. The story was lovely. But it was really hard to have sympathy at times for the mum. I wish Danny had delved into what life would have been like for a single young lady in those days and maybe we could have understood her decisions a bit better. I was left assuming I could imagine the hurdles that would have been present but it didn't quite sit right at times. Its a shame because I really wanted to love it.

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Brilliant

What a superb way of telling this story. Very much enjoyed listening to it, thanks.

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Heartfelt

What a beautiful and sad tale. What comes across is that even in the worst of times and events love doesn’t die. It stretches and can be quite thin at times but it’s there. Danny’s mother who went through something so awful which left her with major depression manages to face it head on thanks to Danny. It’s lovely she is now back in touch with her children after all that happened. Thank you to everyone who is on the podcast. I come from a family with secrets too and I had to examine what went on and it helps.

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Heartfelt story of a tragic loss for a family

Crazy to think there are people on this earth who can have a mindset that this man has! Great 5 part story that definitely pulls on your heartstrings. The grandmother sounds like a lovely amazing person!

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Astonishing and riveting story

This was so interesting that I listened to the entire series in one go. As the daughter of a Jew who abandoned his entire family of origin one day in 1972, I grew up in isolation from all things Jewish, hence my fascination with them. Where I have always masked the neurotic family that I have, the unfolding of this deeply painful family history is courageous and reveals how trauma can keep going on and on through generations. Thank you Danny. This is the best listen I’ve had and I want to keep telling people about it. I’ll be thinking about this for a long while to come.

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Loved Lillian and her Family

Liked this short podcast very sad and even sadder that the first husband never saw any wrong in what he had done , not acknowledging the effect it had on his children ,Lillian and her children. I thought he sounded very selfish and ignorant having a cheek to say Lillian didn’t have the intelligence . This lady showed kindness and tolerance qualities he never had .. Danny well done loved this !

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Interesting

A sad but ultimately uplifting family story. Skilfully narrated, bringing the many strands if this families narrative together into a cohesive whole.

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Fascinating

This story is about every mother's nightmare. From the beginning to the final podcast Danny's mother is a great example of how a mother would feel. But she had the strength to survive. I don't know if I could.

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