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My Lost Family

Narrated by: Danny Ben-Moshe
Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (90 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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  • The day the children disappeared

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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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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Brilliant

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

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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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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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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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Fascinating account

Sad, gripping, and funny...! Highlights how different times were with technology, familial expectations, and cultural clashes. Kudos to Daniel for bringing it to light.

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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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a heartfelt tale

what a delightful lady Lillian is. to rise up from all the heartache of losing her 2 children at that very precious age I can't imagine her grief. she has bounced back and is adorable .

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Touching

Once I had begun the first episode, I could not wait to listen to the rest. To find out about Lilian's story and what it meant for her future. I enjoyed the truthfulness and effort into the investigation for all parties. A very good listen

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Tragic but inspirational story

Daniel, thank you so much for sharing your Mum's story. It is clear you have a fabulous relationship and how much you adore each other. The story is beautifully and respectfully told.

Lilian, you are a beautiful and extremely brave lady - I cannot imagine the pain you must have felt throughout your life. I have cried tears of sadness and total joy listening to your wonderfully articulate voice. I am so pleased Michelle found you and got to know your children again. Bless you, you truly wonderful and inspirational woman.