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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.

A Somethin Else production for Audible.

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Not a crime story!

The author narrates how he reconnected with his family he never knew he had. Being brought up by the mother, it's understandable why he assumes that the stepfather is the only villian in this story. I personally feel it's very odd that one day the father takes off with their two children, mother looks around for a while, doesn't bother contacting police and keeps saying "Life happens".

The children are the real victims here, not the mother. For me 19 is not a very young or immature age, she could have done something or anything to search for her children. If not then, maybe after 10yrs down the line when she was settled with her new family.

Undoubtedly, the father is a bad person but it's wrong to put the entire blame on him. I felt bad for the children who never received love of their parents. I'm glad that their stepmother gave them the love they deserved, I hold high level of respect for her.

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Left me wishing for more!

I loved listening to this book, felt amazingly produced. The background music was on point. The story pace was amazing as well. And, so was the story, until it just ended.

Wish it had a satisfactory ending. Would have fulfilled the purpose of this book!

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A moving tale

Life seems to go about in a rather repetitive way. The story brings out the effects of broken marriages and disrupted childhood on all concerned.

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intriguing and emotional

I enjoyed listening to it...listened all of it in one go..it is interesting ..must listen

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It was an okay story however I had more expectations from it. However the end was movie like.

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  • ronnoco
  • 19-10-19

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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  • Erin M
  • 29-01-20

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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  • Sandy Frew
  • 19-10-19

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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  • Ine
  • 20-10-19

Brilliant

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-19

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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  • Karole
  • 18-10-19

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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  • Dogfriend
  • 12-10-19

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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  • Georgina James
  • 04-11-19

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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  • Ann Margaret Bradshaw
  • 10-10-19

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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  • Buyer
  • 11-05-21

excellent

This is a sad but very compelling listen telling the story of a young Jewish woman living in England whose children were "kidnapped" by their Iranian father. What I struggled with was the rather " hard nature" of the mother who accepted their "kidnapping" and went on to start a new life for herself and remarried and had another family. Quite clearly she had some interaction with the first husband as they would have divorced in order to permit her to remarry. My empathy is with the children and not with the mother or Raymond their father. I firmly believe that the mother was fully aware that the children were being taken away to Iran on that date at that time and she agreed to their father Raymond taking the children as she believed they would have a better chance in life with him. Unfortunately the children were abandoned by both their mother and their father in my opinion. A good listen of poor parenting and total selfishness of both parents.

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  • Dlutchy
  • 04-11-19

Amazing story told so well

Danny tells a personal heart felt story so wonderfully. Shows how different a world our parents grew up in.

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  • 18-07-21

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A wonderful story. Well done Danny. I felt so connected to it. Easy to listen to..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-06-21

Beautiful

so personal and real. Loved listening to this story of heartbreak and reconciliation. Feels like I know Danny & his Mum now.

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  • 20-06-21

beautiful hopeful

this was gripping sad funny lovely tragic just so much . highly recommend listening to this wonderful family.

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  • 23-05-21

heart warming tale

I binge listened to this tale ..your mum sounds positively beautiful.. I have no idea how she was able to sort of move on after the loss of her two children ,I don't think I could hatred would have been my driving force to finding my children .. all I can say is well done in telling your story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-04-21

Excellent

I really enjoyed this and wish them all the very best in life. Thank you

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  • Karin Vosmansky
  • 22-03-21

Fascinating

I really enjoyed this powerful story about loss and resilience and how things repeat through the generations.

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  • 17-02-21

A must listen!

couldn't stop listening! such a raw journey to be taken on.

well documented and put together

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-20

superb audio book, interesting and intriguing

really enjoyed this, very captivating, extremely moving. i found myself listening all day until I had finished. loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-11-20

Fantastic

Loved it.
incredible how generations can be affected by one heartbreaking event. Highly recommend it.