The Boy on the Wooden Box
How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List
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In the #1 New York Times bestseller, Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto.
Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. With incredible luck, perseverance, and grit, Leyson was able to survive the sadism of the Nazis, including that of the demonic Amon Goeth, commandant of Plaszow, the concentration camp outside Krakow. Ultimately, it was the generosity and cunning of one man, a man named Oskar Schindler, who saved Leon Leyson’s life, and the lives of his mother, his father, and two of his four siblings, by adding their names to his list of workers in his factory—a list that became world renowned: Schindler’s List.
This, the only memoir published by a former Schindler’s List child, perfectly captures the innocence of a small boy who goes through the unthinkable. Most notable is the lack of rancor, the lack of venom, and the abundance of dignity in Mr. Leyson’s telling. The Boy on the Wooden Box is a legacy of hope, a memoir unlike anything you’ve ever read.
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The Boy On The Wooden Box
Leyson's autobiographical tale begins in a happy, carefree childhood in Poland and describes the disintegration of respect for humanity with the German invasion of Poland, the internment of the Jews and his personal physical, social, and psychological trauma throughout. When Schindler adds him into his factory, he is saved from death several times more and share with us his view of humanity and heroism. Leyson goes on to document his personal experience with freedom and his gradual success with full integration into American life. Throughout it all he demonstrates a capacity to focus on the essentials in life and as an adult to find joy in the simple pleasures of life.
The boy on the wooden box
Unbelievable, heart breaking, a private look into the hell this family went through at the hands of hate
Boy on the Wooden Box
Wowwwwww! Absolutely outstanding! Couldn't put the book down until I finished it. Be prayed for tears!
- Level: Grades 4-9
- Category: History
- Published: Aug 27, 2013
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
- Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
- Print Length: 240 Pages
- Language: English