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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.

Publishers Weekly Review

Jul 01, 2013 – Leyson, who died in January at age 83, was No. 289 on Schindler’s list and its youngest member. He was just 13 when Leyson’s father convinced Oskar Schindler to let “Little Leyson” (as Schindler knew him) and other family members find refuge in the Emalia factory; Leyson was so small he had to stand on a box to work the machinery. Leyson and his coauthors give this wrenching memoir some literary styling, but the book is at its most powerful when Leyson relays the events in a straightforward manner, as if in a deposition, from the shock of seeing his once-proud father shamed by anti-Semitism to the deprivation that defined his youth. Schindler remains a kindly but enigmatic figure in Leyson’s retelling, occasionally doting but usually distant. Leyson makes it clear that being “Schindler Jews” offered a thread of hope, but it never shielded them from the chaos and evil that surrounded them. Readers will close the book feeling that they have made a genuinely personal connection to this remarkable man. Ages 9–14. ■

Customer Reviews

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!

The Boy on the Wooden Box
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  • $7.99
  • Level: Grades 4-9
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • 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
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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