The Boy on the Wooden Box

The Boy on the Wooden Box

How the Impossible Became Possible-- on Schindler's List

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Children's Pub., c2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781442497818
Branch Call Number: J 940.5318092 Leyso
Characteristics: 231, [1] p. : ill., map.


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AL_KATI Jun 28, 2017

A very readable memoir about being on Schindler's List. Highly recommend if you want to read about the Holocaust but don't want to be depressed by gruesome details. Great for younger readers, like ages 12 and up, or for anyone looking for a great inspiring read.

Oct 01, 2016

A must-read for anyone who enjoyed 'Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'. The memoir of one of the Schindler Jews and his activities during WWII.

Sep 01, 2016

Through the entire book you never feel any kind of bitterness because of what he went through.

Sep 01, 2016

It is so incredible how he tried to stay so positive through everything he went through.

Jun 27, 2016

One of the best I've read regarding the Holocaust for a young audience.

May 26, 2016

A very readable account of a young boy's experience of the Holocaust and the effect on his later life (PTSD?). This memoir is complimented by 8 pages of black & white photographs.

Jan 21, 2016

Leon Leyson grew up in Krakow doing what normal children do… spending time with his brothers and playing with friends. Then it all changed. In the midst of World War II, Leyson, a Polish Jew, found himself like so many others facing the Nazis and the very real possibility of being sent to a concentration camp. But, Leyson’s story is not one of tragedy. When Leyson’s father is asked to crack a safe for a German Officer he does so… and this event will change their lives forever. That German Officer was Oskar Schinlder, and with the opening of that safe comes an opening that will protect Leyson during one of the darkest times in history. Schindler again and again comes to the rescue of Leyson and his family in this remarkable tale of survival.

Dec 18, 2015

Well written, well told story. One thing I liked was the story continues after the liberation.

teddypawz Feb 19, 2015

A beautiful memoir of Schindler's youngest survivor. I found it interesting that after his moving to the U.S. he realized that discrimination existed everywhere. The one line in the book I clearly remember is: "Oskar Schindler proves that one person can stand up to evil and make a difference."

When Leon Leyson was 10, the life he knew vanished. He was Jewish, in Poland, and the Germans of the Third Reich wanted all Jews dead. However, one man—Oskar Schindler—was a reluctant Nazi who took Jews from the concentration camps to work in his factories, thereby saving their lives.

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