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The Boy on the Wooden Box

By: Leon Leyson,Marilyn J. Harran - contributor
Narrated by: Danny Burstein
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Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only 10 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 rancour, 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.

©2013 Leon Leyson (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
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Schindler's List though a child's eyes

Leon Leyson, the youngest child on Schindler's list, has shared the story of his survival in this simple, heartbreaking and uplifting autobiography. His pluck and determination are amazing as he moves through the Krakow ghetto, Plazow work camp and then on to the work camp in Brněnec, Czechoslovakia under Schindler's protection. I read and loved Schindler's Ark, but this being non-fiction and though Leon's eyes was even more touching to me. It appears in the children's and YA sections... probably too intense for under middle school would be my guess... but as an adult I couldn't stop listening and it didn't feel like a children's book. My only complaint was I didn't want it to end.

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A boy in the concentration camp

This book is the only memoir published by a former Schindler's list child. Leon Leyson (Leib Lezjon) a Polish-Jew was 10 years old when the Nazi attacked Poland. His family was placed inside the Krakow ghetto. Part of the book goes into detail of his life in the ghetto. The plant his father worked for was taken over by Oskar Schindler but the papers provided by Schindler did not protect the family for long and they were placed into the Plaszow concentration camp on the out skirts of Krakow. Leyson goes into detail about his life in the camp his fear of Captain Amon Goeth and his guards. The story does tell of fear, hunger, and death but also of hope and the goodness of people even in horrid conditions. Some claim the Amon Goeth(commandant of the concentration camp) should be counted as a savior of Jews because he took bribes from Jews and Schindler to send certain Jews to labor camps instead of death camps, Leyson primarily paints him as a cruel bully. He describes how Schindler managed to get his family and 1200 Jews out of the Camp. The ending of the book reveals Leyson life in California his education and become a teacher. Many years later he had newspaper and T.V. interviews and found that people were very interested in his life as a teenager in the concentration camps. When he first came to the USA people were not ready to hear his story. This is a must read book for everyone but teenager would benefit greatly from the message in the book. This book would make a great selection for a school book report. Danny Burstein did a great job narrating the book with all the Polish and German words.

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Audio doesn't match book!

While listening to this audio book with my students I noticed that some of the sentences and words are not matching. There are words thrown into some of the sentences and the information doesn't match the wording.

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Always amazed

I have read hundreds of books about the Holocaust and the survivors. I am always amazed at the incredible human spirit of the survivors and those who helped them. This was a fascinating book and I too am glad that Mr Leyson survived.

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A MUST read by all

I read a lot of WW II books, and I do believe this is one of my favorites!
I would love to meet the author and just hug him. Thank you for giving to those who were not around and didn’t know what really went on. I am not Jewish, but am sickened by how y’all were treated and abused. Your people are my people and I respect and admire all those who suffered and those who never made it out. Thank you for writing this story, may those you loved always be remembered forever. Debbie.
I would love to know when you come to Winter Park Florida......I would have you come to my book club.......this book is amazing

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Gut Wrenching - A Must Read

This book is incredible. It’s sickening to listen to all of the inhumane treatment that Jewish people had to endure. However, it is critical that we educate ourselves and never forget, or repeat, these atrocities. I found myself wishing that my drive to work was longer so I could hear more of Mr. Leyson’s story. It led me to go and watch documentaries and research Oskar Schindler since I haven’t studied him since high school. As I listened to a documentary in the car, I found myself breaking down into tears immediately when the narrator stated Schindler’s birthday - a day of life that we share. It’s remarkable what Schindler did and the impact that he made. It’s unbelievable the fight and determination that a young boy and his family had to survive not only the war but the volatile time after it. I can’t recommend this book enough. Please take the time to listen to the epilogue which Leon Leyson wrote just months before he passed. How lucky are we that he took the time to share his story before leaving this world so that we may never forget.

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Great great book

This book truly uncovers the horrors of the Holocaust from a deep deep level of personal hurt. I enjoyed this book because if the great emotion from the boy and his story. hearing the words straight from the boys mouth adds a great meaning of realism to the book. I highly recommend you check this one out.

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GREAT book

His AMAZING talent of the way he describes his life was truly so vivid! I felt so exonerated for him and his family. He made me wanting more, of course just post war. I know his family touched my heart, a book I will never forget.

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Excellent book, well narrated

I listened to this book straight through. It was captivating. I was there experiencing the horrors he lived through vicariously.

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Doesn't follow the text of the book

I bought this for my classroom for students who need audio accommodations.

This doesn't match up with the same text my students have in front of them. We have a published book, and neither are marked as being a separate edition. The narrator often reads phrases or sentences that aren't printed on the page in the physical books.

While the meaning is the same, it's frustrating to me and my students to hear completely different paragraphs than what is printed, and there are many instances of synonyms being swapped out and phrases and sentences that aren't the same. It defeats the entire purpose of purchasing this book for myself and for my students.