The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler’s List

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“Much like The Boy In the Striped Pajamas or The Book Thief,” this remarkable memoir from Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler’s

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“Much like The Boy In the Striped Pajamas or The Book Thief,” this remarkable memoir from Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler’s list, “brings to readers a story of bravery and the fight for a chance to live” (VOYA).

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. 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, 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.

Told with an abundance of dignity and a remarkable lack of rancor and venom, The Boy on the Wooden Box is a legacy of hope, a memoir unlike anything you’ve ever read.
Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2013: For readers ages 11 and up, Leon Leyson’s remarkable memoir, The Boy on the Wooden Box, is the moving account of a happy childhood shattered by the Holocaust. Leyson was fortunate enough to survive, thanks largely to Oskar Schindler. As the youngest member of Schindler’s list, Leyson offers a unique perspective on the man who became his lifelong hero and his first-hand account of day-to-day existence in the factory–which did not alleviate the fear or deprivation–and his personal interaction with Schindler is powerful and special. The Boy on the Wooden Box is an important work, helping mature young readers understand the Holocaust through the life of a young person who lived it. —Seira Wilson

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Author

Leon Leyson

Binding

Paperback

Creator

Marilyn J. Harran, Contributor, Elisabeth B. Leyson, Contributor

EAN

9781442497825

EANList

9781442497825, 0884641071366

Edition

Reprint

ISBN

1442497823

ItemDimensions

763, hundredths-inches, 513, hundredths-inches, 0, hundredths-pounds, 70, hundredths-inches

Label

Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Languages

English, Published, English, Original Language, English, Unknown

Manufacturer

Atheneum Books for Young Readers

MPN

illustrations

NumberOfItems

1

NumberOfPages

256

PackageDimensions

73, hundredths-inches, 843, hundredths-inches, 79, hundredths-pounds, 585, hundredths-inches

PackageQuantity

1

PartNumber

illustrations

ProductGroup

Book

ProductTypeName

ABIS_BOOK

PublicationDate

2015-08-18

Publisher

Atheneum Books for Young Readers

ReleaseDate

2015-08-18

Studio

Atheneum Books for Young Readers

UPC

884641071366

UPCList

884641071366

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