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
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
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.
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.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
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.
Summer always comes around and that means fun but also summer assignments. So every summer for English class I have to read a book... Well I hate reading because it's boring for me and I easily get lost. Audible made it so easy to comprehend and enjoy this book. Although this certain book was devastating and depressing, it was a beautifully written story. I would recommend this to anyone.
Some parts are very hard to get through. At the end of the book I realized that I don't think I heard much of God at all. This saddened me, because He most assuredly had a part in all of this tale of survival, but I do not think less of it all because of this. Definitely worth a read. Cherish it.
This story is heartwarming and heart breaking at the same time. The narration is good but I could live without the dramatic breaks between chapters and chapter announcements - kind of breaks up the story unnecessarily. Still great overall, though.
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This is an unbelievable story of heartwrenching pain, faith, love, endurance, and a true hero. If you think you know what the Holocaust was all about, try reading the memoirs of someone who lived it. His story is amazing... God bless...
I would recommend this book to anyone in middle school, or above. This book is a very quick listen.
The author represented the words and phrases authentically and most caring, so yes, this audiobook is highly recommendable if you are in the mood for a different view on the holocaust and the impossible.
Schindler's List would be comparable. The author, Leon Leyson, notes throughout the audio that he holds many memories of Schindler and his time being on "Schindler's List."
Not that I can remember, but he is wonderful. Mr. Burstein is sure to become one of my favorites.
I'd have to say the beginning of this audio brought great truth to the author and his family, which felt similar to my own youth in the United States. I could not understand how a young boy was going to endure the holocaust and live to tell his story. The ending was another great surprise to me. I am always amazed to learn how one is able to move on in life, take the experiences, and then... Each of the authors siblings played an important role in his life and his strength. Similarly, I felt his strength is how many of us (myself included) are able to walk through the roughest times in our own lives. Family is so very important. The author shares epic loyalty throughout his memoir.The reason to listen to this audiobook would be to learn more about the holocaust with younger children. For those of us who want "normal," perhaps every person creates his or her own normal....this book is a loving reminder about making the best out of life in all situations.
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