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The Boy on the Wooden Box | [Leon Leyson, Marilyn J. Harran (contributor)]

The Boy on the Wooden Box

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-19-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 10-16-13
    Jan 10-16-13 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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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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    Laura Rock Hill, SC, United States 05-20-15
    Laura Rock Hill, SC, United States 05-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The Kid Version of Schindler's List!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Boy on the Wooden Box to and why?

    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."


    Have you listened to any of Danny Burstein’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I can remember, but he is wonderful. Mr. Burstein is sure to become one of my favorites.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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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    Marilynn 01-09-15
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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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    Marie 01-07-15
    Marie 01-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very moving!"

    Great read. Good narration. Powerful story. I liked the individual story of Leon and from the child's perspective! Totally recommend!

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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 11-02-14
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 11-02-14 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Escaping Death"

    Hitler had his henchmen picking up Jews and having them board buses to be transported from one concentration camp to another. The people were being told that they would be going to a better place. However, these men, women and children were being killed. They were buried in mass graves or cremated.

    Leon Leyson, (born Leib Lezjon), one of the author's of, The Boy on the Wooden Box, lived with his mother, father, and two siblings. His oldest brother left by himself to return to his home of birth. His other brother left with his girlfriend on a train going somewhere better. They were never found, although their father searched and searched for them after WWII.

    The Lezjon's now lived in the Krakow ghetto after Germany invaded Poland. The family was removed from Krakow to the Plaszow concentration camp The family's perseverance, sheer determination and luck, survived the camp.

    Through the kindness and cunning of one man, Oskar Schindler, the Lizjon family were put on, what is now known as, Schindler's List, a list that allowed them to work in his factory. This list saved over one thousand Jews.

    Leib was the youngest member of the family, at age 10. Schindler had a box built from scraps of wood, allowing him to reach the table that was too high for Leib to do his job. Luck, which is good fortune, allowed the Lezjon family of the five who remained behind, to live.

    This was one powerful memoir to listen to. The book was short and I was able to listen to it in one day. The pages, from the first to the last, were well written and filled with emotions of happiness but most of all fear, never knowing what the next day would bring or if there would be another day. I would recommend that other listener's purchase this book. The reality of what happened to the Jew's during WWII are brutally described in this book. Miraculously, there was one good man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lindy Wyar 07-08-14
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    "Beautiful story. Eye Opening."
    Where does The Boy on the Wooden Box rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Amazing story line from the inside view of "Schindler's" very own children he saved. Beautiful. Written very respectfully and provides a new view of what that man actually did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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