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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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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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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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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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Excellent book! I would encourage everyone to read it. The tour tour was great. Many thanks for making this book!

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heartbreaking, yet beautiful

I don't think I ever fully understood the horrors of the Holocaust. I have definitely come closer. Amazing book.

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Amazing

Great story of the unbelievable events that took place during WWII against the Jewish people.

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The best book.

I love this book. I recommend this book for everyone one who have no knowledge about the Holocaust.

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Wonderful book

This is a beautifully written memoir that showcases the resilience of the human spirit and proves that one person can make a difference in a sometimes cruel and harsh world. It serves as a reminder that we should all help and love one another. Evil cannot thrive in a world of love and acceptance!

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Weep, rejoice, question human decency again, and thank God for never ending LOVE...

It doesn’t get any better than this. Thank you Leyson Family. Great narrative delight, Mr. Burstein. Thank you. Blessings.

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The Shocking Truth

What made the experience of listening to The Boy on the Wooden Box the most enjoyable?

First hand account of suffering and loss. What a remarkable story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boy on the Wooden Box?

The remembrance of the boy on the box.

Which scene was your favorite?

Revealing of life in the camps

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I thank the author who bravely shared his story..