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The Boy on the Wooden Box

Narrated by: Danny Burstein
Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
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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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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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  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 09-19-13

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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Engaging, and a valuable lesson into our past.

Some was just horrifying, but well told. God bless those who suffered through those years...

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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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Good + Determination Always Wins

This story of a little boy's determination to Live even with the Horrors of Nazi Germany tearing his being apart is spectacular. His willingness to do More-One More Day - is unparalleled by most. Truly touching for me to again realize "The World Must NEVER Forget!!"

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This book is a must for all.

This was a purchased for my 10 year old. My son kept saying, this has to be fiction. He kept asking himself, how can this happen? Brought up great conversations with adults around him.

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Powerful Book-a must read

For a man like myself who knows nothing about what this would be like ... it has helped with my understanding and opened my heart to so many people who are treated unfairly. We are all here together with for the most part the same dreams and hopes. No one is any better than the other. Prejudice is the enemy and we all must work very hard to educate ourselves in way to recognize and educate ourselves in ways to stop it . Much Respect to you Mr Leyson