“Boy on a Wooden Box” by Leon Leyson

Elisabeth Leyson, wife of Leon Leyson represents Mr. Leyson at the Fullerton Public Library Authors’ Day, October 27th from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Location: 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832, Phone: (714) 738-6334.

This powerful memoir of one of the youngest boys on Schindler’s list deserves to be shared. Leon Leyson grew up in Poland as the youngest of five children. As WWII breaks out, Leyson’s ingenuity and bravery, combined with the kindness of strangers and a bit of serendipity, save his life, time and again.

Leyson’s experiences and memories make for compelling reading about what it was like to suffer through the Holocaust.

This memoir is a natural curriculum addition to WWII units for upper, elementary, and middle-school readers. Grades 4-9.                                 —Sarah Bean ThompsonBooklist.

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 was ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. 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, his mother, father, and two of his four siblings, by adding their names to his list of workers in his factory—the 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.

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