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The Boy on the Wooden Box : How the Impossible Became Possible... on Schindler's List

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In the #1 "New York Times" bestseller, Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten 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 rancor, 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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  • Hardback | 231 pages
  • 147.32 x 193.04 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • 27 Aug 2013
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 1442497815
  • 9781442497818
  • 61,022

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"Tragic remembrances of war's sufferings often go untold. However, if we are to "study war no more" we need to hear them. After long silence Leon Leyson has written his World War II memoir. I am an African American veteran of World War II. I survived the invasion of Normandy. Leon Leyson's story returned me to a time when the life of each step could be one's last. THE BOY ON THE WOODEN BOX is a heartbreaking story that ends, mercifully, with a heart restored."--Ashley Bryan, multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winning author, and former GI.

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