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Author: Leon Leyson Narrator: Danny Burstein Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2013 ISBN: 9781442367654
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Even in the darkest of times—especially in the darkest of times—there is room for strength and bravery. This remarkable memoir from Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children on Oskar Schindler’s list to survive the Holocaust, is evidence of that.

Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Kraków 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 Kraków. Ultimately it was the generosity and cunning of one man—Oskar Schindler—that saved Leon Leyson’s life and the lives of his mother, his father, and two of his four siblings. Schindler added their names to his list of workers in his factory—a list that became renowned throughout the world: 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “Leyson and his coauthors give this wrenching memoir some literary styling, but the book is at its most powerful when Leyson relays the events in a straightforward manner, as if in a deposition, from the shock of seeing his once-proud father shamed by anti-Semitism to the deprivation that defined his youth. Schindler remains a kindly but enigmatic figure in Leyson’s retelling, occasionally doting but usually distant. Leyson makes it clear that being ‘Schindler Jews’ offered a thread of hope, but it never shielded them from the chaos and evil that surrounded them. Readers will close the book feeling that they have made a genuinely personal connection to this remarkable man.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[A] vivid, dramatic account. Significant historical acts and events are here put into unique perspective by a participant.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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About the Author

Leon Leyson (1929–2013) was one of the youngest members of Schindler’s List, enabling him to bring a unique perspective to the history of the Holocaust and a powerful message of courage and humanity. Believing that no one would be interested in his story, he rarely spoke about his experiences until the film Schindler’s List received worldwide attention. A graduate of Los Angeles City College; California State University, Los Angeles; and Pepperdine University, he taught at Huntington Park High School in Huntington Park, California, for thirty-nine years. In recognition of his many accomplishments as educator and witness to the Holocaust, Mr. Leyson was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Chapman University.