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The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List Paperback – 1 May 2014
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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.
Mr. Leyson passed away in January 2013, leaving behind his wife, Lis; their two children; and six grandchildren.
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Children's UK (1 May 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1471119688
- ISBN-13 : 978-1471119682
- Reading age : 11 years and up
- Dimensions : 19.9 x 1.7 x 13.9 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 45,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I’ve read quite a few ‘Auschwitz’ stories and the majority of them are quite horrible (for want of a better word).
This is told by Leon Leyson whose given name was Leib Lejzon and is a compelling read of how he and most of his family survive the holocaust and are helped by Oskar Schindler. He has to stand on a wooden box to work the machinery. He was only 10 at the time and the youngest person to appear on ‘Schindler’s list’. There is a photograph of the list in the book along with family photos.
He survives and that is what’s amazing. In one of the chapters Leon is whipped and you are willing him not to lose track of counting up to 25 or the whipping will start again. I found the start of chapter 9 quite hard: “ Gross-Rosen Concentration Camp, only 175 miles north west of Krakow but more than one million miles from the civilised world. October 1944. I am naked. My head is shaved. I am shivering from cold and fear. I am surrounded by total darkness. Gradually night turns to day and I am still naked ………………”
It’s a shame that Leon died without knowing that his memoirs would be published.
An amazing feat, since he also saved the lives of 1200 Jews who worked in his factory.