The Boy on the Wooden Box

If you have seen Schindler’s List, you will know the basic story of The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson.

Leyson was the youngest boy Schindler was able to save from the Nazi killing machine.  He relates his story of growing up in rural Poland, moving to the big city after his father got a job.  He tells about when the Nazis came, and how his world quickly changed.  His family was fortunate.  His father got a job working for Schindler at the beginning of the war, and his father was able to get jobs for most of the rest of his immediate family.  But like all Jewish families in Europe during the 1930’s & 40’s, Leyson’s family was not immune to destruction.

His story is particularly touching because he was so young when the Nazis came to power.  Simply and powerfully told, I highly recommend The Boy on the Wooden Box for ages 10 and up.

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