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4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  7,975 Ratings  ·  1,411 Reviews
Even in the darkest of times—especially in the darkest of times—there is room for strength and bravery. A remarkable memoir from Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler’s list.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 incr ...more
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Published August 27th 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2012)
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Kelly
Sep 29, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
First let me apologize. I'm not very good at reviewing. I can't make it all fancy and professional sounding. I can only write what I thought. And what I thought was this:
This was an inspiring and amazing tale of a young boy, caught up in the Holocaust, who not only survived by the grace of God, but went on to make a wonderful life for himself. He suffered horrendous pain during that time, but he didn't let his past define him. He chose to use his past to make him stronger.
I should know better t
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Betsy
Dec 27, 2013 Betsy rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
One Sentence Review: Absolutely beautiful and in a perfect world would replace The Boy in the Striped Pajamas as the customary middle grade WWII Holocaust title.
Inés Izal
Oct 17, 2015 Inés Izal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, biografíco
El hombre tal vez sea el ser vivo más peligroso que ha pisado y pisará nuestro planeta.

Leon plasma en este libro los horrores y las vivencias de miles de judíos, que como él, vivieron el famoso Holocausto. Es imposible no sentir compasión por ellos, y una vergüenza infinita por ver las barbaridades que comete el hombre.

"«Quien salva una vida, salva al mundo entero»"

Oskar Schindler tuvo el valor y el coraje de enfrentarse a esa barbarie y ser un rayo de luz en los corazones de todos esos judíos.
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Barb Middleton
Finding excellent introductory books on the Holocaust for young readers is not as easy as it sounds even with the plethora of choices. More often than not they are too brutal for 5th or 6th graders or they don't give enough background to understand the setting and attitudes of people. Other times they are too one-sided presenting the Germans as one-dimensional villains omitting those that resisted the Nazi racist ideology. This story is a balanced account of Jewish attitudes that came from their ...more
Kyoko SWords
Feb 01, 2016 Kyoko SWords rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es muy duro hacer una reseña sobre este tipo de libros. Es cruel, dura, trágica y triste la historia que se cuenta en estas memorias, pero al mismo tiempo es esperanzadora. Un libro que relata lo peor del ser humano junto a lo mejor del mismo ser. Es un libro tan agustiante, que al final del relato me fue inevitable que no se me escapara una lágrima de alivio.
Muy recomendable.
Tania
Jul 15, 2015 Tania rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
The memoir of Leon Leyson, entitled The Boy on the Wooden Box, follows the profoundly moving true story of his survival through the Holocaust. Leyson was just 10-years-old when the Germans invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. He began working in Schindler’s factory when he was 13.
This memoir reinforces many things I already knew about the Holocaust: the terrible hunger, isolation, loneliness, degradation and terror experienced by the Jews. I did not know th
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Diane Mueller
Dec 04, 2013 Diane Mueller rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Leon Leyson was the youngest survivor on Schnidler's list. His parents and 3 of his 5 siblings survived Nazi Germany because of Schnidler's. Leon tells his story of survival and how without Schnidler they would not of survived. The paragraph in the book when Leon explains how he can't understand how the Nazi's hated the Jews so sadly reminds me of the way people talk about the Mexicans, the Blacks, and many others in our country today.
"We were a single detested group...the exact opposi
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Ale Rivero
Mar 26, 2016 Ale Rivero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¿Qué puedo decir yo sobre la historia de Leib? Creo que fue un niño y un hombre muy fuerte, vivió en el infierno mucho tiempo y logró salir y seguir adelante, eso lo transformó en un héroe.
Estos temas en general me tocan la fibra sensible y esta historia no ha sido la excepción. Toda la familia Leyson, como tantos otros, sobrevivió a uno de los horrores más grandes de nuestra historia y creo que lo que hizo Leon al contarnos su historia, es mostrarnos que por más que duela no debemos olvidar, la
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Leonel
Mar 14, 2014 Leonel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El chico sobre la caja de madera son las memorias de Leon Leyson, el sobreviviente más joven de la lista de Schindler.
La verdad que tenía muchas ganas de leer este libro dada las buenas críticas que tiene. Aparte, me llamaba mucho la atención saber cómo vivió un chico la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

El libro es corto y se lee muy rápido. Una lectura fácil, atrapante y profunda. La historia está relatada de tal manera que la puede leer un chico, un joven o un adulto sin problema alguno. ¿Es fuerte? Sí
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Shannon
Aug 17, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it
Simply put, this book was wonderful. A biography for children written by a man who experienced WW2 as a persecuted Jewish child. For the most part, it's what you would generally expect from such a book, telling of horrific days, weeks, years in ghettos and camps but what makes it a good one for children/early teens is that it carries a message of hope and humanity too. Instead of a story where the author is the only surviving person that they knew from that time, this is a story of survival. All ...more
Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia
El chico sobre la caja de madera de Leon Leyson es una novela de no ficción, narrada en primera persona, acerca de las penurias que el protagonista (Leon) y su familia sufrieron en los campos de concentración nazis.
La historia comienza con la narración, por parte de Leon, de su vida antes de la Segunda Guerra Mundial y del infierno que luego viviría cuando el antisemitismo (hostilidad hacia los judíos basada en prejuicios religiosos, raciales, culturales y étnicos) se hiciera más descarado y cr
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Naomi Sarah
Aug 15, 2016 Naomi Sarah rated it really liked it
Another gripping WW2 memoir... this time about a young boy who belonged to the group of Jews saved by Oscar Schindler. Of course; a very sad book - when are Holocaust movies not? - but it was really good.
Vir
Apr 06, 2015 Vir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un 4,5 en realidad

El niño de Schindler es un libro que llega muy adentro ya no sólo por la historia que te cuenta sino por cómo lo hace, por la cercanía y la bondad que transmite Leon Leyson durante toda la novela. Un testimonio real de un superviviente del Holocausto que nos muestra que en este mundo siguen existiendo personas buenas que no dudan en arriesgar su vida para ayudar a los demás.

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Offuscatio
Apr 15, 2014 Offuscatio rated it it was ok
Está más que justificado lo que ha llevado un señor de 80 años a contar su historia desde la perspectiva del niño que presenció los horrores del Holocausto, pero a mí, en particular, no me convenció (desde un punto de vista literario). Todo termina resumiéndose a un libro ágil y de fácil lectura.
Cristina
Jan 27, 2016 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
¿Les he contado alguna vez la pequeña obsesión que tengo con la Segunda Guerra Mundial? Me encanta leer novelas ambientadas en ese escenario, aunque muchas puedan ser crudas y dolorosas. Siempre se termina removiendo algo en mi corazón porque sabes que lo que has leído ha ocurrido realmente, en mayor o menor medida, a quién escribe, a alguien cercano, o a cualquiera que fue víctima del Holocausto. Por eso me es difícil calificar este tipo de libro y "El chico sobre la caja de madera no es la exc ...more
Amy Hustead
Sep 28, 2013 Amy Hustead rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It's a straightforward memoir, perfectly suited for YA readers. I was impressed with the brilliant descriptions of such horrific events. Truly a moving piece of work and a must read for those interested in the holocaust.
Danny Phanton
May 13, 2016 Danny Phanton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos
Reseña en el blog: La cueva de Danny.
"Un héroe es un ser humano común y corriente que hace lo
mejor en las peores circunstancias."

Este sin duda es una historia cruda, trágica y que te atrapa desde la primera página, vives a través de Leon, que nos narra la historia todas las vivencias y todo lo cruel y difícil que fue pasar por los abusos de los nazis, una historia conmovedora que te hace sentir emociones diferentes desde rabia, tristeza y un poco de esperanza de la cual Leon, a pesar de lo mal
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Miriam
Jul 28, 2013 Miriam rated it really liked it
Leyson was the youngest child in his family and possibly the youngest of the hundreds of Jews rescued by Oskar Schindler.

The contrasts between his happy childhood in the loving embrace of his parents and siblings and their increasing desperation to survive the tightening snare of Nazi persecution are conveyed with simplicity and directness. His descriptions of life in the ghetto and camps are like many we've read before, but what he tells of the conditions in Schindler's factory, the small but
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Danielle Bartos
Mar 28, 2014 Danielle Bartos rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
From the time I read Number the Stars in 5th grade and saw Schindler's List in 8th grade I've been captivated by Holocaust stories. However, the two I just mentioned are at opposite extremes, one scratching the surface of atrocity, the other showing it in maximum proportions. It's hard to recommend books to kids about the Holocaust that truly captures all the horrors and makes it real to them, but still in a somewhat sensitive nature. I feel this book does just that. Often kids can read these ki ...more
Linda Hart
Jul 21, 2015 Linda Hart rated it it was amazing
This is a moving memoir of Leon Leyson about his 5 years, from age 12 to age 17, in Poland, and Germany, during the Holocaust. With thanks to Oskar Schindler he survived the horrors that killed six million Jews. He did not share his experiences until the movie, “Schindler’s List,” was released in the mid 1990’s. His narration of events is straightforward without the gruesome details of other Holocaust stories. From the publisher: “It is the only memoir published by a former Schindler’s list chi ...more
Dotty
Jan 25, 2014 Dotty rated it it was amazing
There is much for reflection in this book, but I must comment on the writing first. It isn't often that a memoir reads like novel. Not that the plot or people seemed fictional, but the writing is engaging and entices the reader to stay until finished.

Courage and family may seem small warriors to oppose the evil and hatred Nazism and anti-Semitism. And yet this is what kept Leon and his family enduring. The life Leon and his family are the stuff of nightmares one hopes never see the light of day
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Pupilla
Jun 04, 2015 Pupilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-hungarian, 2015
Ez egy szívmelengető kis könyv volt, imádtam olvasni. Egyre jobban érdekelnek a holokauszt történetek azt hiszem. Borzalmas, de valahogy mégis kell róla olvasni.
Cori
Oct 06, 2015 Cori rated it it was amazing
I found this title on a list of best books from 2013 for ages 9-12. It's amazing to me that Leon's story has only just been published. What an amazing account...I enjoyed the unique perspective of a Jew on Schindler's list. No frills, no fluff, just a straightforward account of all he and his family endured. Couldn't put it down. It didn't read like juvenile fiction to me, either...many ages could read it. I look forward to reading this one with my kids as a way of discussing the Holocaust at so ...more
Eric
Jan 24, 2014 Eric rated it it was amazing
An extraordinary story (Leon Leyson) within an extraordinary story (Schindler's List) with an extraordinary story (the Holocaust). It was also special as I had heard Leon Leyson speak at UCSD a few years back. His presentation, of course, could not have covered all of the details of his story so reading his story now was extra special.
Billie Lawson
Apr 23, 2016 Billie Lawson rated it really liked it
I'm kind of a sucker for WWII books, or really war books in general. I tend to mostly stick with fiction, but I needed a memoir for a book challenge I'm doing so this book seemed like the perfect choice. Let me just say that I started tearing up in the prologue. I cannot even wrap my head around the atrocities that were committed during WWII. The fact that people were seen as less than humans secondary to an eye color, or a choice of religion is unimaginable to me. As I was reading this book it ...more
Michaela
May 07, 2015 Michaela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Počas 2. svetovej vojny zachránil Schindler život tomuto chlapcovi a jeho rodine. Je to písané ako spomienky a musím uznať, že sa mi knižka čítala dobre, vzhľadom na tematiku. Mám pocit, akoby v sebe nenosil zatrpknutosť. A aj keď zažil hrozné veci, ostal dobrým človekom a toto som cítila aj spomedzi riadkov. A najmä som cítila jeho lásku a bezhraničnú súdržnosť k rodine...
Myslím, že je to jedna z tých pozitívnejších kníh o holocauste, teda, revala som pri nej ako dážď, ale po dočítaní som sa n
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Leslie
Mar 07, 2015 Leslie rated it it was amazing
WOW. What an amazing book. I'm in tears reading every word. I'm in awe of Leon and all Holocaust survivors (and the ones who didn't survive). I'm in awe of Schindler. I'm in awe of this book.
Debbie
Aug 08, 2013 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly written -- devastating, but remarkably understated in places. This is a wonderful addition to the legacy of Oskar Schindler.
Deena
I always feel presumptuous rating Holocaust memoirs, but I have no hesitation in giving this one 5 stars. This is a truly masterfully written book: it is age-appropriate in language and story presentation, while at the same time not softening the details of that story to make it more palatable for young audiences. Mr. Leyson also doesn't white-wash his hero, Oskar Schindler; although he survived the war and avoided extended periods in "traditional" concentration camps, he and the other Schindler ...more
Angie
I couldn't put this book down; I didn't want to put it down. Leon Leyson captured my attention and held it throughout his entire story. We learn a lot about the Holocaust and what happened during those years, but I haven't ever really read an autobiography about it. Leon Leyson was just a young boy when Germany invaded Poland. He and his family lived in Krakow and quickly began to feel the effects of the Nazi machine. Because his father had a job, most of his family was protected, but they were ...more
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