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The Boy on the Wooden Box

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  14,845 ratings  ·  2,273 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
ebook, 240 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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❤Erin❤ It is a very good book, you should read it some time.
AMY It is a heavy book for kids to read. I think if it was a very mature youngster who could talk it over with an adult they might get through it ok. I…moreIt is a heavy book for kids to read. I think if it was a very mature youngster who could talk it over with an adult they might get through it ok. I would say it can get pretty rough and I had trouble as an adult getting my head around all of the different scenes sometimes - so painful to hear. It will definitely haunt you...(less)

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Sep 25, 2013 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
Maria Espadinha
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Herói à Força

Em criança, a vida de Leib Lejzon, fluía livremente como o rio onde brincava com os amigos! Porém, a guerra cedo abortou esses tempos felizes, envolvendo-o nos seus tentáculos hórridos. Tratava-se não duma guerra qualquer, mas sim daquela que flagelou milhões de judeus sem piedade. Sendo de nacionalidade judaica, Leib era um alvo a abater. Daí que a morte o tenha rondado algumas vezes, mas sempre surgiram meios de a afugentar!...
E foi esse feito — ter vivido e sobrevivido ao Holocau
Sep 08, 2013 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.
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
Inés Izal
Oct 14, 2015 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.
Kyoko SWords
Jan 29, 2016 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.
Kristy K
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing, heartbreaking memoir by the youngest boy on Schindler’s list. In the same vein as Wiesel’s Night, it’ll make you cry more than once. Highly recommend.
Feb 21, 2014 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
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a Jewish boy living in Poland when the Nazis were just beginning to take power, Leon and his friends used to play down by the river. They would grab hold of a low hanging branch and swing across the river and then drop down onto the ground. When he was a little older, his family had moved to another city where he learned how to get free rides on streetcars by getting on when the conductor was at the other end, and getting off when he saw him coming down the aisle for tickets and then getting ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O carte exceptional de dureroasa, de realista, o poveste despre supravietuire, familie, oameni cu suflet deosebit. O recomand din toata inima!

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Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018

“Quem salva uma vida salva o mundo inteiro” (inscrição extraída do Talmude)

Vi pela primeira vez o filme A lista de Schindler há mais de vinte anos e não consigo recordá-lo sem que as lágrimas me marejem os olhos e sem que um nó se instale na minha garganta. São mais de três horas de película a preto e branco sobre “(…) Oskar Schindler, esse homem complexo e cheio de contradições – oportunista nazi, intrigante, corajoso rebelde, salvador, herói – [que salvou] cerca de mil e duzentos nazis de uma
Hannah Mustafa
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first time reading a memoir about someone’s experience during the Holocaust. It’s terrifying to read Leon’s experience as he was only ten when the incident happened. With grit, perseverance and incredible luck, he and his family survived because of Oskar Schindler by being in his famous list. The story of Leon Leyson is worth to tell to the world.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Livro autobiográfico sobre a criança na Lista de Schindler, "O rapaz do caixote de madeira" é um livro simples, complexo, maravilhoso e aterrador. Simples na escrita, o que o torna perfeito para um público juvenil; complexo porque tem várias camadas a explorar; maravilhoso porque conta a história de um homem que não permitiu que o passado o definisse; e aterrador porque ...bem, é o Holocausto.
María Paz Greene F
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobio
No sé cómo se puede ratear algo como esto, así que le doy cinco estrellas. Es que no es una obra literaria que haya que calificar, sino que un testimonio. Desgraciadamente, es uno de esos donde la realidad supera a la ficción, y no de una manera positiva. Bueno, en las partes malas, porque en las partes buenas... es muy lindo. Pero lindo porque AL FIN hubo algún tipo de salvación, de justicia.

O sea, es un lindo en contraposición a lo malvado. Uno agradece que hubo un rescate, pero al mismo tiem
Joyce Yattoni
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've studied the atrocities of The Holocaust for many years and every time I pick up a new book on the topic I continue to learn more. I never heard of the Plaszow camp. The living conditions were just as vile if not worse than Auschwitz. Thankfully, Oskar Schindler, a German citizen, did all he could do to save some of the persecuted. Oskar Schindler wanted to take down walls, not build them. While reading this book I was overcome with profound sadness that human beings could treat one another ...more
Diane Mueller
Dec 04, 2013 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
Ale Rivero
Mar 08, 2016 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
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction, ww11
I've read many stories/books about the Holocaust, however, this is a must read for those that have any interest in this subject.
Leon Leyson was on Shindler's list. He and his family became friends with Oskar Shindler, a German, that attempted to save as many Jewish lives as possible thru his factories that he owned.
This story has its' Highs and Lows as one would expect. After Leon and his family members were liberated they came to America and that is another story. A great story.
This book is a
El Librero de Valentina
No puedo no dar cinco estrellas al relato de un hombre que pese a las adversidades más desgarradoras supera su propia historia y la comparte.
El relato de Leon Leyson, un niño, adolescente y adulto que se convierte en un héroe a los ojos de quienes leemos su testimonio. Un sobreviviente del holocausto, perteneciente a la "lista de Schindler" que nos relata de manera conmovedora todo su sufrimiento y el rol que juega Oskar Schindler en el proceso de salvación de él y su familia.
Me gustó conocer el
Maggie Li
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I learned that the Jews had to go through a lot more than death camps and discrimination. This book is amazing and sad.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing

“A hero is an ordinary human being who does “the best of things in the worst of times.”

This book is powerful.

A powerful testimony, wrote in first person by a Jew who went through so many terrible things, but manage to survive.
This book is also a thank you to Oskar Schindler, whom had an important role in saving this boy and his family.

“One time when we were in Płaszów a guard struck my mother on the side of her head with a wood plank. The blow permanently shattered her eardrum. She said that fo
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this so one of my students could have an alternative to Night, and it is definitely a good choice. Leyson’s story is heartbreaking and written in a way that younger readers can understand the terrible things he and others went through during the Holocaust.

I also liked how he talked about life after he was liberated. That does not often happen in these stories, and he was such an inspiring person.
Victoria Delgado

Ya me habían dicho que era una buena historia y fui con las expectativas altas... y realmente es muy recomendable.
Conmovedora desde todo punto de vista, pues es narrada desde la visión de León como un niño que va viendo como llega la guerra a su vida y a la de su familia y sobre la historia del gran Oskar Schindler.

Si la ven en librerías no duden en comprarla y leerla. Vale la pena recorrer cada página.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book even though it was a very easy read. It was heart warming and a book I would recommend to everyone. The plot was very simple and relatable. Also it takes a perspective that is not seen very often as a person that survived a concentration camp. So it is a good book that I would recommend because of its different perspective and easiness to read.
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
Jul 28, 2013 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
Aug 14, 2013 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
Danny Phanton
May 01, 2016 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
Feb 28, 2015 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.

Lauren Waters
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading this broke my heart. Going into this memoir, I knew there would be sorrow, inhumanity and death, but the cruelties inflicted upon the Jewish and other populations of people during WWII are beyond horrific. It is difficult to read yet immensely important.

With that said, the strength and courage people found within themselves to survive or fight back against the Nazi Regime is remarkable. The small acts of kindness and moments of hope are true testimets to the humane spirit. I hope books l
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“One time when we were in Płaszów a guard struck my mother on the side of her head with a wood plank. The blow permanently shattered her eardrum. She said that for the rest of her life she could hear her two murdered sons calling to her in that ear.” 9 likes
“- No puedes sentarte ahí -dijo-. Los asientos traseros son para los negros. Tienes que cambiarte a la parte delantera.
Sus palabras me golpearon como una bofetada. De repente retrocedí en el tiempo hasta Cracovia, cuando los nazis ordenaron que los judíos nos sentáramos en los asientos traseros de los tranvías (antes de prohibirnos directamente viajar en transporte público). El contexto era muy diferente, pero de todos modos casi hizo explotar mi cabeza. ¿Por qué existía algo así en los Estados Unidos? Yo habría creído, erróneamente, que esa clase de discriminación estaba destinada únicamente a los judíos durante el régimen nazi. Ahora descubriría que la inequidad y el prejuicio existía también en ese país que yo habría aprendido a amar”
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