THE BOY ON THE WOODEN BOX – Leon Leyson (2013)

boxLeon Leyson recounts his personal nightmare in The Boy On The Wooden Box.  Leyson is a holocaust survivor and was among the Schindlerjuden, the Schindler Jews.  This fascinating story takes readers on a mind-chilling journey that leads Leyson through many brushes with death, only to be saved by Oskar Schindler, the German who was celebrated in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster, Schindler’s List.

The Boy On The Wooden Box is a testament to the human spirit and serves as a magnifying glass that illuminates the depths of human evil and depravity.  Leyson provides enough details to keep young readers interested and beautifully weaves his personal story through the darkness days of the 20th century.

While the book is designed for younger readers, it will certainly captivate the attention of all kinds of book lovers, especially students of history.  Leyson is to be commended for retelling his story and celebrating the man who saved the lives of so many Jewish people.

4 stars

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