For some warped reason that I don’t understand, I am attracted to Holocaust literature. I don’t know why anyone would be possessed to read about such tragic conditions but I am. So when I saw the book, The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler’s List was available in my on line lending library as an audio book, I snapped it up.
The story is about Leon Leyson. He was the youngest person Oskar Schindler helped to save. At the time he was taken from the Poland ghetto, Leon was only 13.
This book is classified as juvenile fiction but is very good and I can say adults would find the book interesting as well.
Here’s what Amazon had to say, “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 incredible luck, perseverance, and grit, Leyson was able to survive the sadism of the Nazis, including that of the demonic Amon Goeth, commandant of Plaszow, the concentration camp outside Krakow. Ultimately, it was the generosity and cunning of one man, a man named Oskar Schindler, who saved Leon Leyson’s life, and the lives of his mother, his father, and two of his four siblings, by adding their names to his list of workers in his factory—a list that became world renowned: Schindler’s List.
This, the only memoir published by a former Schindler’s List child, perfectly captures the innocence of a small boy who goes through the unthinkable. Most notable is the lack of rancor, the lack of venom, and the abundance of dignity in Mr. Leyson’s telling. The Boy on the Wooden Box is a legacy of hope, a memoir unlike anything you’ve ever read.”
I was so intrigued by the book that I decided to read a little more. Here’s one article. I do know that I am going to see if Schindler’s List is available on Netflix. It might be time for me to watch that again.
The book was very interesting. I recommend it to anyone who also is compelled to read Holocaust literature. I have to say that of all the books I have read on the topic, this one is much less graphic.
Amazon gives the book 5 stars and I definitely agree.