Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

Book description from Amazon.com:
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.

My 25 cents:  I knew this book was not going to be a "happy" one since it is from a time in history that is so horrible.  I had to keep reminding myself though, that it really was true because as a reader I couldn't comprehend that humans would treat other humans so badly. This book gave me a whole new understanding of the conditions some were forced to live in simply for being Jewish.  Unreal.  I kept asking myself if I myself could have survived what Leon had to go through and quite honestly I am not sure I could have.  Read this book for an eye-opening experience and see if you think you could have lived to tell about it. 


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