“The Boy on the Wooden Box” tells the story of Leon Leyson and his experiences as a young Jewish boy during World War II.
Leyson was born in Narewka, a village in northeastern Poland. He lived there with his father and mother, his brothers Hershel, Tsalig, and David, and his sister Pesza.
Before the war, Leon's father worked in a glass factory and moved to Kraków when the factory was relocated. After five years, he had saved up enough to bring the rest of his family to Kraków with him. Barely a year later, the Germans occupied Kraków.
Thus began their horrible years under Nazi control. The book follows Leon from his home, to the ghetto, and to concentration camps.
“The Boy on the Wooden Box” is an inspiring tale of Leon's trying journey. I couldn't put it down. At first, Leyson was reluctant to share his story, thinking that people wouldn't be interested in what he had to share. However, with the positive, international reception of “Schindler's List,” Leyson decided that he too could share his story.
It's a good thing he did. This book is a story of a young boy's determination to stay with his family. It's an inspiring memoir that everyone should read.