Monday, July 7, 2014

The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

This memoir recounts the experiences of Holocaust survivor Leon Leyson.  Leon was one of the youngest people to be put on Schindler's list which is what saved him from the Nazi death camps.  But before he received Schindler's help, Leon persevered through unimaginable horrors.  Even those Jews who were lucky enough to work in Schindler's factory still had to live in the camps and face brutal conditions every day until they were finally liberated.  I was disappointed with this book.  Leyson's story is compelling but I really wanted a lot more information on Schindler who felt almost like an afterthought to me.  And for teens who are most likely unfamiliar with Schindler and his list, I didn't think there was anywhere near enough description of what he did or how people were able to get on his list.