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The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-12-02 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 440 user ratings
ISBN:1442497823
LANGUAGE:English

" This is a moving memoir of Leon Leyson about his 5 years, from age 12 to age 17, in Poland, and Germany, during the Holocaust. With thanks to Oskar Schindler he survived the horrors that killed six million Jews. He did not share his experiences until the movie, “Schindler’s List,” was released in the mid 1990’s. His narration of events is straightforward without the gruesome details of other Holocaust stories. From the publisher: “It is the only memoir published by a former Schindler’s list child. 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 highly recommend this short narrative as an appropriate YA read for ages 12 - adult. The audio version is excellent." said.

"From the time I read Number the Stars in 5th grade and saw Schindler's List in 8th grade I've been captivated by Holocaust stories. However, the two I just mentioned are at opposite extremes, one scratching the surface of atrocity, the other showing it in maximum proportions. It's hard to recommend books to kids about the Holocaust that truly captures all the horrors and makes it real to them, but still in a somewhat sensitive nature. I feel this book does just that. Often kids can read these kind of books and think, "glad that was fiction." But this is a memoir, there's no getting around that fact in your mind. My heart aches and loves Mr. Leyson. I'm grateful for his courage, his storytelling, the pictures in the book and the letters from his family. All make him more human. Such a tragic tale, but one I would very strongly recommend to anyone and can't wait to tell my students all about! " said.

"¿Les he contado alguna vez la pequeña obsesión que tengo con la Segunda Guerra Mundial? Me encanta leer novelas ambientadas en ese escenario, aunque muchas puedan ser crudas y dolorosas. Siempre se termina removiendo algo en mi corazón porque sabes que lo que has leído ha ocurrido realmente, en mayor o menor medida, a quién escribe, a alguien cercano, o a cualquiera que fue víctima del Holocausto. Por eso me es difícil calificar este tipo de libro y "El chico sobre la caja de madera no es la excepción". Es corto, pero en esas pocas páginas condensan una gran cantidad de sentimientos. No he podido evitar esa sensación de vacío, de angustia, al momento de leer ciertas escenas. Creo que a veces es un poco más duro cuando lo lees desde una perspectiva de un niño, con ojos de inocencia, pero obligado a madurar rápidamente por las circunstancias. Me ha gustado muchísimo, así que lo recomiendo bastante. De todos modos haré una reseña, porque el libro lo merece." said.

" Opinião aqui: http://baudatanocas.blogs.sapo.pt/o-r... " said.

" Livro autobiográfico sobre a criança na Lista de Schindler, "O rapaz do caixote de madeira" é um livro simples, complexo, maravilhoso e aterrador. Simples na escrita, o que o torna perfeito para um público juvenil; complexo porque tem várias camadas a explorar; maravilhoso porque conta a história de um homem que não permitiu que o passado o definisse; e aterrador porque ...bem, é o Holocausto. " said.

"No puedo no dar cinco estrellas al relato de un hombre que pese a las adversidades más desgarradoras supera su propia historia y la comparte.
El relato de Leon Leyson, un niño, adolescente y adulto que se convierte en un héroe a los ojos de quienes leemos su testimonio. Un sobreviviente del holocausto, perteneciente a la "lista de Schindler" que nos relata de manera conmovedora todo su sufrimiento y el rol que juega Oskar Schindler en el proceso de salvación de él y su familia.
Me gustó conocer el papel que desempeñó este "nazi" en la protección y salvación de miles de judíos enfrentándose a su propia gente y arriesgándose la vida en ello.
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" I loved this book! It's a straightforward memoir, perfectly suited for YA readers. I was impressed with the brilliant descriptions of such horrific events. Truly a moving piece of work and a must read for those interested in the holocaust. " said.

" Está más que justificado lo que ha llevado un señor de 80 años a contar su historia desde la perspectiva del niño que presenció los horrores del Holocausto, pero a mí, en particular, no me convenció (desde un punto de vista literario). Todo termina resumiéndose a un libro ágil y de fácil lectura. " said.

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