In the fall, the German army advances. Some 100 of their relatives — grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles — were also murdered in that massacre. Every morning he must stand outside in the cold and be counted and re-counted with the others. Leon and his mother are initially put on the list, but then Leon is told his name has been crossed off. The prisoners are forced to wake up by 5 every morning and stand outside in threadbare clothes, even in winter, for hours, while the Nazis count and recount their numbers. Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. It would have been so easy for him to do nothing, or to just rescue the Jews. If they cry out and miss a number, the guard makes them start counting again from one. View the Study Pack View the Lesson Plans Study Guide. I was first drawn to this book because of the striking cover, and this is what set this apart on my giant to-read list. The youngest of five children, Leon recounts early memories of carefree summer days with his friends. He survived the Krakow ghetto and Plaszow, a horrific concentration camp run by the maniac Amon Göth. Fifteen thousand Jews are crammed into an area that was built to house 5,000 people. They believe the younger children and women will be safe in the city. One day he is sent to open a safe for the enamelware factory across the street. When his father returned from prison, Leon could tell he had been beaten again. Leon talks multiple times how Schindler went above and beyond for his Jews, ultimately staying with them until right before the Soviets arrived. Leon’s brother Tsalig is forcibly taken as he is 18 but does not have a job. She has lost everything and cannot bear to be without any of her children by her side. I appreciated how Leon describes his successful post-war life and the beginning of Schindler’s legacy as we know it. He has begun to discriminate against the Jews. Every day is an adventure as they learn to navigate the streetcars and busy streets. Late in 1943, Schindler bribes Goeth and other leaders for permission to build a camp on the grounds of his factory. Leon says that, for the most part, Christians and Jews got along in his hometown of Narewka except during Holy Week. Most Jews are fired from their jobs but Moshe is able to keep his because he speaks German. Jews were beaten and over 100 were murdered that night. Then they take Moshe prisoner. This is one of the few memoirs I keep coming back to, and one I would HIGHLY recommend! Sus palabras me golpearon como una bofetada. In the epilogue, Leon tells of how he got a job and began taking classes at a technical college. When they arrive, they discover that the women’s train has been diverted to Auschwitz. Answer. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. In November, the family learns of Kristallnacht, a night when hundreds of windows were shattered in synagogues, Jewish homes and businesses. Schindler’s kindness literally brings me to tears. Her work can be found on Free Homeschool Deals, Unigo, True Aim Education, Encouraging Moms at Home, and more. Then his Christian friends might pelt him with rocks and call him “Christ Killer.” The family who lived next door to his family asked them over every year to see their Christmas tree. He served in the Army during the Korean conflict and eventually became a corporal. -Leon Leyson. Leon recalls the terror one Nazi, an officer named Amon Goeth, cast over the camp. Christians and Jews lived together in relative peace. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. He receives only watery soup for dinner. They are essential to the war effort as they are highly skilled employees at his munitions plant. One example of figurative language in the book The Boy on the Wooden Box is,"So not even scariest of fairy tales could have prepared me for the monsters I would confront just a few years later, the narrow escapes I would experience, or the hero, disguised as a monster himself who would save my life." I do not remember being as shaken up from a Holocaust memoir as I have from The Boy on the Wooden Box. Leyson was just 10-years-old when the Germans invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. To Leon, these small acts of kindness are shining beacons of courage and hope after the atrocities he has endured. Another time, he ordered all the men on Leon’s work detail to be lashed 25 times. Get The Boy on the Wooden Box from Amazon.com. The next day they have to run in circles in front of Nazi inspectors. He is also able to bring a little food home from the small meal the factories give him. Then they threw him to the floor. Anyone who stumbles or collapses from exhaustion could be killed. The men are sent to Gross-Rosen concentration camp first. He has lost his sense of dignity and walks with downcast eyes. If he gets up in the night to use the bathroom, he risks losing his spot on the bunk or having his blanket stolen. He smokes them but he has no tobacco. He is a Nazi whose factory made casings for bomb detonators, and yet, he calls all his workers by name. The Nazi who runs the factory, a man named Oskar Schindler, offers Moshe a job. In the book, The Boy on the Wooden Box, why did Leon's mother and the other Schindler working Jewish women arrive later … on Schindler's List. To be caught without it meant certain arrest and probably torture and death. You can learn more about Schindler from the biography or Oscar winning movie. Finally, in May of 1949, Leon and his parents make the journey to the United States. Another time, he talks about celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. He let the 'soup' sit out and evaporate, leaving bits of solid food at the bottom. Leyson, both of his parents, as well as one of his three brothers and his sister survived. His father was a hardworking man who tried to make a better life for his family. 2020-07-27 16:50:16 2020-07-27 16:50:16. The years of being beaten, imprisoned and tortured by the Nazis left him struggling for his dignity and strength. Leon’s mother struggled to keep Leon safe throughout the war, until they were separated. When soldiers whom Leon had befriended learned he was a Jew, they broke into his apartment, dragged him from bed and slapped him. And each one survived. Leon was a Holocaust survivor and the youngest boy on Schindler’s List. Some of his self-respect was eventually restored.