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Leon Leyson was born in Narewka, Poland on September 15, 1929. He was almost ten when German forces invaded Poland in 1939. He was one of the youngest members of Schindler's List. He emigrated to the United States in 1949. He graduated from Los Angeles City College; California State University, Los vis mere Angeles; and Pepperdine University. He taught at Huntington Park High School in Huntington Park, California, for 39 years. Believing that no one would be interested in his story, he rarely spoke about his experiences until after the film Schindler's List was released. His children's book, The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible... on Schindler's List, was published after his death. He died in January 2013 at the age of 83. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Leyson, Leon
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Lejzon, Leib (birth name)
USA (naturalized)
Narewka, Poland
Whittier, California, USA
Krakow, Poland
Los Angeles, California, USA
Los Angeles City College
California State University
Pepperdine University (MA)
high school industrial arts teacher
Holocaust survivor
public speaker
Schindler, Oskar (employer)
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Leon Leyson was born Leib Lejzon to a Jewish family in the small rural town of Narewka, Poland. The family sought better living conditions in Krakow, where his father worked in a glass factory. He was nearly 10 years old when Nazi Germany invaded his homeland in World War II. In 1940, the Leysons were forced into the Jewish ghetto at Podgorze, a suburb of Krakow. Two of Leon's older brothers were killed. Leon, his parents, and his surviving siblings were sent to the forced labor camp at nearby Plaszow, where they managed to be included on the list of Oskar Schindler's workers at his enamel factory DEF. Leon was so little that he couldn't reach the handles on the machines and had to stand on an upside-down box. Later, Leon was moved with others to the Gross-Rosen concentration camp in Germany, then to Schindler's munitions factor in Brinlitz, Czechoslovakia. Leon survived the war, and in 1949, at the age of 20, emigrated to the USA. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, then studied industrial arts at Los Angeles City College and California State University. He earned a master's degree in education from Pepperdine University in 1970, and taught at Huntington Park High School in Los Angeles for 40 years. After his retirement in 1997, he continued to give talks about his Holocaust experiences. His memoir The Boy on the Wooden Box, published in 2013, became a bestseller.



This book is in the children's section of the library, but is good for anybody to read from older children and up. Most of Leon Leyson's family was fortunate to be on Oskar Schindler's list and escaped death during the Holocaust. His descriptions of the ghetto he lived in and the camp was imprisoned in before hired by Schindler was horrific. There were many other things the happened, but you need to read the book.
eliorajoy | 65 andre anmeldelser | Aug 1, 2023 |
"¡Tú eres el pequeño Leyson!" Estas fueron las palabras de Schindler cuando, en 1965, volvió a encontrarse con el número 289 de su lista en Los Ángeles.
En aquel momento, la hazaña del empresario alemán no era conocida en todo el mundo, pero la alegría de ver a su protegido más joven, tantos años después, era una recompensa más que suficiente. Esta es la historia de un niño que sobrevivió a un destino terrible gracias a un acto de bondad. Leon nos habla de su infancia en Polonia, de la invasión nazi y de la vida en el gueto. Su inclusión en la famosa lista no hubiese bastado para garantizar su supervivencia de no ser por las órdenes explícitas de su benefactor: Schindler quiso que aquel niño desnutrido, que tenía que subirse a una caja para poder trabajar, recibiera una ración extra de comida. Pero con el final de la guerra no acabaron los sinsabores: Leyson conoció la amargura de los campos de refugiados hasta que consiguió emigrar a California.… (mere)
Natt90 | 65 andre anmeldelser | Mar 29, 2023 |
Leon Leyson (nacido Leib Lezjon) tenía sólo diez años cuando los nazis invadieron Polonia y su familia se vio obligada a trasladarse al gueto de Cracovia. Con una suerte increíble, la perseverancia, y la arena, Leyson fue capaz de sobrevivir el sadismo de los nazis, entre ellos el de lo demoníaco Amon Goeth, comandante de Plaszow, el campo de concentración fuera de Cracovia. En última instancia, fue la generosidad y la astucia de un hombre, un hombre llamado Oskar Schindler, que salvó la vida de Leon Leyson, y la vida de su madre, su padre y dos de sus cuatro hermanos, añadiendo sus nombres a su lista de trabajadores en su fábrica: una lista que se hizo mundialmente conocido: La lista de Schindler.… (mere)
Natt90 | 65 andre anmeldelser | Mar 17, 2023 |
WOW is an understatement. I read this book in one morning. I just could not put it down. What Leon and his family went through made me sick. I have watched Schindler's List many times and own in on VHS tape alone with DVD. That movie brought me to tears and so did this book. I can't believe how people were treated during this time frame and the more I read the more it broke my heart. I was happy that most of their family survived but was extremely saddened by their families deaths and other Jews alike. It just makes me sick as did reading and watching films on Slavery. I recommend this book for anyone learning more about the German/Jewish era. I also think this book is an excellent read for history class.… (mere)
Nora57 | 65 andre anmeldelser | Jul 29, 2022 |



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