Leon's Survival

Leon's Survival
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The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

Lesson Plans by Lauren Ayube

Leon Leyson was just shy of ten years old when the Germans invaded Krakow, Poland, where he lived with his parents, 3 brothers, and sister. For Leon and his family, 1939 was the start of several years of misery, starvation, torment, inconceivable inhumanity, and loss. The Boy on the Wooden Box is an incredible and important memoir of a boy who survived the most horrific time in world history because of one man, an unlikely hero, Oskar Schindler.


The Boy on the Wooden Box

Storyboard Description

Students can illustrate 3 examples of when Leon fought for his survival, or examples of other themes in The Boy on the Wooden Box!

Storyboard Text

  • Name Crossed Off the List
  • My name was crossed off the list!
  • The Infirmary
  • Returning to Plaszow
  • We are being sent away! My father and my brother and I!
  • When Oskar Schindler added 30 more names to his workforce, Leon's was on the list. When he learned that his name had been crossed off, he approached the German officer in charge of the transfer. He was put back on the transfer list and saved his own life.
  • It was pure luck and timing that saved Leon from being shot to death by Amon Goeth. Moments after Leon had left, Goeth entered the infirmary and shot all of the patients.
  • When Leon, his brother, and his father were put on the wrong list to be sent back to Plaszow instead of to Schindler's camp, he saw Schindler and called out to him, saving their lives.
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