Holocaust survivor writes memoir about Oskar Schindler

Leon Leyson, who was 13 when Schindler took him from a ghetto in Poland, will have his memoir 'The Boy On the Wooden Box' published this August.

Universal City/AP
The Steven Spielberg film 'Schindler's List' portrayed the efforts of business owner Oskar Schindler to save Jewish workers from the concentration camps. Actor Ralph Fiennes (r.) was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of sadistic SS officer Amon Goeth.

A Holocaust survivor who was rescued by Oskar Schindler as a teen has written a memoir about his experiences.

Leon Leyson died this January after sending his manuscript, titled “The Boy On the Wooden Box,” to the publisher Atheneum. Leyson was 13 when he was taken from a ghetto in Poland by Schindler and lived in the US after World War II, speaking across the US at different times about his experiences.

“The Boy On the Wooden Box, will be released Aug. 27, according to Atheneum. The publisher said the book will give an “unprecedented perspective” on Schindler.

The story of Schindler became famous through Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film “Schindler’s List,” which won an Oscar for Best Picture and is now often cited as one of the best films of all time. Actor Liam Neeson portrayed Schindler, a business owner who employed more than a thousand Jewish workers in his factories, located in the Czech Republic and Poland, to save the workers from the Holocaust.

The movie itself was based on a novel titled "Schindler's Ark," released as "Schindler's List" in America, which was written by Australian author Thomas Keneally and released in 1982. The novel won the Booker Prize in 1982. Keneally wrote the book after hearing the stories of Leopold "Poldek" Pfefferberg, a Holocaust survivor from Poland who was a worker in one of Schindler's factories.

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.

Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to CSMonitor.com.