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The Boy on the Wooden Box

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The Boy on the Wooden Box
By:Leon Leyson
Prezi By: Lillian Dolapchiev
Language Arts Period:7

Ghettos in Poland
"Ghetto residents frequently engaged in so-called illegal activities, such as smuggling food, medicine, weapons or intelligence across the ghetto walls, often without the knowledge or approval of the Jewish councils." (Holocoast Encyclopedia)
Schindler's Factories
"...a Jewish-owned enamelware manufacturer and converted its plant to establish the Deutsche Emalwarenfabrik Oskar Schindler (German Enamelware Factory Oskar Schindler), also known as Emalia, in November 1939." (Holocaust Encyclopedia)
Oskar Schindler
'Stone Breakers' by Gustave Courbet was a painting that was lost and destroyed by a bomb.
In the book, there was destruction of ghettos and buildings so it's possible for artwork to have been destroyed during those times.
On a Sunny Evening

On a purple, sun-shot evening
Under wide-flowering chestnut trees
Upon the threshold full of dust
Yesterday, today, the days are all like these.

Trees flower forth in beauty,
Lovely too their very wood all gnarled and old
That I am half afraid to peer
Into their crowns of green and gold.

The sun has made a veil of gold
So lovely that my body aches.
Above, the heavens shriek with blue
Convinced I've smiled by some mistake.
The world's abloom and seems to smile.
I want to fly but where, how high?
If in barbed wire, things can bloom
Why couldn't I? I will not die!

The book,
The Boy on the Wooden Box
by Leon Leyson is a memoir about a boy who lived during the Holocaust. This boy's name is Leon Leyson. The book briefly talks about his peaceful life before Adolf Hitler's reign, his struggles during the Holocaust, and his life after World War 2 leading up to death. During World War 2, Leon and his family move around the country as they're relocated to different ghettos and temporally to a concentration camp. Finally, they are 'saved' by Oskar Schindler who hires Leon and his family to one of his factories and shortly after, World War 2 ends. The book ends with a epilogue of Leon moving to America and starting a family.
The Boy on the Wooden Box Cover Picture. Digital image. Goodreads.com. Goodreads Inc, Web. 10 May 2015. <http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17415480-the-boy-on-the-wooden-box>.
Wader, Hannes. "Die Moorsoldaten." Hannes Wader. Last.fm. Web. 10 May 2015. <http://www.last.fm/music/Hannes+Wader/_/Die+Moorsoldaten?ac=moorsoldaten>.
"Music and the Holocaust." Holocaust Music. World ORT, Web. 11 May 2015. <http://holocaustmusic.ort.org/music/>.
"Ghettos." Holocaust Encyclopedia. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, Web. 11 May 2015. <http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/ article.php?ModuleId=10005137>.
Political Cartoon
used to house Jews and isolate them from others and made them feel inferior
Jews were crammed into a small apartment with many other families
diseases spread because of squalor like conditions
Jews smuggled food to survive
secretly rebelled by studying Hebrew or making plays
served in the army and then joined the Nazis
this helped him gain respectful reputation
used his reputation to convince Germans that his Jewish workers were vital to German army
saved Jewish lives with his factories
"An opportunist businessman with a taste for the finer things in life, he seemed an unlikely candidate to become a wartime rescuer. During World War II, Schindler rescued more than 1,000 Jews from deportation to Auschwitz, Nazi Germany's largest killing center."(Holocaust Encyclopedia)
transformed an old building in Krakow, Poland into enamelware factory for German army
hired Jews despite low skill level
generous toward workers, treated with respect
Ex: made sure workers arrived safely from concentration camp when he moved the factory to Bruennlitz
Hitler represents Germany
he's trying to circle the Earth with his hands but can't reach all around
Message: No matter how powerful Germany thinks it is, in the end it won't be able to take over the world
In the book, WW2 finally ends when the Germans start loosing power; Leon and many other Jews are free.
In the painting, there are men breaking stones into smaller pieces.
Moorsoldatenlied was written by Rudi Goguel and Wolfgang Langhoff
called many different names but translates to the Song of Borgermoor, a town with a concentration camp.
one of the first and most famous songs written from a concentration camp.
written to show the struggles of living there
the song also is a symbol of the prisoner's defiance to the Nazis.
This defiance relates to how Leon and many other Jews would still practice Jewish activities, like singing songs, in secret.
This poem is saying how pretty the world is, but the Jews are stuck in misery during World War 2 and can't enjoy it.

The flowers and the beauty of the world symbolize hope.

Even though the Jews are struggling, they can marvel of the flowers and know there is always hope.

"On a Sunny Evening" can relate to the book because Leon felt discouraged but poems like this could have helped people like him see the bright side of their situation and keep persevering.
Political Cartoon:
Children from Terezin Concentration Camp. "On a Sunny Evening." World War 2 Poetry. Sorelle Friedler. Web. 14 May 2015. <http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/users/04/sorelle/poetry/wwii/poetry.html>.
Courbet, Gustave. Stone Breakers. 1849. Hyperallergic. Hyperallergic Media, Inc., 20 Nov. 2013. Web. 14 May 2015. <http://hyperallergic.com/94427/10-of-the-most-infamous-art-destructions-of-world-war-ii/>.

Ashmore, Jake. "Germany Shall Never Be Encircled." Jake Ashmore's DMU Blog. Web. 14 May 2015. <https://jakeashmoredmublog.wordpress.com/category/ uncategorized/>.
Leyson, Leon. The Boy on the Wooden Box. New York City: Atheneum, 2013. Print.
Prezi Pictures
"Oskar Schindler." Holocaust Encyclopedia. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Web. 13 May 2015. <http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/ article.php?ModuleId=10005787>.
Book Review
I was very pleased with
The Boy on the Wooden Box
. Since it was a memoir and from first person point of view, I could really connect with Leon and his experiences of the Holocaust.

"A few days after we moved to the ghetto, the Nazis sealed the gates, locking us inside. Still, we thought, If this is the worst that happens... If only." (Leyson 79)

The quote, like many others, creates suspense and foreshadows what challenge is yet to come. I would rate this book five stars and urge anyone who is searching for a Holocaust book to read this book.

Construction of Schindler's Factory in Bruennlitz. Digital image. Holocaust Encyclopedia. United States Holocaust Museum, Web. 15 May 2015. <http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/gallery.php?ModuleId=10005787&MediaType=PH>.
Schindler with his Workers. Digital image. Holocaust Encyclopedia. United States Holocaust Museum, Web. 15 May 2015. <http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/media_ph.php?ModuleId=10005787&MediaId=3093>.
Poland Jewish Ghetto. Digital image. Chronicles of the Vilna Ghetto. 10 Sept. 2006. Web. 15 May 2015. <http://www.vilnaghetto.com/gallery2/v/poland/album44/POLISH_GHETTO.jpg.html>.
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