In the book, The Boy On The Wooden Box, how many siblings did Leon have?



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  1. In the book, The Boy On The Wooden Box, how many siblings did Leon have?: 5 (9)

  2. In the book, The Boy On The Wooden Box, what is the main character's name?: Leon/Leib (Polish) (7)

  3. In the book, The Boy On The Wooden Box, where was the destination of Leon's first train ride?: the city where his father was working, Krakow (32)

  4. In the book, The Boy On The Wooden Box, when Leon and his family moved to the city where was his father working?: the glass factory (33)

  5. How were the Polish Jews restricted?: They were banned from park benches, then banned from the parks. They had to ride on the back of streetcars, then banned from all public transportation. (p 52)

  6. In the book, The Boy On The Wooden Box, why was Leon's father not fired from the glass factory?: he spoke German and was able to interpret between the new owner and the Christian Poles still allowed to work (54)

  7. In the book, The Boy On The Wooden Box, who broke into Leon's home and beat his father?: the Gestapo (55)

  8. How was Leon paid for his work?: He received a single bottle of soda that he would take home to share with the family. (p 61)

  9. After cracking open a safe at a factory, who offered Leon's dad a job?: Oskar Schindler (p 66)

  10. In the book, The Boy On The Wooden Box, who decided to employ Leon's father after he opened a safe for him?: Oskar Schindler (66)

  11. Although he was not paid with money, what was Leon's father able to bring home from work?: some pieces of bread and coal. (p 69)

  12. In the book, The Boy On The Wooden Box, why did the German soldiers come into Leon's home in the middle of the night?: they had assumed that he was a Polish boy when they let him into the guard station (71)

  13. In the book, The Boy On The Wooden Box, where was Leon's family forced to move?: the Jewish ghetto (77)

  14. In the book, The Boy On The Wooden Box, what was Tsalig's girlfriend's name?: Miriam (84)

  15. In the book, The Boy On The Wooden Box, what was Leon's main job whilst living in the Jewish ghetto?: finding food (86)

  16. In the book, The Boy On The Wooden Box, what did Mr. Luftig leave Leon?: a thermos (93)

  17. In the book, The Boy On The Wooden Box, why does Leon feel disturbed by the fact that Mr.Luftig left the pipes behind?: he decided he wouldn't be needing his pipes wherever he was going (93)

  18. In the book, The Boy On The Wooden Box, why did Tsalig refuse to get off of the train?: he refused to leave Miriam (96)

  19. In the book, The Boy On The Wooden Box, why did Leon, Yossel, and Leon's mother spend almost 2 days in the shed?: there was a roundup going on outside (101)

  20. How did Leon's and Yossel's mothers plan to protect the boys?: The boys would hide in a small crawl space in a nearby storage shed. (p 101)

  21. How long did Leon, his 2 friends, and his mother stay hidden in that crawl space/: Nearly 2 full days. Until Leon's father sent someone from the factory to call them out of hiding.(p 105)

  22. After 18 months in the ghetto, what happened to Leon's family?: They were about to be split up. The Dad, David and Pesza were told to report to Plaszow labor camp. (p 106)

  23. In the book, The Boy On The Wooden Box, why did Leon's mother destroy their furniture?: she did not want to leave anything that could be valuable to the Germans (107)

  24. How did Leon wind up headed to Plaszow where his mother was going?: He waited until a guard was called away and joined a group that had been approved to go to Plaszow (p 110)

  25. How did a guard once single out Leon during a shift at the Plaszow brush factory?: He pointed a gun to Leon's head and threatened to shoot him if the next brush he glued together was crooked. (p 125)

  26. How did Leon get to join his father, mother and brother David at the new sub camp for factory workers?: He spoke to a German guard who saw that Leon's name had been crossed off the list but allowed him to join the other Jews going to live in Schindler's sub-camp. (p 131)

  27. How was the Plaszow sub camp different than what Leon was used to in the regular camp?: Men and women could visit each other. Nazi guards were not allowed to enter the barracks without Schindler's permission, and the Jews were given slightly better food twice a day. (p 135)

  28. How did Leon become the "boy on the wooden box?': He was so small he had to stand on an overturned wooden box to reach the controls of the machine he was assigned to work on. (p 138)

  29. How many casings had Leon made when Schindler stopped to talk to him on night?: Leon had made 12 casings, but a skilled worker could have made twice that number in the same amount of time. (p 140)

  30. According to the book, when did the "tide began to turn" against the German army?: With the Battle of Stalingrad in Russia. 2 million soldiers and civilians were killed. (p 143)

  31. As the war wound down, how did Leon and his parents and brother make it onto "Schindler's List?": Leon drew a guard's attention by stepping up in line. The guard hi him, knocking the glass thermos from Leon's hand. The thermos broke when it hit the cement, making a loud noise. That got Oskar Schindler's attention, and Leon was able to tell him about his family's circumstances. Schindler took the three of them out of the line and arranged for them to all remain at the factory subcamp and help close the factory. He had put their names on what became known as "Schindler's List." (p 147)

  32. How many Jews did Leon say that Oskar Schindler save?: Nearly 1200. (p 165)

  33. How many years did Leon spend as a prisoner of the German Nazis?: 6. (p 168)

  34. How did Leon and his parents make it out of Poland after the war?: They connected with a Zionist organization, bribed a guard, and took a train to Austria. There they were assigned to a refugee camp in a part of Germany that was occupied by the Americans. (p 176)

  35. How long did Leon and his parents stay in the German refugee camp?: They stayed nearly 3 years. in 1949 they were allowed to immigrate to the United States They travelled by train and ship. (p 181)

  36. How old was Leon when he arrived in California?: 19 (p 185)

  37. How did Leon's story of his life in Poland get out?: After the movie Schindler's List was released, a reporter convinced Leon to be interviewed for a newspaper story. The story ran on January 23, 1994. Years later, In December 2008, a half-hour news special "A Child on Schindler's List" was broadcast. (p 201)

  38. In late 1943 what did Schindler bribe Nazi leaders to do?: To allow him to build a sub-camp near his factory where his workers could live. (p 129)

  39. ITB TBOTWB, at what time of the year did Leon say his Christian neighbors treated the Jews differently?: During Holy Week, the week before Easter. (p 17)

  40. ITB TBOTWB, from Sept to May Leon went to public school in the morning and where in the afternoon?: Heder, Jewish school ( p 19)

  41. ITB TBOTWB, how did the 4th grade teacher single Leon out?: He called him "Mosiek," which was an insult used for any Jewish boy. (p39)

  42. ITB TBOTWB, how did the Germans start to demean the Jews?: Posters appeared in German and Polish depicting them as grotesque, filthy creatures, with large crooked noses. (p 52)

  43. ITB TBOTWB, how long did Leon's father live and work in Krakow before he could send for them?: After 5 years, in 1938. (p 31) when Leon was 8.

  44. ITB TBOTWB, how long had Leon's ancestors been in northeastern Poland?: For more than 200 years

  45. ITB TBOTWB, how many Jews were in Krakow when Leon arrived/: About 60,000; 1/4 of the city's population. (p 39)

  46. ITB TBOTWB, Leon was the youngest of x children.: 5 (p.9) 4 boys, 1 girl (p.12) Hershel, Tsalig, David, Leon & Pesza

  47. ITB TBOTWB, Leon's father works as a what?: machinist (p10)

  48. ITB TBOTWB, provide 3 details about Leon's family home in Narewka.: No indoor plumbing; one large room that was kitchen dining room and living room, one bedroom with just one bed. (p 22)

  49. ITB TBOTWB, Tsalig had taught himself what work?: He was a self-taught electrician and in high demand in Krakow. (p44)

  50. ITB TBOTWB, what are the last words of the song that Leon says forecasted what was to come from the Germans/: "When you grow older, children, You will understand How many tears lie in these letters And how much lament." (p 29)

  51. ITB TBOTWB, what gift did the father bring the children and surprised Leon with one of his own?: child-sized briefcases (p.13)

  52. ITB TBOTWB, what is the first line?: I have to admit, my palms were sweaty and my stomach was churning. (p.1)

  53. ITB TBOTWB, what languages did Leon and his family speak?: Yiddish at home; Polish in public; Hebrew at the synagogue and at religious school. (the kds also spoke some German learned from their parents.) - p.23

  54. ITB TBOTWB, what took place on the nights of November 9-10?: Synagogues and Jewish properties were destroyed and Jews were attacked. The night became known as "Kristallnacht," meaning 'the night of the broken glass.' (p42)

  55. ITB TBOTWB, what was Leon's real name?: Leib Lejzon (p.7)

  56. ITB TBOTWB, what was Poland's dominant religion?: Roman Catholicism (p 19)

  57. ITB TBOTWB, what was the religion of Leon and his family?: They were Jews.

  58. ITB TBOTWB, where did the family live when they arrived in Krakow?: an apartment bldg. at Przemyslowa Street 13, south of the river in an apt on the ground floor. (p 33)

  59. ITB TBOTWB, where did the father relocate to work in the glass factory?: Krakow (p 11)

  60. ITB TBOTWB, where was Leon born?: Narewka, Poland (p.7)

  61. B TBOTWB, who were Leon's parents.: Moshe and Chanah (p8)

  62. ITB TBOTWB, whose rise to power in 1933 led to the events of the book?: Adolph Hitler (p40)

  63. ITB TBOTWB, why did Leon's father Moshe and brother Hershel head back to Narewka after the German invasion?: They didn't want to be taken by the Germans.(p42)

  64. Near the end of the book, how does Leon say he believes Oskar Schindler defines heroism?: Leon says that Schindler "proves that oen person can stand up to evil and make a difference." (P204)

  65. Of the 250 people Schindler hired in 1940, how many were Jewish?: 7 (p68)

  66. What act of kindness did Leon discover that Schindler had shown him after some of his late night visits to the factory?: Leon would discover that Schindler had left word that he should receive 2 portions of his rations (food,.) (p 141)

  67. What are some ways the Jews offered some resistance to the Nazis?: Rabbis conducted religious services on Jewish holy days; Doctors and nurses treated the injured and ill; and actors and musicians created stages and performed plays and music in secret. (p83)

  68. What became of Schindler after the war>: He struggled financially. And near the end of his life, he lived on contributions he received from Jewish organizations. He died in 1974 in what was West Germany. He is buried on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, the only Nazi to be buried there. (p 196)

  69. What did it mean that Polish males could be "conscripted" by the German army?: The men and boys of Poland could be forced to work anyway the Germans wanted them to. (p47)

  70. What did Jews have to wear in Krakow to identify themselves?: Jews 12 and older had to wear white armbands with a blue "star of David." If they were caught without it, they could be arrested. tortured and possibly killed. (p 63)

  71. What did Leon do after he left the Army?: Returned to LA, went back to college and earned his bachelors and master's degrees. Became a teacher at Huntington Park High School where he remained for 39 years. (p 193)

  72. What did Leon do for work at Plaszow?: He hauled lumber, rocks and dirt to build barracks. (p113)

  73. What did Leon learn from a woman on a train as he traveled to Los Angles with his parents/: She taught him how to say the names and learn the values of American coins - quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. (p 184)

  74. What did Leon symbolically leave on the train when he arrived in Los Angeles?: He left his fedora hat because it was part of his past life , the life he wanted to leave behind. (p 185)

  75. What did Leon's brother and sister, David and Pesza do after the war?: They joined a Zionist group and moved to the new state of Israel. (p 181)

  76. What did Leon's family find when they arrived at their new apartment in the ghetto?: Another family, the Luftigs, already living there. (p78)

  77. What did Leon's mother give him when he found her at Plaszow?: A walnut sized piece of dry bread. (p 118)

  78. What did Mr Luftwig leave Leon when the Luftwigs were moved to another location?: He left Leon his glass thermos and also left his pipes behind.

  79. Hershel head back to Narewka after the German invasion?: They didn't want to be taken by the Germans.(p42)

  80. Near the end of the book, how does Leon say he believes Oskar Schindler defines heroism?: Leon says that Schindler "proves that oen person can stand up to evil and make a difference." (P204)

  81. Of the 250 people Schindler hired in 1940, how many were Jewish?: 7 (p68)

  82. What act of kindness did Leon discover that Schindler had shown him after some of his late night visits to the factory?: Leon would discover that Schindler had left word that he should receive 2 portions of his rations (food,.) (p 141)

  83. What are some ways the Jews offered some resistance to the Nazis?: Rabbis conducted religious services on Jewish holy days; Doctors and nurses treated the injured and ill; and actors and musicians created stages and performed plays and music in secret. (p83)

  84. What became of Schindler after the war>: He struggled financially. And near the end of his life, he lived on contributions he received from Jewish organizations. He died in 1974 in what was West Germany. He is buried on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, the only Nazi to be buried there. (p 196)

  85. What did it mean that Polish males could be "conscripted" by the German army?: The men and boys of Poland could be forced to work anyway the Germans wanted them to. (p47)

  86. What did Jews have to wear in Krakow to identify themselves?: Jews 12 and older had to wear white armbands with a blue "star of David." If they were caught without it, they could be arrested. tortured and possibly killed. (p 63)

  87. What did Leon do after he left the Army?: Returned to LA, went back to college and earned his bachelors and master's degrees. Became a teacher at Huntington Park High School where he remained for 39 years. (p 193)

  88. What did Leon do for work at Plaszow?: He hauled lumber, rocks and dirt to build barracks. (p113)

  89. What did Leon learn from a woman on a train as he traveled to Los Angles with his parents/: She taught him how to say the names and learn the values of American coins - quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. (p 184)

  90. What did Leon symbolically leave on the train when he arrived in Los Angeles?: He left his fedora hat because it was part of his past life , the life he wanted to leave behind. (p 185)

  91. What did Leon's brother and sister, David and Pesza do after the war?: They joined a Zionist group and moved to the new state of Israel. (p 181)

  92. What did Leon's family find when they arrived at their new apartment in the ghetto?: Another family, the Luftigs, already living there. (p78)

  93. What did Leon's mother give him when he found her at Plaszow?: A walnut-sized piece of dry bread. (p 118)

  94. What did Mr Luftwig leave Leon when the Luftwigs were moved to another location?: He left Leon his glass thermos and also left his pipes behind.

  95. What did Schindler give his Jewish workers once they were freed?: Each worker received a bolt of cloth and a bottle of vodka, to trade for food and shelter later. ( p163)

  96. What did Schindler make at his factory?: Enamel pots and pans for the Germans (p68)

  97. What did she do with her furniture before she moved?: She pushed it off the balcony, smashing it to pieces, because she wanted to leave nothing of value behind. (p107)

  98. What did the family discover about Herschel, the oldest brother, after the war ended?: Herschel had been taken prisoner by the SS and killed in the family's hometown of Narewka in Poland. (p 174)

  99. What did the Jewish prisoners give Schindler as a goodbye gift/: A ring made from a prisoner's gold tooth that had an inscription in Hebrew from the Talmud. "He who saves a life saves the world entire." (p 164)

  100. What did the Leysons do once they settled in LA?: They got an apartment, took English classes at night, the dad worked as a janitor. Leon worked in a factory that made shopping carts Leon learned English and became a machinist and took classes at an LA college. (p 189)

  101. What else did the German street soldiers do to the Jews?: They looted Jewish businesses; evicted Jews from their apartments and took their belongings. Jewish men could be grabbed off the street, beaten an have their beards and side curls cut off. (p 53)

  102. What happened in December, 1939?: Jews could no longer attend school. (p60)

  103. What happened in May, 1940?: The Germans implemented a policy to "cleanse" Krakow of Jews. They said only 15,000 Jews (out of 60,000) could remain in the city. (p72)

  104. What happened in the early morning hours on September 1, 1939?: Germany invaded Poland. (p46)

  105. What happened to Leon on a shuttle bus outside Atlanta in 1951?: He was told he could not sit at the back of the bus because that area was for Negroes. He realized that there was also inequality and prejudice in America too. (p 191)

  106. What happened to the train carrying the women from Krakow who were supposedly headed to Schindler's new factory in Czechoslovakia?: The train was diverted to Auschwitz. Schindler saved the women by traveling there and handing out massive bribes. (p 157)

  107. What happened to Tsalig on June 8, 1942?: German soldiers took him away because he didn't have his own "blue sheet", a work permit from the Gestapo

  108. What is Gross-Rosen?: A concentration camp 175 miles northwest of Krakow. The Schindler Jews were taken there in October 1944. (p 152)

  109. What is the "1939 Club?": An organization of Holocaust survivors, mostly from Poland, and their descendants. (P 197)

  110. What item of clothing became Leon's trademark during his time in the German refugee camp?: A fedora hat. (p 177)

  111. What led to Leon and his friend Yossel being shot at by German soldiers?: They carried an elderly woman to the infirmary but stayed out past the curfew, (p 99)

  112. What phrase replaced "It will soon be over," said by many Jewish parents?: "If this is the worst that happens." (p 70)

  113. What punishment did Goeth demand that Leon receive as he shoveled snow?: 25 lashes with leather whips (p120)

  114. What relatives did the family connect with the United States?: The mother's sister Shaina and brother Morris lived in Los Angeles, California. (p 180)

  115. What was brother David's job after the enamel factory closed and the workers were sent temporarily back to Plaszow?: David and other workers had to exhume hundreds of bodies from mass graves and burn them. (p 149)

  116. What was his overseas assignment from the Army?: Okinawa Japan. He rose in rank from Private FIrst Class to Corporal. (2 stripes on the sleeve) (p 192)

  117. What was Podgorze?: That's the ghetto area that the Germans surrounded with 12-foot walls and forced 5000 gentiles to move from so that 15,000 Jews could move into. (p76)

  118. What was the last thing Leon's mother took when they had to move from Ghetto B to Ghetto A/: A cooking pot (p 107)

  119. what was the name of the German secret police?: The Gestapo (p 55)

  120. What was the one thought that obsessed Leon as the war wore on?: That he would be shot with the last bullet of the war. (p 162)

  121. What were the family's numbers on the List?: the brother, David was 287. Leon was 288 and his father was 289. The mother was listed separately on a list of 300 women. (p 147)

  122. What were the names of Amon Goeth's 2 dogs that he'd bring to the factory?: Ralf and Rolf (p 126)

  123. What work did Leon and his siblings find?: David became a plumber's helper. Pesza cleaned houses. Leon put labels on bottles at a soft drink factory. (p 61)

  124. What would Schindler's Czechoslovakia plant make?: Munitions for the war (p156)

  125. When did Leon Leyson die?: January 12, 2013 from T-cell Lymphoma. (p 216)

  126. When did the family leave Plaszow for the last time?: October 15, 1944 (p 150)

  127. When did the family's name change?: When they arrived at Boston Harbor, their last name was changed to Leyson. Leib had already changed his name to Leon. (p 182)

  128. When the Army tested Leon, what languages other than English was he fluent in?: German, Polish and Russian (p 191)

  129. Where did Leon meet his wife?: At the high school where he worked. She came to teach English in 1965. They later had a son and daughter. (p 195)

  130. Where was Oskar Schindler moving his factory to?: Brunnlitz, a town in Czechoslovakia. (p 148)

  131. Where was the Plaszow camp built?: On 2 Jewish cemeteries that the Nazis had destroyed.. (p113)

  132. Who did the family reunite with when they returned to Plaszow?: Sister Pesza, whom they had not seen in 2 years. Schindler added her to the list. (p 150)

  133. Who was Dr Neu?: A former German engineer who tutored Leon in math and drafting. (p 179).

  134. Who was the Nazi commandant at Plaszow?: Amon Goeth (p 119)

  135. Who was Wojek?: Leon's father's Gentile friend who would sell Leon's father's suits on the black market and split the money. (p 70)

  136. Why did Leon learn to speak Hungarian?: So that he could talk to a teen Hungarian girl that he met in the camp. (p 177)

  137. why wasn't Schindler able to save Tsalig?: Tsalig didn't want to leave his girlfriend Miriam on the train, so he didn't return with Schindler (p86)


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