Boy on the Wooden Box

By: Leon Leyson

Power Passage #1

" 'When you grow older, children, you will understand how many tears lie in these letters and how much lament.' In the evenings, when I sang this song with the Lansman family, those words seemed like ancient history. It never would have occurred to me those words were forecasting my imminent and terrifying future." (pg.29)

Power Passage #2

"Several weeks later, for no apparent reason my father was released from prison. The moment he came through our door was one was overwhelming relief and joy. At the same time, it brought an unexpected sadness. It was easy to see that what he had gone through had changed him. It wasn't just that he was weak and gaunt; he was changed in a more fundamental way." (pg.62)