Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books for Young Readers will publish a memoir by holocaust survivor Leon Leyson in August. The publisher added this sad postscript to The Boy in the Wooden Box release: “Leyson passed away the day after the manuscript was received by Atheneum.”
Leyson is one of the youngest people to be saved by humanitarian Oskar Schindler during World War II.
Dr. Marilyn J. Harran, a religious studies professor at Chapman University and the 2008 recipient of the Spirit of Anne Frank Award, wrote the book with Leyson. Peter Steinberg of The Steinberg Agency negotiated the deal with editorial director Caitlyn Dlouhy.