"The Boy On The Wooden Box How the impossible became possible... on Schindlers list" by Leon Leyson November/December 2016 AR Biography Activity

"One of our favorites was to ride the streetcars that traversed the city. Since my new friends and I never hand any money, we devised what we thought was an extraordinary clever way to ride for free." (p.36)

Based upon the context clues, the word,"traversed"means to drive across or through.

"At my new elementary school, an enormous place with hundreds of children from my neighborhood, my fourth grade teacher singled me out one day. He addressed me as Mosiek, the diminutive for Moshe. At first I was impressed. I thought that this man must know my father, Moshe, and realized I was his son." (p. 39)

Based upon the context clues, the word, "diminutive" means to add a suffix showing the object is small in size.

"When Germany annexed Austria in March 1938 and occupied the Sudetenland area of Czechoslovakia six months later, discrimination against Jews increased there as well."(p.41)

Based upon the context clues, the word, "annexed" means to add, extend, or put together.

"When Germany annexed Austria in March 1938 and occupied the Sudetenland area of Czechoslovakia six months later, discrimination against Jews increased there as well. New restrictions made life for Jews in these areas more and more precarious." (p.41)

Based upon the context clues, the word, "precarious" means unstable and beyond ones control.

"I don't know how much he knew about what my father did each day, but Schindler certainly realized he was a skilled, respectful worker. His safecracking prowess has earned him Schindler's respect.He kept on earning that respect day after day." (p.69)

Based upon the context clues, the word "prowess" means a skill or ability.

"They were so exuberant, so full of life, while just a few yards away from them I was exhausted and depressed, struggling to survive another day."

Based upon the context clues, "exuberant" means to be enthusiastic, happy and full of life.

" It was meticulous and demanding work, but I had a knack for it. The guard watched me work and then pointed a gun at my head. 'If the next brad is crooked, I'll shoot you,' he said. I just kept working and fastened the halves together with the brad. Cautiously I moved the finished product to ward him to inspect. It was straight. He walked away and I continued working as if nothing had happened."

Based upon the context clues, "meticulous," means to be precise.

" I was shocked. We all were. We had gone from years of imprisonment to freedom. I felt confused, weak, and ecstatic all at once."

Based upon the context clues, "ecstatic" means overpowering emotion.

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