The ‘Boy who had the chocolate factory’ shares his Exodus story
As Leon Prochnik and his family fled from Poland after the Germans invaded in 1939, the 6-year-old boy held an image in his mind that helped him survive. The image was a tub of chocolate.Now in his 70s, Prochnik will visit the Peninsula Center Library on March 15 to tell the story of “The Boy Who Had the Chocolate Factory” to adults and children. The talk will be followed by a special art project.“My family owned the second-largest chocolate factory in Poland before World War II, and when I would go there, I’d sneak off to the chocolate tub,” Prochnik said. “I would dip my arm in the tub and eat all the chocolate off my arm, and I’d get sick from eating so much chocolate. And the next time, I’d do it again.”
By Annie Lubinsky, Peninsula News
ENDORSEMENTS FOR “MILKA & ME”
YOU REALLY IMPRESSED ME WITH YOUR HOLOCAUST STORY. I HOPE YOU VISIT OUR SCHOOL AGAIN!
5th Grade Student Havre De Grace Elementary School
MY FAVORITE PART OF YOUR STORY WAS THAT NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENED THE CHOCOLATE TUB WAS YOUR SAFE PLACE.
7th Grade Student Ronald Reagan Elementary
MANY YEARS FROM NOW I WILL SEE SOMETHING INVOLVING CHOCOLATE AND I WILL THINK OF YOU, YOUR CHOCOLATE TUB AND THE HOLOCAUST!
10th Grade Student Pacifica High School
THANK YOU FOR BLESSING ST. BRENDAN SCHOOL WITH YOUR PRESENCE.
Sister Maureen O’connor
Principal Saint Brendan School
YOUR LIFE EXPERIENCE WAS SO VIVID AND ENGAGING.
Mrs. Patricia Aparicio
Principal Saint Ignatius School
THE STUDENTS ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT YOUR PRESENTATION AND WHAT A PROFOUND AFFECT IT HAD ON THEM.
Joan K. Jacobs
Magnet Coordinator Buchanan Elementary School
PLEASE KEEP TELLING YOUR STORY -THIS GENERATION NEEDS TO HEAR IT, AND MY GENERATION NEEDS NOT TO FORGET IT.
Independent Study Teacher Gorman Learning Center