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One of the Youngest of “Schindler’s Jews” Passes Away at 83

Leon Leyson worked in Schindler’s factory at age 13

By: Leonard Carl
Published: January 15th, 2013 in News » World
Leon Leyson

One of the youngest Jews fortunate enough to have had his name added to the life-saving “Schindler list” during the Holocaust, has passed away in California at 83 from lymphoma.

Leon Leyson was one of the more than 1,100 Jews whose lives were spared by Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist born who save Jewish lives by employing them in his enamelware and ammunition factories, which were located in what is now Poland and the Czech

Levson, who lost two brothers to the Nazis, was taken under Schindler’s wing and, at age 13, he worked in his factory.

He later moved to the United States with his parents and taught for 39 years. He also fought in the Vietnam War. He got married in the US and had two children and four grandchildren.

Leyson, who moved to the United States where he taught for almost four decades, began a public speaking career after Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster, "Schindler's List" was released.

"We lived in a village in Poland, and when the Germans entered Poland in 1938 and early 1939, we moved into the ghetto in Krakow,” his sister, Aviva, 85, one of two siblings to survive the Holocaust, told Ynet. “My mother, father, two brothers and I worked at Schindler's factory.

“He later transferred us to his new factory in Czechoslovakia and got us out of Poland, because we couldn't have stayed there. He was the one who saved us all from going to the death camp."

According to the sister, "My mother and I were already in Auschwitz when Schindler arrived to rescue us. He came there and just drove us back to the factory."

"I am very sad," his sister said of his death. "It's very difficult, I feel like something has been taken away and will never come back."

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