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Youngest Schindler survivor dies in California

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Leon Leyson, who was the youngest of 1,100 Jews saved from the Nazis by Oskar Schindler, died in Southern California at 83.

Leyson died Jan. 12 in Whittier after a four-year battle with lymphoma, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Leyson was nearly 10 when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. He was the youngest of the Jewish workers whom Schindler, an industrialist, saved by declaring them necessary for production at his factories. Schindler called him “Little Leyson,” and at 13 he was so short that he stood on a box to work machinery.

Leyson immigrated to the United States in 1949 and taught high school for 39 years. He rarely talked about his experiences. However, after the 1993 release of  “Schindler’s List,”  he began a public speaking career in the U.S. and Canada.  — ap


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