Youngest ‘Schindler’s List’ Survivor Dies

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

His daughter, Stacy Wilfong, tells the Los Angeles Times that Leyson died Saturday from lymphoma.

Leyson was nearly 10 when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. He lost two brothers during the Holocaust but was protected by Schindler and at 13 worked in his factory. Dubbed “Little Leyson,” he was so short that he stood on a box to operate machinery.

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 rarely spoke of his experiences until the 1993 movie “Schindler’s List” sparked renewed interest. He then embarked on a public speaking career to share his story.

Leyson’s two siblings who survived the Holocaust, Aviva Nissenbaum and David (Ephraim) Leyson, immigrated to Israel later on.


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