Monday, September 14, 2009

A Schindler story: Harrowing tale of how a young boy survived in Nazi-occupied Poland

Scrawny 13-year-old Leon Leyson had to stand on a box just to reach the buttons of Oskar Schindler's metal machines while forced to work for the Nazis. The emaciated boy made friends with Schindler - a household name after Steven Spielberg's 1993 film "Schindler's List." 
It was an odd relationship that saved Leyson's life.
Leyson, one of the youngest survivors on Schindler's famous list, is bringing his harrowing tale to Manhattan Tuesday - his 80th birthday. It will be the first time he's spoken here. He will tell the tale of how he made it out of the Plaszow, Poland, concentration camp where he cut metal at Schindler's enamelware factory.
"There was always danger lurking at every corner," he said.
 
Schindler managed to save his employees from the gas chambers, making deals with Nazis through his wits and charm.

Leyson vowed to spend his last years spreading the truth about Schindler. (NYDailyNews)

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