To tell the story to someone else...
January 14, 2013 10:15 PM Subscribe
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In 1974, Leon Leyson was one of a group of Jews who greeted Oskar Schindler when he visited Los Angeles. It was the first time the two had seen each other since the war. He began to introduce himself, but Schindler interrupted: "I know who you are," Schindler said, grinning at the middle-aged man before him. "You're Little Leyson." On Sunday, the youngest name on Schindler's List passed away at the age of 83.
"The truth is, I did not live my life in the shadow of the Holocaust," he told the Portland Oregonian in 1997. "I did not give my children a legacy of fear. I gave them a legacy of freedom."
Mr. Leyson was interviewed
at a "Day of Remembrance" event in April 2010. (video)
He was also interviewed
by his daughter-in-law for 89.3 KPCC (Southern California Public Radio) in May, 2011. ("Listen Now" link is on the left.)
. Mr. Leyson's name was originally Leib Lejzon.
Chabad.org: On Schindler's List: Leon Leyson's Story of Survival
"People should know the Nazis did not murder numbers. They murdered individuals," said Leyson. "Somebody's brother , somebody's uncle. Somebody's aunt. Somebody's grandchild. Somebody's grandfather."
Leyson saw it as his duty to keep the story of the Holocaust alive, and to highlight the decency of people such as Schindler.
"It's not going to be very long before there won't be any witnesses," said Leyson. "And if I tell my story and there are 100 people in the audience and many of them telling the story to somebody else then somebody else will tell the story to someone else."