Holocaust survivor Leon Leyson has passed away at 83 years old, in San Francisco. He was 13 years old when he escaped from the Płaszów concentration camp, during the Holocaust.
He was the youngest to be included on Schindler's list, registered as a worker for the company. Oskar Schindler saved over 1,100 Jewish prisoners from the camp by listing them as employees.
“Five of us survived the war, this is the bottom line, out of everyone who was related to me in Poland. And we survived because we were on Schindler's list,” Leon recalled in an interview.
His mother had been saved by miracle, as she was part of a convoy that was scheduled to leave the camp, yet was sent to Auschwitz by mistake.
“What are you doing with these people? These are my people,” Schindler told the Nazi officers guarding them, even offering bribes for their release.
Leyson moved to the States in 1949, Daily Mail notes. He took a job as a teacher in Los Angeles, and was with Huntington Park High School for 39 years.