"Leica Freedom Train"

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Alan Meyer, Feb 17, 2007.

  1. Alan Meyer

    Alan Meyer Guest

    Some of you may be interested to learn that Ernst Leitz II, head
    of the famous E. Leitz Optische Werke, developers of the Leica
    camera series, and his daughter Elsie Kuhn-Leitz saved the lives
    of hundreds of Jews and other victims of Nazi persecution during
    the period of Nazi domination in Germany.

    Leitz secured travel documents and provided travel funding for
    large numbers of his Jewish workers and other victims, sending
    them to the U.S., France, Britain and Hong Kong as overseas
    "employees". His overseas offices provided further help to the
    people after they arrived. His daughter was arrested for helping
    Jewish women cross the border into Switzerland, and is also known
    to have attempted to improve the conditions for Ukranian slave
    laborers sent to the Leitz plant.

    See: http://zonezero.com/magazine/articles/leica/index.html for
    more information.

    Alan Meyer, Feb 17, 2007
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