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Youngest 'Schindler's List' survivor dies at 83

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

world Updated: Jan 14, 2013 19:33 IST

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

His daughter, Stacy Wilfong, told the Los Angeles Times that Leyson died on 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 US and taught for 39 years.

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.