Leica related links (Leica Freedom Train)

  • “Ernst Leitz Optische Werke Wetzlar” short film directed by Oskar Barnack (1932). From the description:

“A portrait of the Leitz factory. Following a view of Wetzlar and the Leitz factory from Kalsmunt, the film introduces several departments of the company: milling, engraving, lens cutting, and adjusting. The film also shows the assembly of a microscope and a Leica. This Leica eventually allows to date the film: it is a Leica 1, production of which was stopped in 1932, when it was replaced by a camera with exchangeable objective lenses.”

  • Leica Freedom Train:

“The Leica Freedom Train was a rescue effort in which hundreds of Jews were smuggled out of Nazi Germany before the Holocaust by Ernst Leitz of the Leica camera company, and his daughter Elsie Kuehn-Leitz”.

Read more about it on Wikipedia

During WWII Ernst Leitz II helped dozens (some say hundreds) of Jews to flee Nazi Germany prior to the closing of its borders. This is a short documentary explaining his role.

  • For our German readers: another Leica documentary in German language after the break (probably 2 years old):

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