Leica Freedom Train

More about the Leica Freedom Train:

  • Leica helped Jews flee Nazis: fresh evidence uncovered
  • “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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