Leon Leyson (1929-2013): A Tribute

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The tribute will run from February 19, 2013 through January 21, 2014, and is located in the open space cases on the first floor of the library (near the Circulation desk).

About the Curators

Trish Campbell and Jane Iacovetti are currently serving as members of the Exhibit Program Committee in Pollak Library.

About the Exhibit

This exhibit honors long-time educator and Fullerton resident Leon Leyson (1929-2013). Mr. Leyson was a Holocaust survivor who was the youngest survivor on Oskar Schindler's now famous list. Leon was born September 15, 1929, in Narewka, Poland approximately 150 miles northeast of Warsaw. The Nazis invaded Poland in September of 1939, beginning almost seven years of suffering and persecution for the Leyson family. The Leysons were liberated in 1946 and then spent three years in a Displaced Person's camp, and emigrated to the United States in 1949. Mr. Leyson taught Industrial Arts at Huntington Park High School for 39 years before retiring. As a member of the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education Advisory Board, Leyson embarked on a speaking career. Leyson shared his story of survival with school groups, universities, and community organizations across California and the nation.

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Holocaust survivor Leon Leyson reflects on his incredible luck that put him on the infamous "Schindler's List," sparing him from a disastrous fate in Nazi Germany. Series: Osher UCSD. Video courtesy of University of California Television

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