Leica Freedom Train

Leica Freedom Train

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. 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. Ernst Leitz' optics company, founded in Wetzlar Germany in 1869. had a tradition of enlightened behavior toward its workers. Pensions, sick leave, health insurance - all were instituted early on at Leitz, which depended for its work force upon generations of skilled employees - many of whom were Jewish. As soon as Adolf Hitler was named chancellor of Germany in 1933, Ernst Leitz II, son of the founder and head of Ernst Leitz from 1920 to 1956[3], began receiving frantic calls from Jewish associates, asking for his help in getting them and their families out of the country. As Christians, Leitz and his family were immune to Nazi Germany's N rnberg Laws, which restricted the movement of Jews and limited their professional activities.show more

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12mm | 299g
  • Frac Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136562057
  • 9786136562056