Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children on the legendary
, who in the later years of his life devoted his time to recounting his Holocaust experience for countless Chapman University students, died Jan. 12 after a lengthy battle with lymphoma. He was 83.
The world knew him a
s very possibly the
youngest Schindler’s List survivor
. As a child he had to stand atop a box to reach the machinery in the factory of the German industrialist who saved 1,100 Jews from the Nazis by claiming them to staff his factories. But at Chapman Leyson was also a friend and teacher who poured out his story and memories of
so that others might learn what ordinary people can do in extraordinary situations.