'Schindler's List' survivor Leon Leyson dies at 83

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    Producer Steven Spielberg (3rd L) poses with Holocaust survivors (L-R) Celina Biniaz, Rena Fagen, Steven Spielberg, Lewis Fagen, Leon Leyson, and Helen Jonas-Rosenzweig for the 'Schindler's List' DVD release at the Shoah Foundation on the Universal Studios lot March 3, 2004 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
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    WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) - Leon Leyson, who was the youngest of 1,100 Jews saved from the Nazis by Oscar Schindler, has died in Southern California at 83.

    His daughter, Stacy Wilfong, tells the Los Angeles Times that Leyson died Saturday in Whittier from lymphoma.

    Leyson was nearly 10-years-old when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. He lost two brothers during the Holocaust but was protected by Schindler and at 13 worked in his factory. Dubbed "Little Leyson," he was so short that he stood on a box to operate machinery.

    He later moved to the U.S. and taught at Huntington Park High School for 39 years.

    Leyson rarely spoke of his experiences until the 1993 movie "Schindler's List" sparked renewed interest. He then embarked on a public speaking career to share his story.

    (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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