The Leica Freedom Train

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Have you heard of the Leica Freedom Train? If you haven't it's a heartwarming story that involves history and the premium Leica brand. Check it out after the jump!

Basically, the Leica Freedom Train was a rescue effort by Ernst Leitz II and his daughter Elsie Kuehn-Leitz to get hundreds of German Jews out of the country when Hitler’s rise to power was starting. Ernst, who was the head of the company from 1920 to 1956, was instrumental in ensuring that the lives of German Jews were preserved through the brilliant but dangerous Leica Freedom Train.

The plan was simple enough – employees, their families, and friends were given the guise of being Leica employees to be sent to sales offices in the United States, but also in France, England, and even Hong Kong. It was an effort that would result in certain death if Ernst was caught, but it was a risk that was worth dying for.

Watch and listen to the whole story in the video below!

written by cruzron on 2013-11-12 in #lifestyle #leica #germany #freedom #story #history

2 Comments

  1. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Excellent history!!!

  2. bsdunek
    bsdunek ·

    Glad you published this story. Too bad more Germans weren't as brave.

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