WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — In a story Jan. 14 about the death of Leon Leyson, one of 1,100 Jews saved from the Nazis by Oskar Schindler, The Associated Press reported Leyson was the youngest person on Schindler's List. Experts say Leyson is one of the youngest survivors on the list, but because records were lost and parents lied about birth dates to protect children, definitive records of the youngest survivor are unavailable.
A corrected version of the story is below:
1 of youngest 'Schindler's List' survivors dies at 83
Leon Leyson, 1 of youngest people saved by 'Schindler's List,' dies in Southern California at 83
Leon Leyson, who was one of the youngest of 1,100 Jews saved from the Nazis by Oskar Schindler, has died in Southern California at 83.
Leyson died Saturday in Whittier after a four-year battle with lymphoma, his daughter, Stacy Wilfong of Warrenton, Va., told the Los Angeles Times.
Leyson was nearly 10 when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. Six months later, his family was sent to a ghetto in Krakow. He survived as mass killings and deportations to concentration camps escalated.
One time, Leyson recalled to the Times in 1994, SS commandos surrounded the ghetto. He and some other boys hid in an attic crawlspace in a building next to their apartment. Leyson's mother managed to join them but another boy's mother was taken away.
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