A good overview
First-person accounts by survivors. I know the children of two of the Leica Jews interviewed in this video.
Yes, this is a podcast. But it goes into great depth about the Leica Freedom Train story.
The Leica Camera, as unlikely as it sounds, is a symbol of freedom. I use it proudly.
A very personal video by Sally Rabinowitz, daughter Heinz Ehrenfeld, one of the main forces behind the Leica Freedom Train. Her mission was to keep her family's story alive. If you are only going to watch one video, this is it.
Three Videos That Will Change How You Feel About Leica
A company whose philosophy was to treat everyone with respect saved thousands of Jews from the Nazis
By Mason Resnick
May 5, 2016: Today is Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Rememberance Day. While the death of over 6 million Jews (and millions of Gays, Gypsies and others) at the hands of the Nazis may seem far removed from this web site's mission, to promote black-and-white photography, there is a very strong connection. That connection is the Leica, a camera that was used to make many of the most iconic black-and-white images of the 20th century.
As a Jew and a photographer, for years I felt conflicted about owning a Leica, a German-made camera, until the early 1980s, when Jason Schneider, my boss at Modern Photography, told me the story of how Leica had saved thousands of Jews during the first years of the Nazi era.
As Hitler rose to power, Leica's owners started getting frantic calls from their Jewish employees, begging them for help to leave Germany as Hitler's antisemitic Nuremberg laws were being enacted and their lives were in danger. Leica responded by making their Jewish employees, their families and friends, foreign sales representatives. They sent each off to other countries with Leica gear that they could sell (they were worth a lot even then) and start fresh.
In this way, thousands of lives were saved.
Here are three videos tell the story, a story that couldn't be told while memebers of the Leitz family were still alive.