Did you know that Leica boss Ernst Leitz II is considered the “photographic industry equivalent of Oskar Schindler” for helping Jews flee Nazi Germany?
Leitz [...] helped Jews find jobs outside Germany, securing immigration visas and paying the travel expenses of refugees bound for the United States. [...] They fled Germany under the guise of Leitz employees, until they could find work overseas. Such was the Nazi reliance on Leica optics for military purposes, that officials largely turned a blind eye to Leitz’s activities.
He’s credited saving the lives of around 80 Jews while risking his life in the process.
Leica helped Jews flee Nazis: Fresh evidence uncovered [Amateur Photographer]