Lifetree Cafe features Holocaust survivor

The story of Oskar Schindler’s youngest Holocaust survivor will be presented at the Lifetree Cafe at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cana, Cana 18 S. Third St.; and 7 p.m. Monday and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Iowa Central Community College Hanson Cafeteria Overflow.

The program features a Lifetree exclusive: a film of Leon Leyson, who was 13 years old when Schindler put him to work in his enamelware factory near Krakow, Poland. Because of his short stature, Leyson stood on a wooden box so he could reach the handles on the machinery.

In the Lifetree film, Leyson describes how the Nazis captured his family members, confined them in the Jewish ghetto area of Krakow, and herded them onto trains bound for concentration camps. Leyson described how Schindler pulled him out of a line bound for the death camps. Schindler named him “Little Leyson” and showed him favor with extra food rations. After the war, Leyson moved to the United States.

Lifetree’s Thom Schultz, who conducted the exclusive interview, said Leyson revealed portions of his story he had not shared before.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available.

Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversations about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Craig Cable at (970) 292-4697 or