Days after Hitler's rise to power, Leitz, who manufactured the Leica camera, began taking on a string of young Jewish apprentices from the town of Wetzlar where his optics factory began producing Leicas in 1925. He purposely trained them so that he could transfer them to New York to work in the Leica showroom on Fifth Avenue or at distributors across the US and thus rescue them from the fate that was to befall many other Jews. Leica is a manufacturer of very expensive and well made cameras produced by a company of the same name. The owners of the company were very liberal and smuggled 100s of Jewish people out of Nazi Germany.
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