The fading world of Holocaust survivors lost a Schindler Jew in Sydney. Leosia Korn, 87, passed away last week. Part of her Holocaust experiences have been immortalized as “Lucy’s Story” in Thomas Kineally’s “Schindler’s Ark,” which was adapted by Steven Spielberg in his film, “Schindler’s List.” Korn was born in 1919 in Tarnow, Poland, and raised in Krakow. In 1940, the Germans rounded up Korn’s family. As they were being marched toward a transit point, she broke out of line and hid in a nearby building. When she emerged, she met another Jewish woman, Rosia Korn, who had been hiding in the same building. Rosia Korn and her son Mundek took in Leosia. In the Krakow Ghetto, Leosia Korn worked in the enamel goods factory Emalia, run by Oskar Schindler. Leosia Korn’s daughter, Anita Moss, told JTA, “Mundek heard that there was a list of Jews who were being protected by Schindler, and bribed his way into the factory,” also securing work for his family. Korn survived the war and married Mundek, and they made their home in Sydney. Korn never saw her family again.
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