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107-year-old Holocaust survivor, Jehovah's Witness is star of 'Ladder in the Lions' Den' documentary

By Bob Strauss, Staff Writer

Posted: 11/13/2012 08:03:20 AM PST

Updated: 11/13/2012 08:03:39 AM PST

An unusual Holocaust documentary has brought near-capacity afternoon crowds to the Laemmle Town Center 5 for almost a week.

They've come not only to see "Ladder in the Lions' Den," but to meet its subject, 107-year-old Austrian survivor Leopold Engleitner. | PHOTOS

Sitting quietly in his wheelchair outside the theater, the frail but remarkably resilient Engleitner met adoring fans from all over Southern California after Monday's screening of the 40-minute-film. It recounts the Jehovah's Witness' refusal to join Hitler's army during World War II and subsequent imprisonment in three Nazi concentration camps.

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This old brother - the oldest Holocaust Survivor - must have outlived all his enemies from that era by now. I guess that bearing Witness to his faith and how he survived the Nazi era is what has kept him going. The further we get from the Holocaust, the more revisionists try to minimise or dismiss what Hilter did, much to the distress of survivors like Leopold and the many Jewish folk interviewed on BBC TV each January 27th (National Holocaust Day).

We are comforted that Jehovah never forgets though and will right all injustice for those that died at the hands of all Dictators. One of our elders lost his father to the Nazis when his Father (aged then 26) was arrested for being a JW and taken off the Island by ship to a German prison camp when the Island of Jersey was occupied during WW2. His mother was put to forced labour but he and his mother escaped to England. They didn't find out what happened to his father until recently. Sadly the German prison camp was accidentally bombed by the allies and that was how his faithful father died.



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