107-Year-Old Nazi Concentration Camp Survivor Comes to Encino for L.A. Film Premiere

Leopold Engleitner flies in from Austria with writer Bernhard Ramerstorfer for their documentary "Ladder in the Lions' Den."

The world's oldest known male Nazi concentration camp survivor, Leopold Engleitner, 107, will be at Encino's Laemmle Town Center 5 through Thursday, Nov. 15, for the Los Angeles premiere showings of the documentary Ladder in the Lions' Den.

The film documents Engleitner's journey as a conscientious objector and Jehovah's Witness imprisoned by the Nazis for his beliefs. He survived three concentration camps: Buchenwald, Niederhagen and Ravensbrueck.

Engleitner flew in from Austria and arrived in Encino on Friday, Nov. 9, with Frederic Fuss, the film's narrator and script editor, and the writer, Bernhard Ramerstorfer.

  • Read Patch's interview with Frederic Fuss

Engleitner was feeling jet-lagged from the trip, his friends said, and wasn't able to answer questions on Friday, although he did pose for photographs with audience members. He has since has been talking to audiences and taking part in several Q&As at the theater, with the help of an interpreter.

As well as Ladder in the Lions' Den, Ramerstorfer has also written Unbroken Will, a book about Engleitner's time as a Jehovah's Witness and conscientious objector who refused to capitulate to Nazi orders. Ramerstorfer's latest book, Im Zeugenstand (which translates to "In the Witness Stand") collects the responses of several survivors of the Nazi concentration camps to 100 questions gathered from around the world.

Ladder in the Lions' Den, Laemmle Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Boulevard, Encino. 818-981-9811. Opens Friday, Nov. 9. For all showtimes, click here.

Engleitner is scheduled to attend screenings at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 9-Nov. 15, and at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11.


Anna King November 12, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Sharon, thank you so much for sharing this, and enjoy meeting Mr. Engleitner!
Phil M November 13, 2012 at 01:27 PM
What an awesome opportunity for our kids to see a part of history. When I listen to stories like this it is hard to keep my eyes dry. I love hearing real testimonies, they bring so much power. Thank you so much for making the trip. I know that wasn’t easy. ________________________________________ Find a Career College near you, www.americolleges.com
Solomon Ruffo November 16, 2012 at 06:38 AM
"Leopold did a very significant thing: he just said no. When he was being bullied, browbeaten, threatened with his life to give up his principles, he didn't, because of his conscience. Isn't that the message we try to give ...?" Conscience! The Watchtower religion of today demands loyalty and if any Jehovah's Witness decides to leave because they disagree with doctrine,the remaining family members are commanded by the religion to shun those who have left. They will try to spin it so that it looks like some immorality was committed but most of the time that is not the case. Every member of your extended JW family and all your close friends will now shun you (basically treat you like you're dead) simply because you changed your mind on religion. FMI http://www.jwfacts.com/watchtower/hitler-nazi.php
Solomon Ruffo November 16, 2012 at 06:39 AM
6 Million Jews 3 Million Poles 400,000 Gypsies 50,000-100,000 Homosexuals 150,000 Disabled Germans Nobody ever mentions that Hitler rounded up all the Masons many of them Catholics and had them killed.The only Masons who survived didn't have their name on the rolls at the Grand lodge in Berlin. I think it was over 30,000 Masons that were murdered- they never got imprisoned, but killed outright, as Hitler feared them. Many leaders of various resistance groups compromised,individuals maintained integrity. The Jehovah's Witnesses leader Joseph Rutherford also initially sought favor with Hitler,but when Hitler double-crossed him he drove his own followers to be martyrs. Millions of Slavs, Russians, Socialist, Catholics, Protestants. http://www.bible.ca/jw-penton-3rdreich.htm
UNKNOWN SINGER November 19, 2012 at 03:28 AM


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