New film to tell story of Leica founders mission to save Jews during World War II

Founder of Leica Ernst Leitz
(Image credit: Future / Inheritance of the Leitz family, in private ownership of Knut Kühn-Leitz)

Filmmaker Peter Webber, who directed the Oscar-nominated film ‘Girl With The Pearl Earring’, will direct an upcoming film about the family behind the Leica camera brand, who helped many Jewish people escape Germany in World War II. 

Founded in 1869 by Ernst Leitz, Leica began as a manufacturer of microscopic lenses before Ernst Leitz II began mass-producing the first 35mm compact camera. Optical engineer Oskar Barnack had been working on the designs for over twenty years, and the camera was revered by photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson. 

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Leonie Helm
Staff Writer

After graduating from Cardiff University with an Master's Degree in Journalism, Media and Communications Leonie developed a love of photography after taking a year out to travel around the world. 

While visiting countries such as Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh and Ukraine with her trusty Nikon, Leonie learned how to capture the beauty of these inspiring places, and her photography has accompanied her various freelance travel features. 

As well as travel photography Leonie also has a passion for wildlife photography both in the UK and abroad.