Leon Brett was born in Skaudvile, Lithuania. His father was an ordained rabbi, but had a small shop to earn a living. In June 1940, the Russian army marchined into Lithuania. June 22, 1941, the war between Germany and Russia started. He fled east on his English bicycle to Shavel, a city 50 miles away, but the Germans captured him. The Germans needed a watchmaker; he had been a watchmaker’s apprentice so he was sent to Daugel, a brick factory. In 2944 he escaped and joined a Jewish partisan group.