We asked readers to share their personal experiences with antisemitism. Here is what one wrote:
My mother, Olga Levy Drucker was one of thousands of Jewish children who escaped death at the hands of the Nazis by being evacuated to Britain. Below is a brief excerpt adapted from her published memoir, Kindertransport.
— Dr. Jane Drucker
I was nearly six years old and living with my parents and older brother in Stuttgart, Germany, when Hitler came to power. Soon after that my life began to change.
At first it was only in small ways. We still went on vacations and I still took swimming lessons in the public pool. But one day when we got to the pool, there was a sign on the gate: “Jews are not wanted.”
When I was ten, my beloved teacher was replaced by a stern man who wore a Nazi lapel pin. He instructed my class in how to raise our arms and shout “Heil Hitler!”
Just the day before, my Papa and I had heard Hitler on the radio shouting the same words. Papa told me I never had to say them, so I didn’t that day in class. The new teacher shamed me in front of the other (non-Jewish) children.
In the middle of the night on Nov. 9, 1938, I heard a group of men barge into our house. They were soldiers and they took Papa away. We didn’t see him again for three months.
— Olga Levy Drucker