David Lenga, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor, likes to share his story with as many people as possible to help combat rising antisemitism worldwide.
In a Zoom interview with the Journal, Lenga explained that he had a “wonderful life” in the city of Łódź, Poland before the Holocaust, where “Jewish life was vibrant.” And yet, “there was an underlying layer of antisemitism right just beneath the surface,” Lenga said, “and you could feel it.”
Lenga recalled that when he was playing with his non-Jewish friends, they would hurl slurs like “you scabby Jew” or “you G-d d— Jew” whenever he said something that displeased them. He added that at that time, Poland had a quota system restricting the number of Jews accepted into universities, law schools, medical schools and the like.
Lenga attributed that spread of…