Friday, March 16, 2018

Bieganski the Brute Polak Stereotype on YouTube

Here is a video of me talking about Bieganski the Brute Polak Stereotype. 

Janusz Sujecki, Honoree for Preserving Jewish Heritage in Poland, Returns Award: Anti-Polish Attacks in Israel

Janusz Sujecki had been honored, in July, 1998,  for preserving Jewish heritage in Poland. He has returned his award. He cites anti-Polish attacks in Israel. 

Sujecki's letter is very powerful and it should be read in its entirety. One can read it here.

Thank you to Ane for this. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

US Ambassador Christopher R. Hill and Bieganski: "Revenge of the Peasants."

From Andrzej Wajda's film "The Wedding." 
Sometimes I think people think that I just made up Bieganski: The Brute Polak Stereotype

And then someone comes along and makes a comment that is just so perfect in its ugly egregiousness that I can only laugh. 

A United States *ambassador to Poland* called the new Holocaust speech law "Revenge of the peasants." 

A *diplomat*! 

You can't make this stuff up, people. You just can't.

Christopher R. Hill is a former US ambassador to Poland. He is now with the University of Denver -- government and academia, both purveyors of the Bieganski stereotype. 

Read more at the Washington Post here.

PS: I oppose the new speech law, and I broke it, and break it regularly, on this blog and in published writing. I also oppose stereotyping Poles as peasants, and stereotyping peasants as monsters. 

I plan to write to University of Denver Chancellor Chopp and ask her to invite me to her campus to educate Mr Hill and others about the Bieganski stereotype. If you'd like to contact her as well, please do. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Bieganski in Polityka

Article in Polityka that references my work on Bieganski: The Brute Polak Stereotype. The author of this article interviewed me for a long time, and he seemed interested in what I had to say. The greater part of what I did say does not appear in the article, alas. In any case, I am very grateful that Polityka offered some coverage to my work. You can read the article here.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Bella, a Polish-Jewish Girl

From the book, "Rescuers," by Block and Drucker. 

In the book Rescuers, Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust, authors Gay Block and Malka Drucker tell many stories, including that of Agnieszka Budna-Widerschal. 

Agnieszka, a Polish Catholic, saved six Jewish men in Nazi-occupied Poland. She hid them for three years. 

She married a Polish-Jewish man. 

They had a daughter, Bella. 

Agnieszka told Block and Drucker, "In 1954 there was a wave of anti-Semitism."

Some Polish children, a few years older than nine-year-old Bella, came to the house and invited Bella out for a walk. They walked near the train station. The train conductor witnessed the Polish children push Bella in front of the train. Bella died. 

Agnieszka and her husband Shimon emigrated to Israel. 

Bella did not deserve the die. There was anti-Semitism in Poland in the interwar and post-war periods. Denying this historical reality is not helpful. 

You can watch part of the interview with Agnieszka here.