My parents were displaced persons who came to the USA in the years after WWII. They told me of their experiences. My mother once told me that, when she told an American that she was Polish, she got this sarcastic reply, "I heard that Poland is a modern country. It has electricity." My father reported that, when he told a colleague that he was Polish, he was asked, in dead seriousness, "Do bears run freely in the streets of Polish cities?"
My relative was in U.S. few years ago. On first day his American host wanted to show him how to use a flush toilet. No malicious intent, he simply had outdated informations.
A new piece of interest right on point - this is from a Gazeta Wyborcza published review of the movie "Poklosie" by Janusz Rudnicki:"Polish village on a mine field, bloodily sowed then, during the war. By the Polish peasant with his own hands. Stupid/dumm as an ass. With a pre[historic] mug [face]. With a brain intensely fallow. Who is indifferent, whether the proverbial barn has hay in it or, these Jew boys, those bloodsuckers-of-the-Polish-human-blood. His type walks the country even today, one ought to exterminate him. And their villages should be burned down, why the fuck should there be so many villages in Poland today? Leave a few as a sample and lead terrified school trips through this human zoo."cite: http://wyborcza.pl/1,99069,11722922,Wychodze_z_kina__3_.html#ixzz36j2Br6y4
actually, add the next paragraph too since it is, again, telling about the state of the "Polish" press in Poland:"The paradox of artifacts of the type of "Pokłosie" lies therein that, the "heroes" thereof can't be driven to see such movies. Even with a scythe [pres since peasants used scythes]. That they, even if they watch films, they do so for pants [wordplay]. That the authors of the movie shoot strenuously at a target, and when at the end, someone turns on the lights, it appears that there is no one in the audience. There wasn't anyone and there won't be anyone. I know that this is not much of a discovery but how many times must we talk about the same thing with ourselves, agreeing in totality."http://wyborcza.pl/1,99069,11722922,Wychodze_z_kina__3_.html#ixzz36j7yW7AH
Wow! I knew that GAZETA WYBORCZA was a left-wing paper, but I did not realize that it was divorced from reality to THIS extent.
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