Monday, September 17, 2018



In September, 1939, Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia both attacked Poland.

Poles who know their history understand why it is criminal to demonize Nazism while giving Communism a free pass.

I love the headline: "to protect minorities."

Leftists have long used "divide and conquer," have used grievances of splinter groups to justify their own existence and to erode societies before taking them over.

I note this pattern in the posts of leftist Facebook friends, who mourn black people shot by police, but not white people shot by black police -- Justine Ruszczyk, anyone? -- or black people shot by black police.

Who insist that to demonize Christianity or Israel is their duty, but to shield Islam from any analysis is somehow sacred. Who insist that biological males should use the same restrooms as little girls, and who insist that any objection to this proves that America is racist fascist sexist and must be destroyed.

Splinter groups exist only to be exploited by the left as levers to topple societies so that the workers paradise can be ushered in.

And, yes, interwar Poland was a really tough place to be a minority in Poland. A hard time to be Ukrainian, Lemko, Jewish, or indeed German. People were killed for that -- for being German in Poland.

But the solution to Poland's mistreatment of minorities was very much not Stalin, invasion, genocide, ethnic cleansing, torture, Siberia.

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Anne Applebaum Piece in the Atlantic about the Law and Justice Party and Poland as a Sign of Bad Things to Come



My book, Bieganski the Brute Polak Stereotype, and this blog, are both dedicated to Western stereotypes of Eastern European Christian peasant-descent people. 

That being the case, I refrain from offering much commentary on Law and Justice. Current Polish politics is not my area of expertise. I can't comment on the accuracy or inaccuracy of Anne Applebaum's doomsaying piece in the Atlantic, entitled "A Warning From Europe: The Worst Is Yet to Come Polarization. Conspiracy theories. Attacks on the free press. An obsession with loyalty. Recent events in the United States follow a pattern Europeans know all too well." I can only offer scattered, subjective observations. 

I found the opening paragraphs hard to get through Applebaum shows off how hip she is, how rich, how connected, how deep, how caring. She owns a house that has a name. She has friends who are members of the elite. Good for you, Anne Applebaum. We knew that about you already. 

Applebaum writes, "the journalists, writers, and thinkers, including some of my party guests, who believe anti-Polish forces seek to blame Poland for Auschwitz."

This is an idiotic sentence, and there is no excuse for it. My book has been out for years. I have written to Applebaum herself and her husband about it. I received perfunctory replies. She has no idea what she is talking about here. 

I keep reading. Applebaum talks about what jerks her friends have turned out to be. This is just more showing off, and it is uncharitable. 

One of her friends is a crazy anti-Semite. Anti-Semitism is a bad thing. I really don't care that Anne Applebaum has a friend who is a crazy anti-Semite. I'm asking myself, why I am devoting time to reading this article? 

She mentions Radio Maryja. I reject Radio Maryja but not its listeners. I have met people, in Poland, who listen to that radio station, who are really nice people. 

I reject Trump. But I don't reject everyone who voted for Trump. 

If Anne Applebaum wrote a complex piece explaining that ballet -- how to reject bad ideas without rejecting people who embrace bad ideas -- I'd like to read that piece. 

Applebaum mentions that she and her husband have been the focus of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Well, that's something we have in common. I receive hate mail from people who identify me as secretly Jewish, and a Polish American who was once friendly to me denounced me in a right-wing Polish publication as an anti-Polish conspirator. 

Applebaum writes, "Negative international press coverage of Poland has grown much too widespread for a single person, even a single Jewish person, to coordinate all by herself."

Anne, if you had read my book, you would understand this phenomenon better than you do. 

Reading on. Applebaum mentions a pre-WW II Romanian writer, and she mentions the Dreyfus Affair. 

I think she may be missing the point. 

I understand her focus on anti-Semitism, but the elephant in the room that she's only touched on so far, is the mass, unvetted, migration of military age Muslim males into Europe, the question of assimilation and cultural change, and a rise in crime, including sexual assaults on women, and Europe's covering up of that news, and blaming the victims. See the British grooming gangs scandal. See the shameful treatment of coordinated sex attacks, in public, as happened on New Year's Eve, a few years ago. 

If you're not talking about that, you're not talking about anything. 

Will she mention a West that seems suicidal, as per Douglas Murray's new book title? 

We'll see. 

She's talking about Lenin's Russia, and Zimbabwe. Not helpful. 

Applebaum writes, "As Hannah Arendt wrote back in the 1940s, the worst kind of one-party state 'invariably replaces all first-rate talents, regardless of their sympathies, with those crackpots and fools whose lack of intelligence and creativity is still the best guarantee of their loyalty.'"

Anne, please talk to me about the political profiles of professors on American college campuses. Talk to me about real statistics about what percent of professors on elite college campuses are Republicans, or devout Christians, or come from a poor, white, rural background.

And talk to me about the student body. What percent of the student body at any elite American university is from a poor, white, rural, Christian background? You can refer to Espenshade and Radford's research on this matter.

Then get back to me about people being promoted because of ideology rather than quality.   My point: "liberals" in power in the US have systematically disenfranchised people whose religious identity, skin color, and political beliefs they disdain.   Anne praises "meritocracy and competition." I'm with her there. 

Law and Justice says it is cleaning up a mess left by communism. Anne writes, 

"But this argument, which felt so important a quarter century ago, seems thin and superficial now. Since at least 2005, Poland has been led solely by presidents and prime ministers whose political biographies began in the anti-Communist Solidarity movement. And there is no powerful ex-Communist business monopoly in Poland either—at least not at the national level, where plenty of people have made money without special political connections. Poignantly, the most prominent former Communist in Polish politics right now is Stanisław Piotrowicz, a Law and Justice member of parliament who is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a great enemy of judicial independence."

This is the first paragraph of her piece that impresses me, and that I feel tells me something about Poland that I don't already know and could benefit from knowing. 

She's saying that one of Law and Justice's raisons d'etre, "We are cleaning up after communism, " is suspect. 

I'm reading onward. Anne mentions ... a person place or thing ... with which I have had personal experience. Anne likes this ___, and proclaims ___ as a voice of reason in a nation gone mad. 

My experience differs. Seven years ago I traveled to Poland. Someone with more influence than I gave me the personal phone number of ___. I contacted ___. I gave a brief introduction of my work. 

___ sent me hate mail that blistered and burned. This ___ hated me, someone ___ had never met, and denounced me as an obvious Nazi. Yes, I have been denounced as both a Jew and a Nazi because of my work on Polish-Jewish relations. 

I tell this anecdote for this reason. Anne insists that ___ is part of the best of Poland. I had a first hand encounter with ___ and ___ was every bit as hateful and nutso as Anne describes Law and Justice as being. 

Both sides have nuts. Both sets of nuts are obnoxious. 

I know this is terrible, but I have to stop reading now. I have to work for a living, and my time is limited. 

Yes, I tend to see more sense in the anti-Law and Justice position than in the pro-Law and Justice position. 

But I need a different article than the one Anne Applebaum wrote. 

I am resolutely anti-Trump, but I have little patience with much anti-Trump rhetoric. 

If someone rich and famous began an article about how rich and famous they are, and then went on to attack Trump, I'd be impatient. If that article then swerved into discussions of Zimbabwe, Lenin, and the Dreyfus Affair, I'd stop reading. 

One thing that is repeatedly left out of anti-Trump rhetoric, including in Obama's masterful speech given at a university last week after he won an award. (The speech is amazing and you should watch it, here.) 

The left gave birth to Trump. The left got Trump elected. Trump is a swing of the pendulum. 

Hitler's rise was a swing of a different pendulum. 

One thing I repeat in Bieganski and discussions of it. Ultimately, there is no they. There is only us.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Germans ARE All Nazis, When it Becomes Politically Useful to See Germans As Nazis. Chemnitz, Open Borders, and the New York Times


© John MacDougall, AFP | Demonstrators hold flags of Germany during an anti-migrant protest in Chemnitz, eastern Germany, on September 1, 2018


In writing Bieganski, the Brute Polak Stereotype, and in maintaining this blog for the past seven years, I have often had to type through a maelstrom of emotions. Today is one of those days. 

In my book, and on this blog, I demonstrated how Western cultures, including Israel, have worked hard, since WW II, to cleanse German ethnicity of the taint of Nazism. The taint of Nazism must go somewhere, so it is foisted on to Bieganski, the Brute, Eastern European, Catholic peasant. 

This twisted process is carried out in speeches, in op-eds, in book reviews, in books, in films, TV shows, and in casual, every day comments, all documented on this blog and in the book. 

It just has not been helpful for the West to equate Germans with Nazism's crimes. 

Well, guess what. Today the New York Times published "Germany’s Nazi Past Is Still Present. It is often held up as a model liberal democracy that has fully reckoned with its horrendous crimes. It hasn’t," an op ed by a Yale philosophy professor named Jason Stanley. Stanley's argument can be reduced to, "Scratch a German, Find a Nazi." 

In "Bieganski" I document article after article from prestigious publications that works to exculpate German ethnic identity from association with Nazism. Clearly, when Germans are grouped with Polish Catholic peasants, one group must be guilty and one group must be pure, and the guilty group is the Polish Catholic peasants. 

Now, the grouping is different. 

What has changed? 

Recent weeks have seen protest in Chemnitz, Germany, against the stabbing to death of a German man by Muslim migrants. Chemnitz citizens protested against open borders policies. 

That's why Germans must now all be Nazis. Because it serves the master narrative to make all Germans Nazis, in relation to mass Muslim migration to Europe. 

Get the formula? 

1939-1945 German Nazis / Polish Catholics = Polish Catholics are the real Nazis. 

2018 German citizens / mass Muslim migration, the result of open borders policies = Germans are Nazis. 

The manipulation of hatreds here, the distortion of history, the exploitation of the term "Nazi" to gain political points,  make me sick. 

I attempted to post the following on the NYT website: 

Jason Stanley's piece is shocking and shameless and it deeply disturbs me that the NYT choose to place its seal of approval on it. 

"Some myths are politically useful" Stanley writes. His piece is a demonstration of that truth. 

Germans, Stanley insists, through innuendo and anecdote, are constitutionally different from the rest of us. Scratch a German, discover a Nazi. 

This is racism and stereotyping. Germans are not different from the rest of us. Genocides have occurred in far flung nations, with genes and histories very different from Germany. Scratch a Cambodian, a Hutu, a Turk, and find a genocidal monster? The NYT would never publish such a piece. 

Stanley insists that citizens marched in Chemnitz because they are Nazis. This is nonsense. Citizens marched in Chemnitz because one of their fellows was stabbed to death by migrants, and migrants have contributed greatly to an increase in crime and social decay in Germany and other European nations practicing foolhardy, nearly open borders policies. 

Acknowledging the menace created by these policies would not serve Stanley's racism. So he doesn't acknowledge that menace. 


Shameful, twisted, bigoted, and false. 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Baltic Countries Ask Walmart to Stop Selling Communist Themed Items





In September, 1939, Poland was attacked by Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. Both powers rounded up citizens, shot them, put them in cattle cars, moved them to concentration camps, and mass murdered them. Both powers used ethnicity, religion, and social class to target their victims. 

Some of us often ask, "Why, in the West today, is the swastika anathema, but the red star, and images of Stalin, Che and Mao are not just okay, they are often considered cool?" 

Why is "You Nazi!" is a life-destroying insult, but "You communist" is not? 


Why is Alexandria Ocasio Cortez considered cute and inspirational and not delusional and dangerous?

The suggestion is that the crimes of communism are papered over, because academia and media tend to be leftist, and the left is less willing to discuss its own excesses. I don't know if that's true. 

I think of Grover Furr, who teaches at NJ's Montclair State University. One can view him whitewashing Stalin here.

In any case, Lithuanians and other Balts have asked Walmart to stop selling Soviet-themed shirts. You can read that article here.

Above are some memes floating around the web.

And here is an article by Timothy Snyder asking Hitler v Stalin: Who was Worse? 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Polish Bieganskis, German Nazis, and Media Manipulation of Civil Unrest in Chemnitz

One of the arguments of "Bieganski, the Brute Polak Stereotype" is that, for a number of complicated reasons, guilt for Nazism's crimes, which properly belongs to Nazism, is laid at the foot of Bieganski, a stereotypical Eastern European, Catholic, peasant.

The book argues that that shift in guilt is carried out through verbal legerdemain. 


We are currently observing something of the opposite. 

Now any German can be labeled a Nazi. This development is rather dramatic. 

There has been civil unrest in Chemnitz, Germany, for the past week.

The New York Times and other mainstream media outlets explain the unrest thus: Right-wing neo-Nazis are randomly chasing and beating up "people of color."

I smelled manipulation, and tried to find out more facts via alternative media sources.

Alternative media sources are saying that a German man attempted to protect a German woman from sexual assault by migrants. The migrants pulled out knives and stabbed the German man to death.

I can't confirm this version of events, and there is at least one other version of events. In this second version, the dead man was attempting to withdraw money from an ATM when he was stabbed to death by migrants.

In any case, the video linked below is interesting. At the 3.30 minute mark, you see some protesters conversing with someone chastising them for demonstrating.

One man says, "I can't walk downtown with my wife and children, because the migrants attempt to sexually harass them."

The pro-migrant woman has no answer for that.

Mainstream media is labeling this man and others like him a "Nazi." 

It's interesting to see whom the PTB label a "Nazi," depending on whose ox is gored. 

PS: a couple of my German friends have informed me that West Germans feel contempt for East Germans. Chemnitz is in East Germany. 

Otto, who has sometimes contributed to this blog, said that back during the days of East Germany, some of his relatives from East Germany visited his family in the US. They were out in public, speaking German, and some West Germans approached and began to converse with them in a friendly way. Then they looked at their shoes. East Germans had shabby shoes. The West Germans stopped being friendly and backed off. 

Another PS: Chemnitz used to be Karl Marx Stadt, and it is still home to a giant bust of Karl Marx. It is rather bizarre to see mass rallies of allegedly "Nazi" Germans gathered under a giant bust of Karl Marx. Oh, the layers of manipulation involved in such an image. If only Orwell were alive. 


Friday, August 31, 2018

Saudi Arabia: Allow Poland to Build a Cathedral, Says Dominik Tarczynski

Dominik Tarczynski says Poland should not allow Saudi Arabia to use petrodollars to build a mosque in Warsaw until KSA allows Poland to build an cathedral in KSA. Story here.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Paul Krugman, New York Times: Poland's True Historical Path: Fascism

Nobel-Prize winning columnist Paul Krugman, in yesterday's New York Times, deployed the Bieganski, Brute Polak Stereotype, as described in my book of that title. Krugman jokes that Eastern Europe's true historical path is fascism. Eastern Europeans, in this formulation, are allergic to modern trends like democracy. 

You can read Paul Krugman's column here

By the way, I am not a supporter of Law and Justice. I'm not a detractor, either. I don't think it would be appropriate for me to voice my opinion about Poland's government on this blog, dedicated, as it is, to stereotypes of Poles. 

One can object to Poland's current government, though, without opening one's column with a Polak joke, in the same way that one can object to this or that policy of Israel without opening with a Jew joke. 

That the New York Times okayed Krugman opening his column with a racist joke says much about the power of the Bieganski stereotype. 

The column's title is also telling. "It Can Happen Here." That headline is an allusion to an American novel by Sinclair Lewis about fascism in the US. 

"We're Very Close to Becoming Another Poland or Hungary," Krugman warns. Note that Poland and Hungary are the epitome of fascism in Krugman's forumation. 

Polish Journalist: There Is No Bieganski Stereotype, And No, I Have Not Read Your Book

I received an email yesterday from a  young man asking for an interview. He identified himself as a journalist working for a Polish news magazine. 

He said he wanted answers by today. 

Huh? He asked me a series of questions yesterday and wants answers by today? Usually journalists give me more time. 

I wanted to accommodate him so I rushed to type up some answers this morning before breakfast. 

He asked quite a few questions. When I looked at them, I realized they were all the same. 

His questions, paraphrased: "You are wrong. There is no stereotype of Poles. I know this is true because I talked to Polish people living in Silicon Valley, Manhattan, and Chicago. All are successful and none have experienced any stereotyping." 

His questions are hopelessly naive. 

I wrote back, "Oprah Winfrey, Drake, and Barack Obama are some of the most successful Americans. Does this prove that there is no stereotyping of blacks? Steve Mnuchin, Chuck Schumer, and Jon Stewart are all Jews. Does this prove that there is no stereotyping of Jews?" 

He wrote back, "It was written 8 years ago. World changed [sic]." 

He acknowledged that he had never read Bieganski the Brute Polak Stereotype, and yet he was certain, based on his conversations with Poles in Silicon Valley, Manhattan, and Chicago, that there are no stereotypes of Poles in the world today. 

So, Poles and Polonians, fold your tents and move on. No one is stereotyping you. 

***

Update. I just received another email from the self-described journalist. He said that he posted "many announcements" on Facebook groups for Poles living in the US and none of them said anything negative about living in America. Thus, Bieganski is false. 


Note. This journalist took the time to communicate on Facebook, but he devoted less than a day to contacting the author of the only scholarly book dedicated to stereotypes of Poles, and he did that only to tell that author that she is wrong. And to inform her that he hadn't read the book, because "World changed" [sic.]

Mind. This blog is several years old. It is constantly updated with new material from me, from Polish Media Issues, and from blog readers.

The problem is not that the book was published in 2011. No serious journalist would dismiss a book about stereotyping because it was published in 2011. No serious journalist would dismiss a book without reading it, and insist that he doesn't have to read it because it was published in 2011. And no serious journalist would be unaware that the book's contents are constantly reaffirmed by ongoing events.

Denying a stereotype is an act of hate or ignorance combined with arrogance. Who would deny that Jews are stereotyped? Only an anti-Semite, or someone who simply isn't very bright.


Saturday, August 25, 2018

Amazon Removes 2,612 Reviews of Polish Books



Jan Peczkis is a Polish American. He reads and posts on my Bieganski blog. Jan and I disagree about many fundamental issues. I voice my disagreement. I believe in freedom of speech. 

Jan informed my blog readers that Amazon has removed his 2,612 Amazon reviews, largely of Polish-interest books. 

Many Polish books that have had no other reviews will now have no reviews whatsoever because Jan's reviews have been removed. 

Perhaps you could make your thoughts known to Amazon on this matter. Perhaps Polonia could take some united action. 

To be clear, Jan is to the right of me. He interprets Polish-Jewish relations very differently than I do. Having said that, the answer to speech you don't like is not less speech, but more speech. Jan was always confronted in the comments sections under his reviews. I met one of my best online friends, who lives in Israel, that way. 

To totally erase Jan smacks of 1984

To translate this meme, it says, Freedom of Speech is like health. You don't appreciate it till you've lost it. It's a play on the opening lines of Pan Tadeusz, our national epic poem. 


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Jeremy Corbyn's Anti-Semitism Should Be More Shocking Than It Is


My book "Bieganski: The  Brute Polak Stereotype" talks a lot about the Escherian maze that is Political Correctness. 

Hate is not hate. Hate is hate only if powers-that-by define it so. 

Case in point. The above photo is of powerful British politician Jeremy Corbyn laying a wreath to commemorate the terrorists who murdered Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. 

Confronted with this photo, Corbyn engaged in some mealy mouthed nonsense about how killing has to stop

A Guardian article addressing antisemitism among British Labour Party politicians offers some hint of how widespread and socially acceptable hatred of Jews is in the UK. You can read that article here

British antisemitism is scary and disgusting. British literature produced stock antisemitic images. Blood libel from Chaucer. Shylock from Shakespeare. Fagin from Dickens. 


And at the same time, the UK arrested and tortured Tommy Robinson, who says things that the powers that be don't like about a religion that the powers that be do like. 

If only the Brits had a mirror. They really need to take a good long look at themselves. 

And what has any of this to do with Poles? You tell me how the world would react if a Polish politician showed up at a wreath laying ceremony for terrorist murderers. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Haaretz: Israeli Students Caught Dancing Naked at Nazi Death Camp in Poland

Like the headline says. Read article here. It was just two people, and they were immediately sent back to Israel. I'm just sharing this because of the headline. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Bieganski in The New Yorker: Poland is Retreating from Democracy

The New Yorker informs its readers that Poland is retreating from democracy. Well, what would you expect from a nation of Bieganskis. Read their predictable article here.

Bad, bad Poland. From the New Yorker. 

Monday, July 30, 2018

"Bieganski is one of the most intellectually and emotionally challenging books I've ever read" Review




In her book Bieganski: The Brute Polak Stereotype, Its Role in Polish-Jewish Relationsand American Popular Culture, Danusha Goska produced one of the most intellectually and emotionally challenging books I’ve ever read. She takes prevalent tropes of Poles (the term “Bieganski” comes from an anti-Semitic Polish character in the book Sophie’s Choice) and examines them from cultural, sociological, historical and economic perspectives. From the range of references, it’s clear that Goska has done her homework and consulted with Jews, Poles and others who know the topics outlined in the book’s title—and who lived through the history behind the stereotypes. Goska heads directly into many incendiary issues: the development of stereotypes in the United States, what Jews have written about Poles, what Poles have written about Jews, what American politicians and Jews did (and did not do) during the Holocaust. She covers a lot of territory in a relatively short book.

Bieganski challenged me because I’m very familiar with the stereotypes and several of her source materials. She looks at books like Maus and Hitler’s Willing Executioners and movies such as Borat (which I turned off after five minutes, unable to stomach the whole concept) and The Apartment and points out themes that flew right by me. I’ll leave a detailed analysis of her critiques to scholars, but the book gave me a fresh way of looking at Poles in culture and history. In other words, Goska made me think—that’s the highest accolade I can pay for any book. She demands to be read and engaged on Jewish-Polish history and clashing perspectives on portrayals of the Holocaust. My copy of the book bears many highlighted passages that aptly summarized her views. One example:

"In the racist expression of the Bieganski stereotype, no narrative arch is possible. When a Pole exhibits what appears to be positive or neutral attitudes or behaviors toward Jews, that must be understood as a temporary failure of his anti-Semitic essence fully to express itself."

Bieganski constantly surprised me. Sometimes it discussed at length matters that are dated and felt tangential to her thesis, such as media responses to a 1993 speech by the Nation of Islam’s Khalid Abdul Muhammad. At other times, the book was compelling in ways I could have never imagined. For example, Goska compared A Streetcar Named Desire to The Apartment, a 1960 movie with Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray that won the Oscar for Best Picture. I saw The Apartment and any Polish content didn’t make an impression on me. I might have sensed strong characters, but I didn’t think of them in particularly ethnic terms. Goska draws out the positive images and themes of “Bohunks” (a term used to cover Eastern European groups).

The discussion becomes especially grim in the chapter “The Necessity of Bieganski: A Shamed and Horrified World Seeks a Scapegoat,” about Polish and Jewish narratives of the World War II, and American responses to the Holocaust. She writes,

"In 1999, Blanche Weisen Cook’s biography of Eleanor Roosevelt revealed that nearly sainted first lady to be an anti-Semite. Her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, is widely considered “the best friend American Jews ever had.” Cook “curled in agony” as her research revealed that, again and again, when the Roosevelts and their friends, including their Jewish friends, had every reason, every bit of necessary information and power, and every precedent to speak out against the brewing Holocaust, and to act, they remained passive and silent, or indulged in anti-Semitism."

Bieganski will stay in my mind for a long time. It challenges conventional thinking, and gives me a new way to assess materials, such as the books of Princeton professor Jan Gross (Neighbors, Fear and Golden Harvest), Jan Karski’s Courier from Poland: The Story of a Secret State and Polish cinema (Katyń, The Zookeeper’s Wife). Its ideas are as relevant as ever, given new Polish laws regarding discussion of the Holocaust in the news these days. Even Sacha Baron Cohen, of Borat fame, is back with his Showtime series Who is America? The book forces me to ask myself: what do I think on a topic, and how much of that thinking is based on direct experience, and how much on materials passed by me that I accept—unthinkingly?

See Van Wallach's blog here

Sunday, July 29, 2018

NYT: Massive Increase in Antisemitism in France; Muslims Are Source; "Silent Ethnic Cleansing."

Etienne Laurent/European Pressphoto Agency Source
Shocking, depressing article from the NYT. Massive increase in antisemitic hate crimes in France. Criminals are Muslims, who often cite their religion as inspiration. In one case, an elderly Holocaust survivor was murdered by an assailant yelling "Allahu Akbar."

Crimes range from Muslims spitting on Jews in public to torture and murder. Neighborhoods are emptying out. Jews are planning to leave France or to live in ethnic ghettos where they can feel safe.

People are asking Muslims to address antisemitic passages in the Koran. Muslims decline to do so.

The government does not want to speak about this. Muslims resist accepting responsibility. Muslims quoted in the article insist that the problem is "Jewish Islamophobia." One claims that Jews control the world.

Read the full article, They Spit When I Walk in the Street: The New Antisemitism in France here

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Piasnica Massacres: Another Nazi Atrocity Against Poles You've Never Heard Of



The above photo came through my Facebook feed recently. I did a Google image search. The photo is identified as a record of the Massacres in Piasnica, Poland, 1939-40. 

Wikipedia reports

"The massacres in Piaśnica were a set of mass executions carried out by Nazi Germany during World War II, between the fall of 1939 and spring of 1940 in Piaśnica Wielka (Groß Piasnitz) in the Darzlubska Wilderness near Wejherowo. The exact number of people murdered is unknown, but estimates range between 12,000 and 14,000 victims. Most of them were Polish intellectuals from Gdańsk Pomerania, but Poles, Jews, Czechs and German inmates from mental hospitals from General Government and the Third Reich were also murdered. After the Stutthof concentration camp, Piaśnica was the largest site of killings of Polish civilians in Pomerania by the Germans, and for this reason is sometimes referred to as the "second" or "Pomeranian" Katyn. It was the first large scale Nazi atrocity in occupied Poland."

Inside Poland calls this massacres "the other Katyn." 

Inside Poland writes, "...in the autumn of 1939 began the Piaśnica massacres. Nobody, except ethnic, party-card toting Germans living in this part of Poland, was safe, and by the time the manhunts, summary shootings and mass executions were being wound down a year later, at least 16,000 people had died.

From the beginning, there was no doubt that Poles were the target of Nazi German aggression. Elżbieta Grot noted in her Genocide in Piaśnica (Ludobójstwo w Piaśnicy) that Albert Forster, Nazi Germany’s administrator of the region, roused crowds in Wejherowo, stating 'We have to eliminate the lice-ridden Poles, starting with those in the cradle… into your hands I place the fate of these Poles – you may do with them as you please.' Grot also notes that many ethnic Germans – some with Polish citizenship – who took part in the subsequent massacres later went on to become highly proficient members of the Nazi German SS."

I have nothing to add to these accounts. I am posting here simply because this photo crossed my path, and I did not want to delete it from my computer before sharing a commemoration of these innocent Polish victims of Nazism.

Re: comments. For some reason, I have not been receiving alerts about comments on my blogs, and there is a big backlog of unpublished comments. Please do comment, and I will do my best to make sure that appropriate comments are published. I apologize for the previous comments that got lost in the computer glitch. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Comments

I haven't seen any comments for a while. I contacted a previous blog reader and asked him what was up. He said he tried to comment but his comment did not appear. Is anyone else having this experience? If so, could you contact me directly? The "contact" icon is somewhere on this page.

I just went to the settings page for the blog and found a bunch of backlogged comments. I went through and published them all. I have no idea what's going on. I will continue to try and figure it out. I apologize. I thought everyone died. I'm Polish. That's how we think. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

"The History of Jihad from Muhammad to ISIS" Robert Spencer's New Book




"The History of Jihad from Muhammad to Isis" by Robert Spencer


Friend, this is what you need to do. Go to your favorite brick-and-mortar store, or your favorite online site, and purchase a copy of Robert Spencer's, "The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to Isis." Producing this book was a tremendous act of courage by Spencer and Bombardier Books. The same opponents of Western Civilization who rioted over the Danish Muhammad cartoons, who slaughtered the team at French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo, who murdered 37 innocent Turks at the Sivas Massacre, and who stabbed and shot the Japanese and Italian translators, and the Norwegian publisher, of Salman Rushdie's "Satanic Verses" – those same dark forces want to riot and stab and bomb and slaughter over the words on these pages. Spencer and Bombardier deserve at the very least your investment in its full purchase price.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Free Polish Books

I have about fifteen Polish books to give away. They are maybe about forty years old. They are from Poland, and Poland back then didn't have great paper, so the paper is brittle and yellowed, and they do smell like old books. 

Most of the text is in Polish. Some are in English. Topics include Polish folk tales, folk architecture, every day life, and a couple of basic readers for those studying the Polish language. Some are picture books. One is a novel. I want to send them all to one person. I don't want to provide any more details. If you want these books, you'd be getting a bunch of general, introduction-to-Polish-culture books from communist-era Poland. 

All I ask is that you pay for postage. I've not yet had them weighed so I don't know how much it would cost. I'm guessing about ten dollars but that's just a guess. Media mail is very cheap. 

Let me know. If' I don't hear in about a week, I will recycle them. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Interview about Bieganski



Recently I was contacted by Polish journalist, Aleksandra Rybinska. Her questions and my full answers are below. You can read the interview in Polish, here

I'm a Polish-American. I was born in the US of immigrant family. My parents were from peasant families. My dad was Polish. My mom was Slovak. My dad mined coal as a child. This was a typical job for Polish immigrants. My mom cleaned houses. This is also a typical immigrant job.

I went to graduate school and earned a PhD, which is not a typical thing for a Polish-American of my generation to do. I was supposed to become a house cleaner or factory worker.

In grad school, I was often treated with hostility and contempt. This surprised me. Professors insulted me openly in class, or one-on-one in private meetings. Not all professors, but plenty.

The insults' theme was that Poles are ignorant, bigoted, primitive, anti-Semites.

The prejudice I faced in grad school inspired my dissertation and book, "Bieganski, the Brute Polak Stereotype, Its Role in Polish Jewish Relations and American Popular Culture."

In that book, I talk about how American, Western European, and Israeli culture cultivate and disseminate an image of Poles and other Eastern Europeans as brutes. We are supposed to be stupid, brutal, hateful, dirty, and anti-Semitic. This image is found in films, in novels, in TV shows, in poetry, in memoirs, in news accounts, and in academic writing.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Claude Lanzmann 1925-2018 by Filip Mazurczak


Claude Lanzmann 1925-2018 
by Filip Mazurczak 

French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, whose works primarily dealt with the Holocaust, has died at ninety-two. I don’t plan on evaluating the artistic merits of his work, but I would like to write a little bit about his corrosive effect on Polish-Jewish relations.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Bieganski and Georgette Mosbacher, Nominated to be Ambassador to Poland



Georgette Mosbacher, nominated to be the next American ambassador to Poland, blames Poland's recent Holocaust speech bill for rising anti-Semitism in Europe. 

Read here and here

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Jack Phillips Masterpiece Cake Shop Decision and Bieganski

Priests in Bydgoszcz, Poland, about to be shot by Nazis. 

Some years back, Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins entered the Masterpiece Cake Shop in Colorado and asked Jack Phillips, the proprietor, to design a cake for their wedding. 

Phillips declined, saying that he does not design cakes for same-sex weddings. He also refuses to design cakes for bachelor parties and Halloween. 

Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins received many offers of free cakes. That did not satisfy them. They, and their allies, wanted Jack Phillips to suffer. 

Suffer Phillips did. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court. 

Today, the Supreme Court decided in favor of Phillips, but not, alas, on the grounds of his freedom as an artist to accept or decline artistic commissions at will. Rather, they decided on the grounds that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission was hostile to Phillips' Christianity. 

You can read their decision here

The Supreme Court cites the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's conflation of Jack Phillips' Christian beliefs with the Holocaust. 

That's right. Christophobes in power in the US conflated Jack Phillips' Christianity with Nazism. 

The Supreme Court said that that is wrong. 

Below please find  a quote from the Supreme Court decision: 

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On July 25, 2014, the Commission met again. This meeting, too, was conducted in public and on the record. On this occasion another commissioner made specific reference to the previous meeting’s discussion but said far more to disparage Phillips’ beliefs. The commissioner stated:


“I would also like to reiterate what we said in the hearing or the last meeting. Freedom of religion and religion has been used to justify all kinds of discrimination throughout history, whether it be slavery, whether it be the holocaust, whether it be—I mean, we—we can list hundreds of situations where freedom of religion has been used to justify discrimination. And to me it is one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use to—to use their religion to hurt others.”

To describe a man’s faith as “one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use” is to disparage his religion in at least two distinct ways: by describing it as despicable, and also by characterizing it as merely rhetorical—something insubstantial and even insincere.

The commissioner even went so far as to compare Phillips’ invocation of his sincerely held religious beliefs to defenses of slavery and the Holocaust. This sentiment is inappropriate for a Commission charged with the solemn responsibility of fair and neutral enforcement of Colorado’s antidiscrimination law—a law that protects discrimination on the basis of religion as well as sexual orientation. 

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That's right. An American CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION is staffed by Christophobes who insist that Christianity = Nazism. 

In "Bieganski the Brute Polak Stereotype" I argue that that stereotype exists at least partly to rewrite history, to shift blame for the Holocaust from Nazism, which was influenced by Social Darwinism, Romantic Nationalism, Neo-Paganism, and Scientific Racism, to Catholicism. 

You can read "Against Identifying Nazism with Christianity" here

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Jersey City Katyn Memorial Relocation Controversy


Folks, as you know, if you read my Save Send Delete blog, I have a lot going on right now, and no energy to devote to the Katyn Memorial controversy in Jersey City. 

If you have free time, you should be paying attention to this controversy. Just these few words from Wikipedia should clue you in: 

"In April of 2018, it was announced that there were plans to remove the memorial as Exchange Place was to be made into a park.[7]

Mike DeMarco, chair of the Exchange Place Special Improvement District was quoted by The Jersey Journal as being in favor of the removal calling the statue was "politically incorrect" and "I don't think the statue's appropriate for a major metropolitan area ... [The monument is] a little gruesome ... I can't imagine how many mothers go by and have to explain it to their children."[8]

Following an outcry by Poles, U.S. Veterans, Jewish organizations, numerous diplomats and politicians, this plan has now been rescinded and it has been agreed that the monument will be relocated 200 feet away but will remain on the waterfront in a location that is both dignified and practical.[9] The proposed site is a matter of controversy." 


The above-quoted Mike DeMarco describes himself as a "stone cold killer." See here

Write about Jerking Off; Win Valuable Prizes: Philip Roth and Bieganski

Philip Montgomery photo of Philip Roth source


If a writer's work works for you, nothing but your own life experience will separate you from that writer. If a writer's work doesn't work for you, it takes earth-moving-equipment-level effort to bring you to care about that writer.

Philip Roth died yesterday, and lots of old white male snobs, his demographic, are insisting that he was a great writer.

Me? Meh. I read one of his books, and it left me cold. I saw a movie based on one of his books, and it left me colder. And he hated me and others like me, Polaks, who are, as Roth put it, Jews' "worst enemy." At least Rabbi Warshaw, one of Roth's characters, put it that way. Note that Roth places his bigotry against Poles in the mouth of a man whose last name is a misspelling of the Polish capital, Warszawa or Warsaw.

Roth write a misogynist novel about jerking off, and he included Dumb-Polak-joke level comments about Polish people, and he won every literary award there is to win, except the Nobel.

If that isn't proof of the American elite's embrace of Bieganski, the Brute Polak Stereotype, I don't know what is. Ask yourself. If Roth had written about "Negroes" – a fusty term I associate with the old, white male snobs who love Roth – if Roth had written about African Americans the way he wrote about Polish people, would he have won any of those awards? Oh, come on!

Below are some snippets about Roth.

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The process of firming and defining fragile group identity and solidarity through victimization and over and against a posited ethnic other of choice has been described in American- as well as Eastern European-Jewish literature. Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint provides an example. Portnoy, the novel protagonist, "recalls something that his father often said to him: 'A Polack's day ... isn't complete until he has dragged his big, dumb feet across the bones of a Jew' ... My father is right, these people are direct descendants of the ox." Alice Dembosky embodies the sensuality and stupidity of a stereotypical "dumb, blond, goyische beauty." This "Polack's plan" is to steal away a Jewish boy and "ruin his life." Uncle Hymie, using deceit and bribes, drives the threatening Polack away. Hymie's lies and bribery are justifiable; he is dealing with a Pole, an animal out to ruin Jews. Portnoy and his father agree on little else. On Bieganski, though, they can bond, and Portnoy, Roth, and his readers can experience the comforts of identity, whether they follow the six hundred thirteen commandments or not.

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My Amazon review of The Plot Against America, Roth's book that depicts the Holocaust occurring in the US,

Question for fans who champion Philip Roth's "Plot against America" as a brilliant, moral analysis of anti-Semitism: How would you review a Palestinian "alterative history" that depicts Israelis feeding Palestinians into gas chambers? How would you review an "alternative history" by a real aid to former President Bill Clinton who depicts Clinton raping her, though he did not? A point blank question: what is the difference between an "alternative history," and a "lie"?

"Don't invent; just remember:" Roth announced as his dictum when he was writing "Plot." Thus Roth implicates himself as a case of self-induced False Memory Syndrome. This notorious condition, created by overzealous therapists, resulted in the jailing of innocent adults who had never harmed any child. *Real* child abuse -- like real anti-Semitism -- must be fought. It is exactly because anti-Semitism is so heinous that false charges of anti-Semitism are themselves so heinous.

Some individuals are so self-important, so divorced from common standards of decency, and so ravenous for unearned pity that they announce that they have been victimized when they have not. Philip Roth insists on imagining himself, Philip Roth, as the main character, the primary innocent victim, in the history of anti-Semitism in America. Like the woman who cries rape when she's never been touched, Roth does not care whom he slanders with his phony charge. He also does not care how much of the spotlight he hogs from real victims.

Slander Roth does. Yes, there was anti-Semitism in America in the interwar period. There was murderous hostility to largely Catholic Eastern and Southern Europeans, Asians, and blacks as well. But statistics speak volumes. So do the rows of white crosses above places like Normandy. Over sixteen million Americans fought fascism in WW II. Almost three hundred thousand Americans died. In "Plot," these lives were never lived, nor were they ever sacrificed.

Roth further lies about history by stating in so many words that Jews, and Jews alone, are the only imaginable victims. In fact, one would not have to imagine anything to write a genuine history of organized terror and mass murder in the case of twentieth century African American history. Too, not only Jews, as Roth insists here, were victimized by the Nazis; Gypsies, Homosexuals, Poles, Soviets, Jehovah's Witnesses, trade unionists, etc, were also targeted.

Roth's further twisting of facts abounds on every page. Pacifists and others who did not want to enter WW II had reasons other than anti-Semitism for their hesitation. Millions, including Americans, had just fought in WW I, and, by many assessments, had thereby accomplished nothing. Lindbergh and others who resisted America's entry into the war often criticized the British "race" as much as they criticized Jews, because Brits wanted America in the war. Walter Winchell, Roth's hero, was a vicious homophobe who destroyed careers of those who would not play along with him.

Hog the spotlight from real victims Roth also does. As the book makes its splashy debut, a real genocide is taking place in Darfur. If Roth were the least bit moral, he could use his fame to draw attention to the tens of thousands already dead in Darfur, and the millions slated to die.

As literature, the book is empty. Roth's opening descriptions of Newark are pedestrian. That's to be expected. Readers will rush these early passages to reach the "money shots," the titillating, "true" depictions of rabid Kentucky goyim burning Jews alive.

Roth's distortions are not random. They are part of a struggle to redefine Nazism. Authors like James Carroll, in his "Constantine's Sword," have been working to define Nazism as an expression of Christianity. For this definition to make sense, many historical facts must disappear, for example, that Nazis persecuted Christian populations, and that Nazis defined their own movement as an expression of ancient paganism and modern science.

In this profoundly immoral view, all Christians are essentially anti-Semites, and all Jews are essentially victims. This view can never explain genocides like that by Muslims against fellow Muslims in Darfur, and so, that genocide is best ignored. Much else must be ignored, including the millions of Americans who fought against fascism. One can see how "Plot" services this worldview.

Roth has lived, and now lives, a comfortable life, rich with rewards that any human might envy. He has written two books, "Portnoy's Complaint" and "Goodbye Columbus," that earned him hatred from Jews who denounced him as a self-hating Jew. With "Plot," Roth is trying to have his cake and eat it too. Don't swallow it.

Read Romeo Dallaire's "Shake Hands with the Devil" to understand genocide in our own day. Read Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning," to discover how one real survivor dealt with his real Holocaust experience. Read more recent books by survivors like Bernat Rosner and Betty Schimmel. And then read Roth. There will be no comparison.

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From my Amazon review of Claire Bloom's book, Leaving a Doll's House.

Bloom's husband, the author Philip Roth, insists that a skunk has anti-Semitic feelings toward him. This anecdote goes a long way towards explaining Roth's new book, "The Plot Against America."

Pages 195-220 contain, without comment, Bloom's diary entries from a particularly rocky time in her marriage to Roth. This is the best, rawest, most detailed writing in the book.

As others report, Philip Roth is depicted here -- believably -- as a demented and sadistic man. He is also clearly depicted as an object of genuine pathos. It must be hard to be Roth's wife; it must also be hard to be Roth. Without ever using the term, Bloom creates a vivid portrayal of Roth as a kind of idiot savant with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Reading of Roth's self-induced wounds of greed -- he demanded that Bloom pay him huge sums of money as compensation for the time he spent with her -- paranoia, and sheer unhappiness is like reading of a patient tormented by self-induced skin rashes. It's simply hard to watch, and you can't help but say a prayer for his speedy recovery.

*** Below is my review of The Human Stain, a 2003 film based on the 2000 Roth novel.

"The Human Stain" is the product of Philip Roth's ego and attention deficit disorder. Roth's ego: characters are obsessed with Jews, because Roth is obsessed with his own Jewish identity. Naked, beautiful, young women throw themselves at wizened, physically unattractive college professors, because Roth is an older man. A novelist saves the day, because Roth is a novelist. There is not a single believable female character in the movie. There are four melodramatic deaths. A character who had been a coward and a traitor in one of the first scenes accuses himself – unbelievably – during a eulogy in one of the last scenes. There are two scenes where very beautiful women perform private stripteases for ogling men – porn for pseudo-intellectuals. Yawn.

Attention deficit disorder: the script attempts to address Clinton's impeachment, stereotypical "White Trash," crazed, homicidal, Vietnam veterans, the issue of passing, artistic burnout, college town hypocrisy, and political correctness. Even a gifted novelist would find it impossible to work all those themes into a coherent and effective narrative. Roth drops the ball big time here; every theme he attempts is aborted. But, Roth is a genius, so if we aren't swept off our feet by the fruits of Roth's labor, it's because we are too small to appreciate his great genius. That, in a nutshell, is the naked emperor syndrome. Feh. Step aside. Make room for better writers.

Though "The Human Stain" is a failure, in spite of itself, it contains some worthy work. Wentworth Miller, as the young Coleman Silk, the character Antony Hopkins plays in advanced age, is stunning. Miller is supercharged with star power and it is to be hoped that he goes far. Ed Harris can do no wrong. He elevates and ignites every moment of his screen time that we are lucky enough to enjoy – even when the character Harris is playing, as here, is a two-dimensional stereotype of a homicidal, wife beating, anti-Semitic, lower class white, Vietnam veteran. This is a stereotype so shallow a tyro writer could produce it based on watching grade B movies. Nicole Kidman never escapes the two dimensional, derivative, and divorced from real life quality of her character, a foul-mouthed, chain smoking, poor white nymphomaniac with a craving for plump old men. If Roth gets his homicidal Vietnam Vet characters from B movies, he gets his female characters from pulp fiction. And just from the paperback *covers* of pulp fiction. Not even from reading the text. It's actually kinda scary to contemplate how divorced Roth and his readers are from real poor white people, real women, real Vietnam veterans.

There is a very fine early scene where Professor Coleman Silk (Anthony Hopkins) is berated and threatened by a committee of self-righteous, politically correct, hypocritical, gasbag, (redundant, I know) college professors who falsely accuse Silk of making a racist remark. The scene is very well played. But it is never anything more than an anecdote. Journalism has outstripped fiction's ability to comment on events like this. Want to read about politically correct shenanigans on campus? Read "Until Proven Innocent" about the legal and media lynching of the Duke lacrosse players. Roth's novel can't begin to match that account. As for Roth's stripteases? Free on the internet.

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Finally, I'm a Jersey girl. My parents lived in Newark but had to leave. They, categorized as "white," were targets of violent rage our people played no historical role in generating. At least one of my older brothers was born in Newark. I've worked in Newark and I go to Newark several times a year for medical care. That Roth was born in Newark means nothing to me as a Jersey girl or as a New Jersey reader. Roth does not write for me.

New Jersey's most important living wordsmith is almost certainly Bruce Springsteen. Listen to his lyrics; read his 2016 memoir, Born to Run. Springsteen captures, and evokes, much of New Jersey life. Few of us are rock stars, but any of us could have walked along the boardwalk, or negotiated race relations in a shifting landscape, or interacted with immigrant ancestors or close relatives with mental illness. Springsteen's description of his father's body is one of the most powerful passages I've ever read.