|Photo from a Washington Post article re: |
attacks on Jews in the US
While I was conducting my ethnographic research for "Bieganski: The Brute Polak Stereotype," quite a few American Jews told me that their idea of Poland was a place where Polish Catholics beat up Jews regularly. These beatings, they told me, occurred especially when Poles got drunk, which they assumed was often, or during Easter and Christmas.
I asked Roman Solecki, a Polish-Jewish professor who emigrated to the US after WW II, about this.
He wrote back via email:
There were cases of Jews being beaten on the streets of Polish cities by band of right-wing extremists from "Falanga", "ABC" etc (my father was beaten up by one such gang in 1938 (?). I don't think this had anything to do with Easter or that the participants were drunk.
THE BACKGROUND on these interviews, that is, when they were conducted, who the informants were, and why I post them, see here.
"Why Get Your Hopes Up?" # 16"My Father Was Beaten Up By Right-Wing Polish Extremists" # 18