Thursday, May 20, 2021

"That Jew B------ Raised the Rate" Bieganski Interview # 23


I've been around a lot of anti-Semitism. People without knowing I was Jewish make comments, like 'Jew someone down.'
I was at Mr. D's [a supermarket in Bloomington, Indiana] not that many weeks ago at the window and Alan Greenspan raised the rate a quarter of a point and there was some well dressed, middle class looking white woman talking to people behind the counter about 'that Jew b------ who raised the rate and he probably doesn't even own stocks, he probably has securities.'


You know, she referred to him as 'Jew b------' several times.


And with me standing right there, the decision was 'Do I confront this? Or do I just live and learn?' And I decided to live and learn.


But that's happening all the time, everywhere. We're talking all day everyday. I would like to put my head in the sand and pretend it's not happening, but it is.


It seems that I'm seeing that in the Gentile world, either they're coming to an appreciation of the role that Jews play over time, or there's still the same fear and hatred and distrust and stereotypes. It troubles me. It's always troubled me. It's ignorance. Anything that's divisive troubles me.


Informant was a 50 year old man who grew up Jewish in New Jersey and later became a Christian.


THE BACKGROUND on these interviews, that is, when they were conducted, who the informants were, and why I post them, see here.


"To Chew Someone Down" Bieganski Interview #1

"Poles are Inherently Comic Janitors" Bieganski Interview # 2

"My Father Began to Conceal His Jewish Origins" Bieganski Interview # 3

They Worked Like Moles Their Whole Lives Bieganski Interview # 4

"She Never, and I Mean Never, Threw Anything Away" Bieganski Interview # 5

"They Always Kept One Token Jew" Bieganski Interview # 6

"White Privilege? I Laugh" Bieganski Interview # 7

"Stalin Died and I Was Set Free" #8

"The Jew is Clever. The Pole is Obnoxious, Loud, and Stupid." #9

"My Grandfather Let Anastasia Escape" #10

"I No Longer Practice Anything Except Reciting Yizkor and Lighting Yahrzeit Candles for My Parents"# 11

"I Have Always Been Afraid to Get Close to Any 'Real' Jews"# 12

Shiksa # 13

"Germans. I don't Like Hearing the Language" #14

"Those Shoes Kick My People to Death" #15

"Why Get Your Hopes Up?" # 16

"Goyim Sell Their Children for a Bottle of Whiskey" # 17

"My Father Was Beaten Up By Right-Wing Polish Extremists" # 18

"My Great Grandfather Was Attacked by Some Kids in Canada" # 19

"You Cannot Get That Job Unless You Are Jewish" # 20

"God Knew the Jews Were Going to Have a Pretty Interesting History." Bieganski Interview # 21

"Why Did You Bring This F---ing Jew Into My Store?" Bieganski Interview # 22

"That Jew B------ Raised the Rate" Bieganski interview # 23

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