Friday, May 14, 2021

"You Cannot Get that Job Unless You Are Jewish" Bieganski Interview # 20


Last year I accepted a tenure track job at Castleton State College in Vermont. I left that job after one year because I was so unhappy.
An example of why I left: I was preparing the Martin Luther King Day talk on peace, and was working on a presentation which compared the strategies of the civil rights and anti-apartheid movements, while editing video footage, I overheard a professor in the business department tell a student that "You can not get a job in graphic design in New York unless you are Jewish."

During my undergraduate experience at a top 25 liberal arts college in the Midwest, an assistant editor of the newspaper asked me to write a piece on Kristallnacht because she wanted "an intelligent Jew to do it."


Upon hearing that his niece had married a Jewish man, my wife's uncle stated, "They have never done anything to me. I had a Jewish boss once, he was a bit tight with his money, but otherwise he was okay."


At my brother-in-law's wedding this summer I overheard one of the guests telling a Jewish joke, while I do not remember the words, it had to do with big noses and being cheap.


Informant was in his early thirties. He was a college professor in Ohio


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

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