Thursday, September 10, 2020

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

My Dad sometimes talked about his experiences with anti-Semitism as a young man after he’d left the orphanage. When he served in WWII, for instance, he was stationed in Georgia for basic training. When some fellow soldiers found out he was Jewish, there were certain comments made that my father chose to ignore. After the war, when my father was looking for work back in Chicago, he happened to apply for a job at a title & trust company. The man who gave him his job explained to him that they usually don’t hire Jews, but their one Jew on staff was retiring, so they had an opening. They apparently always kept one token Jew to keep up appearances.



  1. Why not more, on your blog, about Poles that faced discrimination? How many "token Poles" did companies hire? I'll bet zero.

    1. Thanks for the negative comments, Jan. Always encouraging to someone who has kept up a blog on Polish-Jewish matters for ten years with just about no donations from readers except two to whom I am eternally grateful, and I will not name them here. But, seriously, your gracious, kind commentary is compensation enough.

    2. And people wonder why the Polish story is not told. Polish people, support your storytellers, even just with a kind word or two now and then. It won't kill you to be positive.

    3. Many of your readers might be interested in Martyna Majok's work.

  2. I was positive in my review of your Bieganski book, and, after it was taken down by Amazon and GoodReads, I made sure to re-post it on my own website:

  3. Do the criteria promote Jews or are antisemitic?


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