Tuesday, May 18, 2021

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


"I was a university student. I used to work part time at a liquor store. Next door was a convenience store I used all the time and I had a pleasant relationship as a customer with the owner.

Once, when we needed extra people for the Christmas rush, I brought a guy from my neighborhood whom I had known in Hebrew school. He had a hooked nose and a bit of a sing-song voice and frizzy blonde hair.


I went into the convenience store with my friend and the formerly pleasant owner asked me what I was doing bringing this f---ing Jew into his store. I couldn't believe what I was hearing.


It turned out that the guy was an Arab and he started telling me how Jews were causing all of the problems in the world. The store was part of a large chain of franchises and I thought about calling the head office but I didn't do anything. I just never went back to that store."


Informant was a male from Toronto whose maternal grandparents were Jews from Poland and whose paternal grandparents were Jews from Hungary


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

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