Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Yes, "Jew with a Coin" Figurines are Anti-Semitic, and are a Disgrace to Poland

Some argue that Poland's infamous "Jew with a Coin" figurines are innocent and not at all anti-Semitic. Anyone who would make such an argument is either malicious or uninformed about anti-Semitic stereotypes. The association of Jews with money, as if such an association is an essential part of Jewish character, is a staple of anti-Semitic propaganda. See images, below. 

This blog protests stereotyping of both Poles and Jews. Poles who protest stereotyping of Poles but not of Jews are exercising selective outrage, which is not an ethically coherent position, but mere chauvinism. 

Washington Post and ADL

Source Wikipedia


  1. You publish a Nazi German poster without a warning. It is not a Polish poster. A Polish-Jewish journalist is against the Krakow ban . The Wikipedia article you quope was partially written by Icewhiz, an anti-Polish activist. Millions of Eastern Europe peasants had almost no money. They exchanged things and services. Some local Jews did basic banking. Is such knowledge of millions to be rewritten? Should Polish Jews wear Polish pesant folk costumes and plow (rare in Russian part of Poland)? Our 'Blacks' were peasants so 'Peasants Lives Matter'. You understand tragedy of Black US people but you do knot understand tragedy of Polish and Ukrainian peasants, serfs, later poor workers or farmers. I am a mathematician, I lack knowledge to describe the problem especially in English.

    1. As a matter of fact, Jerzy, Danusha does "understand tragedy of Polish and Ukrainian peasants, serfs, later poor workers or farmers." In fact, she's written a book about it. Check it out. It's called "Bieganski: The Brute Polak Stereotype in Polish-Jewish Relations and American Popular Culture."

      Liron Rubin

    2. Mr Rubin, I have the book and plenty of other books. If you do not like my opinion about the Cracow law, please read the article by Pawel Jedrzejewski. I prefer his opinion, because he is Jewish and lives in Poland. The real problem in Poland is poverty, not LGBT or figurines.

    3. Jerzy, your post, above, is not a logical response to Liron's post.

    4. I keep my opinion - many peasants had no money and local Jews did banking so they had some money. Many peasants did not understand compound interest. The stereoty of Lucku Jews is not antisemitic. https://jasonfrancisco.net/lucky-jews

  2. 'Disgrace to Poland'? A number of figurines in several tourist shops? How do you measure level of disgrace? I believe that killings are the worst, later beatings, later anti-semitic organisations. All popular around the world, but not in Poland.

  3. Well, for sure, I would not be buying one! (or selling one).

    1. Well, Poles ain't forcing anyone to buy or sell them.
      Those figurines are just a speck in Poland's eye. West has a bigger problems.

      About that poster, Dr Goska. I do get Your point. Ostjude with coins. Member of middleman minority. But it's a German poster. German had no such minority. It could very well be a Tatar with a bloody saber in hand.
      Now, it so happens that Poland had a middleman minority.
      That German poster is an antisemitic image. Polish figurines are a result of historical experience.

      Below are some links to videos about Poles, Jews and figurines. I hope that You will enjoy them.


  4. https://www.festivalt.com/en-lucky-jew/ "Lucky Jew" performance.

  5. Hello,

    On June 24th 2021 U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken visited Berlin (Germany). He gave a speech in which he said:
    "Eighty years ago this week, Nazi forces invaded the Soviet-occupied city of Bialystok, Poland. They pulled Jews from their homes, beat them, executed many on the spot. Some forced older Jewish men to dance, and if they didn’t like the performance, set their beards on fire. Then the Nazis herded more than 700 Jews into Bialystok’s synagogue and set it ablaze."

    Article in American newspaper Los Angeles Times describes it as follows:
    "He spoke of the plight of Jews in Bialystok, Poland, where bigoted residents burned the beards of rabbis and torched synagogues long before World War II and the Holocaust."
    Journalist who wrote that knew what Mr Blinken had said. She also could do some fact-checking. She chose to deliberately lie and to distort historical facts.

    Link to LA Times article.


    Another link is about Polish reaction.

    Last link is to an article written by Mr Paweł Jędrzejewski. I think Dr Goska, that You will find it very interesting.


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