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The Bieganski Stereotype In Polish-Jewish Relations

We should be beware of stereotypes, yet they persist from one generation to the next, twisting and distorting reality and causing misunderstandings and enmity. One of the oldest ones, concerning Poles, was perpetuated by William Styron in his novel Sophie’s Choice.┬áBieganski, a character in his book, is an antisemite. To some Polish Jews, especially Holocaust […]

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Family History Of Fear

Agata Tuszynska, an eminent Polish poet and cultural historian, found out she was Jewish at the age of 19. Until that moment, she had never met a Jew, nor had she ever concerned herself with the history of Polish Jews. To her, Jews were as exotic as native American Indians or ancient Egyptians. Having been […]