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    Online Resource
    Online Resource
    2010
    ISBN: 9781618110251 
    Title: Bieganski
    Subtitle: The Brute Polak Stereotype in Polish-Jewish Relations and American Popular Culture
    Publisher(s): Academic Studies Press
    Year of publication: 2010
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781618110251
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: In this study, Goska exposes one stereotype of Poles and other Eastern Europeans. In the "Bieganski" stereotype, Poles exhibit the qualities of animals. They are strong, stupid, violent, fertile, anarchic, dirty, and especially hateful in a way that more evolved humans are not. Their special hatefulness is epitomized by Polish anti- Semitism. Bieganski discovers this stereotype in the mainstream press, in scholarship and film, in Jews' self-definition, and in responses to the Holocaust. Bieganski's twin is Shylock, the stereotype of the crafty, physically inadequate, moneyed Jew. The final chapters of the book are devoted to interviews with American Jews, which reveal that Bieganski-and Shylock-are both alive and well among those who have little knowledge of Poles or Poland
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