"Goska makes an important effort to demolish the 'dumb Polack' stereotype and the view that Poles are brutish, ignorant, and anti-Semitic by analyzing the image's origins in Europe and its adoption and perpetuation in US culture. . . . Recommended." --R. K. Byczkiewicz, Central Connecticut State University, in CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, February 2011Vom Verlag:
In this controversial 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 their Polish anti-Semitism. "Bieganski" discovers this stereotype in the mainstream press, scholarship, 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 Americans Jews. These reveal that Bieganski - and Shylock - are both alive and well among those who have little knowledge of Poles or Poland.
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