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The terms Polonophobia, anti-Polonism, antipolonism and anti-Polish sentiment refer to a spectrum of hostile attitudes toward Polish people and culture. These terms apply to racism against Poles and people of Polish descent, including ethnicity-based discrimination and state-sponsored mistreatment of ethnic Poles and Polish citizens. This prejudice led to mass killings and genocide or to justify atrocities during World War II, notably by the German Nazis, Ukrainian Insurgent Army and Soviet Communists.
- 1 Features
- 2 Anti-Polish sentiment to 1918
- 3 The Interwar period (1918–39)
- 4 Invasion of Poland and World War II
- 5 Postwar era
- 6 References to Nazi German death camps in occupied Poland by Western media
- 7 Hostility today
- 8 "Polish jokes"
- 9 Use of the term in a modern political context
- 10 See also
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
- 13 Further reading
Forms of hostility toward Poles and Polish culture include:
- organized persecution of the Poles as a nation or as an ethnic group, often based on the belief that Polish interests are a threat to one's own national aspirations;
- racist anti-Polonism, a variety of xenophobia;
- cultural anti-Polonism: a prejudice against Poles and Polish-speaking persons – their customs, language and education;
- stereotypes about Poland and Polish people in the media and popular culture.
A historic example of Polonophobia was polakożerstwo (in English, "the devouring of Poles") – a Polish term introduced in the 19th century in relation to the dismemberment and annexation of Poland by foreign powers. Polakożerstwo described the forcible suppression of Polish culture, education and religion on historically Polish lands, and the elimination of Poles from public life as well as from landed property. Anti-Polish policies were implemented by the German Empire under Otto von Bismarck, especially during the Kulturkampf, and enforced up to the end of World War I. Organized persecution of Poles raged in the territories annexed by the Russian Empire, mainly under Tsar Nicholas II. Historic actions inspired by anti-Polonism ranged from felonious acts motivated by hatred, to physical extermination of the Polish nation, the goal of which was to eradicate the Polish state. During World War II, when most of Polish society became the object of genocidal policies of its neighbours, German anti-Polonism led to an unprecedented campaign of mass murder.
At present, among those who often express their hostile attitude towards the Polish people are some Russian politicians and their far-right political parties who search for a new imperial identity.
In Russian language, the term mazurik (мазурик), a synonym for "pickpocket", "petty thief", literally means "a person from Masuria", a geographical area in Poland. The word is an example how Vladimir Putin's liberal use of colloquialisms has been catching attention of the media.
The "Polish plumber" cliché may symbolize the threat of cheap labor from poorer European countries to "overtake" jobs in wealthier parts of Europe. On the other hand, others associate it with affordability and dependability of European migrant workers.
Anti-Polish sentiment to 1918
Anti-Polish rhetoric combined with the condemnation of Polish culture was most prominent in the 18th-century Prussia during the partitions of Poland. However, anti-Polish propaganda begins with the Teutonic Order in the 14th century. It was a very important tool in the Order's attempt to conquer the Duchy of Lithuania which eventually failed because of Lithuania's Personal union with the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland and conversion to Catholicism. Germany, becoming more and more permeated with Teutonic Prussianism, has never since abandoned these tactics. For instance, David Blackbourn of Harvard University speaks of the scandalised writings of German intellectual Johann Georg Forster, who was granted a tenure at Vilnius University by the Polish Commission of National Education in 1784. Forster wrote of Poland's "backwardness" in a similar vein to "ignorance and barbarism" of southeast Asia. Such views were later repeated in the German ideas of Lebensraum and exploited by the Nazis. German academics between the 18th and 20th centuries attempted to project, in the difference between Germany and Poland, a "boundary between civilization and barbarism; high German Kultur and primitive Slavdom" (1793 racist diatribe by J.C. Schulz republished by the Nazis in 1941). Prussian officials, eager to secure Polish partition, encouraged the view that the Poles were culturally inferior and in need of Prussian tutelage. Such racist texts, originally published from the 18th century onwards, were republished by the German Reich prior to and after its invasion of Poland.
Frederick the Great nourished a particular hatred and contempt for the Polish people. Following his conquest of Poland, he compared the Poles to "Iroquois" of Canada. In his all-encompassing anti-Polish campaign, even the nobility of Polish background living in Prussia were obliged to pay higher taxes than those of German heritage. Polish monasteries were viewed as "lairs of idleness" and their property often seized by Prussian authorities. The prevalent Catholicism among Poles was stigmatised. The Polish language was persecuted at all levels.
When Poland lost the last vestiges of its independence in 1795 and remained partitioned for 123 years, ethnic Poles were subjected to discrimination in two areas: the germanisation under Prussian and later German rule, and Russification in the territories annexed by Imperial Russia.
Being a Pole under the Russian occupation was in itself almost culpable – wrote Russian historian Liudmila Gatagova. – "Practically all of the Russian government, bureaucracy, and society were united in one outburst against the Poles." – "Rumor mongers informed the population about an order that had supposedly been given to kill [...] and take away their land." Polish culture and religion were seen as threats to Russian imperial ambitions. Tsarist Namestniks suppressed them on Polish lands by force. The Russian anti-Polish campaign, which included confiscation of Polish nobles' property, was waged in the areas of education, religion as well as language. Polish schools and universities were closed in a stepped-up campaign of russification. In addition to executions and mass deportations of Poles to Katorga camps, Tsar Nicholas I established an occupation army at Poland's expense.
The fact that Poles, unlike the Russians, were overwhelmingly Roman Catholic gave impetus to their religious persecution. At the same time, with the emergence of Panslavist ideology, Russian writers accused the Polish nation of betraying their "Slavic family" because of their armed efforts aimed at winning independence. Hostility toward Poles was present in many of Russia's literary works and media of the time.
"During and after the 1830-1831 insurrection many Russian writers voluntarily participated in anti-Polish propaganda. Gogol wrote Taras Bulba, an anti-Polish novel of high literary merit, to say nothing about lesser writers." — Prof. Vilho Harle
Pushkin, together with three other poets, published a pamphlet called "On the Taking of Warsaw" to celebrate the crushing of the revolt. His contribution to the frenzy of anti-Polish writing comprised poems in which he hailed the capitulation of Warsaw as a new "triumph" of imperial Russia.
In Prussia and later in Germany, Poles were forbidden to build homes, and their properties were targeted for forced buy-outs financed by the Prussian and subsequent German governments. Bismarck described Poles, as animals (wolves), that "one shoots if one can" and implemented several harsh laws aimed at their expulsion from traditionally Polish lands. The Polish language was banned from public use, and ethnically Polish children punished at school for speaking Polish. Poles were subjected to a wave of forceful evictions (Rugi Pruskie). The German government financed and encouraged settlement of ethnic Germans into those areas aiming at their geopolitical germanisation. The Prussian Landtag passed laws against Catholics.
Toward the end of World War I during Poland's fight for independence, Imperial Germany made further attempts to take control over the territories of Congress Poland, aiming at ethnic cleansing of up to 3 million Jewish and Polish people which was meant to be followed by a new wave of settlement by ethnic Germans. In August 1914 the German imperial army destroyed the city of Kalisz, chasing out tens of thousands of its Polish citizens.
The Interwar period (1918–39)
After Poland regained its independence as the Second Republic at the end of World War I, the question of new Polish borders could not have been easily settled against the will of her former long-term occupiers. Poles continued to be persecuted in the disputed territories, especially in Silesia. The German campaign of discrimination contributed to the Silesian Uprisings, where Polish workers were openly threatened with losing their jobs and pensions if they voted for Poland in the Upper Silesia plebiscite.
At the Versailles Peace Conference of 1919, British historian and politician Lewis Bernstein Namier, who served as part of the British delegation, was seen as one of the biggest enemies of the newly independent Polish state in the British political environment and in the Polish territories. He falsified the earlier proposed Curzon line by detaching the city of Lwów from Poland with a version called Curzon Line "A". It was sent to Soviet diplomatic representatives for acceptance. The earlier compromised version of Curzon line which was debated at the Spa Conference was renamed Curzon Line "B".
After 1926 Lithuanian coup d'état, Anti-Polish government came to power. Lithuanization of Poles and spread of Anti-Polish propaganda was usual. In March 1938, border clash on Polish-Lithuanian border in which Polish Border Protection Corps officer was killed. After this, Marshall Edward Śmigły-Rydz send ultimatum to Lithuanian government which demanded immediate diplomatic relations between both countries.
In the politics of inter-war Germany, anti-Polish feelings ran high. The American historian Gerhard Weinberg observed that for many Germans in the Weimar Republic, "Poland was an abomination", Poles were "an East European species of cockroach", Poland was usually described as a Saisonstaat (a state for a season), and Germans used the phrase "Polish economy" (polnische Wirtschaft) for a situation of hopeless muddle. Weinberg noted that in the 1920s–30s, leading German politicians refused to accept Poland as a legitimate nation, and hoped instead to partition Poland, probably with the help of the Soviet Union.
The British historian A. J. P. Taylor wrote in 1945 that National Socialism was inevitable because the Germans wanted "to repudiate the equality with the peoples of (central and) eastern Europe which had then been forced upon them" after 1918. Taylor wrote that:
"During the preceding eighty years the Germans had sacrificed to the Reich all their liberties; they demanded as a reward the enslavement of others. No German recognized the Czechs or Poles as equals. Therefore, every German desired the achievement which only total war could give. By no other means could the Reich be held together. It had been made by conquest and for conquest; if it ever gave up its career of conquest, it would dissolve."
The largest ethnic shooting and deportation action during the Great Terror in the Soviet Russia, known as the Polish Genocide in the Soviet Union, occurred approximately from 25 August 1937 till 15 November 1938. According to archives of the Soviet NKVD, 111,091 Poles, and people accused of ties with Poland, were executed, and 28,744 sentenced to death-ridden labor camps; amounting to 139,835 Polish victims in total. This number constitutes 10% of the officially persecuted persons during the entire Yezhovshchina period, with confirming NKVD documents. The coordinated actions of the Soviet NKVD and the Communist Party in 1937-1938 against the Polish minority living in the Soviet Union, representing only 0.4 percent of Soviet citizens, amounted to an ethnic genocide as defined by the UN convention, concluded historian Michael Ellman. His opinion is shared by Simon Sebag Montefiore, Prof. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, and Dr Tomasz Sommer among others. In a typical Stalinist fashion, the murdered Polish families were accused of "anti-Soviet" activities and state terrorism.
Invasion of Poland and World War II
Hostilities toward Polish people reached a particular peak during World War II, when Poles became the subject of ethnic cleansing on an unprecedented scale, including: Nazi German genocide in General Government, Soviet executions and mass deportations to Siberia from Kresy, as well as massacres of Poles in Volhynia, a campaign of ethnic cleansing carried out in today's western Ukraine by Ukrainian nationalists. Millions of citizens of Poland, both ethnic Poles and Jews, died in German concentration camps such as Auschwitz. Unknown numbers perished in Soviet "gulags" and political prisons. Reprisals against partisan activities were brutal; on one occasion 1,200 Poles were murdered in retaliation for the death of one German officer and two German officials.
Soviet policy following their 1939 invasion of Poland in World War II was ruthless, and sometimes coordinated with the Nazis (see: Gestapo-NKVD Conferences). Elements of ethnic cleansing included Soviet mass executions of Polish prisoners of war in the Katyn Massacre and at other sites, and the exile of up to 1.5 million Polish citizens, including the intelligentsia, academics and priests, to forced-labor camps in Siberia.
In German and Soviet war propaganda, Poles were mocked as inept for their military techniques in fighting the war. Nazi fake newsreels and forged pseudo-documentaries claimed that the Polish cavalry "bravely but futilely" charged German tanks in 1939, and that the Polish Air Force was wiped out on the ground on the opening day of the war. Neither tale was true (see: Myths of the Polish September Campaign). German propaganda staged a Polish cavalry charge in their 1941 reel called "Geschwader Lützow".
Poland's relationship with the USSR during World War II was tricky. The main Western Powers, the US and UK, understood the importance of the USSR in defeating Germany, to the point of allowing Soviet propaganda to vilify their Polish ally. During World War II, E. H. Carr, the assistant editor of The Times, was well known for his leaders (editorials) taking the Soviet side in Polish-Soviet disputes. In a leader of 10 February 1945, Carr questioned whether the Polish government in exile even had the right to speak on behalf of Poland. Carr wrote that it was extremely doubtful to him whether the Polish government had “an exclusive title to speak for the people of Poland, and a liberum veto on any move towards a settlement of Polish affairs” as well as that the “legal credentials of this Government are certainly not beyond challenge if it were relevant to examine them: the obscure and tenuous thread of continuity leads back at best to a constitution deriving from a quasi-Fascist coup de Etat”. Carr ended his leader with the claim that “What Marshal Stalin desires to see in Warsaw is not a puppet government acting under Russian orders, but a friendly government which fully conscious of the supreme impotence of Russo-Polish concord, will frame its independent policies in that context”. The western Allies were even willing to help cover up the Soviet massacre at Katyn. Even today Katyn is not accepted in the West as a war crime.
With the conclusion of the Second World War, Nazi atrocities perforce ended. However, Soviet oppression of the Poles continued. Under Joseph Stalin, thousands of soldiers of Poland's Home Army (Armia Krajowa) and returning veterans of the Polish Armed Forces that had served with the Western Allies were imprisoned, tortured by NKWD agents (see: W. Pilecki, Ł. Ciepliński) and murdered following staged trials like the infamous Trial of the Sixteen in Moscow. A similar fate awaited the Cursed soldiers. At least 40,000 members of Poland’s Home Army were deported to Russia.
In Britain after 1945, the British people initially accepted those Polish servicemen who chose not to return to a Poland ruled by the Communists. The Poles resident in Britain served under British command during the Battle of Britain, but as soon as the Soviets began to make gains on the Eastern Front both public opinion and the Government of the UK turned pro-Soviet and against the Poles. Supporters of the socialists made the Poles out to be "warmongers", "anti-Semites" and "fascists". After the war, the trade unions and Labour party played on the fears of there not being enough jobs, food and housing. There were even anti-Polish rallies.
In 1961, a book was published in Germany entitled Der Erzwungene Krieg (The Forced War) by the American historical writer and Holocaust denier David Hoggan, which argued that Germany did not commit aggression against Poland in 1939, but was instead the victim of an Anglo-Polish conspiracy against the Reich. Reviewers have often noted that Hoggan seems to have an obsessive hostility towards the Poles. His claims included that the Polish government treated Poland's German minority far worse than the German government under Adolf Hitler treated its Jewish minority. In 1964, much controversy was created when two German right-wing extremist groups awarded Hoggan prizes. In the 1980s, the German philosopher and historian Ernst Nolte claimed that in 1939 Poland was engaged in a campaign of genocide against its ethnic German minority, and has strongly implied that the German invasion in 1939, and all of the subsequent German atrocities in Poland during World War II were in essence justified acts of retaliation. Critics, such as the British historian Richard J. Evans, have accused Nolte of distorting the facts, and have argued that in no way was Poland committing genocide against its German minority.
During the political transformation of the Soviet-controlled Eastern bloc in the 1980s, the traditional German anti-Polish feeling was again openly exploited in the East Germany against Solidarność. This tactic had become especially apparent in the "rejuvenation of 'Polish jokes,' some of which reminded listeners of the spread of such jokes under the Nazis."
References to Nazi German death camps in occupied Poland by Western media
The expressions offensive to Poles are attributed to a number of non-Polish media in relation to World War II. The most prominent is a continued reference by Western news media to "Polish death camps" and "Polish concentration camps". These phrases refer to the network of concentration camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland in order to facilitate the "Final Solution", but the wording suggests that the Polish people might have been involved.
The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as Polish organizations around the world and all Polish governments since 1989, condemned the usage of such expressions, arguing that they suggest Polish responsibility for the camps. The American Jewish Committee stated in its 30 January 2005, press release: "This is not a mere semantic matter. Historical integrity and accuracy hang in the balance.... Any misrepresentation of Poland's role in the Second World War, whether intentional or accidental, would be most regrettable and therefore should not be left unchallenged."
On 30 April 2004, a CTV News report made reference to "the Polish camp in Treblinka". The Polish embassy in Canada lodged a complaint with CTV. Robert Hurst of CTV, however, argued that the expression, "Polish death camp", is common usage in news organizations including those in the United States, and declined to issue a correction. The Polish Ambassador to Ottawa then complained to the National Specialty Services Panel of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. The Council did not accept Hurst's argument and ruled against CTV stating that the word ""Polish"—similarly to such adjectives as "English", "French" and "German"—had connotations that clearly extended beyond geographic context. Its use with reference to Nazi extermination camps was misleading and improper". CTV broadcast the decision during prime time. The Polish Ministry of Foreign affairs has stated, "That example of a successful campaign against the distortion of historic truth by the media – and in defense of the good name of Poland – will hopefully reduce the number of similar incidents in the future."
A similar example was the phrase "Polish Nazis" used in relation to non-Polish paramilitary groups operating on German-occupied Polish soil during World War II, disseminated by Norwegian State Broadcasting Corporation, NRK. The Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem officially considered this claim by NRK a falsification "offensive to historical truth".
Since EU enlargement in 2004, the UK has experienced mass immigration from Poland (see Poles in the United Kingdom). It is estimated that the Polish British community has doubled in size since 2004. The process has been remarkably friendly and successful. However, there have been some instances of anti-Polish sentiment and hostility towards Polish immigrants. The far-right British National Party argued for immigration from (Central and) Eastern Europe to be stopped and for Poles to be deported.
In 2007 Polish people living in London reported 42 ethnically motivated attacks against them, compared with 28 in 2004. The Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski, of Polish origin himself, said that the increase in violence towards Poles is in part "a result of the media coverage by the BBC" whose reporters "won't dare refer to controversial immigration from other countries." Kawczynski voiced his criticism of the BBC in the House of Commons for "using the Polish community as a cat's paw to try to tackle the thorny issue of mass, unchecked immigration" only because against Poles "it's politically correct to do so."
In 2009 the Federation of Poles in Great Britain and the Polish Embassy in London with Barbara Tuge-Erecinska raised a number of formal complaints – including with the Press Complaints Commission – about news articles that defamed Poles. The PCC arranged a deal between the Federation and the Daily Mail, which ran the articles. The Embassy also questioned the veracity of The Guardian report by Kate Connolly about an alleged "storm of protest in Poland" in response to a film about a Jewish underground resistance movement. The Polish Embassy stated on 11 March 2009, disproving the claim: "This embassy has been in touch with [the film's] only distributor in Poland, Monolith Plus, and we have been told that this film has not experienced any form of booing, let alone been banned by any cinemas." The Guardian was also forced by PCC to publish an admission that another article by Simon Jenkins, from 1 September – which accused Poles of wartime suicide – "repeated a myth fostered by Nazi propagandists, when it said that Polish lancers turned their horses to face Hitler's panzers. There is no evidence that this occurred."
The Guardian has been noted for a number of other controversies. On 14 October 2009, Nazi-hunter Efraim Zuroff alleged that: "the second world war narrative [...] has been distorted since independence and the transition to democracy to make it more palatable to their electorate and to minimize the role of local collaborators in Holocaust crimes." On 20 October 2009, The Guardian's Jonathan Freedland said: "We are meant to be friendly towards the newest members of the European Union. But the truth is that several of these "emerging democracies" have reverted to a brand of ultra-nationalistic politics that would repel most voters in western Europe. It exists in Poland". In response to the above attacks Timothy Garton Ash wrote in the same paper on 23 December: "In my experience, the automatic equation of Poland with Catholicism, nationalism and antisemitism – and thence a slide to guilt by association with the Holocaust – is still widespread. This collective stereotyping does no justice to the historical record."
Writing in The Guardian, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband described Poland's Law and Justice party as "far right". His language sparked a protest by Daniel Hannan of The Daily Telegraph, who said on 29 October 2009, that the British Foreign Secretary David Miliband should apologize to the people of Poland. Hannan wrote that Miliband's "increasingly unhinged allegations have been greeted with horror in Poland." However, more diatribes reminiscent of wartime propaganda included also The Daily Telegraph's own article by Julian Kossoff who wrote on 13 November 2009, about the alleged "anti-Semitism embedded in Polish history," an "episode of Polish bloodlust and nightmarish slaughter" and "the unspeakable guilt of the Polish collaborators." The Daily Telegraph's Gerald Warner complained about Kossoff's "insulting attack on Catholics and Poles which grotesquely misrepresents historical fact and which, if leveled at almost any other targets, would probably be characterized as a 'hate crime'." There is, however, an over one millennium-long record of positive relations between Poles and Jews. In addition to that, the largest contingent of Righteous among the Nations who saved the Jews during World War II is the Polish contingent.
Also in 2008 the Polish ambassador sent an official protest to the Press Complaints Commission about The Times. On 26 July 2008, Giles Coren published a comment piece with the ethnic slur 'Polack' used to describe Polish immigrants. He accused Poland of complicity in the six million Jewish deaths of The Holocaust, prompting not only an official letter of complaint to The Times, but also an early day motion in the UK parliament, followed by an editorial in The Economist. The ambassador, Tuge-Erecinska, explained that the article was "unsupported by any basic historic or geographic knowledge," and that "the issue of Polish-Jewish relations has been unfairly and deeply falsified" by Coren's "aggressive remarks" and "contempt". Coren reacted by telling The Jewish Chronicle: "Fuck the Poles". The case has been referred to the European Court of Human Rights. However, the case was unsuccessful as Poles are not classified as an ethnic minority. The editor of The Jewish Chronicle, Stephen Pollard, commented on 6 August 2009: "There are few things more despicable than anti-Semitism, but here's one of them: using a false charge of anti-Semitism for political gain."
On 6 October 2009, Stephen Fry was interviewed by Jon Snow on Channel 4 News as a signatory of a letter to British Conservative Party leader David Cameron expressing concern about the party's relationship with the right-wing Polish Law and Justice Party in the European Parliament. During the interview, Fry stated: "There has been a history, let's face it, in Poland of a right-wing Catholicism which has been deeply disturbing for those of us who know a little history, and remember which side of the border Auschwitz was on..." The remark prompted a complaint from the Polish Embassy in London, as well as an editorial in The Economist and criticism from British Jewish historian David Cesarani. Fry has since posted an apology on his personal weblog, in which he stated: "It was a rubbishy, cheap and offensive remark that I have been regretting ever since... I take this opportunity to apologize now." On 30 October 2009, the Chief Rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich, complained about this new British political row playing on a "'false and painful stereotype that all Poles are antisemitic', whereas the truth was that the problem was around the same there as elsewhere in Europe."
In January 2014, a Polish man, whose helmet was emblazoned with the flag of Poland, claimed he was attacked by a group of 15 men outside a pub in Dagenham, London. Photos were taken of him and his motorbike. The victim blamed xenophobic speeches of the conservative Prime Minister David Cameron. During the same month in Belfast there have been 7 attacks on Polish houses within 10 days, in which stones and bricks were thrown at the windows.
After the British referendum of EU membership, there were more cases of Polonophobia attacks including anti-Polish leaflets posted in Huntingdon  and graffiti against the Polish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith. Several acts of violence against Poles took place in Harlow, one of the victims died.
On 14 November 2007, Fox aired an episode of Back to You called "Something's Up There", which contained a controversial Polish slur. The slur involved Marsh trying to convince the show's lone Polish-American character, Gary, to go bowling after work by saying: "Come on, it's in your blood, like kielbasa and collaborating with the Nazis." Fox later apologized on 20 November 2007. They vowed never to air the line of dialogue again in repeats and/or syndicated broadcasts. Fox stated that, "The line was delivered by a character known for being ignorant, clueless, and for saying outlandish things. Allowing the line to remain in the show, however, demonstrated poor judgment, and we apologize to anyone who was offended."
In August 2005, a series of organized attacks against Polish diplomats took place in Moscow, which prompted the then Polish President Aleksander Kwaśniewski to call on the Russian government to stop them. An employee with the Polish embassy in Moscow was hospitalized in serious condition after being beaten in broad daylight near the embassy by unidentified men. Three days later, another Polish diplomat was beaten up near the embassy. The following day the Moscow correspondent for the Polish daily Rzeczpospolita was attacked and beaten by a group of Russians. It is widely believed that the attacks were organized as revenge for the mugging of four Russian youth in a Warsaw park by a group of skinheads, several days earlier.
"Polish jokes" belong to a category of conditional jokes, meaning that their understanding requires knowledge of what a Polish joke is. Conditional jokes depend on the audience's affective preference—on their likes and dislikes. Though these jokes might be understood by many, their success depends entirely on the negative disposition of the listener.
Presumably the first Polish jokes by German displaced persons fleeing war-torn Europe were brought to America in the late 1940s. These jokes were fueled by ethnic slurs disseminated by German National Socialist propaganda, which attempted to justify the Nazis' murdering of Poles by presenting them as "dreck"—dirty, stupid and inferior. It is also possible that some early American Polack jokes from Germany were originally told before World War II in disputed border regions such as Silesia.
There is debate as to whether the early "Polish jokes" brought to states such as Wisconsin by German immigrants relate directly to the wave of American jokes of the early 1960s. A "provocative critique of previous scholarship on the subject" has been made by British writer Christie Davies in The Mirth of Nations, which suggests that "Polish jokes" did not originate in Nazi Germany but much earlier, as an outgrowth of regional jokes rooted in "social class differences reaching back to the nineteenth century." According to Davies, American versions of Polish jokes are an unrelated "purely American phenomenon" and do not express the "historical Old World hatreds of the Germans for the Poles. However Hollywood in the 1960s and 1970s imported the subhuman-intelligence jokes about Poles from old Nazi propaganda."
For decades, Polish Americans have been the subject of derogatory jokes originating in anti-immigrant stereotypes that had developed in the U.S. before the 1920s. During the Partitions of Poland, Polish immigrants came to America in considerable numbers, fleeing mass persecution at home. They were taking the only jobs available to them, usually requiring physical labor. The same ethnic and job-related stereotypes persisted even as Polish Americans joined the middle class in the mid-20th century. "The constant derision, often publicly disseminated through the mass media, caused serious identity crises, feeling of inadequacy, and low self-esteem for many Polish Americans." In spite of the plight of Polish people under Cold War communism, negative stereotypes about Polish Americans endured.
Since the late 1960s, Polish American organizations have made continuous effort to challenge the negative stereotyping of the Polish people once prevalent in American media. The Polish American Guardian Society has argued that NBC-TV used the tremendous power of TV to introduce and push subhuman intelligence jokes about Poles (that were worse than prior simple anti-immigrant jokes) using the repetitive big lie technique to degrade Poles. The play called “Polish Joke” by David Ives has resulted in a number of complaints by the Polonia in the US. The "Polish jokes" heard in the 1970s were particularly offensive, so much so that the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs approached the U.S. State Department about that, however unsuccessfully. The syndrome receded only after Cardinal Karol Wojtyła was elected pope, and Polish jokes became passé. Gradually, Americans have developed a more positive image of their Polish neighbors in the following decades.
Use of the term in a modern political context
The term "anti-Polonism" is said to have been used for campaign purposes by political parties such as the now-defunct League of Polish Families (Polish: Liga Polskich Rodzin) or the equally defunct Self-Defence of the Republic of Poland (Polish: Samoobrona Rzeczpospolitej Polskiej) as well as by Polish far-right organizations such as Association against Anti-Polonism led by Leszek Bubel, leader of the Polish National Party and a former presidential candidate. Bubel was taken to court by a group of ten Polish intellectuals who filed a lawsuit against him for "violating the public good". Among the signatories were former Foreign Minister Władysław Bartoszewski and filmmaker Kazimierz Kutz.
According to writer Joanna Michlic the term is used in Poland also as an argument against the self-critical intellectuals who discuss Polish-Jewish relations, accusing them of "anti-Polish positions and interests." For example, historian Jan T. Gross has been accused of being anti-Polish when he wrote about crimes such as the Jedwabne pogrom. In her view, the charge is "not limited to arguments that can objectively be classified as anti-Polish—such as equating the Poles with the Nazis—but rather applied to any critical inquiry into the collective past. Moreover, anti-Polonism is equated with anti-Semitism." Adam Michnik wrote for the New York Times that "almost all Poles react very sharply when confronted with the charge that Poles get their anti-Semitism 'with their mothers' milk'." (see: Yitzhak Shamir's outburst in an interview with Jerusalem Post, 1989-9-08.) Such verbal attacks – according to Michnik – are interpreted by anti-Semites as "proof of the international anti-Polish Jewish conspiracy".
For the 1994 anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, a Polish Gazeta Wyborcza journalist, Michał Cichy, wrote a review of a collection of 1943 memoirs entitled Czy ja jestem mordercą? (Am I a murderer?) by Calel Perechodnik, a Jewish ghetto policeman from Otwock and member of the "Chrobry II Battalion", alleging (as hearsay) that about 40 Jews were killed by a group of Polish insurgents during the 1944 Uprising. Unlike the book (later reprinted with factual corrections), the actual review by Cichy elicited a fury of protests, while selected fragments of his article were confirmed by three Polish historians. Prof. Tomasz Strzembosz accused Cichy of practicing a 'distinct type of racism,' and charged Gazeta Wyborcza editor Adam Michnik with 'cultivating a species of tolerance that is absolutely intolerant of antisemitism yet regards anti-Polonism and anti-goyism as something altogether natural'." Michnik responded to the controversy, praising the heroism of the AK by asking: "Is it an attack on Polish people when the past is being explored to seek the truth?". Cichy later apologized for the tone of his article, but not for the erroneous facts.
The notion of anti-Polonism has been used in some instances as a justification for Polish antisemitism. Cardinal Józef Glemp in his controversial and widely criticized speech delivered on 26 August 1989 (and retracted in 1991) argued that the outbursts of antisemitism are a "legitimate form of national self-defence against Jewish 'Anti-Polonism'." He "asked Jews who 'have great power over the mass media in many countries' to rein in their anti-Polonism because 'if there won't be anti-Polonism, there won't be such antisemitism among us'." Similar concerns, but with less display, were echoed in Rethinking Poles and Jews by Robert Cherry and Annamaria Orla-Bukowska who noted that anti-Polonism and anti-Semitism remain "grotesquely twinned into our own time. We cannot combat the one without combating the other." In 2001 PhD Andrzej Leszek Szcześniak published Judeopolonia - the Jewish state in Poland, explaining the origins of pre-war Jewish saying 'our tenements, your streets'. In 2002 Stanisław Wysocki published Antypolonizm Żydów polskich (English: Antipolishness of the Polish Jews) naming incidents in Polish-Jewish relations, criticised by Prof Jerzy Tomaszewski as selective, unrepresentative and ignorant.
- The category "Anti-Polish sentiment" contains a large number of articles on the subject, both individual incidents and general concepts associated with anti-Polonism
- Rudolf Glanz (1955). "The "Bayer" and the "Pollack" in America". JSTOR: Jewish Social Studies, Vol. 17, No. 1 (January 1955), pp. 27-42. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
- "Deceiving the Public". Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- "Emily Krzyzewski Center | About Us | Our Inspiration". Emilyk.org. 2008. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "A History of Polish Americans ... Revisited". Cosmopolitanreview.com. 10 February 2009. Archived from the original on 24 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "Anti-Polish discrimination continues". Ampoleagle.com. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- Pula, James S. (1996). "Image, Status, Mobility and Integration in American Society: The Polish Experience". Journal of American Ethnic History. University of Illinois Press. 16 (1): 74–95. JSTOR 27502139. (Subscription required (. ))
- "Taylor & Francis Online :: ‘The two saddest nations on earth’: A Polish Jewish octogenarian looks back and forward - East European Jewish Affairs - Volume 31, Issue 1". East European Jewish Affairs. 31 (1): 95–100. 19 June 2008. doi:10.1080/13501670108577939. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- Świrski, Maciej (28 November 2012). "Reduta Dobrego Imienia Polski. Brońmy się sami widząc biernośc polskiej władzy" [Polish Anti-Defamation League. Seeing the passivity of the Polish government, let defend ourselves.]. wPolityce.pl (in Polish). Archived from the original on 17 January 2013.
- Design Katarzyna Poznanska. Powered by NIXSYS s.c. "Ośrodek Myśli Politycznej". Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- Liudmila Gatagova, "THE CRYSTALLIZATION OF ETHNIC IDENTITY IN THE PROCESS OF MASS ETHNOPHOBIAS IN THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE. (The Second Half of the 19th Century)." The CRN E-book
- Matthew F. Jacobson, Special Sorrows: The Diasporic Imagination of Irish, Polish, and Jewish ... Page 34, Social Science, Publisher: University of California Press, 2002; 340 pages.
- Janusz Gumkowkski; Kazimierz Leszczynski (2001). "Hitler's Plans for Eastern Europe: Poland under Nazi Occupation". dac.neu.edu. Archived from the original on 30 April 2001.
- Tomasz Bielecki (3 November 2005). "Rosja w poszukiwaniu zaginionej wielkości" [Russia in search of its lost greatness] (in Polish). Gazeta Wyborcza. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012.
- Russian studies in literature - Google Books. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- Vladimir Dahl, Explanatory Dictionary of the Living Great Russian Language, 1880 and later reprints, entry МАЗУРИК
- "The Government's Political Technologist, or the Secrets of Inter TV Channel's Information Policy", Ukrayinska Pravda, Monday, 25 April 2011
- Vanessa Quick (September 2007). "Beneficial immigration: Polish immigrants have changed the UK's economy - and the look of Britain's cities". The German Times Online. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013.
- (in German) Heinrich Reintjes, Weltreise nach Deutschland, Progress-Verlag, Düsseldorf 1953. Note: Johann Georg Forster became Chair of Natural History Department at Vilnius University in 1784 thanks to generous job offer from the Polish Commission of National Education (Komisja Edukacji Narodowej)
- David Blackbourn, Harvard University (2000). "Conquests from Barbarism: Interpreting Land Reclamation in 18th Century Prussia" (PDF). International Congress of Historical Sciences; Oslo. p. 8. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
Frederick's own views... were expressed in unflattering New World parallels. They [...he gushed] were like: "Iroquois... a barbarous people sunk in ignorance and stupidity" (note the metaphorical undertones of the French verb "croupir" -sunk in, wallowing in, stagnating). Page 8 of 9.
- "H-Net Reviews". Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- Larry Wolff, Inventing Eastern Europe: The Map of Civilization on the Mind of the Enlightenment. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1994, 419 pp. Maps, notes, and index]
- Frederick's "the Iroquois of Europe" in Polish liberal thought before 1918 by Maciej Janowski, Central European University Press, 2004, ISBN 963-9241-18-0
- Mikhail Dolbilov. "The Civic Identity of Russifying Officials in the Empire's Northwestern Region after 1863" (PDF). Harvard Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 September 2004.
- "January Uprising RSCI, The Real Science Index". "Joseph Conrad, March 12, 1857-August 3, 1924"; Contemporary Authors Online, Gale. 2003. Archived from the original on 29 May 2007.
- Liudmila Gatagova. "The Crystallization of Ethnic Identity in the Process of Mass Ethnophobias in the Russian Empire (The Second Half of the 19th Century)" (DOC). ACLS American Council of Learned Societies. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
- (in Polish) Wasilij Szczukin, "Polska i Polacy w literaturze rosyjskiej. Literatura przedmiotu." (PDF). Retrieved 1 June 2016.[dead link] Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Kraków. See comments by Szczukin to section on literature in the Russian language: "Literatura w języku rosyjskim," pp. 14-22.
- Prof. Vilho Harle, The enemy with a thousand faces: the tradition of the other in western political thought and history. 1989, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000, 218 pages, ISBN 0-275-96141-9
- Myroslav Shkandrij, Russia and Ukraine: literature and the discourse of empire from Napoleonic to postcolonial times, McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2001, 354 pages. ISBN 0-7735-2234-4 Page 69.
- "Ogólnopolski Konkurs Internetowy - Historia Strajku Dzieci Wrzesińskich". Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- "Komisja Kolonizacyjna - Encyklopedia PWN - źródło wiarygodnej i rzetelnej wiedzy". Archived from the original on 1 October 2006. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- “The Origins of the Final Solution” by Christopher Browning ISBN 0-09-945482-3 Page 7
- Volker R. Berghahn, Germany and Eastern Europe: Cultural Identities
- David Stevenson (2014). "War Aims and Peace Negotiations". In Hew Strachan. The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War: New Edition. OUP Oxford. pp. 206–207. ISBN 978-0-19-966338-5. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "A History of Modern Germany". Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- Anna M. Cienciala, THE REBIRTH OF POLAND at http://web.ku.edu
- Norman Davies, "Lloyd George and Poland, 1919–20," Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 6, no 3, Pages 132–1542
- Gerhard L. Weinberg, Germany, Hitler, and World War II: essays in modern German and world history Cambridge University Press, 1995, page 42.
- Taylor, A.J.P. The Course of German History, Hamish Hamilton 1945 pages 213-214.
- Taylor, A.J.P. The Course of German History, Hamish Hamilton 1945 pages 213-214
- "A letter from Timothy Snyder of Bloodlands: Two genocidaires, taking turns in Poland". The Book Haven. Stanford University. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
- "Sommer, Tomasz. Book description (Opis).". Rozstrzelać Polaków. Ludobójstwo Polaków w Związku Sowieckim w latach 1937-1938. Dokumenty z Centrali (Genocide of Poles in the Soviet Union). Księgarnia Prawnicza, Lublin. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
- McLoughlin, Barry, and McDermott, Kevin (eds). Stalin's Terror: High Politics and Mass Repression in the Soviet Union. Palgrave Macmillan, December 2002. ISBN 1-4039-0119-8, p. 164
- Michael Ellman, "Stalin and the Soviet Famine of 1932-33 Revisited." Amsterdam School of Economics. PDF file
- Simon Sebag Montefiore. Stalin. The Court of the Red Tsar, page 229. Vintage Books, New York 2003. Vintage ISBN 1-4000-7678-1]
- Prof. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz (15 January 2011). "Nieopłakane ludobójstwo (Genocide Not Mourned)". Rzeczpospolita. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
- Tomasz Sommer (2010). Execute the Poles: The Genocide of Poles in the Soviet Union, 1937-1938. Documents from Headquarters. Warsaw: 3S Media. p. 277. ISBN 83-7673-020-7. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
- Franciszek Tyszka. "Tomasz Sommer: Ludobójstwo Polaków z lat 1937-38 to zbrodnia większa niż Katyń (Genocide of Poles in the years 1937-38, a Crime Greater than Katyn)". Super Express. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
- "Rozstrzelać Polaków. Ludobójstwo Polaków w Związku Sowieckim (To Execute the Poles. Genocide of Poles in the Soviet Union)". Historyton. Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
- Polska Agencja Prasowa (24 June 2010). "Publikacja na temat eksterminacji Polaków w ZSRR w latach 30 (Publication on the Subject of Extermination of Poles in the Soviet Union during the 1930s)". Portal Wiara.pl. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
- "Konferencja "Rozstrzelać Polaków – Ludobójstwo Polaków w Związku Sowieckim" (Conference on Genocide of Poles in the Soviet Union), Warsaw". Instytut Globalizacji oraz Press Club Polska in cooperation with Memorial Society. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
- Prof. Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski (22 March 2011). "Rozkaz N.K.W.D.: No. 00485 z dnia 11-VIII-1937, a Polacy". Polish Club Online. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
See also, Tomasz Sommer: Ludobójstwo Polaków w Związku Sowieckim (Genocide of Poles in the Soviet Union), article published by The Polish Review vol. LV, No. 4, 2010.
- Poland's Holocaust, Tadeusz Piotrowski, MacMillan, 101.
- Per Finsted. "Polish Cavalry in World War 2: Myths and realities". Dansk Militærhistorisk Selskab - Chakoten. Archived from the original on 16 August 2004.
- Europe at War 1939-1945 by Norman Davies ISBN 978-0-330-35212-3 Page 182
- Haslam, Jonathan, The Vices of Integrity, London: Verso, 1999 page 110
- Peter D. Stachura, Poland, 1918-1945: an interpretive and documentary history of the Second Republic, ISBN 0-415-34358-5 Page 166
- Europe at War 1939-1945 by Norman Davies ISBN 978-0-330-35212-3 Page 6
- , Stanislaw Mikolajczyk The Pattern of Soviet Domination, Sampson Low, Marston & Co 1948, Page 2
- The Poles in Britain 1940-2000 by Peter Stachura ISBN 0-7146-8444-9 Page 51
- The Poles in Britain 1940-2000: From Betrayal to Assimilation by Peter D. Stachura; Routledge, 200 pages, ISBN 0-7146-8444-9 Page 50
- The Poles in Britain 1940-2000 by Peter D. Stachura, ISBN 0-7146-8444-9 Page 52
- Lipstadt, Deborah Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory, New York : Free Press ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York ; Oxford : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1993 page 73.
- Dawidowicz, Lucy "Lies About the Holocaust" pages 31-37 from Commentary, Volume 70, Issue # 6, page 32.
- "The Germans". Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- Evans, Richard J. In Hitler's Shadow New York: Pantheon Books, 1989 pages 56–57
- John C. Torpey, Intellectuals, Socialism, and Dissent Published 1995 by U of Minnesota Press. Page 82.
- "The Government of the Republic of Poland protests against the CTV editorial policy on use of term.". Archived from the original on 19 February 2006. Retrieved 1 June 2016. Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ottawa, 20 August 2004.
- ""Polish Concentration Camps. Misleading words."". Archived from the original on 27 February 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2008. Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, May 1999.
- Witold J. Ławrynowicz; Małgorzata Ławrynowicz (2004). ""Polish Concentration Camps." Zarys chronicznego problemu" ["Polish Concentration Camps" An outline of a chronic problem]. Nowojorski Tygodnik Kulturalny (in Polish). Przeglad Polski on-line. Archived from the original on 7 May 2005.
- "Statement on Poland and the Auschwitz Commemoration". Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- "Polish Death Camps? Against Falsehood." Archived 5 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, 2007.
- "Canadian CTV Television censured for inaccurate and unfair reporting in referring to "Polish ghetto" and "Polish camp of Treblinka"". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. 13 June 2005. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
- "Celebrated Norwegian journalist falsifies history," Maxveritas.com
- Hans-Wilhelm Steinfeld (12 January 2005). "Jødehatet, sort flekk i polsk historie" [Anti-semitism, a black spot in Polish history] (in Norwegian). NRK Nyheter. Archived from the original on 24 November 2005.
- "Poles and Prejudice". LSE Research News.
- "BNP advances on Middle England to exploit ‘fear’ of Polish migrants," Andrew Norfolk, The Times, 23 April 2007
- "BNP shot down after it uses a POLISH Spitfire to front its anti-immigration campaign," Daily Mail, 4 March 2009
- "BBC NEWS - UK - UK Politics - BBC blamed for attacks on Poles". Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- Wiktor Moszczynski (9 January 2009). "Hate crime rises in economic slump - Federation of Poles". orla.fm. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011.
- BBC denies MP's anti-Polish claim BBC News, 4 June 2008.
- "Daniel Kawczynski: Poles in the UK are under attack. It's got to stop". The Independent. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- "British MP "sick and tired" of alleged anti-Polish bias (Roundup)". monstersandcritics.com. 4 June 2008. Archived from the original on 12 July 2010.
- "How Britain can help Poles". Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- Brook, Stephen (5 August 2008). "Daily Mail makes up with Poles". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
- "Federation of Poles in Great Britain vs Daily Mail". Press Complaints Commission. 2009. Archived from the original on 8 February 2009.
- "Daily Mail coverage prompts Poles to make PCC complaint". Retrieved 9 May 2015.
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- "Poles accuse 'Daily Mail' of defaming community". The Independent. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- "Anger over Bielski detachment film". The Guardian. London. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
- Connolly, Kate (5 March 2009). "Jewish resistance film sparks Polish anger". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 10 May 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
- Jenkins, Simon (1 September 2009). "End these bogus parallels. We are fighting no Nazis now". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
- "Galerie foto - Ţara de Sus". Gandul.info. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- Zuroff, Efraim (14 October 2009). "Eastern Europe's long-buried truths". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 2 May 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
- "As at Auschwitz, the gates of hell are built and torn down by human hearts". The Guardian. London. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
- Miliband, David (11 October 2009). "There will be incredulity that the party of Churchill chooses allies like this". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
- Kamil Tchorek. "Poland: prejudice and pride". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- "David Miliband should apologise to the peoples of Poland and Latvia". The Daily Telegraph. London. 29 October 2009.
- "Going over the top with Kaminski". The Daily Telegraph. London. 13 November 2009.
- "Stephen Fry's slur against Polish Catholics: 'remember which side of the border Auschwitz was on'". The Daily Telegraph. London. 7 October 2009.
- NA (1893). "Review: Jews in Poland - Reviewed Work: The Story of Poland by W. R. Morfill". The Jewish Quarterly Review. University of Pennsylvania Press. 5 (4): 695–697. JSTOR 1450298. (Subscription required (. ))
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- "Statistics - The Righteous Among The Nations". Yad Vashem. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
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- Religion, Nationality, or Politics: Catholicism in the Russian Empire, 1863-1905 (pdf)
- From Polish Ministry of Information, "The Black Book of Poland" (New York, 1942), about German deportations
- Danusha Goska, "Bieganski: The Brute Polak Stereotype in Polish-Jewish Relations and American Popular Culture", 2010, ISBN 1936235153
- M.B.B. Biskupski, "Hollywood's War with Poland, 1939-1945" 2009, ISBN 0813125596
- "Polish Encounters, Russian Identity", 2005, ISBN 0253217717; — based on the materials of a conference on "Polonophilia and Polonophobia of the Russians", Indiana State University, 2000