Did you know that Polish “jokes” originated from WW2 Nazi German propaganda which tried to mainstream the idea that Poles are intellectually inferior or have subhuman intelligence? My friends with non-American roots told me that the Poles were the intelligentsia of Europe and it was Hitler’s intention to eradicate all the educated Poles to prove his point. I read the exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., which testifies to this fact.
Nazi German propaganda that the Nazi Germans repeated over and over until it took a life of its own was using the “Big Lie” technique. The Big Lie is defined as “the intentional distortion of the truth, especially for political or official purposes.” This tactic of trying to deceive a country’s citizens was written about by Adolph Hitler. [“The great mass of people will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one.” Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), Mein Kampf, Vol. 1, Chapter 10, 1925]. For more information, click on: http://www.polamjournal.com/Library/Fighting_Defamation/The_Origin_of_the_Polish_Joke/the_origin_of_the_polish_joke.html
I agree with the Polish American Journal when they state: “Despite the fact there is less tolerance for Polish jokes today than decades ago (due, in part to the Civil Rights movement, and the increased use of social media, which is quick to point out injustices), this does not mean Polish jokes have been eradicated. There are still unsophisticated people out there insecure with their own ethnic identity, who take pleasure in making themselves feel better, by ridiculing other groups of people. Not to mention there are still Anti-Polish bigots who use hate websites and other media to push these subhuman intelligence jokes about Polish people. Polish people, and people of decency everywhere, should always speak out against these racist Polish jokes as well as degrading ethnic jokes of all nationalities.”
We have voices. Qui Tacet Consentire Videtur. Loosely translated, this Latin maxim means “He who remains silent is understood to consent.” Point of law.