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    Origins of Polish Jokes

    I knew someone who spent part of his childhood in the Netherlands. He used to tell “Belgium jokes”. They were basically “Polish jokes” with the butt of the joke being Belgians, instead of Poles.

    This got me wondering about the origins of Polish jokes. Growing up, they were very common and were regularly told on t.v.

    According to the Polish America Journal, Polish jokes originated from Nazi propaganda and was propagated by Soviet communist sympathizers in Hollywood.

    According to other sources, Polish jokes existed prior to the Nazi’s and were based on class/regional conflict. However, that does not explain how Polish jokes became so prevalent in the mainstream U.S. entertainment media.

    My kids are aware of Poland’s role in bringing down the Iron Curtain and that Poland has been a strong U.S. ally in its fight against terror. Fortunately, my kids never heard of a Polish joke, and I don’t think most kids today have.




    "The Origin of the Polish Joke”
    http://www.polamjournal.com/Library/...lish_joke.html

    Polish “jokes” came from Nazi German propaganda that was then pushed ironically by Soviet communist sympathizers in Hollywood.

    The racist stereotype that Poles are intellectually inferior or have subhuman intelligence, originated from Nazi German propaganda and Soviet propaganda.

    For example, the myth that Polish horses were used to attack German tanks in World War II was total Nazi German propaganda that the Nazi Germans repeated over and over until it took a life of its own using the “Big Lie” technique. (Click on link for more on the Nazi propaganda on Polish Calvary attacks). 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].

    The Soviet Communists saw the value of this myth and the racist notion that Polish people have subhuman intelligence, so they had their Left-Wing sympathizers in Hollywood push it to the American public using Anti-Polish Television and Movie imagery.

    The image of Polish people having subhuman intelligence was useful to the Soviet Communists too, since then, people would not mind too much if Poland is occupied by the Soviet Union if Poles are portrayed as having a Slavic culture that is inferior and less then human.

    Nazi German Hatred of Polish People

    As for the German Nazis (and even the Soviets) they killed off the educated class of Poland first to make their racist stereotype of “Poland having inferior intelligence” a reality. The Nazi Germans also felt “Poles only had the intelligence for Nazi slave labor”.

    Polish "jokes" were in Hitler's two speeches after he invaded Poland.

    Hitler ridiculed Poles in his Sept. 19, 1939 speech in Danzig (today called Gdansk) and in his Berlin speech in Oct. 6, 1939 with these hate-through-humor anti-Polish “jokes” and references.

    Nazi Anti-Polish propaganda/Polish “jokes” in Nazi Death Camps

    Michael Preisler who was a Polish-Catholic survivor of the German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz (Auschwitz prisoner #22213), has stated on many occasions how the Nazis ridiculed the Polish people as having less then human intelligence. Polish jokes were quite popular among Nazi guards in the parts of the Nazi death camps where there were Polish Catholic prisoners being tortured and killed.

    Ironically, Left-wing Hollywood and the TV Networks (like NBC-TV) pushed these racist Polish “jokes” even though Hollywood claimed to hate Nazis. Hollywood and NBC-TV evidently hate Nazi propaganda but not when its applied to Poles. Hollywood and Network-TV (NBC) have a deep hatred for Anti-communist, Pro-American, Pro-Catholic Poland. The Polish American Guardian Society has documented NBC-TV’s attacks on Poland with racist Polish “jokes”.

    The recent movie “Katyn” shows the German Nazis and Soviets killing the educated Polish class in Poland in order to make Poland “intellectually inferior” and easier to rule. This was during the time Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia were Allies, and were collaborating with each other to destroy Poland as per their Molotov-Ribbentrop pact to destroy Poland together.

    Although there were degrading jokes about all ethnic groups in the United States due to assimilation problems when they arrived, the jokes that portray Poles as having subhuman intelligence, did not predate the 20th Century in America, since it was introduced by left-wing bigots in Hollywood and TV networks like NBC-TV in the late 1960s and 1970s.

    Many Polish Americans who lived before this time have reported that they never heard these racist subhuman intelligence jokes about Poles, until after they were introduced by Left-Wing networks like NBC-TV in conjunction with Hollywood. NBC-TV launched Polish-bashing shows such as “Laugh In” which ridiculed Polish people constantly. Polish Americans felt the producer of “Laugh In,” George Schlatter, was an Anti-Polish bigot. In addition late night bigots were encouraged to bash Poles with “jokes” that portrayed the Polish people as having subhuman intelligence. Therefore the power of Television and motion pictures was used to demean and dehumanize Polish people with repetitive Big Lie type propaganda.

    Anti-Polish movies such as “The End” were some of the earliest movies meant to degrade Poles with racist humor. In addition other anti-Polish shows such as “All in the Family” were used to degrade the Polish people even though the left-wing producer claimed the ruse that the show was suppose to be “against bigotry”. “All in the family” was filled with racist anti-Polish sound bites such as “Dumb Polak” in an attempt to influence its viewers to have the same anti-Polish prejudice, that the Left-wing producer of the show (Norman Lear) had.

    So basically, Polish “jokes” were part of a Hollywood/TV media hate campaign against Polish people.

    Hitler’s Two Speeches after Invading Poland (parts of speeches)

    From Hitler’s speech of Sept. 19, 1939 in Danzig (Gdansk Poland):

    At this moment we want to give the Polish soldier absolute justice. At many points the Pole fought bravely. His lower leadership made desperate efforts, his middle-grade leadership was too unintelligent, his highest leadership was bad, judged by any standard. His organization was — Polish...

    http://www.hitler.org/speeches/09-13-39.html

    Note: What Hitler fails to talk about is the tremendous help Nazi Germany got from Soviet Russia in invading Poland. Soviet Russia provided Nazi Germany millions of tons of war aid to be used in Germany’s invasion of Poland as per the Molotov-Ribbentrop agreement between Germany and Soviet Russia. Of course Hitler didn’t talk about that or how Polish troops held the Germans back well until Nazi Germany’s ally Russia attacked Poland from the Eastern side.

    From Hitler’s speech of Oct 6, 1939:

    Towns as well as villages are in a state of neglect. The roads, with very few exceptions, are badly out of repair and in a terrible condition. Anyone who travels in that country for two or three weeks will get the proper idea of the classical German term 'Polnische Wirtschaft,' meaning a 'Polish state of affairs!'
    http://www.hitler.org/speeches/10-06-39.html

    What Hitler failed to say in his speeches about Poland is that much of the problems Poland had in the early part of the 20th century was because of Poland being destroyed and pushed off the map from 1795-1917 by Germany and Russia.

    Poland was basically licking its wounds and catching its breath in the early part of the 20th Century when it was back on the map.

    Hitler’s Anti-Polish hate was sadly a continuation of Germany’s prejudice towards Poland/Slavic nations although Hitler’s hatred of Poles/Slavic people went far beyond prior German Anti-Polish/Slavic prejudice.

    In conclusion its disgusting that Nazi Anti-Polish hate-through-humor subhuman intelligence “jokes” about Poles would be introduced (and pushed) by part of the Hollywood and “American” TV media such as NBC-TV in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

    Polish “jokes” started to decline in the United States when Polish Americans put aside their good nature and aggressively spoke out against this Anti-Polish hatred.

    Today, Polish jokes and ethnic jokes in general are seen as ethnic slurs by most fair minded Americans. In December 2008, former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter apologized for telling “Polish jokes” after offending Polish and non-Polish Americans.

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/12/...4361229547951/

    http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/...-Comments.html

    Despite the fact there is less tolerance for Polish jokes today than decades ago, 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.



    #2
    Agree! But they left out….
    Q: Why are there so few Polish suicides?
    A: Because it's hard to kill yourself jumping out of a basement window.
    Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Barnslayer View Post
      Agree! But they left out….
      Q: Why are there so few Polish suicides?
      A: Because it's hard to kill yourself jumping out of a basement window.
      Actual jokes he told me.

      Q. Why do Belgians stand by the window during a lighting storm?

      A. Because they think their photograph is being taken.

      Q. Why do Belgians have yellow legs?

      A. "Pissssh”.

      I apologize to my Belgian friends. Just documenting a factual event.

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        #4
        I might be wrong but I think that the origin of Polish jokes is quite different: They were the immigrants who had the hardest time learning English because their native language was so different (e.g. German is much closer to English).

        Even today you have people who think they are more inteligent than some immigrants just because they speak English better ...

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          #5
          There are Polack jokes because.......there are Polacks.





          "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction" R.R.

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            #6
            I was in London some years back having dinner with an old friend.
            WW II vet. Actually torpedoed and sunk twice in the Battle of the Atlantic, although I had to hear that from one of his relatives.
            The night went on and pints were shared and at some point we started telling jokes.
            And out I come with a Polish joke.
            The table went quiet and I was firmly, ahem, corrected.
            He went on to tell me that the Polish pilots who flew in defense of Britain in WW II were some of the bravest men he had ever come upon.
            Others at the table nodded in agreement and a lesson on where the line is was learned that night.

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              #7
              What's green, blue and red?

              A Pollack dressed for a night out.
              SHADAP VARMINT!

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                #8
                Did you hear about the polish terrorist? He burnt his lips trying to blow up a bus...

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                  #9
                  A guy does his friend a favor minding his adult book and novelties shop while the owner goes out for lunch.
                  In walks a soul sista. "I'll buy that cute little pink vibrator". He rings it up and thanks her.
                  Next a bleached blonde comes in. "I'll take that big black one!" Again the guy rings up the sale.
                  Then a stocky women comes in. "Comrade! I am needink stress relief." She looks over the shelf at the wide variety of designs.
                  Finally she says "Dat von! I take." The guy is confused and points at each until she says "Da! The plaid von."
                  He rings up the sale and she leaves.
                  The owner returns and asks how did it go?
                  His friend says…. "Pretty good. I sold two vibrators….. and your thermos."
                  Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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                    #10
                    I thought that the Polish jokes started because the Poles used a cavalry to fight the German Panzer Corps?

                    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charge_at_Krojanty

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by pandm View Post
                      I was in London some years back having dinner with an old friend.
                      WW II vet. Actually torpedoed and sunk twice in the Battle of the Atlantic, although I had to hear that from one of his relatives.
                      The night went on and pints were shared and at some point we started telling jokes.
                      And out I come with a Polish joke.
                      The table went quiet and I was firmly, ahem, corrected.
                      He went on to tell me that the Polish pilots who flew in defense of Britain in WW II were some of the bravest men he had ever come upon.
                      Others at the table nodded in agreement and a lesson on where the line is was learned that night.


                      This bit is from "The Battle Of Britain"
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                      Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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                        #12
                        Interesting read here about the polish fighter jockeys in the Battle of Britain. A historical WWII story I didn't know anything about.
                        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._...ghter_Squadron
                        "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction" R.R.

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                          #13
                          Last one, I promise:

                          How do Polish mothers teach their kids to put on underwear?

                          Yellow in front, brown in the back.
                          SHADAP VARMINT!

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                          • Barnslayer
                            Barnslayer commented
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                            Inside out for week two?

                          #14
                          Originally posted by BMoscato View Post
                          I thought that the Polish jokes started because the Poles used a cavalry to fight the German Panzer Corps?

                          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charge_at_Krojanty
                          That is not true, and was addressed in the article I posted - http://www.polamjournal.com/Library/...lish_joke.html

                          Even if they did, I would rather do that than roll over like the French did (sorry to my French Liberty and Democratic Brothers).

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                            #15
                            Originally posted by BMoscato View Post
                            I thought that the Polish jokes started because the Poles used a cavalry to fight the German Panzer Corps?

                            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charge_at_Krojanty
                            Some of the Polish armor was actually superior stuff. This is a Vickers design 7TP. The other link goes into detail about the cavalry charge.
                            7tp_pustynia_1.jpg


                            When World War II kicked off with the September 1, 1939 German invasion of Poland, a pernicious, racist myth soon followed: the backwards, poorly-equipped Polish army rolling over at the first blow…
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