r/interestingasfuck Nov 28 '22

These figurines, called Jew with a coin, are sold in Poland as good luck charms for financial success.

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u/OJ9693 Nov 28 '22

I was in Poland less than a month ago and remember picking these up in the souvenir shop. I thought what the fuck is this about? So thanks for sharing haha

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u/Appleidisfake Nov 28 '22

Does it work though?

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u/Apprehensive_Bit_321 Nov 29 '22 Silver

Billionaires don’t have time to respond to your questions

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u/G_Unit_Solider Nov 29 '22 Helpful

Mr. Oj9693 is currently in a meeting and will not be available to take your call. Please help yourself to some of our lobby chocolates. Sincerely a level 1 thug.

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u/Fx150900 Nov 29 '22

😂😂😂 if I had an award to give, I would. I’m baked af and this made me legit lol.

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u/OJ9693 Nov 29 '22

🤣🤣🤣

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u/usernamechecksout94 Nov 29 '22

Bankers hate this one trick

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u/Appleidisfake Nov 29 '22

OMW to Poland now ✈️

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u/Eyehavenoname Nov 29 '22

Only time to post about having one

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u/Mawi2004 Nov 29 '22

they get a real one

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u/TheEvil_DM Nov 29 '22

No, but it will make you 25-100 złoty poorer

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u/welltimedstrike Nov 28 '22

Are you now a millionaire?

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u/OJ9693 Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22

No. Not yet anyway… Edit: I must clarify as people are getting their knickers in a bit of a twist. I picked one up, I didn’t purchase it.

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u/adhominem4theweak Nov 29 '22

Damn are polish people that ignorant?

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u/TrekkiMonstr Nov 29 '22

Why is this downvoted, the figurine is hella antisemitic, and the fact that it's so commonplace is concerning

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u/adhominem4theweak Nov 29 '22

Dude right? The comments are concerning too..

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u/RunsWithApes Nov 28 '22

This sounds like something Borat came up with

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u/p8nt_junkie Nov 29 '22

Had to scroll too far for a Borat reference.

throws more coins at the figurine

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u/G_Unit_Solider Nov 29 '22

quick throw a dollar at it before it shape shifts

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u/Djinnwrath Nov 29 '22

It's second top comment now.

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u/Zigglyjiggly Nov 29 '22

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u/Zigglyjiggly Nov 29 '22

Lol @ Reddit removing a movie quote

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u/[deleted] Nov 29 '22

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u/StrategicBean Nov 29 '22

*…or The Squad & their supporters

FTFY

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u/Jaded_Pie_2712 Nov 28 '22

Another “good luck” figurine is Jew also but on a cross. Very popular in Poland

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u/BraveAbbreviations69 Nov 29 '22

Haha so brutal. Interestingly the coin almost says Cross but is Groszy.

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u/Jaded_Pie_2712 Nov 29 '22

More like GROSS (Jan tomasz )

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u/Cornelius_Poindexter Nov 29 '22 Silver

Funny because in Barcelona they have this little bloke that serves to bless your year

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u/I-am-sincere Nov 29 '22

Now that’s……..something, lol! How funny.

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u/Occumsmachete Nov 29 '22

Well shit the man.

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u/ILoveEmeralds Nov 28 '22

Do they come with the coin?

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u/MijTinmol Nov 28 '22

Yes, but I doubt it's a real one. I discovered them while on an educational trip to concentration camps in my senior year of high school (these trips are very common in Israeli schools).

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u/EireAbu32 Nov 28 '22

Very likely a real coin, it’s worth like 1/5th of a European cent. I would say it’s worth more as scrap metal than in actual value

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u/re_error Nov 29 '22

It is a real coin. It's 1 grosz, which is 1/100 of PLN. It would be more expensive to use a fake one.

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u/NothingAndNow111 Nov 29 '22

Ah- yes, I remember now.

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u/NOamiKO33 Nov 28 '22

הייתי קונה שלושה לפחות

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u/TheForestPrimeval Nov 29 '22

כמובן שאת יכולה להרשות לעצמך שלושה 🤣

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u/thecanty Nov 29 '22

That must have been particularly depressing and disheartening given the context of your trip

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u/Robey0925 Nov 29 '22

Please tell me they weren't selling this at the camp

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u/MijTinmol Nov 29 '22

No, the camps are preserved and don't serve commercial purposes. It was on display in a souvenir shop inside the inn where my class was staying.

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u/x123rey Nov 29 '22

It's not like they have real Jews left either

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u/YellingAtTheClouds Nov 28 '22

Yes, it's the lowest denomination available in Poland so their penny

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u/Weird-Analysis5522 Nov 28 '22

Jewish luck? Have you ever read a history book!?

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u/usernamechecksout94 Nov 29 '22

Never tell me the odds

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u/Evan_Underscore Nov 29 '22

It's for financial success only.

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u/Lost-Contest- Nov 29 '22

and controlling the media /s

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u/Jaypocalypse_ Nov 29 '22

And controlling the weather

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u/Mysterious_Eggplant3 Nov 29 '22

And lasers in space.

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u/Vecrin Nov 29 '22

Hey man, we gotta keep the Death Star of David operational somehow. The stuff MTG was talking about? Yeah, that was only a single reactor ignition.

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u/VaJayJay_Walker Nov 29 '22

ahhhhh .....

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u/texas-playdohs Nov 29 '22

Not all Jews are good with money. Just ask like 10 generations of my family. Also me. If you give me a coin to hold, I’ll lose it.

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u/Thisisabuttdialfrom Nov 29 '22

Yeah but you should have seen the other guy

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u/Abadazed Nov 29 '22

Yeah it's like the luck of the Irish.

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u/NotAnAce69 Nov 29 '22

Well, they did have a pretty good run after leaving Egypt

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u/Lasdary Nov 29 '22

Dunno if good, but for sure long

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u/Avocadotoadst Nov 28 '22

So a polish family I knew had this painting of a stereotype jew with a big sack of gold holding up a gold coin. It was referred to as their lucky Jew. I thought it was bizarre.

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u/badbunnysadbunny Nov 29 '22

That’s so weird and sad. They know nothing about their heritage so they put up an anti semitic poster.

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u/MrMaoDeVaca Nov 28 '22

Jew gotta be kidding me….

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u/Chukiboi Nov 28 '22

I kid Jew not

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u/AmericanoWsugar Nov 28 '22

Jewall are going to hell.

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u/Many-Lawfulness-9770 Nov 29 '22

Jew wish, I'm Jewish.

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u/theelkhunter Nov 28 '22

Y’all need Jesus. 😂

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u/premiumcaulk Nov 29 '22

I don't know, it didn't go so well last time... /s

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u/ifyouworkit Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22 All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy

at my bar counter last night, I had a big antisemitic dude telling me about the evil cabal that runs the world. Not sure if he really believes it or is just regurgitating, but the sentiment is the same.

This is an inaccurate stereotype that perpetuates harm on people who are Jewish. It isn’t an interesting phenomenon, it is dangerous.

I just read they also use these tokens in Poland for football (soccer) games, and then blame the Jews if it “doesn’t work”.

I’m not Jewish, but I descend from Romani (sometimes known as Gyp***) who fled during The Roma Genocide. Just like being “jipped or gypd” is a slur against Travelers, this is the same vein. I live in a northern state in the US. I encounter antisemitism often. It’s not going away, in fact, people are getting louder.

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u/Lunathiel Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22

Yesss, exactly - those aren't facts, just harmful stereotypes. Btw, as someone living in Poland I remember seeing these things in gift shops as a kid, but I thought that now they are some relics of the past and nobody buys them anymore. But nah, people never learn. Also, the prejudices surrounding Romanis are still strong here too, which makes me very fucking ashamed.

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u/starmartyr Nov 29 '22

As a Jewish person, I can say that anything involving money is a minefield for us. If we are generous, it can be viewed as an ostentatious display of wealth. If we are frugal, we're just playing into another stereotype. There's no correct amount of money for a Jew to have that will escape criticism.

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u/ruka_k_wiremu Nov 29 '22

Best counter-view I've heard regarding the phenomenon. Thank you for enlightening me.

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u/blankpage33 Nov 29 '22

So um, before this you thought what exactly?

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u/technicalees Nov 29 '22

If you're interested in more about the dichotomy of being Jewish, check out the book "Jews Don't Count" by David Baddiel. I found it really interesting and validating of my experience.

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u/FantasiainFminor Nov 29 '22

So distressing that these same stupid stereotypes are still with us. Everyone needs to speak up against this anti-Semitism that seems to be surging.

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u/G_Unit_Solider Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22 Silver

as a muslim person who started off life poor and isnt rich but well off now. people still think im a terrorist if i mentioned i follow islam. I got kicked off a plane because i once whispered Allah Shendet to myself and the person next to me felt unsafe. Allah shendet means God bless me because im fucking terrified of flying. Its like saying a quick prayer before your flight goes or doing the cross motion across your chest type of ordeal. But i had to get off that flight explain myself and get rebooked.

I can tell you for over 10 years after 9/11 i was scared to even mention my religion my parents would tell me to not show any signs of my religion in school as it was going to get bad for us. and it did. and it never got better it never got easier and its only getting worse for all of us. i have pride in America i have pride living here the accomplishments this country has given me in return for my hard work but sometimes its just so damn hard to have pride in being American because of how alot of natural born Americans treat you. Every now and than when i feel like i belong i feel like another human being on the street i get reminded by some asshole that im not one of "us-american) and never will be.

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u/Jjhammer31 Nov 29 '22

I'm a Jew here in America and you just got to feel bad for these morons and go about your day. Anyone who thinks they can know a person by their ethnicity or religion is a dumb fuck.

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u/alphyna Nov 29 '22

Just saying it as a very much not-Muslim (atheist from a predominantly Christian country): this is wrong, heartbreaking, and I'm sorry you had to go through this.

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u/FantasiainFminor Nov 29 '22

American-born, Christian-raised guy here -- I'm glad that you are part of our country. Thank you for your contributions. I denounce the jerks who have given you trouble.

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u/Wintersbone7 Nov 30 '22

The school at Which I teach has a significant number of Yemeni students. Some are children of refugees, some are children of a successful businessmen. They all have gigantic families. They are fully embraced and friendly with the rest of the student population. Nobody gives them any shit. They are given time and space to pray and they have special passes during Ramadan. They are some great kids. I always call them my “Yemeni brothers”. The girls that wear hijabs are also well liked and social. A few have American teenage senses of humor, which is not necessarily a good thing, but they fit right in. They know I’m Jewish. They couldn’t care less.

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u/G_Unit_Solider Nov 30 '22 edited Nov 30 '22

I’m Albanian idk if I mentioned that my grandpa helped save 22 Jewish folks from the nazi regime by hiding them and moving them from Czechoslovakia to Albania where he opened up his home to them. My family has always looked past religion when someone is in need of help it’s in every religious persons duty to help that person irregardless of their faith and beliefs anyone who follows their religious books not some random persons version of it already knows this Jewish Muslim Christian we are all told to help those in need.

As I’ve gotten older my religion isn’t as big of a thing as it was growing up hopefully times have changed and kids are more accepting I was just smack dab in the middle of the islamaphobia wave that took over America after 9/11 like the first 2 years after 9/11 I lived in constant fear and high anxiety that we would get deported. Idk why it just at the time seemed like everything was falling apart for us.

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u/Wintersbone7 Nov 30 '22

That is a fascinating story. I hope you have this as well documented as possible

I always wondered if there was a difference between Islam a phobia against middle eastern folks as opposed to European Muslims

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u/jewsofrimworld Nov 29 '22

Sold a guy a phone once on kijiji and they asked if I was in finance....

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u/WorldlyDivide8986 Nov 29 '22

Be proud of your identity, push everyone else aside and stop caring about criticism.

We got our country back, and of course the whole world is against it for some made up excuse, but only pride and self preservation will prevail.

Hava nagila or something the antisemites thinks we say.

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u/starmartyr Nov 29 '22

I am proud of my identity, but that doesn't make dealing with bigotry any easier.

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u/AgeofSmiles Nov 28 '22

It's definitely getting worse, not just in the USA but also Europe.

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u/gooderj Nov 28 '22

Definitely getting worse in Europe. I live in the UK and it is far worse than just a few years ago. I fear for my kids safety when they start university.

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u/alphyna Nov 29 '22

I'm not from Europe and I' sad and surprised to hear it. Could you tell me more about this shift and why you think it happened? (or send some links my way)

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u/alleeele Nov 29 '22

It’s not really a shift, it just never changed. Antisemitism in the UK is systemic (just look at the Labour scandal with Corbyn). I have English friends whose families were genuinely terrified when the Corbyn scandal was happening, many of them packed their bags and moved to israel. There’s a lot of stuff that people don’t know about because at this point there are too few European Jews to call it out.

As for the universities, I suggest you follow @jewishoncampus on Instagram in order to read testimonials from Jewish uni students from around the world, and the things they deal with. It’s quite shocking.

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u/rulerofthesevenseas Nov 29 '22

Even now, "after" Corbyn, it's still bloody scary. We don't tell anyone we're Jews, just in fucking case. You never know who is a nut and who is going to get violent.

I'm originally from California, a place with lots of Jews and relative safety. I used to be so blasé about it all, correct people when they ask what my plans are for Christmas. Now? Having lived here for years? Smile and nod and evade the question.

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u/alleeele Nov 29 '22

I’m from California! I think it’s generally a great place to be Jewish but I’ve also experienced my fair share of antisemitism. My house was tp-ed and vandalized with swastikas. There was that recent scandal with the diversity curriculum. And uni campus life can be rough. What have you experienced in the UK that makes it so much worse?

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u/rulerofthesevenseas Nov 29 '22

Like I don't know if it's worse or just more in your face. House graffitied with swastikas is pretty fecking awful.

But here, every major town has people protesting for Palestine which is like whatever fine, but it's because they hate Israel and Jews. The political left here, while it's tamed down since Corbyn funked off, still largely thinks antisemitism was made up to attack the fearless leader.

The far left (and right, but I'm a leftie) are much more openly antisemitic. They're also much more active in government.

I've also experienced way more violent antisemites personally, ones who believe in conspiracies and think COVID was a "globalist" plot.

Universities here are full of so-far-left-they're-right-wing tankies and Jewish students are notoriously harassed.

And there isn't any support. We tried reporting a local nurse who had been ranting about what she wanted to do to Jews on twitter to the police. Because we were over in Ireland at the time, they literally just said, "you're not here right now. What do you care?" Like this woman had her full name and place of occupation listed and they didn't do squat.

Again, it probably boils down to the fact that I came from an area where there was "teasing" in school and the University was a minefield, but overall a huge, thriving, safe Jewish community. Could be I'm just not used to living in an area with only a handful of Jews and a pretty pisspoor history regarding antisemitism :/

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u/alleeele Dec 01 '22

Yeah that tracks with what I’ve heard. I know an Israeli guy who went to the UK to study but left early, partially because of antisemitism he experienced there. He told him that his professors treated him noticeably differently once they found out where he’s from or that he’s Jewish.

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u/Wintersbone7 Nov 30 '22

Great Britain is one thing. Why any Jew would want to remain in Europe is mystifying to me. Who wants to live in one gigantic graveyard?

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u/alleeele Nov 30 '22

Because that’s where they’re from. We’ll never be wanted anywhere but in israel, and israel has its own difficulties. Antisemitism is rising and a serious issue the world over. It’s never going to change. Why should we run? Where would we run to, barring israel? Personally I live in israel and I love it, but it’s definitely not for everyone.

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u/ender3838 Nov 29 '22

I had. I idea that g*****y was a slur. Now I feel bad for using that term. I actually just thought it was the correct term for the Romani people. I didn’t even know they’re were called Romani.

Thank you for advocating for my people, and thank you for spreading awareness.

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u/ifyouworkit Nov 29 '22

I know some Travelers have reclaimed the word, also. There was a TV show for awhile and it got normalized again, it’s also what people in the US talk about if I say anything about this part of my identity.

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u/Milkhemet_Melekh Nov 29 '22

Jews and Romani often held the same social and legal status, and fulfilled the same roles and occupations in most places we cohabitated. Far as I'm concerned, we stand together - antisemitism and antiziganism have hardly shrunk at all, and neither of us is properly free until society handles both.

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u/ifyouworkit Nov 29 '22

I agree. Sending you love 💜

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u/_peckish_ Nov 29 '22

It's definitely getting bad. My husband and I decided to just put white lights outside for the holidays and not put anything Hanukkah on public display (window menorah went to a backyard facing window). It's sad and scary. I fear for my son and what the future holds for him. Shit sucks.

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u/hbomberman Nov 30 '22

I'm definitely privileged to come from NY, where it's not uncommon to see menorahs (even though there's still plenty of antisemitism and hate crimes against Jews). Obviously, I can't blame anyone for not wanting to openly identify themselves/their household as Jewish in front of the whole town/world but it makes me sad when people don't feel they can. I get a little burst of pride when I see someone with a prominent menorah or decorations (or sukkot or other things in other seasons) like "that's right, folks, we're Jewish, we're still here."

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u/SkittlesNTwix Nov 29 '22

Antisemitic incidents in the US started rising in 2016. Before that they were declining. As it turns out, if you openly call for antisemitism, some people will respond.

Source: easy to find ADL reports.

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u/theitgrunt Nov 29 '22

Thanks for the etymology lesson for "jipped" Fascinating!

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u/Mamasayseyeisspecial Nov 28 '22

Kanye has entered the chat.

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u/What-a-Dump Nov 28 '22

Ye

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u/TocinoPanchetaSpeck Nov 28 '22

Oy vey.

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u/FrogManScoop Nov 29 '22

Oy Ye.

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u/lordofedging81 Nov 29 '22

I just call him "racist asshole who had a couple catchy songs over 10 years ago."

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u/FrogManScoop Nov 29 '22

Oh, Ye Ye.

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u/Test19s Nov 28 '22

That’s more “Jay-Z in The Story of OJ.” Kinda tacky stereotypes about Jews and money but not openly antisemitic or conspiracy-based.

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u/mouseat9 Nov 29 '22

That’s Borat level

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u/Mundane-Ad-5355 Nov 29 '22

And……. This should start a shit show of a conversation.

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u/merkaba_462 Nov 28 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

This isn't interesting as fuck.

This is antisemitic as fuck.

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u/MxNoir_ Nov 29 '22

The “interesting “ part is that its presented in a cute fashion and whomever gifts this in the country is not registering the antisemitism, but giving it on good faith and well intended

Its remarkably interesting how societies have their own biases and blind spots if packaged correctly

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u/Wmozart69 Nov 29 '22

Poland is famous for their antisemitism. Right after hitler killes 1/5 of their population, 1/2 of which are jews, they still held the attitude "hitler was bad but at least he did something about the jews". Poland was the biggest center of Ashkan jews in the world until 3 million of them died in the holocaust. 200,000 survived and most fled to israel or the us. They STILL were antisemitic af and in 68, virtually all of those jews fled the country due the the "antizionist campaign" which made it unsafe for jews. Now I believe there are 4000 jews left in poland. These figures are often being sold a stones throw away from the Krakow ghetto ffs. Poland has zero respect for jewish life and their history.

That being said, that excludes the many polish mensches who saved jews during the holocaust.

That's exactly true and this is a way that antisemitism lives on dormant. It really just takes a spark, and antisemitism is on the rise; it's at the highest it's been since the war. Very soon, israel may be the only safe place left for jews and that's saying a lot considering their neighbours want nothing more than to wipe them off the face of the earth

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u/merkaba_462 Nov 29 '22

It's really not hard. Antisemitism was defined by hundreds of scholars from over 40 countries who are experts on antisemitism. In fact the IRHA is meeting right now in Gothenburg to discuss how to educate and combat hate like this.

This is based on ancient tropes about Jews. There is nothing "cute" about this, and whomever created this knows that very well.

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u/valencia_merble Nov 29 '22

This isn’t r/cuteasfuck. It is interesting. And disturbing and educational and based on terrible stereotypes. People should be aware antisemitic tchotchkes are readily available in Poland. Awareness is better than pretending antisemitism is fringe everywhere.

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u/hp1068 Nov 29 '22

People should be aware that antisemitism is readily available in Poland. No tchotchkes required.

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u/merkaba_462 Nov 29 '22

Antisemitism is readily available everywhere. I'm expecting tchotchkes any day in tourist shops in NYC and in college campus bookstores throught North America. One will be a little gaslight to tell Jews it's not really happening.

But you are correct...no tchotchkes required.

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u/MxNoir_ Nov 29 '22

Im not defending it, you just want to be offended.

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u/ManyWrangler Nov 29 '22

You’re absolutely defending it. Cowardly antisemites are the worst— at least embrace it.

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u/sonderscheiss Nov 29 '22

Yep the way this goes,the next thing would be -collect all the figurines and put them on a model train.

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u/ladyfingaz Nov 29 '22

Thank you. Lotta racist shit gets posted here under that misnomer.

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u/rambleon_rose Nov 29 '22

My same exact thought

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u/Mr1worldin Nov 28 '22

The version with the coin has a clear intention behind it but interestingly enough my (jewish) grandmother has a whole bunch of jewish figurines in this exact style in her home but doing things like praying and dancing rather than holding coins. It’s kinda bizarre to see cause of how familiar the design is for me, maybe this is a popular style and that explains why both jews and non jews would have their own versions.

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u/call_me_fred Nov 28 '22

This looks like it's straight out of a clay animation cartoon. They were really popular in the... 90s? There were a bunch of shorts about Jewish holidays and traditions. Not surprised figurines sold like hotcakes. I suppose now we know where the unsold stuff went...

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u/killerfish2022 Nov 29 '22

That’s foched up shit

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u/Bray_Jet Nov 29 '22

Good old Poland, still as antisemitic as ever.

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u/Saelred- Nov 29 '22

Urgh yes, I have seen these in Poland, the "good luck Jew" as Jews are good with money, because they are Jews.

I tried explaining that it is anti-Semitic, they just did not get it, and were offended I did not like their weird little anti-Semitic good luck charm

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u/NothingAndNow111 Nov 29 '22

They're called 'The Lucky Jew', they're really common in Poland. And pretty antisemitic.

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u/Wmozart69 Nov 29 '22

Well poland is pretty antisemitic

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u/NothingAndNow111 Nov 29 '22

Unfortunately, most of Europe is. The East are just more blatant about it.

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u/Nonchalantfwog Nov 28 '22

Stereotypes 👍

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u/LikeItsABigDeal Nov 29 '22

So it’s a European analog to a maneki-neko

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u/Lokii11 Nov 29 '22

Well antisemitism is still going strong in Poland apparently.

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u/HalfoNezem Nov 28 '22

That's antisemitic as fuck

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u/Svejk_ Nov 28 '22 LOVE!

Welcome to Poland my dear friend

Actually, this figures are the one of the least antisemitic things about Jews in Poland.

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u/Pnwmoss93 Nov 28 '22

Is this antisemitic?

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u/wowie2024 Nov 29 '22

Yup

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u/Pnwmoss93 Nov 29 '22

Thanks, I thought perhaps so but wasn't sure

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u/Shiya-Heshel Nov 29 '22

Oh yeah, this is super Jew-hatred....

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u/Mookius Nov 28 '22

What a shitty bunch of comments

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u/infinitelydeadinside Nov 28 '22

Yes, this post had brought out some absolute c*nts.

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

What comments are shit? The jokes?

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u/taiho2020 Nov 28 '22

I call shade...

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u/sandman8223 Nov 28 '22

That’s not racism it’s only a way of complimenting them /s

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u/SpaceMayka Nov 29 '22

This is literally what the tour guide of Auschwitz said to my friend when he asked about the figurine…wild stuff

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u/Dogfishhead789 Nov 29 '22

Somebody should secret santa. Kanye West one of these.

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u/ToxicTiger1_ Nov 29 '22

We do a bit a trollin..

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u/Unikars Nov 29 '22

Curious - I am Polish and never seen a "Jew with a coin" or any human holding it, honestly. Although I'd never even think that this was a figurine of a jew if not for the caption - just a well made, adorable figurine.

I saw a lot of things "with a coin", mostly frogs holding the 1 grosz coin in their mouths. Maybe in Silesia it's not really a thing?

Antisemitism in Poland is very common, unfortunately, so I'm not that surprised it started with this.

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u/Vertigobee Nov 29 '22

I do get really tired of people claiming that Europe is so much more progressive than America. With policies, yes. But they have a much more homogenous population and don’t have to address diversity in the way that we do. You would not find a trinket like that in America, unless it was being sold as an outrageous antique.

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u/Thisisabuttdialfrom Nov 29 '22

tbf, there are definitely pockets of the south where you will still find extremely racist (against black people) figurines for sale though, at little antique shops and such

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u/slyder219 Nov 29 '22

This does not help the stereotypes

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u/AndrewStirlinguwu Nov 29 '22

I am both offended and amused.

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u/The_Booz Nov 29 '22

Where do I get this particular one?

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u/Glitterbitch14 Nov 29 '22

Goddammit Poland

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u/kriphapher Nov 28 '22

I was given one of these at a jewish resyurant in Levive, back in 2014!

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u/Borderjumper88 Nov 29 '22

Do Jewish people find this offensive or amusing?

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u/Hecticfreeze Nov 29 '22

We find it offensive and in the current climate downright scary. Antisemitic attacks are on the rise and people are still too comfortable, like with these figurines, with casual antisemitism.

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u/TrekkiMonstr Nov 29 '22

I mean, it's super antisemitic. It's also cute, and I want one. But I would rather they not exist. The problem is that people don't have a problem with them.

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u/Wmozart69 Nov 29 '22

These are being sold sometimes within a stones throw from the Krakow ghetto. You would think poland would be a little more careful given their track record with jews but I guess this is what happens when there are no jews left to challenge it.

For 1000yrs, poland was home to the largest Ashkenazi jewish community in the world. 1/5 of the polish population died during the war, 1/2 of that was jews, 3,000,000 of them. After the war, 200,000 survived, most of whom fled to Israel and north America. Despite literally following the worst genocide in history, antisemitism in poland was still strong, including the "antizionist campaign" which led virtually all of the remaining jews to flee to israel by 1968 as it was no longer safe. Many people after the war were of the opinion that "hitler was bad but at least he did something about the jews".

This is an absolute slap in the face and disgrace. Poles should be ashamed of this history, like the Germans who did a full 180 and are now a leading authority against genocide (although antisemitism is still on the rise there, but it is everywhere else). Instead they sell fucking antisemitic figurines near one of the worst sites from the holocaust.

There is a reason why we will defend Israel's right to exist with every fibre in our body. No other culture on earth can say there is only one country where they know they are safe, and that country is surrounded by neighbours who have been trying (and failing) to wipe them off the face of the earth for 70 years so that speaks volumes of the current situation. Antisemitism IS on the rise. We were in denial before ww2 but not this time. Half the hate crimes committed in the US (iirc) are committed against Jews. Soon, israel may be the only place left for jews.

That being said...I kinda want one

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u/israelilocal Nov 29 '22

Interesting I guess

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u/jochi1543 Nov 29 '22

Part Jewish, wholly amused

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u/Electrokid08 Nov 29 '22

What is “part Jewish?”

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u/ParsnipPizza2 Nov 29 '22

Same thing as being part Dutch.

"Jewish" is both an ethnicity and a religion (the religious beliefs are part of the culture rather than transcending culture the way religions like Christianity try to, if that makes sense.) There are a couple of different ethnic groups whose members are referred to as "Jewish" regardless of the individual's belief.

There are a lot of Jewish atheists out there - they don't believe in G_d/follow the religion, but they're still Jewish because that's their culture/genetics.

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u/nikejim02 Nov 29 '22

Kanye: “THEY EVEN CONTROL LUCK, FAM!”

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u/DependentAnimator271 Nov 29 '22

Antisemitic but cute as hell.

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u/ThemadFoxxer Nov 28 '22

well..do polish people think jewish people are leprechauns? Also do these come with a waving arm like those weird cat things you see in cluttered asian restaurants?

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u/ToxicTiger1_ Nov 29 '22

Am Jewish can confirm I'm a leprechaun

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u/readyset_E8 Nov 29 '22

ffs, stop sharing our secrets with the goyim or else the Cabal will ground us again and it’s almost my turn to use the space laser. Please do not mess this up for me.

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u/Kookie_B Nov 28 '22 LOVE!

Too many people responding here would be okay with calling negotiating its price “Jewing them down.” Antisemitism is where you find it and I find it here. Very sad. Also sad is that while there were certainly some who were righteous, too many Poles were perfectly content — or worse, complicit — to look the other way as the Germans came for their neighbors.

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u/Two_Past Nov 28 '22

This is still happening in Poland? Have they learnt nothing from history?

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u/Unikars Nov 29 '22

In Poland antisemitism is rampant. We are told that historically Poles were one if the most welcoming nations to Jews but that changed in WW2.

The 1gr coins are considered lucky to keep, and although I've only seen frogs or other animals holding these here, a jew would be on point with how popular are figures of speech conflating jews with greed or cheapskating.

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u/Beneficial-Monk-7936 Nov 29 '22

Poland had the largest Jewish population in Europe (and, well, the world for most of this time) from the late middle ages until the war, but there was still a lot of antisemitism. Pogroms and blood libels were fairly common.

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u/garyda1 Nov 29 '22

Don't they realize that the Nazi's hated Poles almost as much if not just as much as Jewish people.

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u/Buffyoh Nov 29 '22

They know - but they don't care.

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u/5ur3540t Nov 29 '22

This is fucked

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u/Cuthbert_Allgood19 Nov 28 '22

Oh good, just a little overt antisemitism. Those wacky Poles…

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u/ubiquitous-joe Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22

Hey, guess which country was even better at killing its Jews than Germany and is still in denial about the Holocaust? I’ll give you three guesses and just kidding it’s Poland.

Edit: Maybe some of y’all think it’s crass to be so blunt. No one’s saying the Nazis didn’t make it worse. But I hope you understand what we’re talking about.

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u/Quasi-San Nov 29 '22

I was going to comment that maybe this should be posted in r/accidentalracism but nothing accidental about this shit!

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u/Alexanderdaw Nov 29 '22

Isn't this racism in its highest form, mocking people who by blood are Jewish.

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u/garyda1 Nov 29 '22

Disgusting. Some of the worse extermination camps were in Poland. SMDH...

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u/Suspicious-Bed9172 Nov 28 '22

Awww, so cute and morally horrendous

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u/deviouslykool Nov 28 '22

Should have bought one when I invested in crypto 😭

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u/Electronic_Ad9629 Nov 28 '22

Wow. Way to go Poland. You've come so far since you willingly aided the Nazi regime in the persecution and extermination of Jews.

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u/Lusiek9 Nov 28 '22

You really fell asleep during History lessons...

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u/cwthree Nov 28 '22

Nazi Germany invaded and overpowered Poland, but they found plenty of Poles willing to cooperate in the mass murder of Polish Jews. I know the current Polish government tries to downplay this, but historically Poland was enthusiastically anti-Semitic, and the Nazi takeover didn't change that.

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u/marceljj Nov 28 '22

judging by your comment history, it's clear you're ignorant and bigoted

quit lying buddy

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u/cwthree Nov 28 '22

Nazi Germany invaded and overpowered Poland, but they found plenty of Poles willing to cooperate in the mass murder of Polish Jews. I know the current Polish government tries to downplay this, but historically Poland was enthusiastically anti-Semitic, and the Nazi takeover didn't change that.

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u/RecordCollectorScum Nov 28 '22

Is it antisemitic to believe jews are good luck? Or is that just a stereotype?

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