You were born, raised and educated in Poland and yet you don't identify yourself as a Pole
BS. It was the idiots here that made every possible effort to deny that I am Polish. Nothing, including my WUT diploma, birth certificate, passport, or even the book I translated with my name on it would convince them otherwise.
But I never played the role of an unassimilated Jew once I arrived here. I did my absolute best to be like the people who graciously allowed me to live with them and that is why I identify myself as an American - not out of fear or to make more money; the Jewish way. Right this minute, the only object I have that is Polish is my passport.
Generally, Rich, I have an impression that just like the Polish language, human beings ... are a bit too complicated for you.
It's actually very uncomplicated.
I have one life to live. It is, therefore, my desire and an option, to spend it in the best place possible - the United States of America. In 1966, Poland was not it and I was out.
The fact that I liked the American flag and language better was on the list further down but it was there.
Assimilated Polish Jews felt themselves Polish by nationality, Jewish by religion.
Interchangeably and when it would fit better.