Indeed, most Americans rarely if ever think about Poles
How do you explain the waves of Polish jokes through the years? BS
Polish immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were the largest single group of Central-East European bread-seekers that came to America, and naturally had to take all the arduous, low-paying jobs
BS Take Central-East out of your statement and the same holds true for all, Irish, Italian etc. hell even Asians Chinese coolies to build your railways ring a bell?
The absence of an independent Poland meant that much of what made its way into the American mainstream about Poland came from German government, scholarly or media sources
Joke of the day. Scholarly my a**, most don’t even know where Poland is, besides wasn’t there one here looking for the map of Poland from 1800’s? Media sources? Can’t argue with that.
Unlike Jewish immigrants of the same period who saved up and sent the brightest of their kids to college
in the US the image of Poles churned out by Hollywood was less than favourable
Mostly propagated by one such immigrant group to America, must have been Bolivians.
The pro-Soviet slant of WW2 propaganda reaching the US only helped entrench negative sentiments towards Poles
Blame it on the Soviets, what? Americans are incapable of their own propaganda? American GI’s were fighting alongside Poles on the western front. Surely they had to look to outside sources to have an image of Poles, as they themselves knew nothing about them. BS
Gomułka's 1968 anti-Jewish purge set off America's stand-up comics and other entertainment
Another excuse for those Norwegian Hollywood types.
It’s easy enough to point the finger at external forces
Couldn’t agree with you more.
Although they may be at each others' throats in their closed Polonian circle, they are known for their timidity, passivity and lack of assertiveness
One look at this forum tells you how timid; passive they are when it comes to their heritage.
A successful PolAm dentist may have a grand house in the burbs with swimming pool and three pricey cars, but professionally he is not in a position to propagate the Polish heritage in the American mainstream the way a book author, film director or playwright can.
Organizing and attending Pierogi Fest or any other community based event to share their heritage with their immediate neighbors is not propagating Polish heritage or positive image? Oh wait, Pierogi Fest, there’s a hidden joke there somewhere. BS, another dumb excuse, pathetic.