Dear Polonian Friends and Colleagues,
Dumb Polacks, Poles as the world's worst anti-Semites, Polish concentration camps: what can we do about these stereotypes? Our proud immigrant ancestors, heroes like Jan Karski and Irena Sendler: how can we tell our story?
Today you don't have to wait for someone else to do something. Today you can be the someone who does something.
High Castle Publishing – Wydawnictwo Wysoki Zamek – plans to bring "Bieganski: The Brute Polak Stereotype in American Popular Culture and Polish-Jewish Relations" to Poland.
To do so, Jacek Tokarski needs several thousand dollars to fund translation.
Mr. Tokarski is currently approaching Polish institutions in search of those funds.
It would be testimony to Polonia's dedication and vitality if average Polonians could contribute, both in terms of funds and organizing.
Individual Polonians can do three things:
1.) Donate to High Castle's translation fund. You can contact Jacek Tokarski via his company's homepage here. You can also contact him via his Facebook page here, and the Wysoki Zamek Facebook page here.
2.) Distribute this appeal. Encourage other Polonians to donate to the translation fund.
3.) If you really want to make a significant contribution, consider setting up a Kickstarter page or a YouCaring page.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Don't send me any money! Other than posting this announcement, I will take no part in fundraising.
The funds go directly to Jacek Tokarski at High Castle Publishing, and he will devote the funds directly to translation.
After you donate, and after you disseminate this appeal, CONGRATULATE YOURSELF ON MAKING A DIFFERENCE. You didn't stand by and wait for someone else to make the world a better place. YOU made the world a better place.
Below please find a fundraising letter. Please do disseminate it widely. Thank you.
Dear Polonian Friends and Colleagues,
Polish concentration camps, dumb Polacks, Polack jokes, Poles as the world's worst anti-Semites: these anti-Polish stereotypes anger us and break our hearts. We know about the heroism of Poles like Witold Pilecki, Jan Karski and Irena Sendler. It is our duty to ensure that our story is told in media, in classrooms, and in the political arena. We want to do something, but what?
I write today to invite you to join in the fight against the brute Polak stereotype.
My name is Jacek Tokarski and I represent Wysoki Zamek publishing. We have published a number of books about World War II and the Holocaust in Poland. Now I'm asking you to help me bring to Polish audiences a prize-winning scholarly book that fights stereotyping.
"Bieganski: The Brute Polak Stereotype" smashes the stereotype of Poles as anti-Semitic brutes. "Bieganski" was first published in English as part of a series edited by Antony Polonsky, the world's premier scholar of Polish-Jewish relations. "Bieganski" has been endorsed by Rabbi Michael Herzbrun, Polish-American poet and professor John Guzlowski, and Prof. James P. Leary. Father John T. Pawlikowki, chair of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council's Subcommittee on Church Relations called "Bieganski" "An important contribution to improved Polish-Jewish understanding."
The Shofar Journal of Jewish Studies called it "Groundbreaking." American Jewish History said that Bieganski points out that the Brute Polak stereotype "gives the illusion of absolving those who failed in their own test of humanity" during the Holocaust. "Bieganski" was the subject of a cover story in Tygodnik Powszechny, and it won the PAHA Halecki Award.
Author Danusha Goska is a prize-winning writer who has been an invited speaker at Brandeis, Georgetown, Indiana University Bloomington, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. "Bieganski" is the only scholarly book dedicated to demolishing the stereotype of Poles as the world's worst anti-Semites.
"Bieganski" will provide Polish readers with a new perspective on their own history, a perspective that they cannot gain from any other single source. They will understand Polish-Jewish relations as they never have before.
To realize the goal of publishing "Bieganski" in Poland in Polish, Wysoki Zamek must raise approximately $4000 to fund translation.
Donors will be recognized prominently in the book itself. Major donors will be thanked in the programs of any speaking engagements.
Please donate toward this worthy cause. Any amount can help. I am also asking you for help in identifying potential donors. The sooner we put the task of fundraising behind us, the sooner a Polish-language version of this important book can contribute to the fight against stereotyping.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.