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September 26, 2010

"It's a Conspiracy, I Tell Ya..."

Don't ya just hate it when this sort of thing happens?

Two Polish neo-Nazis who were childhood sweethearts and later became skinheads have discovered what for them is a shocking family secret: They're actually Jewish.

Pawel and Ola, identified only by their first names, are the subject of a CNN documentary about Poles rediscovering their Jewish roots generations after their ancestors hid their religious identities to escape persecution during World War II.

A few years ago, Ola found out from Warsaw's Jewish Historical Institute that both she and her husband are technically Jews. "It was unbelievable -- it turned out that we had Jewish roots. It was a shock," she said.

At the time, she and Pawel were active in Warsaw's neo-Nazi movement. "I was a nationalist 100 percent. Back then when we were skinheads it was all about white power... that Jews were the biggest plague and the worst evil of this world," Pawel said.

Then they met the enemy... and it was them.

Posted by Cassandra at September 26, 2010 10:30 AM

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I thought the most interesting thing about that story was the way that the man swapped from Neo-Nazi skinhead to observant Orthodox Jew. In other words, whatever he was, he was going to define himself as the uttermost example of that type.

This is to say that he was looking for meaning without, not within. He wants the world to tell him who he is, and what he ought to want; even how he ought to dress and wear his hair.

Posted by: Grim at September 26, 2010 10:39 AM

Imagine his consternation if he'd discovered his great-grandfather was a Senegalese rifleman on the Western Front who'd been seconded to the Polish White Army after WWI and decided to remain in place after the war with the Reds.

Posted by: BillT at September 26, 2010 11:02 AM

I dunno, Grim. I think the first part of your statement might be correct, but he has a tie that is in his DNA. I think societal programming and peer pressure do have an influence, but once he learned *more* about his past, he had to look within himself.

One doesn't convert overnight; I think a change of heart has to accompany that. He still has to defend his change.

@Bill: *snort*. I am still wrestling with MIRRs.
The text left out a step. The radical sign. This means war. And a basilisk fang.

Posted by: Cricket at September 26, 2010 11:25 AM

Pawel and Ola : showing us all limitless possibilities of change by going from violent Nazi sympathizers to… a butcher and a soup Nazi at a Kosher deli counter?
re not Pawel and Ola taking the same pleasures as before, satisfying the same hidden urges, only displacing them by embracing more acceptable social positions?

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2010/09/neo-nazi-skinhead-couple-discover-that-theyre-jewish-dont-change-anything-but-their-clothing/

Posted by: Lady Bouvier at September 26, 2010 01:14 PM

Got karma? ;-)

Posted by: camojack at September 27, 2010 01:33 AM

This fits, camo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEhXcEpajN0

Posted by: BillT at September 27, 2010 04:05 AM

Oh, I don't know, Mr. DeBille......that hat'll never stay on while camo is riding. And the cape? Well, let's see what Edna has to say....
0>;~}

Posted by: DL Sly at September 27, 2010 09:08 AM

This fits, camo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEhXcEpajN0
Posted by: BillT at September 27, 2010 04:05 AM

Fits whom? Heh. Anyway, I actually like their music; always have.

Oh, I don't know, Mr. DeBille......that hat'll never stay on while camo is riding. And the cape? Well, let's see what Edna has to say....
0>;~}
Posted by: DL Sly at September 27, 2010 09:08 AM

The hat might be able to stay on, what with the windshield and all...but we'll never know. Same goes for the cape, especially in the vicinity of a tornado...

Posted by: camojack at September 28, 2010 01:09 AM

Fits whom?

Karma Chameleons, perchance?

Posted by: BillT at September 28, 2010 11:06 AM

Karma Chameleons perchance practicing the Karma Sutra?
0>;~}

Posted by: DL Sly at September 28, 2010 12:49 PM

Grooaaannnn. That was . . . horrible. [quickly scribbles it down for future use]

Posted by: LittleRed1 at September 28, 2010 02:43 PM

But hopefully not practicing Karma Suture without a license...

Posted by: BillT at September 28, 2010 03:16 PM

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