Burn a Jew: Antisemitic candles for sale in Poland

Warsaw
- Wax candles depicting a religious Jew with a penny coin in his hand can be purchased in the online store of the Polish beekeeping center.

Customers can choose from two versions: "Little Jew", 12.5 cm high, and "Big Jew", 19.5 cm high. The description of the candles states: “A hand-cast beeswax candle. The figure of the Jew is believed to be successful financially. Impressive, large, it gives a pleasant warm light during combustion and a pleasant aroma of honey and propolis ”.

This controversial product was noticed by Elżbieta Magenheim, a member of the Jewish Religious Community in Warsaw, administrator of the Facebook group Życie Żydowskie.

This is another version of figurines and paintings popular in Poland, depicting religious Jews counting money or holding coins. Many Poles believe that they bring good luck, and turning them upside down causes a flow of cash. Pictures and figurines of the "Lucky Jew" - often called "Żydek" - can be seen in homes and company headquarters.

The figurines and pictures are almost without exception kitschy. However, they are criticized primarily for perpetuating primitive, folk stereotypes of Jews as traders. They outrage modern Jews.

In the context of the crematoria in the extermination camps and the pogrom in Jedwabne, the production of such candles is a highly inappropriate idea. One can imagine the comments made in many Polish homes during the "burning of a Jew".

Jan Gebert has been observing the phenomenon of "a Jew for good luck" for many years. He had come across figurines-candles made by various manufacturers before.

"It is disgusting that there are Jew-shaped candles that can be burned and all that will be left of them is a gold-colored penny," comments Jan Gebert. “It matters a lot, but I believe that was not what the authors meant. I think there was no reflection.

From the assortment of the beekeeping center, you can also burn an elephant and an angel and buy a candle mold "Mother of God with Child".

Source: jewish.pl
Photo: Jan Gebert

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