When my grandfather left post-WWI Poland for a "better life" in Weimar Germany he encountered the Yekes, the German Jews who spoke Hoch Deutch, read Goethe and Heine, and otherwise prided themselves as being as German as the rest of the other Germans. Jews from Poland were, one, more traditional, they spoke Yiddish, and they were :"culturally backward". My mother recalls that nary a Yeke boy would consider even exchanging a hello with the children of the OstJude, as they were called. Granted in the Zionist movements the young people couldn't care less about what the grown ups said about Polish Jews. After all, they were going to life in Palestine where none of that foolishness mattered. Then again, when the Yekes reached Mandatory Palestine, the Polish Jews, who were at once part of the infratstructure, and also regarded themselves as "of that great and venerable Polish culture", made life miserable for the Yekes, in turn. Now I ask you! Then again Mr. Pheffer, you should be blessed if you don't have a Galitzianer in your family tree--that would be blemish that never could be removed.
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