April 24th, 2006


metagraph redux

— for Chien-Ling Liu  

Remedios Varo, Vampiros vegetarianos, 1962

                             In a Time of Cuisine
                             A fact the gourmet
                             euphemism can’t silence:
                             vegetarians eat sex,
                             carnivores eat violence.
                             — Les Murray, April 2004

                  Fair Play

         Herbivorous scruples
         betoken the coward —
         men eat flesh on credit
         ere they get devour’d.

righteous gentiles

The strike of February 1941, one of the few spontaneous mass protests in German-occupied Europe, expressed the Dutch revulsion at Nazi repression and persecution of the Jews. This does not mean every Dutchman was a friend of the Jews, merely that they did not like German interference in domestic affairs. The well-known slogan, Keep your dirty hands off our dirty Jews, expresses this sentiment aptly.
— Dick van Galen Last and Rolf Wolfswinkel, Anne Frank and After: Dutch Holocaust Literature in a Historical Perspective, Amsterdam University Press, 1996, p. 42
The slogan is indeed well-known, but documentary corroboration in regard to protective Dutch attitudes towards their vuile Joden is hard to come by. I recall a denial of this slogan as apocryphal in a symposium published in Harper’s Magazine around 1993. Can anyone corroborate it or cite similar slogans elsewhere?

Crossposted to [info]linguaphiles and [info]history.