Thursday, February 07, 2008

"We don't serve Jews here..."

Further to this post, here is the extended story:

Marcel Kalmann is 64 years old. Born January 1st, 1944 in Auschwitz-Birkenau, he is the youngest person to have survived Auschwitz.

After the war he lived in shelters, where he was also abused. As a young man he emigrated to America and is now a professor.

About two weeks ago Kalmann visited the city of Bruges. On the last day of his stay he entered a famous restaurant: Le Panier d'Or and asked for a cup of coffee. He was the only client at the time, and besides him there were a barman and two waiters. When one of the waiters noticed his yarmulke he turned to him and barked out: "We don't serve Jews here, out!" The professor was completely confused and left the cafe as quickly as possible, the waiter yet screaming after him: 'out, OUT!'

(Read the rest of this incredible story, here)


An old Jew was refused service in a restaurant.

"We don't serve Jews here," said the waiter.

"Don't let that bother you," replied the old man.
"I don't eat Jews. I'll have a vegetable soup .."

Anyone laughing?

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Update:

I found this little bit here.

Looks like the story is not quite believed.

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UpdateII:

"We don't serve Jews here..."

I removed the warning that this might not be s true story, after I saw this on the French daily "Le monde":

L'exploitant du café ne conteste pas que le professeur ait été expulsé. Il se dit prêt à lui présenter des excuses "s'il le désire" mais soutient que ce client aurait eu "un comportement étrange". Les voisins de l'établissement préfèrent, semble-t-il, résumer à l'affaire à une querelle sur les tarifs pratiqués : les serveurs jongleraient allégrement avec les prix en fonction du profil des clients.

Les services touristiques de la ville ont ouvert une enquête sur une affaire qui, selon leur directeur, Jean-Pierre Drubbel, serait la première du genre. Le bourgmestre (maire) chrétien-démocrate, Patrick Moenaert, a réclamé une information circonstanciée à la police et exigé "toute la clarté". Il a présenté ses excuses au citoyen américain, dans la mesure où il aurait été victime de "comportements inadéquats" ne cadrant pas avec l'image de "ville accueillante" qu'entend offrir Bruges.

Le bourgmestre rappelle qu'en avril 2007, après la violente agression dont avait été victime un Français noir dans un café de la ville, il avait soutenu l'organisation d'un concert de solidarité et fermé l'établissement.La communauté juive de Flandre a réagi avec d'autant plus d'émotion que Marcel Kalmann a une histoire très particulière. Né à Auschwitz trois jours avant la libération du camp, caché par des compagnons de captivité de sa mère, il est resté comme le plus jeune détenu libéré du camp de la mort.


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Update III:

A comment was dropped on this blog, partly explaining why the above information is still problematic:

Being the one who translated the article from the Standard Online (the Flemish Center Right daily) and who asked Engage to publish my translation, I think it's my duty to warn you that there is something fishy about this event.

There is the fact Mr. Kalmann complained about the attitude of the Bruges police as they did not let him file his complaint in English. It turns out that Mr. Kalmann speaks Dutch fluently, as he let himself being interviewed in English on television (I saw the interview with my own eyes).

In the original piece of "Joods Aktueel" there is also a mention of the coffee that is unreasonably expensive in that café. How can that be an issue if they " don't serve Jews". The story goes that he was shown the door when he took off his hat and his kippah could be seen.

In short, Engage withdrew the story , and I think they were right to do so. Something ugly may or may not have happened there in Bruges, but what happened is not what was reported.

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This is getting weirder and weirder, especially since, according to the above "Le monde" article:

The owner of the coffee does not dispute that the professor was expelled. He says he is willing to apologize "if the cusromer wished it" but insists that this customer exhibited "a strange behavior". The neighbors of this cafe apparently prefer to regard it as a quarrel over the price of coffee: the waiters would juggle briskly with the prices according to the profile of the customers.

This is the best I could do by way of translating the French. The difficulty arises from the lack of clarity: What does it mean, that the waiters could "juggle with the prices according to the profile of the customer"?? Does it really mean that the food items served in that cafe did not have a fixed price which allowed the waiters to charge as they pleased according to how rich or poor the customer seemed? This bit of puzzling information certainly opens up a few quite interesting interpretations of what might have happened there. I'll try to follow up on this story if anything new becomes available.

Thanks to Marc Grajower for his comment.

3 Comments:

At 4:25 PM EST, Anonymous Marc Grajower said...

Being the one who translated the article from the Standard Online (the Flemish Center Right daily) and who asked Engage to publish my translation, I think it's my duty to warn you that there is something fishy about this event.

There is the fact Mr. Kalmann complained about the attitude of the Bruges police as they did not let him file his complaint in English. It turns out that Mr. Kalmann speaks Dutch fluently, as he let himself being interviewed in English on television (I saw the interview with my own eyes).

In the original piece of "Joods Aktueel" there is also a mention of the coffee that is unreasonably expensive in that café. How can that be an issue if they " don't serve Jews". The story goes that he was shown the door when he took off his hat and his kippah could be seen.

In short, Engage withdrew the story , and I think they were right to do so. Something ugly may or may not have happened there in Bruges, but what happened is not what was reported.

 
At 1:52 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Truth Will Out Once the Media Circus Dies Down

SEE CAPS FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF THE TRUTH HERE:
see NEWS BELOW FOR REAL SCOOP:

Jewish tourist booted from Belgian cafe

reports the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, www.jta.org

An American tourist was kicked out of a cafe in Belgium for being Jewish. BUT IS THAT THE TRUTH? IN FACT, THE CAFE OWNER HAS EMAILED BLOGGERS THAT THE ARGUMENT WAS ABOUT MONEY, THE PRICES FOR COFFEE THERE, AND NOT ABOUT WEARING A KIPPA. SO IT WAS WRONG TO REPORT: "An American tourist was kicked out of a cafe in Belgium for being Jewish." THAT IS NOT WHY HE WAS KICKED OUT. HE WAS KICKED OUT, ACCORDING TO THE CAFE, FOR CAUSING A DISTURBANCE AND BEING A CROTCHETY OLD MAN, WHAT SOME PEOPLE CALL AN UGLY AMERICAN. HE WAS IN A TOURIST TRAP, WHERE PRICES ARE ARTIFICIALLY HIGH. WE ALL KNOW THAT. BUT HE WAS NOT KICKED OUT FOR WEARING A KIPPA. JTA GOT IT WRONG, AS DID HAARETZ AND ALL THE OTHER MEDIA. THIS OLD MAN WANTED REVENGE, HE WANTED TO GET EVEN, SO HE DID. BUT THE NEWS STORY IS FALSE.

Marcel Kalmann, a 64-year-old professor, PROFESSOR OF WHAT? WHERE? NO GOOGLE SEARCH SHOWS HIS NAME AT ANY UNIVERSITY. told the Antwerp Jewish magazine Joods Actueel JEWISH CURRENT that he was ejected from the renowned restaurant Le Panier d'Or in Bruges after a waiter saw his yarmulke under his cap. TRUTH: HE WAS EJECTED FOR CAUSING A SCENE ABOUT MONEY, ABOUT THE PRICE OF COFFEE IN THAT TOURIST TRAP. HE WAS NOT EJECTED AFTER A WAITER SAW HIS KIPPA. ALTHOUGH MAYBE AFTER THE OLD MAN STARTED A SCENE, ONE OF THE WAITERS SAW THE KIPPA AND MADE A NASTY REMARK ABOUT JEWS, WHICH HE SHOULD APOLOGIZE FOR. BUT PROFESSOR K WAS NOT KICKED OUT FOR WEARING A YARMULKE. PLEASE!

"We are not serving Jews, out of here," the magazine reported. THE KEY WORD HERE IS REPORTED. THIS IS WHAT PROF K TOLD THE MAGAZINE. BUT THE WAITER DID NOT SAY THIS. PERIOD.

Kalmann also told Joods Actueel that he was mistreated at the police station where he went to file a report and was told the incident would not be considered anti-Semitic. He said he will file reports against both the restaurant and the police.
SOUNDS LIKE THE OLD MAN IS REALLY A CROTCHEY OLD MAN, MAYBE WHAT WE CALL IN YIDDISH A REAL PAIN IN THE NECK. JEWS HAVE THESE KINDS OF PEOPLE AMONG US, TOO. REMEMBER THAT JEWISH STUDENT AT COLLEGE RECENTLY WHO WROTE ANTISEMITIC WORDS ON HER DORM DOOR AND THEN CALLED POLICE AND SAID A HATEFUL PERSON WROTE THOSE WORDS? SHE WROTE THEM. SHE WAS JUST TRYING TO GET ATTENTION. GO FIGURE. PROFESSOR KALMANN. GO FIGURE. THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION JOURNAL WILL INTERVIEW HIM SOON AND GET THE REAL STORY. HE IS SURELY A NICE OLD MAN. BUT HE MADE A MISTAKE GOING TO THE MEDIA WITH HIS WILD STORY OF BEING KICKED OUT FOR BEING A JEW. SORRY, PROFESSOR, YOU JUST ENTERED THE JEWISH HALL OF SHAME...



Kalmann was born in the Auschwitz concentration camp three days before its liberation. WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THE NEWS OF THE COFFEE SHIP BROUHAHA? THIS FACT MAKES HIS DIATRIBE AGAINST THE COFFEE SHOP MORE POTENT? BEING BORN IN A SS CAMP DOES MAKE PROFESSOR K INTO AN ANGEL... OR DOES IT?

The mayor of Bruges has ordered a police inquiry into the incident and apologized to Kalmann, the European Jewish Press reported. GOOD. APOLOGIES ARE NEEDED ALL AROUND. PROFESSOR K SHOULD APOLOGIZE. AFTER THE CAFE APOLOGIZES TO HIM. AND THEN WE SHOULD ALL GET ON WITH OUR LIVES AND GO BACK TO CHASING BRITNEY STORIES.

REMEMBER. THE TRUTH IS SLIPPERY. FOR JEWS AND NON-JEWS ALIKE.

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Belgium Restaurant Explains Why They Threw A Yarmulka-Wearing Jew Out Of Their Establishment

http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?s=kalmann

February 11, 2008

Earlier this morning, YWN posted a story regarding a restaurant in Belgium which threw a man out because he was wearing a Yarmulka. A reader of YWN wrote an email to the restaurant to voice his outrage - and received a response.


RESPONSE FROM RESTURANT [AS WRITTEN]:

Dear Sir,

Normally we decided not to respond to all the hate-mail we get becouse 90 % of them are anonymous. As your mail is undersigned I would to answer.

It is true Mr Kalmann visited our restaurant, and it is also true there has been an incident between mr Kalmann and one of the waitors. This incident was based on a discussion about the price of his coffee.
This can be checked in the police-files. It was not at all a racist incident.

In our restaurants we employ over one hundred people. 40 % of them are not Belgian, are not Catholic, do not have the same color of skin as we do, some of them do not even speak or understand our language (Flemish) and we have no problem with this. The biggest part of our clients are tourists which means they have a different nationality, different religions, different colors of skins, speak different languages, … and we have no problem with this.

We always tell our staff to respect all our clients, rich or poor, white or black, catholic or muslim or jew or … and we never had any problems of this kind. We also expect our clients to show some respect for our staff who works very hard. Unfortunately we sometimes have clients with a different opinion in this matter, but we always try to remain calm and if there sometimes is a discussion we try to solve the problem by speaking to the persons. Very often we find out there is no real problem but only some misunderstanding because of the peoples different habbits and problem is solved. We never got the occasion to speak to mr Kalmann to try to defend ourselves or to solve the problem because he went directly to the police.

I can assure you we regret this. I have read on the site of ‘joods actueel’ that the waitor told if mr Kalmann want this he would like to appoligise to him. Why doesn’t he never got the occasion to do this? It looks to us somebody needed a reason to create a problem and so they did. Really grown up people should try to solve a problem (if there is one) by having a good conversation.

I hope this misunderstanding is solved quick and in a correct way.

Sincerely,

All the staff and direction of restaurant ‘Le Panier d’Or’

 
At 1:54 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE CAFE OWNER HIMSELF SAYS:

It is true Mr Kalmann visited our restaurant, and it is also true there has been an incident between mr Kalmann and one of the waitors. This incident was based on a discussion about the price of his coffee.
This can be checked in the police-files. It was not at all a racist incident.

THIS WAS A NON NEWS STORY. IT WAS SET UP BY PROFESSOR K, WHO IS NOT EVEN A PROFESSOR OF ANYTHING, A MERE OLD MAN WITH PARANOIA, GO FIGURE.

 

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