'Ostjuden' Preceded "Jew-Washing"
My comment at Emily Hauser's attempt to confront NGO-Monitor at Open Zion:-
Semantically, the contextual intent of the phrase "jew-washing" has been around for a while. Long ago, I learned the phrase "ostjuden" which meant, historically, "it's not me [as spoken by the cultured Western and Central European Jew] but it's them [referring to the supposed dirty, smelly and uncouth Jews from Galicia]. In other words, "don't blame me, it's their fault". As noted: Stefan Zweigs father was a rich textile manufacturer. He spent his young adulthood among the aesthete glitterati, scarcely aware that he was a Jew; for years he presided over a salon at Salzburg. The critic Joan Acocella remarks on his willingness to disassociate himself from the... [via My Right Word]