In a little Polish village a drunken priest habitually drinks in a tavern owned by a Jewish tavern-keeper. One Sunday the local priest, deep into his cups, cannot pay his bill. So he offers to leave the keys of the church with the tavern-keeper as surety. A strange offer perhaps but the tavern-keeper agrees.
Sure enough, the following Sunday when the locals come to their church for Mass they find the door locked.
The priest says to them,
“The Jew, the Jew! The Jew has the keys and will not let you in.” So, sure enough, the enraged peasants go round to the Jew, give him a severe beating and a mini-pogrom takes place.
So, who’s to blame?