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Conquest Through World Government
- This Lie Will Not Die
By Lawrence Elliott
- [For nearly a century this evil manuscript has united
bigots of every stripe and, in the process, claimed millions of lives.
Millions around the world embrace its tale of dark conspiracy. You can
buy it in bookstores from Teheran to Tokyo, from a peddler in Moscow, or
by mail from Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.A. Black extremists have hawked the
book on university campuses. Called the "Protocols of the Learned
Elders of Zion," it has shored up a century of anti-Semitism. It has
been shown beyond doubt to be a forgery and a classic of paranoia. But
wherever a scapegoat is needed and the gullible can be duped, the "Protocols"continue
to flourish, sowing suspicion, hatred and murder.]
- Between August 26 and September 7, 1903, a series of
articles appeared in Znamya, a newspaper published in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The message was explosive: a global conspiracy by which Jews meant to conquer
the world. The plot was detailed in the supposedly verbatim record of 24
meetings of the secret Jewish government - the Learned Elders - said to
have taken place during an 1897 Zionist congress in Basel, Switzerland.
How meetings of a "secret government" went unnoticed by the throng
of journalists covering the congress was left unsaid.
- The Elders' goal, according to the Protocols, was a Messianic
Age when the world would be united under Judaism and ruled by a member
of the House of David. The blueprint for action: Corrupt the young by subversive
education. Dominate people through their vices - foster drunkenness and
- Religion would be discredited, war fomented, pestilence
let loose around the world. Starving, the masses would rise up to "shed
the blood of those whom they envy"and loot their property. Then, finally,
the Jews would step in - taking charge as the saviors of civilization.
- But suppose the Gentiles found out about this diabolical
intrigue and tried to thwart it? The Elders had prepared a terrible retribution:
They would blow up all the great capitals from the tunnels of the underground
railways beneath them. All Gentiles would be ruined.
- In Russia, publication of the Protocols would fan an
ugly hatred. The czar-backed Black Hundreds, an army of thugs, had galloped
over the land slaughtering Jews in anti-Semitic pogroms. In the civil war
after the Bolshevik revolution, czarist loyalists distributed copies of
the Protocols, inciting massacres. Between 1918 and 1921, an estimated
30,000 to 200,000 Jews were killed in Russia.
- Starting in the 1920's, the Protocols became a world-famous
document and was widely distributed. The publication of the Protocols in
Britain in 1920 caused an uproar and a surge of anti-Semitism. One magazine
called for the exclusion of Jews from government. The London Times asked:
"What are these ëProtocols'? Are they authentic? If so, what
malevolent assembly concocted these plans?
- A year later a Times correspondent established beyond
doubt that the Protocols was a fraud. It had been plagiarized - in some
cases almost word-for-word - from a veiled attack on Napoleon III published
in 1864. Forgers simply had taken the schemes attributed to the French
emperor and put them in the mouths of the imaginary Elders from Zion.
- Further investigations by Russian historian Vladimir
Burtsev disclosed that the fabrication had been concocted by the czar's
secret police. Why? To magnify the image of the Jews as the devil and to
stir anti-Jewish sentiment that would distract the masses from demands
for reform and revolution.
- Unmasking the hoax did little to slow its proliferation.
Soon millions of copies were available in 17 different languages, and the
endorsement of American automobile magnate Henry Ford introduced the Protocols
to a new audience in the United States.
- Ford's newspaper ran anti-Semitic articles incorporating
the Protocols. Eventually the articles were published as a book called
The International Jew: The World's Foremost Problem, of which some 500,000
U.S. copies were distributed.
- The book caused a storm of protest. But not until 1927,
when he faced a libel suit and sharply falling sales of his Model T auto,
did Ford repudiate The International Jew. Still, he could not call back
hundreds of thousands - perhaps millions - of copies in circulation worldwide,
or stop hatemongers from claiming Henry Ford as one of their own.
- Nowhere did the Protocols more crucially influence events
than in Germany. In his autobiographical Mein Kampf (My Struggle), Adolf
Hitler called it "incomparable". That it had been judged a forgery
was to him "the best proof that it is genuine".
- He knew how to rub raw the wounds of Germany's World
War I defeat. Who had created the ruinous inflation by which people's wages
were rendered valueless? "According to the Protocols of Zion,"
Hitler told willing listeners, "the people are to be reduced to submission
- The Protocols gave critical impetus to the nascent Nazi
movement. Hitler had probably read the book by the early 1920's, and was
soon preaching a Jewish world conspiracy. By 1932, exploiting the economic
crisis and accusing the Jews of every calamity that ever befell the German
people, the Nazis were able to win more than ten million votes in the national
elections. A year later Hitler was appointed chancellor.
- The Protocols was endlessly reprinted by the pro-Nazis.
By 1933, a translations use by the Nazi Party had gone through 13 editions;
a preface said that it was "the duty of every German to study the
terrifying avowal of the Elders of Zion and then to draw the necessary
- Once in power, Nazi leaders freely invoked the Protocols
to justify anti-Semitic laws. The first was a state-sponsored boycott of
Jewish stores. Soon, propagandists used the Protocols and the Jewish world
conspiracy concept to enact the infamous Nuremberg Laws stripping Jews
of their civil rights. Nazi death camp guards observed by psychologist
and camp survivor Bruno Bettelheim were found to believe in the paranoid
vision of the Jewish world conspiracy promulgated by the Protocols.
- The Nazis' murder of six million Jews showed the world
the harvest of hatred the Protocols sowed - and should have been its death
knell. But it reappeared with new strength in the Middle East, where it
has become a major propaganda tool of aggressive Islamic fundamentalist
- In 1970, the Protocols topped the best-seller list in
Lebanon. In 1985, the Iranian government published the book with a laudatory
introduction. The current charter of Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group
that last October kidnapped and killed a young Israeli soldier and bombed
a bus, killing 22 passengers, repeatedly cites the Protocols.
- "The Protocols gives Muslim anti-Semitism its theoretical
underpinning," says Daniel Pipes, editor of the Middle East Quarterly.
- Now it has metastasized from the Middle East to parts
of Asia. In Europe and South America, wherever there appears even a fringe
resurgence of xenophobic nationalism, the Protocols is sure to follow.
- The core concepts of anti-Semitism do not change, but
methods of dissemination do. In Holland, Sweden, Austria and other European
countries, neo-Nazis have begun using computer bulletin boards, electronic
mailboxes and computer games to spread their anti-Semitic messages.
- The most prolific American peddler of hate is Gary Rex
Lauck, whose mail-order operation in Lincoln, Nebraska, pumps a steady
stream of vicious anti-Semitic pamphlets, stickers, video and audio cassettes
into an international market. The Protocols is just one of the publications
on his list.
- "Wherever there is an organized white supremacist
or an anti-Semitic group," says William Korey, who served for many
years as policy director for B'nai B'rith, an international Jewish organization
founded in New York City in 1843, "it can be assumed that it is an
outgrowth of, or inspired by this seminal work of race hatred."
- Astonishingly, the Protocols has now also been embraced
by African-American influenced by black Muslim demagogues. In November
1993, at Kean College, a taxpayer-funded school in New Jersey, Khalid Abdul
Muhammad said in a speech that the Jews had it coming to them - "You
see everybody always talk about Hitler exterminating six million Jews ...
don't nobody ever ask what did they do to Hitler." The Protocols has
been sold at such speeches by Nation of Islam devotees.
- In the land of its birth, there has been a surge of new
editions of the Protocols. Major General Viktor Filatov, former editior
of the Russian army's journal, once called it "a normal piece of literature,
like the Bible or the Koran."
- In early 1971, the Patriotic Front Pamyat, an ultra-nationalist
group, serialized the Protocols in its newspaper, Pamyat. To the Jewish
Gazette, a Moscow journal, that was reason to list Pamyat in its roundup
of the anti-Semitic press in Russia. In response, Pamyat's leader, D. D.
Vasiliev, filed a libel suit against the Gazette, demanding 20 million
rubles ($20,000) for "damage to its honor and dignity." Through
the subsequent trial, the Gazette's defense was simple: the Protocols is
an anti-Semitic forgery.
- On November 26, 1993, as Judge Valentina Belikova prepared
to render her verdict, there was hope that Russia would help erase a historical
sin and declare the Protocols false. But not a word about the case appeared
in its Russian press, nor were there comments from any government officials.
"The court decides,"said Judge Belikova, "to reject the
claim of the newspaper Pamyat and D. D. Vasiliev against the Jewish Gazette
for expenses incurred.
- That is all. The verdict as read from the bench did not
mention the Protocols. A later, expanded finding says that it is not within
the court's jurisdiction "to determine the authenticity or inauthenticity
of this work."
- There has been some fear that a court ruling on the authenticity
of the Protocols could turn a civil libel case into a political firestorm.
Judge Belikova had been asked by an aide to Alexey II, patriarch of the
Russian Orthodox Church, not to involve the church by calling any church
officials as witnesses. To those observers hoping the trial would finally
discredit the Protocols, the verdict was a disappointment.
- And so a golden opportunity to break the stranglehold
of the Protocols on Russians gullible enough to believe in it has been
lost. The Protocols projects a grossly delusional view of the world - one
that has found expression in murder and torture beyond imagining. It lives
on in constant repetition of the same big lie.
- Civilized people fight on. "It is our responsibility
to go after this blight," says Korev. "The past hundred years
have taught us that a lie will not die out by itself."
- Lifted from the June 1995 Reader's Digest, pages 97 to
- Shofar FTP Archive File
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- The "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", the
most notorious and most successful work of modern antisemitism, draws on
popular antisemitic notions which have their roots in medieval Europe from
the time of the Crusades. The libels that the Jews used blood of Christian
children for the Feast of Passover, poisoned the wells and spread the plague
were pretexts for the wholesale destruction of Jewish communities throughout
Europe. Tales were circulated among the masses of secret rabbinical conferences
whose aim was to subjugate and exterminate the Christians, and motifs like
these are found in early antisemitic literature.
- The conceptual inspiration for the Protocols can be traced
back to the time of the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century.
At that time, a French Jesuit named Abbe Barruel, representing reactionary
elements opposed to the revolution, published in 1797 a treatise blaming
the Revolution on a secret conspiracy operating through the Order of Freemasons.
Barruel's idea was nonsense, since the French nobility at the time was
heavily Masonic, but he was influenced by a Scottish mathematician named
Robison who was opposed to the Masons. In his treatise, Barruel did not
himself blame the Jews, who were emancipated as a result of the Revolution.
However, in 1806, Barruel circulated a forged letter, probably sent to
him by members of the state police opposed to Napoleon Bonaparte's liberal
policy toward the Jews, calling attention to the alleged part of the Jews
in the conspiracy he had earlier attributed to the Masons. This myth of
an international Jewish conspiracy reappeared later on in 19th century
Europe in places such as Germany and Poland.
- The direct predecessor of the Protocols can be found
in the pamphlet "Dialogues in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu",
published by the non-Jewish French satirist Maurice Joly in 1864. In his
"Dialogues", which make no mention of the Jews, Joly attacked
the political ambitions of the emperor Napoleon III using the imagery of
a diabolical plot in Hell. The "Dialogues" were caught by the
French authorities soon after their publication and Joly was tried and
sentenced to prison for his pamphlet.
- Joly's "Dialogues", while intended as a political
satire, soon fell into the hands of a German antisemite named Hermann Goedsche
writing under the name os Sir John Retcliffe. Goedsche was a postal clerk
and a spy for the Prussian secret police. He had been forced to leave the
postal work due to his part in forging evidence in the prosecution against
the Democratic leader Benedict Waldeck in 1849. Goedsche adapted Joly's
"Dialogues" into a mythical tale of a Jewish conspiracy as part
of a series of novels entitled "Biarritz", which appeared in
1868. In a chapter called "The Jewish Cemetery in Prague and the Council
of Representatives of the Twelve Tribes of Israel", he spins the fantasy
of a secret centennial rabbinical conference which meets at midnight and
whose purpose is to review the past hundred years and to make plans for
the next century.
- Goedsche's plagiary of Joly's "Dialogues" soon
found its way to Russia. It was translated into Russian in 1872, and a
consolidation of the "council of representatives" under the name
"Rabbi's Speech" appeared in Russian in 1891. These works no
doubt furnished the Russian secret police (Okhrana) with a means with which
to strengthen the position of the weak Czar Nicholas II and discredit the
reforms of the liberals who sympathized with the Jews. During the Dreyfus
case of 1893-1895, agents of the Okhrana in Paris redacted the earlier
works of Joly and Goedsche into a new edition which they called the "Protocols
of the Elders of Zion". The manuscript of the Protocols was brought
to Russia in 1895 and was printed privately in 1897.
- The Protocols did not become public until 1905, when
Russia's defeat in the Russo-Japanese War was followed by the Revolution
in the same year, leading to the promulgation of a constitution and institution
of the Duma. In the wake of these events, the reactionary "Union of
the Russian Nation" or Black Hundreds organization sought to incite
popular feeling against the Jews, who they blamed for the Revolution and
the Constitution. To this end they used the Protocols, which was first
published in a public edition by the mystic priest Sergius Nilus in 1905.
The Protocols were part of propaganda campaign which accompanied the pogroms
of 1905 inspired by the Okhrana. A variant text of the Protocols was published
by George Butmi in 1906 and again in 1907. The edition of 1906 was found
among the Czar's collection, even though he had already recognized the
work as a forgery. In his later editions, Nilus claimed that the Protocols
had been read secretly at the First Zionist Congress at Basle in 1897,
while Butmi in his edition wrote that they had no connection with the new
Zionist movement, but rather were part of the Masonic conspiracy.
- In the civil war following the Bolshevik Revolution of
1917, the reactionary White Armies made extensive use of the Protocols
to incite widespread slaughters of Jews. At the same time, Russian emigrants
brought the Protocols to western Europe, where the Nilus edition served
as the basis for many translations, starting in 1920. Just after its appearance
in London in 1920, Lucien Wolf exposed the Protocols as a plagiary of the
earlier work of Joly and Goedsche, in a pamphlet of the Jewish Board of
Deputies. The following year, in 1921, the story of the forgery was published
in a series of articles in the London Times by Philip Grave, the paper's
correspondent in Constantinople. A whole book documenting the forgery was
also published in the same year in America by Herman Bernstein. Nevertheless,
the Protocols continued to circulate widely. They were even sponsored by
Henry Ford in the United States until 1927, and formed an important part
of the Nazis' justification of genocide of the Jews in World War II.
- Lucien Wolf. The Jewish Bogey and the Forged Protocols
of the Learned Elders of Zion. Press Committee of the Jewish Board of Deputies,
- The Truth About "The Protocols": A Literary
Forgery. From The Times of August 16, 17, and 18, 1921. Printing House
- Encyclopaedia Judaica. Keter Publishing House, Jerusalem
(1971), entries on Antisemitism and Elders of Zion, Protocols of the Learned.
- Herman Bernstein. The Truth About "The Protocols
of Zion" (reprinted with introduction by Norman Cohn). Ktav Publishing
House, New York (1971).
- Norman Cohn. Warrant for Genocide: The Myth of the Jewish
World Conspiracy and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (Brown Judaic
Studies, No. 23). Scholars Press, Chico, CA (1981).
- -Danny Keren.
- Lifted from "http://www.igc.apc.org/ddickerson/protocols.html"
- From Terry Blanton <email@example.com
- Subject: The Protocols of the Elders
- One of the most definitive works on the
referenced subject is available at:
- The notion of a secret Jewish conspiracy
seeking to control the world manifests itself again and again. Promoted
by anti-Semites from time immemorial, such theories were organized about
a hundred years ago into The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, one of the
most effective tools of anti-Jewish forces ever. Fact or Fraud: The Protocols
of the Elders of Zion, a new book published by AMI-Jerusalem Center for
Biblical Studies and Research, in cooperation with the Anti-Defamation
League, traces the roots of the notorious Protocols. Written by Judaic
studies scholar Dr. Goran Larsson, Director of the Swedish Theological
Institute in Jerusalem, Fact or Fraud exposes the falsehoods of this insidious
myth, and shows why so many people continue to believe it.
- From: Greg Sandow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <email@example.com>
- Subject: Re: * Jeff Rense Weekly E-News
- Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 14:27:48 -0400
- not 'my views' any more than are the
other 3500 stories
- >on our website.
- The "Protocols" are so well
known that there's an entry on them in The Columbia Encyclopedia, generally
recognized as the standard one-volume encyclopedia in America. Here's what
the entry says:
- PROTOCOLS OF THE ENDERS OF ZION, a fraudulent
document that reported the alleged proceedings of a conference of Jews
in the late 19th century, at which they discussed plans to overthrow Christianity
through subversion and sabotage and to control the world. The Protocols
first appeared in their entirety in Russia in 1905. They were widely disseminated
in the 1920s and became a classic defense for anti-Semitism. First published
in the United States in 1929, the Protocols were championed by Henry Ford
in his newspaper, the Dearborn independent, and cited throughout the 1930s
by some anti-Roosevelt and fascist groups. As early as 1921, the English
journalist Philip Graves exposed the similarity between the Protocols and
a political satire by Maurice Joly, Dialogue aux enfers entre Machiavel
et Montesquieu (1864). Subsequent investigation showed the original document
to be a forgery written by members of the Russian secret police. See Herman
Bernstein, The Truth about the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion"
(1935, reprinted 1972); Norman Cohn, Warrant for Genocide (1967, reprinted
- Henry Ford, for those who might not know,
- Greg Sandow