REPRINT. Originally published in by Eyre & Spottiswoode. Paperback p. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a tract alleging a Jewish and Masonic. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion were circulated by the Czarist Russian secret police in the early years of the twentieth century. This forged document. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (Russian: Протоколы сионских мудрецов) or The Protocols of the Meetings of the Learned Elders of Zion is an antisemitic  Published in English‎: ‎


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Protocols of the Elders of Zion

These protocols clearly explain how Jewish world domination is to be achieved, and not only economic domination, but in the end political hegemony. Other examples could be cited. Although reluctant to use The Protocols in domestic propaganda, the Nazis sometimes were willing to the elders of zion it on presumably gullible foreigners.

How should we explain this absence?

But they seem to have been reluctant to quote it, and the propaganda system generally followed their example. Passionate antisemites were willing to believe almost anything consistent with their conviction of the absolute depravity of Jews.


For them, The Protocols remained convincing. Most Germans, however, were not fanatic antisemites, even if they had the elders of zion sympathy for Jews. The problem in using The Protocols was that because even most extreme antisemites threw up their hands at determining its origins, using it required tortured explanations, unless the audience was of the most limited education.

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Average readers would be unwilling the elders of zion read confusing justifications. The more The Protocols was researched, the less plausible its authenticity became.

The seventh protocol, for example, stated that Jews would organize a world war against any state that dared oppose them, but making a convincing case that Britain and France had declared war on Germany because of the the elders of zion of the Elders of Zion was a challenging task.

The Protocols presented Freemasonry, rather than Bolshevism, as a major tool of World Jewry, but the German military was fighting Allied armies, not Freemasons. Some elements of The Protocols were entirely outdated. At a time when German cities were being bombed day and night, it was hardly useful the elders of zion quote protocol nine's plan to install explosives in subway tunnels of the world's great cities to destroy them if Jewry's orders were not followed.


To the degree possible, Nazi propaganda sought plausibility. There were more persuasive tools to argue for the existence of a world Jewish conspiracy.

Protocols of the Elders of Zion (1927)

One example, almost as absurd as The Protocols, was to quote Theodore N. Kaufman's book Germany Must Perish! Kaufman was an obscure American Jew whose self-published book called for the sterilization of all Germans.

The book earned derision the elders of zion the United States not yet in the war.

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However, when a copy found its way to Germany it became the focus of a major propaganda campaign and was quoted regularly until Germans were told that Kaufman was a member of President Franklin D. The elders of zion Brain Trust, and that the president himself had dictated some of it.

No one disputed that, nor that had he written a book calling for the sterilization of all Germans. Five million copies of a pamphlet summarizing Kaufman's book were published. It too referred to The Protocols without citing it: The Nazis gathered other seemingly incriminating material from a wide range of sources—material that was often distorted or taken the elders of zion of context, but which at least had actually been written or said—and that was then ceaselessly repeated.

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Late in a widely distributed pamphlet brought together a range of statements suggesting the elders of zion if Germany lost the war its people would perish in an orgy of Jewish-Bolshevist-Allied violence.

The Protocols was not mentioned.


Nonetheless, this provided grounds for crediting Nazi antisemitic propaganda—and research suggests that even a bad reason can be persuasive simply by being a reason.

I have already noted Peter Longerich's recent Goebbels biography. The evidence, however, suggests that the Nazi propaganda leadership knew that The Protocols was the elders of zion what it purported to be.

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