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The Protocols of the Elders of Zion – Hoax or Reality?

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on May 28, 2007


The Source and the Reason

In 1864 French satirist Maurice Joly wrote a novel titled “Dialouge in Hell between Machiavelli and Montesquieu: or the Politics of Machiavelli int he nineteenth century” for those of you who read French – here’s a free E-book.

In 1899 or 1901 a Russian secret agent of the Orahka branch in Paris was ordered to write something that would discredit the Bolshevihks. He used Maurice Joly’s novel as a base for his fantasies. So how come the Jewish people were implicated?

Well the author – Matvei Golovinski – also got his hands on another novel. “Biarritz” written by Herrman Goedsche in 1868, in which Goedsche describes a fictional nightly meeting of Rabbinical representatives of the 12 tribes of Israel consorting with the Devil to plan a Jewish Conspiracy.

The chapter “The Jewish Cemetery in Prague” in “Biarritz” was documented as non-fictional in France in 1871, and reached Russia in 1872. The rest is history.

The only thing in the Protocols that identify the alleged authors behind it as Jewish is the use of the word “goyim” (gentiles) – and in this way it is both rather moderate and insidious, because “goyim” is probably the most well known Hebrew word out-side the Jewish Community it would send the message without much problem.

So why implicate the Jews? Because they were there. And because there already was a strong Anti-Jewish sentiment in Russia and in Europe at the time. In 1881-1884 Russia was engulfed in Anti-Jewish riots following the assassination of Tsar Alexander II, which was alleged to have been carried out by Jews (the truth of this has later been investigated and found to be false – the only Jewish element in that assassination was the fact that one of the assassins had a Jewish friend…).

It becomes pretty clear against this background that the Protocols had to “target” the Jews. Especially since a large number of Bolshevihks were indeed Jewish – and the Tsarists needed a “diversion” – something that would stir up enough emotions in the general Russian Public to hold off the Revolutionary elements that were threatening the Russian Empire.

“Conspiracy theories are very “nice” – because they create a simply picture of complex matters, and they contain enough elements of plausibility to be believable. And they provide people with a scape-goat for the world’s ills. It doesn’t matter if it’s religious conspiracies, political conspiracies or just alien conspiracies – they all serve as proxy for a sense of powerlessness and in the right hands they can be deadly…”

It is rather interesting how a French Novel that was meant to expose the Napoleon Empire came to play such a big role in the Russian Revolution…

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion has been debunked and re-debunked so many times by so many that I really don’t need to do it again – I’ll just leave you with some links to Web Sites that discuss the Protocols.

On Wikipedia

Dickerson

Skeptics’ Dictionary

Holocaust History

I will be back and deal with the particulars – such as the Banks, the Media in terms of their place in the Protocols.

Other entries in this series:

Shalom!

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