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Dismantling the big lie : the Protocols of the elders of Zion
Author:
Jacobs, Steven L., 1947-
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Los Angeles : Simon Wiesenthal Center, [2003]

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xiv, 232 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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English
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9780881257861

9780881257854
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This is the first work that refutes, in a detailed and specific fashion, the claims made in the classic anti-Semitic forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. While other attempts have been made to explore the history or context of The Protocols, this work sets out the themes and claims of each of the 24 protocols, and then offers, protocol by protocol, a detailed refutation. Since the protocols claim to be exposing a hidden conspiracy rooted in Jewish tradition, the refutation is accomplished by showing how authentic Jewish texts and authorities have actually addressed the themes that the protocols speak about. The positions cited are drawn from the range of Jewish history and traditions. There are also chapters that explore current use of the protocols by modern extremists, as well as the new life given to them by the internet. In addition to the introduction, there is also a thematic index attached.


Summary

This is the first work that refutes, in a detailed and specific fashion, the claims made in the classic anti-Semitic forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. While other attempts have been made to explore the history or context of The Protocols, this work sets out the themes and claims of each of the 24 protocols, and then offers, protocol by protocol, a detailed refutation. Since the protocols claim to be exposing a hidden conspiracy rooted in Jewish tradition, the refutation is accomplished by showing how authentic Jewish texts and authorities have actually addressed the themes that the protocols speak about. The positions cited are drawn from the range of Jewish history and traditions. There are also chapters that explore current use of the protocols by modern extremists, as well as the new life given to them by the internet. In addition to the introduction, there is also a thematic index attached.


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Booklist Review

The Protocols, purportedly the text of a secretewish plan to establish world supremacy, is a book that has enjoyed sustained and vibrant life despite the fact that it has long been discredited as a forgery. First published in Russia in 1903, it became a keystone first of Russian anti-Semitism and then of the Nazi movement. Today, it is still sold all over the world and appears to have found new footholds on the Internet. Of all the anti-Jewish writing, it is perhaps The Protocols that has empowered anti-Semites the most. Although other anti-Semitic works may have a sharper intellectual base, The Protocols' conspiratorial imagery has been more effective in fueling the hatred ofews andudaism. The authors examine the current use of the book by extremists, but the core of the work is a point-by-point refutation of all 24 charges against theews. This compelling and scholarly work draws on many resources, including authenticewish texts, to clearly expose The Protocols as a cruel hoax. --George Cohen Copyright 2003 Booklist


Booklist Review

The Protocols, purportedly the text of a secretewish plan to establish world supremacy, is a book that has enjoyed sustained and vibrant life despite the fact that it has long been discredited as a forgery. First published in Russia in 1903, it became a keystone first of Russian anti-Semitism and then of the Nazi movement. Today, it is still sold all over the world and appears to have found new footholds on the Internet. Of all the anti-Jewish writing, it is perhaps The Protocols that has empowered anti-Semites the most. Although other anti-Semitic works may have a sharper intellectual base, The Protocols' conspiratorial imagery has been more effective in fueling the hatred ofews andudaism. The authors examine the current use of the book by extremists, but the core of the work is a point-by-point refutation of all 24 charges against theews. This compelling and scholarly work draws on many resources, including authenticewish texts, to clearly expose The Protocols as a cruel hoax. --George Cohen Copyright 2003 Booklist


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Protocol Coversp. xv
The Protocols Today: Virtual and Realp. 1
Impact of the Protocolsp. 8
Introduction and Rationalep. 12
Conspiracy Theory: Why Conspiracy?p. 12
Why the Jews: The Cancer of Antisemitismp. 13
The Holocaust and the Birth of Israelp. 14
In Brief: The Story of the Protocolsp. 15
Thematic Lies of the Protocolsp. 17
Introduction: Thematic Lies of the Protocolsp. 17
The "Necessity" of the Protocolsp. 17
The Question of Authorshipp. 18
Thematic Liesp. 19
Themes Addressedp. 21
Central Key Termsp. 24
Protocol 1 The Basic Doctrine: "Right Lies in Might"p. 26
Protocol 2 Economic War and Disorganization Lead to International Governmentp. 34
Protocol 3 Methods of Conquestp. 39
Protocol 4 The Destruction of Religion by Materialismp. 44
Protocol 5 Despotism and Modern Progressp. 49
Protocol 6 The Acquisition of Land The Encouragement of Speculationp. 54
Protocol 7 A Prophecy of Worldwide Warp. 58
Protocol 8 The Transitional Governmentp. 62
Protocol 9 The All-Embracing Propagandap. 64
Protocol 10 Abolition of the Constitution; Rise of the Autocracyp. 69
Protocol 11 The Constitution of Autocracy and Universal Rulep. 74
Protocol 12 The Kingdom of the Press and its Controlp. 77
Protocol 13 Turning Public Thought from Essentials to Nonessentialsp. 82
Protocol 14 The Destruction of Religion as a Prelude to the Rise of the Jewish Godp. 84
Protocol 15 Utilization of Masonry: Heartless Supression of Enemiesp. 87
Protocol 16 The Nullification of Educationp. 93
Protocol 17 The Fate of Lawyers and the Clergyp. 97
Protocol 18 The Organization of Disorderp. 102
Protocol 19 Mutual Understanding Between Ruler and Peoplep. 105
Protocol 20 The Financial Program and Constructionp. 107
Protocol 21 Domestic Loans and Government Creditp. 115
Protocol 22 The Beneficence of Jewish Rulep. 117
Protocol 23 The Inculcation of Obediencep. 119
Protocol 24 The Jewish Rulerp. 122
The Protocols and the Future of Antisemitismp. 125
Simplistic Solutions and Conspiracy Theoriesp. 125
Future Victimsp. 126
Bibliography
Texts of the Protocolsp. 129
Books, Articles, and Pamphletsp. 129
Videotapesp. 141
Appendixp. 143
The Protocols of the Elders of Zionp. 143
About the Authorsp. 228
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Protocol Coversp. xv
The Protocols Today: Virtual and Realp. 1
Impact of the Protocolsp. 8
Introduction and Rationalep. 12
Conspiracy Theory: Why Conspiracy?p. 12
Why the Jews: The Cancer of Antisemitismp. 13
The Holocaust and the Birth of Israelp. 14
In Brief: The Story of the Protocolsp. 15
Thematic Lies of the Protocolsp. 17
Introduction: Thematic Lies of the Protocolsp. 17
The "Necessity" of the Protocolsp. 17
The Question of Authorshipp. 18
Thematic Liesp. 19
Themes Addressedp. 21
Central Key Termsp. 24
Protocol 1 The Basic Doctrine: "Right Lies in Might"p. 26
Protocol 2 Economic War and Disorganization Lead to International Governmentp. 34
Protocol 3 Methods of Conquestp. 39
Protocol 4 The Destruction of Religion by Materialismp. 44
Protocol 5 Despotism and Modern Progressp. 49
Protocol 6 The Acquisition of Land The Encouragement of Speculationp. 54
Protocol 7 A Prophecy of Worldwide Warp. 58
Protocol 8 The Transitional Governmentp. 62
Protocol 9 The All-Embracing Propagandap. 64
Protocol 10 Abolition of the Constitution; Rise of the Autocracyp. 69
Protocol 11 The Constitution of Autocracy and Universal Rulep. 74
Protocol 12 The Kingdom of the Press and its Controlp. 77
Protocol 13 Turning Public Thought from Essentials to Nonessentialsp. 82
Protocol 14 The Destruction of Religion as a Prelude to the Rise of the Jewish Godp. 84
Protocol 15 Utilization of Masonry: Heartless Supression of Enemiesp. 87
Protocol 16 The Nullification of Educationp. 93
Protocol 17 The Fate of Lawyers and the Clergyp. 97
Protocol 18 The Organization of Disorderp. 102
Protocol 19 Mutual Understanding Between Ruler and Peoplep. 105
Protocol 20 The Financial Program and Constructionp. 107
Protocol 21 Domestic Loans and Government Creditp. 115
Protocol 22 The Beneficence of Jewish Rulep. 117
Protocol 23 The Inculcation of Obediencep. 119
Protocol 24 The Jewish Rulerp. 122
The Protocols and the Future of Antisemitismp. 125
Simplistic Solutions and Conspiracy Theoriesp. 125
Future Victimsp. 126
Bibliography
Texts of the Protocolsp. 129
Books, Articles, and Pamphletsp. 129
Videotapesp. 141
Appendixp. 143
The Protocols of the Elders of Zionp. 143
About the Authorsp. 228