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THE HISTORY OF A LIE 



"The Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion" 



"Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all" 
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES. 



A STUDY 

BY 

HERMAN BERNSTEIN 
AUTHOR OF "Wrrn MASTER MINDS," ETC. 



NEW YORK 

J. S. OGILVIE PUBLISHING COMPANY 
57 ROSE STREET 



COPYRIGHT, 1921, BY J. S. OGILVIE PUBLISHING COMPANY 



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Annex 

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FOREWORD 



This is the history of a Lie of a cruel and terrible 
Lie invented for the purpose of defaming the entire Jew- 
ish people. Given out as fiction, by a German anti- 
Semitic writer, involved in the Waldcck forgery case, who 
concealed his identity under the pen-name of an English-' 
man, it was gradually changed and elaborated, and finally 
groomed as fact. Agents of the Russian secret police 
department and of the unscrupulous "Black Hundreds" 
then utilized this fiction as the framework for the "pro- 
tocols" through which they sought to crush the Jews and 
prop up the tottering Russian dynasty. 

Tsarism destroyed itself, but the agents of Tsarism, 
still dreaming of their past glory and of a restoration of 
their privileges, are at work again, both here and abroad. 

Out of the scraphcap of Russian autocracy, they have 
exhumed their old weapons and are striking at the Jews 
again. Upon the structure of the old myths they are 
striving to erect new falsehoods in order to intensify 
everywhere chaos and confusion and dissatisfaction so 
that they may attain their own dastardly and selfish ends. 

In the war's aftermath the Jews are being blamed by 
the minions of autocracy and reaction for all the ills that 
have befallen mankind. Some blame them for the war, 
and others for the peace. Some attack them for the 
defeat of the German military machine, and others^ 
for the victory of the allies. In Germany they are at- 
tacked by the Junkers for having opposed the submarine 
warfare and thus assured Germany's defeat; while in 
some of the allied countries the Jews are denounced for 
constituting "the brains of Germany," 411 the revolu- 
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4 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

tionary leaders of Germany are credited to the Jews, and 
bolshevism, which has as little in common with Judaism 
as it has with Christianity, is branded as a Jewish move- 
ment; and there are Jew-baiters -who in their blind 
madness have gone so far as to declare that ex-Kaiser 
Wilhelm was not only influenced by the Jews but is him- 
self of Jewish descent, and for this reason did not 
defend Germany as loyally as he should have done. He 
conspired against the Hohenzollern dynasty and under- 
mined it. He destroyed his own throne because he was 
serving the secret Jewish world organisation. 

On such absurdities have people been fed, since the 
armistice, in civilized countries by antisemitic agitators 
and their dupes, while Jews have been slaughtered in the 
Ukraine, in Poland and in Hungary. 

I submit in this little book the documentary evidence 
showing how the so-called "Protocols of the Wise Men 
of Zion" on which this new crusade is predicated, were 
forged. 

HERMAN BERNSTEIN. 
New York, February, 



CONTENTS 



PAGE 

. 3 



CHAPTER ONE 

THE MYSTERIOUS PROTOCOLS 

The Lie of a Jewish World Conspiracy Is There a Jewish 
Conspiracy? Anonymous Accusations The Mysterious 
"Protocols" of Sergei Nilus How did "Nilus" Secure 
Them? Contradictory Explanations Who is "Nilus"? 
How his Sponsors Disagree What Russian Publicists 
Say ........ ......... 7 

CHAPTER TWO 

THE STORY FROM WHICH THE PROTOCOLS 
WERE FABRICATED 

Essence of "Protocols" Was German Fiction of "Sir John 
Retcliffe" Who Was "Retcliffe"? His Infamous Rec- 
ordHis Bloodcurdling Story The Meeting in the 
Cemetery An Avowed Myth Meeting Every Hundred 
Years Attended by "Representatives of the Twelve 
Tribes of Israel" The "Son of the Accursed" Also At- 
tends and Provides Comic Interludes ..... .16 

CHAPTER THREE 
FICTION FORGED INTO 'TACT" 

The Lie in its Second Stage The Tale Becomes "Fact" 
The "Rabbi's" Speech Its Authenticity Vouched for by 
"Retcliffe" An Illuminating Footnote A Dedication to 
The Russian "Black Hundreds" The Imaginary 
"Speech" Bears Witness to Authenticity of "Protocols," 
Themselves Based on "Speech" Three Stages of the 
Li ........... ....... 43 

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ii CONTENTS 

PAGE 

CHAPTER FOUR 
THE RUSSIAN SPONSORS OF THE FORGERY 

Nilus on the Protocols Only "the God-Anointed Tsar of 
Russia" Can Save the World Passages from Nilus 
Omitted by Translators On Tolstoy On the Emanci- 
pation of Women On the "Sanhedrin" and "its Faithful 
Ally, England" 55 

CHAPTER FIVE 
FORGERS DISAGREE 

The Butmi Protocols "Representatives of Zion" Not to be 
Confounded with "Zionists" Butmi Contradicts Nilus- 
Plan for World Conquest Conceived 929 B. C. E. The 
"Symbolic Snake" Universal Suffrage a Jewish Device 
Every Jew Familiar with Plot . ... . . . . . : 59 

CHAPTER SIX 
THE BLACK HUNDREDS, THEIR DUPES AND CRIMES 

Russia in 1905 The Unsuccessful Revolution The Reaction 
and the Reactionaries Lutostansky and His Work The 
"Symbolic Snake" According to Lutostansky Who 
Plagiarized? Lutostansky on the English People Are 
the English the "Lost Tribes"? How the Protocols 
Wcr "Doctored" by Butmi Conclusion . . x . A 63 



CHAPTER ONE 
THE MYSTERIOUS PROTOCOLS 

The Lie of a Jewish World Conspiracy Is There a Jewish Con- 
spiracy? Anonymous Accusations The Mysterious "Proto- 
cols" of Sergei Nilus How did "Nilus" Secure Them? 
Contradictory Explanations Who is "Nilus"? How his 
Sponsors Disagree What Russian Publicists Say. 

Is there a Jewish conspiracy against the world or is 
there a conspiracy against the Jews? What are the so- 
called "Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion?" Who is 
"the Russian mystic," Sergius Nilus, the sponsor of the 
Protocols? What forces are behind the anti-Jewish 
propaganda that is international in scope and that seeks 
at this time to spread all over the world the poison of 
prejudice and hatred against the Jews, reviving long- 
exploded mediaeval legends? 

Many Americans have asked these questions ever since 
the publication of "The Cause of the World Unrest," 
"The Protocols and World Revolution," "The Protocols 
of the Wise Men of Zion," and the anti- Jewish articles in 
Henry Ford's Dearborn Independent. 

In 1919 a translation of extracts from what purports 
to be a book by one Sergius Nilus was published in Ger- 
many. During 1920 a translation was published in Eng- 
land under the name of "The Jewish Peril," and under 
various titles, in different versions, it was reproduced in 
the United States, France, Sweden, Denmark, Finland 
and even Japan. The Japanese edition is in the Russian 
language. In all these books "the Russian mystic," 
Sergius Nilus, is given as the sponsor of a number of 
secret "documents" by which it is intended to show that 
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IB [THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

the Jews are responsible for all the ills that have already 
befallen the world and that are still to come. 

The method is simple. Was there a revolution in Rus- 
sia? Blame the Jews. Was there a revolution in Ger- 
many? Blame the Jews. Who made the French Revo- 
lution? The Jews. Who caused the World War? The 
Jews. Who profited by the war? The Jews. Is there 
anywhere an industrial crisis? The Jews are, of course, 
the cause of it. Has the World War brought forth Bol- 
shevism ? The Jews are naturally the fathers of it. First 
the Jews engineered the war, and then they pulled the 
strings behind the scenes of the Peace Conference. They 
secured special privileges at the Peace Table, because, 
according to the Protocols, they control the gold of the 
world, the press of the world, the rulers of the world. 
And if, as a result of the World War, millions of Jews 
have suffered untold agonies, persecution, starvation, and 
pogroms, it is no doubt only part of their deep-laid plot 
to gain control of the world for Zion through poverty 
and suffering! 

Are governments just to the Jews, giving them 
equal rights ? Then it is obvious that Jews are either at 
the head of such governments or are hidden behind the 
present rulers. If the Jews cannot exert sufficient in- 
fluence over the rulers themselves, there are Jewesses 
in high places, through whom the cause of Zion is served 
and all this is done by the Jews with but one aim in 
view to dominate the world, to become its autocratic 
masters, to break down the moral power of Christendom 
and set up Israel as "the despot" over the peoples of the 
earth. According to the Protocols, all this is engineered 
with the aid and through the instrumentality of the Free- 
masons. 

The propagandists everywhere, in Germany, England, 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 9 

France, the Scandinavian countries, Japan and the United 
States, basing all their arguments on the "Protocols" 
vouched for by "the Russian mystic" Sergius Nilus, see 
in the present chaotic conditions the absolute fulfillment 
of the prophecies outlined by the so-called "Wise Men 
of Zion" years ago. The propagandists are violent and 
vicious, foaming at their mouths, appealing to the basest 
passions, insinuating, accusing, pointing their fingers at 
"the source of all evil" at the Jews who constitute but 
a fraction of one per cent of the world's population, and 
who are in Europe to-day, after the close of the World 
War, more wretched and miserable than ever before, 
persecuted, hounded and starved. 

What are these mysterious Protocols? How did they 
come to "the Russian mystic" who revealed them in 1905, 
and which have now been exhumed from obscurity for 
the purpose of enlightening the world, and which point 
to the Jews as the cause of all unrest, chaos and con- 
fusion? 

Nilus, "the Russian mystic," is credited with several 
versions of how he had secured the Protocols, and his 
stories flatly contradict one another. In 1905 he said 
that the Protocols were given to him by a prominent Rus- 
sian conservative whose name he did not mention, and 
who in turn had received them from an unnamed woman 
who had stolen them from "one of the most influential 
leaders of Freemasonry at the close of a secret meeting 
of the initiated in France." Then, several years later, 
Nilus wrote that his friend himself had stolen the 
Protocols from "the headquarters of the Society of Zion 
in France." Several years afterwards, in a new edition 
of his book, Nilus said that the "Protocols" came from 
Switzerland and not from France. This time he named 
his Russian conservative friend, Sukhotin, who had died 



to THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

in the meantime. He added that the Protocols were not 
Jewish- Masonic but Zionist documents secretly read at 
the Zionist Congress in Basle in 1897. 

Then followed a new edition of the Nilus book bearing 
the date of 1917. A translation of this edition has re- 
cently appeared in this country, containing a brand-new 
explanation as to how the Protocols were rescued and 
given to the world. This explanation is taken from the 
German version published in Charlottenburg. The intro- 
duction to that edition says that the Protocols, having 
been read from day to day at the Basle Congress, were 
sent as read to Frankfort on the Main. The disclosure 
of them came through the infidelity of the messenger. 

The 1917 edition is published with a prologue and an 
epilogue, like a drama, which indeed it is, with all the 
ingredients of melodrama a villain, a mysterious woman, 
a Grand Duke, a conspiracy to destroy the world, and a 
saint Nilus, who convicts himself in his own writings 
of falsification in the giving of these various accounts of 
how the Protocols came into his possession. 

Nothing is known of Sergius Nilus. Russian standard 
reference books and encyclopedias contain no mention of 
his name. 

The anonymous American editor of the Nilus book 
gives the following information about Nilus: 

"Serge Nilus, in the 1905 edition of whose book was 
first published the Zionist Protocols, was, as he states, 
born in the year 1862, of Russian parents holding liberal 
opinions. His family was fairly well known in Moscow, 
for its members were educated people who were firm in 
their allegiance to the Tsar and the Greek Church. On 
one side he is said to have been connected by marriage 
with the nobility of the Baltic provinces. Nilus Himself 
was graduated from the University of Moscow and early 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE n 

entered the civil service, obtaining a small appointment 
in the law courts. Later, he received a post under the 
Procurator of a provincial court in the Caucasus. Finally, 
tiring of the law, he went to the Government of Orel, 
where he was a landowner and a noble. His spiritual life 
had been tumultuous and full of trouble, and finally he 
entered the Troitsky-Sergevsky Monastery near Moscow. 
'In answer to his appeal for pardon, Saint Sergei, stern 
and angry, appeared to him twice in a vision. He left 
the Monastery a converted man.' 

"From 1905 until the present, little is known of his 
activities. Articles are said to have appeared from time 
to time in the Russian press from his pen. A returning 
traveller from Siberia in August, 1919, was positive in his 
statement that Nilus was in Irkutsk in June of that 
year. Whether his final fate was that of Admiral Kolchak 
is not known." 

The American editor of Sergius Nilus's book containing 
the "Protocols" is hiding behind anonymity. The name 
of the traveller from Siberia who was so positive in his 
statement that Nilus was in Irkutsk is also concealed. 
And Serge Nilus to whom Saint Sergei "appeared twice 
in a vision" "is said to have written articles in the Rus- 
sian press" of which nobody has knowledge. 

In Germany, Nilus is described as follows : 

"Sergius Nilus was an employee of the Russian secret 
police department, of the okhrana, connected with the 
Church, especially relating to 'foreign religions.' He lived 
for some time at the Optina Pustina monastery. In 1901 
he published a book entitled The Great in the Small and 
the Anti-Christ.' According to the Lutsch Sveta, Nilus 
claims to have received in 1901 a copy of the text of the 
Protocols from the secret archives of the Main Zionist 
organization in France, but he published the 'protocols' 



12 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

only in 1905. A second edition appeared in 1911, and 
finally another edition was brought out in the beginning 
of 1917, but all copies are said to have been destroyed." 

"The Cause of the World Unrest," an anonymous book 
published in England and reprinted in this country, speaks 
of Nilus and the "Protocols" as follows: 

"In the year 1903 a Russian, Serge Nilus, published a 
book entitled The Great in Little. The second edition, 
which was published at Tsarskoye Selo in 1905, had an 
additional chapter, the twelfth, under the heading 'Anti- 
Christ as a Near Political Possibility/ This chapter con- 
sisted of some twenty pages of introduction followed by 
the text of twenty-four 'Protocols of Meetings of the 
Learned Elders of Zion,' and the book ends with some 
twenty pages of commentaries on these protocols by Nilus. 

"Directly after the protocols, comes a statement by 
Nilus that they are 'signed by representatives of Zion 
of the thirty-third degree.' These protocols were secretly 
extracted or were stolen from a whole volume of proto- 
cols. All this was got by my correspondent out of the 
secret depositories of the Head Chancellery of Zion. This 
Chancellery is at present on French territory." 

In the edition of 1917 Sergius Nilus wrote : 

"My book has already reached the fourth edition, but it is 
only definitely known to me now and in a manner worthy of 
belief, and that through Jewish sources, that these protocols 
are nothing other than the strategic plans for the conquest of 
the world under the heel of Israel, and worked out by the 
leaders of the Jewish people and read by the 'Prince of Exile,' 
Theodor Herzl, during the first Zionist Congress, summoned by 
him in August, 1897, in Basle." 

It will be shown later that the so-called Butmi edition 
of the "protocols" published in 1907 contains the definite 
statement of the man who claims to have translated them 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 13 

into Russian from the French in 1901 that the Elders of 
Zioi mentioned in the Protocols are not to be confounded 
with the Zionist movement. 

In the 1917 edition Sergius Nilus wrote: 

"In 1901 I came into possession of a manuscript, and this 
comparatively small book was destined to cause a deep change 
in my entire viewpoint as can only be caused in the heart of 
man by Divine Power. It was comparable with the miracle of 
making the blind see. 'May Divine acts show on him.' 

"This manuscript was called 'the protocols of the Zionist 
Men of Wisdom,' and it was given to me by the now deceased 
leader of the Tchernigov nobility, who later became vice-governor 
of Stavropol, Alexis Nikolayevitch Sukhotin. I had already 
begun to work with my pen for the glory of the Lord, and I 
was friendly with Sukhotin. He was a man of my opinion, 
that is, extremely conservative, as they are now termed. 

"Sukhotin told me that he in turn had obtained the manu- 
script from a lady who always lived abroad. This lady was a 
noblewoman from Tchernigov. He mentioned her by name, but 
I have forgotten it. He said that she obtained it in some mys- 
terious way, by theft, I believe. 

"Sukhotin also said that one copy of the manuscript was 
given by this lady to Sipiagin, the Minister of the Interior, 
upon her return from abroad, and that Sipiagin was subsequently 
killed. He said other things of the same mysterious character. 
But when I first became acquainted with the contents of the 
manuscript I was convinced that its terrible, cruel and straight- 
forward truth is witness of its true origin from the 'Zionist Men 
of Wisdom/ and that no other evidence of its origin would be 
needed." 

Feodor Roditchev, one of Russia's most famous lib- 
erals, a member of the nobility, a former member of the 
Duma, writing recently of the Nilus protocols and of 
Sukhotin whom Nilus described as a man of his own 
opinion, says : 

"For months I hear on all sides about the Nilus book and its 
success in England, and I am asked, Who is Nilus? There was 
a Nilus, an associate justice of the Moscow District Court. It 



14 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 



is said that the manuscript was given to Nilus by Sukhotin, 
the notorious zemstvo official of Chernsk. 

"The Berlin edition contains no mention of Sukhotin, but in 
that edition Nilus said, 'Pray for the soul of the boyar Alexis.' 

"The name of the notorious Alexey Nikolayevtich Sukhotin 
means nothing to the present generation. But there was a time 
when his name attracted attention. 

"Sukhotin arrested the peasants of a whole village for re- 
fusing to cart manure from his stables because the animals 
there were infected with glanders. Judge Tsurikov released the 
peasants. Tsurikov was removed for this, while Sukhotin justi- 
fied his act by writing to the Minister of the Interior, Durnovo, 
that he had arrested the peasants not because they refused to 
cart his manure but because they dared disobey him as a zemstvo 
official. The reactionary Chersnk nobility made Sukhotin mar- 
shal of nobility. So it was this man who furnished the protocols 
of the secret meetings of the representatives of Zion 1 But 
how did Sukhotin get the protocols? An unknown friend had 
brought them to him. They were given to him by an unknown 
lady who had received them from an unknown but energetic 
participant in the Basle Congress. Is this credible? Well, 
then, there is another version of the origin of the protocols 
but that is for the German readers. The Russian government 
sent a spy to the Basle Congress. He did not go to the Con- 
gress himself, but bribed one of the participants. He was 
carrying the protocols from Basle to Frankfurt to the local 
masonic organization. He stopped on the way in a little town, 
and gave the protocols to the spy. He engaged copyists who 
worked all night and 9opied the protocols. 

"In the first Russian version the protocols were supposed to 
have been brought to Russia in French. According to the Ger- 
man version, the protocols were copied, consequently they were 
in German, but the most important thing is that the protocols 
are not protocols at all, but a monograph which could be called 
'the dream of a member of the Black Hundreds.'" 

A distinguished Russian publicist says of the sponsor 
of the "protocols" as follows : 

"In Russia the problems of Christianity and Judaism have 
been studied by such men as Vladimir Solovyov, Professor 
Troitzky, Professor Kokovtsev, Kartashov, Bulgakov, Berdyayev 



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men of profound intellect and a living conscience. In them 
the counterfeit ravings of the ignorant monk (Nilus) evoked 
but a smile of contempt. The low level of the circles in which 
men like Nilus moved and worked is only too well known. It 
was the world of police denunciations, divorce perjuries, mo- 
nastic servility and feigned, blasphemous piety. In order to 
attract attention, Nilus's 'Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion' 
had to emigrate from Russia. And the further away they went, 
the better they fared." 



CHAPTER TWO 

THE STORY FROM WHICH THE PROTOCOLS 
WERE FABRICATED 

Essence of "Protocols" Was German Fiction of "Sir John Ret- 
cliffe" Who Was "Retcliff e" ? His Infamous Record His 
Bloodcurdling Story The Meeting in the Cemetery An 
Avowed Myth Meeting Every Hundred Years Attended by 
"Representatives of the Twelve Tribes of Israel" The "Son 
of the Accursed" Also Attends and Provides Comic Inter- 
ludes. 

The query now naturally arises, what is the origin of 
these much heralded "Protocols" which were published 
in Russia by Sergius Nilus in 1905, and a copy of which, 
it is triumphantly announced, is now in the British 
Museum ? 

The anti-Jewish propagandists everywhere content 
themselves with the "history" of the origin of the "Pro- 
tocols" as given by the "Russian mystic" Sergius Nilus. 
But fortunately "murder will out," and the criminals who 
perpetrated the stupendous forgery for the purpose of 
slandering the Jews have left behind clues that enable 
one to visualize the very process that they pursued in 
the perpetration of their crime. 

In 1866-1870 there appeared in Berlin a series of novels 
entitled "Biarritz Rome" purporting to have been writ- 
ten by "Sir John Retcliffe," the pseudonym of Herman 
Goedsche, a German novelist with an unsavory past. To 
conceal his identity and to convey the impression that 
the antisemitism with which his writings abounded 
emanated from English sources, he selected "Sir John 
Retcliffe" as his pen-name. 

According to Meyer's Konversations Lexikon (Sixth 
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edition, 1904, Volume VIII, page 77), Herman Goedsche 
was born in February, 1815, in Trachenberg, Silesia, and 
died on November 8, 1878, at Warmbrunn. He was em- 
ployed in the postal service, but as he was implicated in 
the Waldeck forgery case, he left the service in 1849, an d 
devoted himself to literary work. Under the name of 
"Armin" he published a number of works of fiction, but 
he was best known under the name of "Sir John Ret- 
cliffe," having published a series of sensational novels 
describing the Crimean war, "Sebastopol," "Rena-Sahib," 
"Villafranca," "Puebla," "Biarritz," in 1866. A new edi- 
tion of these works appeared in Berlin in 1903-4. 

Brockhaus' Konversations Lexikon (supplement vol- 
ume XVII, 1904) refers to Goedsche, the novelist, known 
under the name of "Sir John Retcliffe" (formerly 
"Armin"), as having played an infamous role in the 
Waldeck forgery case. He was compelled to leave the 
postal service, and later became a member of the staff of 
the Preussische Kreutz Zeitung. 

The chapter of the Goedsche-Retcliffe novel which on 
even a cursory reading will be found to contain the very 
essence of the Nilus Protocols was published as a sepa- 
rate booklet in a Russian translation in 1872, avowedly 
as a work of fiction. I have found a copy of this little 
volume in the Russian Department of the Library of 
Congress, Washington, D. C. 

An examination of this chapter, entitled "The Jewish 
Cemetery in Prague and the Council of Representatives 
of the Twelve Tribes of Israel," will disclose the fact 
that every substantive statement contained in the Protocols 
and elaborated in them is to be found in the Goedsche- 
Retcliffe novelette. 

We are thus supplied with an early draft of the so- 
called Protocols, which have now been given worldwide 



18 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

publicity by anti-Jewish propagandists, and which were 
first introduced to the world in the form of a clumsy 
piece of blood-curdling fiction of the dime-novel variety. 
In substantiation of this statement I now present a 
translation of this chapter of the Russian version of this 
novel found in the Library of Congress in Washington, 
published in St. Petersburg nearly fifty years ago. 



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COBm I1PEACTABHTEJIEN 



KOJI-BHTb 



THUG! 1 ?A*IS TOBAPE1HECTBA OBmECTBEHHAH nOJTE>3A, 

DO uofiss, y EpyriAio PUSKA,- }& & 

1872; 



FACSIMILE OF TITLE PAGE OF THE FANTASTIC STORY PUBLISHED IN 
RUSSIA IN 1872, CONTAINING THE FIRST DRAFT OF THE PROTOCOLS IN 
THE FORM OF FICTION. 



20 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 



Translation of Title Page 
THE JEWISH CEMETERY IN PRAGUE 

And 

THE COUNCIL OF REPRESENTATIVES 
Of The Twelve Tribes of Israel 

ST. PETERSBURG 

Printed by the Association "Obschestvenaya Polza 1 

On the Moika, at the Round Market, No. 5 

1872 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 21 



nPEJJHCJIOBIR 



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o coSpama npe^CTaBHTejeS XB-BHafl- 
rfm saHMCTBosaHEi HS'B HCTOPHEO-: 
ponana Cepa ^aona Pe^Kia**a <flfl Ce- 
B sypnaii, H3AaBaeMOM% HHKO- 
CrenaHOBHieirb JltBOBHMt. 
Co^epsame jereH,nBi ne ecTb BHMHceit oxnoro Pe^t 
Pe^KJiH**^ C-B CBOH cTBeHHOMt eny *aH- 
Boo^pasesieirB, co^pa^t ^acTH B^ Offio 
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CHTB, ^pesM'fepHOK) apKociiK), HO 
He nenie npe^CTaBjaiommiH imxepec'b. 



C.-HeT6p<5yprt, 17-ro Ma 18f72 



FACSIMILE OK THE FOREWORD TO THE STORY PUBLISHED IN 1872, 
SHOWING THAT THE AUTHOR REGARDED IT AS A "LEGENDARY STORY," 
COLORED BY THE AUTHOR'S "FANTASTIC IMAGINATION." 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 
(Translation) 
FOREWORD 



"The description of the Jewish cemetery in Prague and 
the legendary story of the meeting of the representatives 
of the twelve tribes of Israel are borrowed from the 
historico-political novel by Sir John Radcliff, 'To Sedan/ 
published in the magazine edited by Nicholas Stepanovitch 
Lvoff. 

"The contents of the legend are not the invention of 
Radcliff himself; rather Radcliff, with his characteristic 
fantastic imagination, collected various parts into one 
whole and painted all with poetic colors, which strike one 
perhaps by their excessive gaudiness, but which are never- 
theless interesting." 



Passed by the Censor, St. Petersburg, May 17, 1872 

This product of "Radcliff's fantastic imagination," the 
work of one experienced in the perpetration of forgeries, 
will now be permitted to tell its own story. It requires 
no commentary. It clearly foreshadows the protocols, 
with all its accompaniment of melodrama, not even omit- 
ting the Devil, himself. 

THE JEWISH CEMETERY IN PRAGUE 

and 
The Council of Representatives of the Twelve Tribes of Israel 

"The Jewish quarter of Prague represents a remarkable 
labyrinth of crooked and narrow streets; it is situated in the 
outskirts of Prague which witnessed numerous bloody episodes 
of Bohemian and German history. The dwellers of the dirty 
and dilapidated houses of this quarter are engaged in petty 



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trading and profiteering in their own as well as in other parts 
of the city. Prague is the only city in Germany where the 
Jews live entirely isolated from the nation whose name they 
have taken in order to avail themselves of the privileges of the 
city population and to exploit it for their own purposes. The 
Jewish quarter in Prague is the same as the rag- fair in Vienna 
and the Temple in Paris. In these places deals amounting to 
thousands are transacted daily. 

"If you take a few steps along this dirty, foul market-place, 
you will suddenly come upon an old, high, decayed wall which 
surrounds a space of from two to three acres. Elder-trees and 
other wild shrubbery wind around this wall. Old Jewish houses 
are crowded all along near this wall, threatened with destruc- 
tion at any moment. The strange circle formed by this wall 
has an unwelcome, puzzling appearance. 

"This is the city of the dead the renowned Prague cemetery. 

"In this abode of rest may be seen the spirit of the nation, 
whose bones found shelter here after long wandering, here is 
stamped all its history, full of sufferings, struggles and re- 
sistance. 

"It seems as though at any moment these tombs, overgrown 
with shrubbery, are ready to open, these stones growing for 
thousands of years are ready to raise themselves, and to let out 
into the world the restless wanderer with a pack upon his 
shoulder, with a staff in his hand, in order to go again to 
strange peoples, to cheat and combat them and to seek a new 
Canaan his dominion! The Jewish cemetery in Prague is the 
very oldest cemetery known. It was closed by order of the 
government a hundred years ago. For foreigners it is a 
historical landmark; for the Jews it is a sacred place. The 
impression of this deserted spot is intensified by its surround- 
ings. Amidst the closely crowded tombs and monuments, over- 
grown with moss, only a narrow passage remains which is almost 
entirely covered with shrubbery of thorn-bushes and mat-weed. 

"During the inspection, the watchman will tell the visitor the 
history of the death of Rabbi Ben Manasseh, the great conqueror 
of death, and Rabbi Loewe, the most learned Rabbi of the i7th 
century; he will speak of Simon the Just and of the Polish 
princess Anna Shmiless. He will then lead the visitor to the 
monument of Anna Kohn on which can be read the mysterious 
figure 606, which shows that the Jews, more than twelve hundred 



24 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

years ago, had buried their dead here, in the legendary times of 
Lyubush and her daughters. 

"If we are not to believe this figure, we must nevertheless 
agree with the opinion of the Jews that this is the oldest settle- 
ment and the first Jewish community in Europe. 

"Silently the Jewish guide and the curious foreigner go by 
one place where under an old lilac bush a heap of stone stands 
out, and when the foreigner asks, What is this?' the guide 
gives an evasive answer 

'"Beth Chaim the house of life/ Thus is the cemetery 
called. Yes, indeed, this place of rest is a house of life, for 
from here is given the mysterious impulse which makes the 
exiles masters of the earth and tyrants of nations, the impulse 
which directs the golden calf to the chosen tribe. 

"The Jewish town has assumed a holiday aspect The stands 
of the petty retailers have disappeared; Jewish boys and girls 
were strolling about in their holiday attire. The houses and 
windows were adorned with green branches. On the old benches 
sat men, talking seriously; in the alleys youths were chatting. 
From time to time men and women in their best Sabbath clothes 
were going to the synagogue, carrying prayer books in their 
hands ; while poor Christian women whom need had forced 
to work in this quarter were running with keys and dishes in 
order to prepare for the feast. 

"It was the last day of the Feast of Booths, the day of 
Assembly, and dusk was gathering over the narrow streets, 
while the Christian part of the city was still brightly illumined 
by the last rays of the setting sun. t Two men (the older wore 
a black silk mantle, with long earlocks, which showed that he 
was a Polish Jew ; the other was middle aged, in modern clothes, 
with diamond studs in his shirt and a heavy golden chain on 
his vest) walked along the narrow streets, without paying any 
attention to the crowd. 

"The younger seemed to be the guide. Having come with his 
companion to the little house where the watchman of the ceme- 
tery lived, he knocked at the closed door, through a crevice of 
which the bright light of wax candles was seen, showing the 
watchman's holiday mood. It was a good summer a large 
number of foreigners had visited the cemetery and were gen- 
erous in their gifts. 

"In the doorway appeared the thin face of the watchman, 



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whose short-sighted eyes began to look fixedly into the darkness. 

" 'Come out into the street, Joel, somebody wants to talk to 
you!' 

" 'O, God of Justice,' said the watchman with amazement, as 
he came out of the door, 'One of the trustees! What is your 
pleasure to command me?' 

"'This Rabbi desires to make a brief prayer in the cemetery; 
he is leaving to-morrow morning by train.' 

"'In the cemetery? This evening? But you know yourself, 
Mr. Banker, that I am forbidden to open the gates after sunset, 
and to-night is also the holy Sabbath.' 

" 'First of all, there is no need for you to shout here about my 
calling,' replied the banker, displeased. 'Every Jewish rag-picker 
will know that banker Rosenberg was here to see you. As for 
the permit to open the gates, I myself, as a trustee, authorize 
you to do it I will wait here until he has completed his prayer. 
The company in your house must not know what we are doing 
here. Arrange it 59 that the curious crowd will not rush in 
there.' 

"The watchman disappeared in the house, but soon returned 
with a bunch of keys and opened the gates of the cemetery. 
He took a lantern along and was about to light it 

"'Don't!' said the Rabbi in a low voice. 'I don't need any 
light. Lock the gates from the inside!' 

"'But, Mr. von Rosenberg ' 

"'Lock it, I say!' 

"The watchman obeyed. 

" 'Now lead me to the grave of the holy Rabbi Simeon-ben- 
Yehudah!' 

" 'Hold on to my coat, esteemed sir,' said the watchman. It 
is dark and you may stumble over the old graves.' 

"'I can see better at night than in the daytime, my son!' 
answerd the learned Polish Jew. 

" *Here is the grave !' 

"The old Rabbi reverently leaned over the tombstone. The 
watchman heard him pronounce a prayer in Jewish. He used 
so many words of ancient Hebrew, or some other words of a 
language he did not understand, that he knew only a few sepa- 
rate expressions, although he himself had been in the past a 
teacher at the Bohemian community. 

"Having completed his prayer, the stranger turned to the 
watchman of the cemetery: 



26 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

" 'When you accepted the position from your predecessor, did 
he not give you certain instructions?' 

"'Me?' 

" 'Yes, you ! It was so from the day the first person was buried 
in this place.' 

'"Well, and what if he did give such Instructions, how 
does that concern you? This is the first time I am asked about 
this matter since I am employed here.' 

"'Because this happens once in a hundred years, and human 
life rarely lasts as long as that' 

"'I see that you know about it, Rabbi,' said the frightened 
watchman. 'But I can obey you only if you mention the word 
which was given to me by my predecessor, because I took a 
sacred oath on the Bible.' 

"The Polish Jew bent down and slowly pronounced a word of 
seven syllables. 

"The watchman bowed respectfully. 

" *You are the Rabbi !' he said. 'All will be done as you com- 
mand I' 

'"You will send away the friends who are feasting in your 
house before the clock strikes eleven. At the first stroke you 
will open the gates of the cemetery, and at the last stroke you 
will get into your house, lock the doors and windows, lie down 
in your bed and turn into a corpse together with the members 
of your household, into a corpse that sees and hears nothing.' 

"1 will neither look nor listen.' 

"The angel of death will leave your soul in your body and 
will force you to wander about among the graves to the end 
of time if you do not carry out my orders correctly. Now go, 
and remember that by virtue of your position you are the 
servant of the great Jerusalem synagogue. I need not tell you 
that you should not say anything to that vain, worldly man who 
brought me here.' 

"Both returned to the gates, near which the banker was still 
on guard. 

'"Well,' he said, 'your desire is fulfilled, Rabbi, and you may 
inform my friend in Warsaw that Rosenberg and Son are 
always ready to do a favor to a guest recommended by such a 
personage. Now let us go home; my wife is waiting for us.' 

" *Let us go, my son,' replied the Rabbi. 'But relieve me of 
worldly pleasures, I shall spend the night in prayer 1' 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 27 

"The banker shrugged his shoulders and gave the watchman 
a gold coin. 

" 'Joel,' he said in a low voice, 'the other trustees of the com- 
munity must not know about this violation of the rule.' 

"The watchman nodded, and the companion again disappeared 
in the dark streets, which had already become deserted, while 
in the houses people talked merrily and the sounds of holiday 
festivities were heard. 

"How poor, dirty and dark these little houses looked from 
outside I But it was quite different within ! In the rear rooms 
of many of these houses the bright light of numerous wax candles 
was reflected in the splendid high mirrors, in expensive dishes 
and precious rugs. Girls and women, who in the morning per- 
haps walked with trays in their hands, now were seated at the 
tables in heavy silk gowns with golden chains and bracelets; 
their jewels and diamonds were glittering. 



"The clock in the town-hall tower struck ten. In the chapel, 
near the statue of St. Nepomucenus, upon a stone bench, sat a 
large-sized man, with the pale serious face of Germanic type. 
Every physiognomist, looking at him, would have said that this 
man had devoted his youth to serious scientific work and that he 
had spent many sleepless nights over books. 

"The clock had just struck ten when upon the bridge appeared 
a man in a light summer coat, of about the same age as the 
young scientist. His face was pale, of waxen color, without the 
slightest natural red in his cheeks; his particularly prominent 
nose indicated his Jewish extraction; his forehead was high and 
large, his head was strongly developed. He walked straight 
over to the man who was waiting and who quickly arose. 

'"Good evening. I see you have received my letter. Have 
you it with you?' 

" "Yes, I know it by heart, I have read it so many times. "My 
friend," it is written there, "I have promised to give you the 
key to the Caballah, if I ever find the opportunity to do so. 
Although I am not always in the habit of fulfilling my vows, I 
am ready to fulfil this one, if you will wait for me in the 
evening of October 8, in Prague, on the old Moldau bridge, 
under the statue of Nepomucenus," Then follows your name.' 



28 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

" 'Yes, that is correct. Have you not yet given up your de- 
sire?' 

"'Less than ever beforel You would render science an in- 
valuable service.' 

" 'Listen, doctor, bend down a little over the rail ; that of 
which we speak must not be heard even by the waves of the 
Moldau, if we wish to remain alive.' 

"The young scientist looked in astonishment at his comrade, 
but did as he desired. 

"'Three years ago, in Rome, when I promised to acquaint 
you with the mysteries of the Caballah, I did it more for the 
sake of boasting of a power and authority which, in reality, I 
did not possess. Although I had studied for some time the 
traditions of my nation, rather out of curiosity than because of 
the love of knowledge, I knew very well that I could hardly 
penetrate the corridor of those mysteries which I am still re- 
garding as the sophistry and roguishness of exalted minds, in- 
vented for the purpose of holding fools in fear and subordina- 
tion. But several accidental discoveries, made by me since 
then, have changed my views and have aroused in me a sense 
of curiosity. 

'"You know, notwithstanding our brief acquaintance, that I 
am not the type of man who would abandon a clue or a con- 
ceived plan. What has caused me to make you my companion 
in satisfying my curiosity that does not concern you. It is 
enough that now we have an opportunity to satisfy our mutual 
desire, and all depends on whether you will agree to accept 
the conditions upon which I can make you a partner in my 
investigation.' 

"'If these are not against honor and conscience.* 

"'In this respect you have nothing to risk, you are rather 
risking something else your life. Do you feel that you are 
capable of facing a serious danger?' 

" 'For the sake of science, yes 1' 

"*Very well, in that case I must tell you that I will lead you 
to a place which we will not leave alive, if our presence is 
discovered. The slightest suspicion that we were uninvited 
witnesses of the secret will bring upon us persecution which will 
kill us sooner or later.' 

"'You are whetting my curiosity, signor!' 

"That is all I wanted to tell you. The other thing you 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 29 

know that I am a Jew by birth. Although the Jews have driven 
me from their midst and cursed me according to their custom 
and traditions because I adopted Christianity, still I have my 
own reasons for stipulating a condition your word of honor 
that you will be silent about all you will see and hear, until I 
authorize you to speak.' 

" 'I swear by my honor.' 

"'Very well. You will recall in your investigations of the 
Caballah that in the mysterious books mention is made of a 
meeting of the heads or chosen ones of the nation, a meeting 
which takes place from time to time?' 

"'Yes, in the Yezire it is said very definitely, and if I under- 
stood correctly, such meetings take place every hundred years.' 

"'Yes. The last meeting took place in 1760 and you recall 
that shortly afterward the movement of Judaism started. It is 
now 1787 years since the destruction of Jerusalem and this year is 
designated for a meeting of the Cabalistic Sanhedrin. This is 
the day of the meeting; the place is this city. I want to be 
present at this meeting in spite of the danger and am ready to 
take you along with me.' 

"'But will it not be dishonest to listen, will it not be an un- 
lawful interference with other people's secrets?' 

"'Per Bacco! as we Italians say; with such hesitations you 
must abandon once for all the idea of fulfilling your desire. Or 
do you think that the people who guard the secret of the 
Caballah will bring it to you on a tray? As far as I am con- 
cerned, I shall discover the secret, at any cost!' 

"After reflecting a few minutes, the scientist came to a de- 
cision. 

"'I shall go with you, come what may!' 

" 'Very well. Now we have agreed. Let us go, there is no 
time to lose.'" 



"The tower clock of the town-hall struck eleven. At the first 
stroke a key clicked in the lock of the cemetery gates. Then 
followed profound silence which indicated that the cemetery 
was open. The lights in the Jewish houses were gradually 
dying out, and at the same time the sounds of the merry feast- 
ing also subsided. 

"Mysterious silence reigned in that terrible place. 



30 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

"The gates creaked softly; the rustling of long coats was 
heard, touching the stones and shrubbery; finally a vague white 
figure appeared and slipped by like a shadow along the path- 
ways. 

"This figure knelt before one of the tombstones; three times 
it touched the stone with its forehead and softly whispered a 
prayer. 

"Along the path leading from the gates came an old man, 
bent, limping, sighing and coughing. He came over to the 
ancient tombstone, and lowered himself on his knees near the 
white figure that had entered before him, and he, too, whispered 
a prayer. 

"Then heavy footsteps were heard, and a tall, impressive figure 
appeared on the road, clad in a white mantle, and he, too, 
fell down on his knees, as though unwillingly, in front of the 
tombstone. 

"Thirteen times this was repeated. Thirteen old men came 
over to the tombstone. The doctor counted them, but he could 
not understand whether they were alive or dead. A shiver 
crept down his back, his heart began to beat faster from fright. 
He involuntarily recalled the terrible legend of the Day of 
Atonement in the tenth month, Tishri, in the synagogue of 
Posen when, during the prayer of Kol Nidrei, the congregation 
kept growing larger and larger; unknown people, pushing one 
another, wrapped in prayer shawls, came in, one hundred after 
another, until the terrified Rabbi lifted his hand as if 
to curse and exclaimed : *He who has flesh in his cheeks, 
let him throw off the prayer shawl!' Hundreds remained cov- 
ered, and when the prayer shawls were torn away from them, 
all saw the skulls of the dead who had come out of the graves 
to celebrate the Day of Atonement with the rest of the congre- 
gation. 

"As there, it seemed to him that the prayer shawls had fallen 
off the heads of the praying old men, and a row of dead skulls 
appeared. At that moment the clock struck twelve. A sharp 
metallic sound rang out on the grave, after which a blue flame 
appeared and illumined the thirteen kneeling figures. 

" 'I greet you, Roshe beth Aboth (heads) of the twelve tribes 
of Israel,' announced a dull voice. 

'"We greet you, son of the accursed.' 

"'A hundred years have already passed. Where have the 
Nesiyim (princds of the tribes) come from?' 

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THE HISTORY OF A LIE 31 

'"From the lands where the nation of Adonai has been scat- 
tered by the orders of our forefathers.' 

" 'Are you ready to fulfil the promise during the coming cen- 
tury?' 

'"We are ready!' 

'"Then say, whose representatives are you, and where do you 
come from? Tribe of Judah?' 

'"From Amsterdam,' replied a strong, loud voice. 

'"Tribe of Benjamin?' 

" 'Toledo !' came the dull answer. 

"'Tribe of Levi?' 

" Worms !' 

"Tribe of Manasseh?' 

" 'Budapest I' 

"Tribe of Gad?' 

" 'Cracow !' 

"Tribe of Simeon?' 

" 'Rome !' 

" Tribe of Zebulun?' 

" 'Paris P 

"Tribe of Dan?' 

" 'Constaninople 1' 

" Tribe of Asher?' 

" 'London !' 

" Tribe of Issachar?' 

"The answer came in a faint voice and could not be heard dis- 
tinctly. 

"Tribe of Naphtali?' 

"'Prague!' 

"'And I am the representative of the unfortunate and exiles,' 
said the man who asked the questions in a dull voice. 'I am my- 
self wandering about all over the world in order that I may unite 
you for the sake of the cause of redemption which has been 
promised to the seed of Abraham and which was taken from 
them by the sons of him who was crucified! Who is here of 
the house of Aaron, let him rise, scrutinize the heads of the 
tribes and gather the council.' 

"The man who was the first to arrive rose and then seated 
himself upon the tombstone. One by one the others came over 
to him and whispered in his ear a seven-syllabled word, and 
each time he nodded in approval. After that all returned to 



32 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

their former places. 'Brethren,' said the Levite, 'our fathers 
formed a union which compels all those chosen as representatives 
of the tribes to gather every hundred years at the grave of the 
great teacher of Caballah whose doctrines give the chosen ones 
power on earth and supremacy over all the descendants of 
Ishmael. Eighteen hundred years the struggle has been con- 
ducted by the nation of Israel for supremacy which was prom- 
ised to Abraham and which was taken away from us by the 
Cross. Trampled under foot by our enemies, under the terror 
of death and all kinds of humiliation and violence, the nation 
of Israel, nevertheless, has not abandoned this struggle, and as 
they are scattered all over the earth, the whole earth must be- 
long to them ! Our learned men are conducting this struggle for 
hundreds of years ; the nation is gradually rising from its fall ; 
its power is growing and spreading. To us belongs the earthly 
god, which was made for us with such sorrow by Aaron in the 
desert ... the Golden Calf which the backsliders are wor- 
shipping !' 

" We hear !' they whispered on all sides. 

" 'When all the gold on earth will be ours, the power will go 
over to us. Then will be fulfilled the promise made to Abraham. 
Gold is the ruler of the earth. Gold is power, reward, pleasure 
... all that human beings fear and desire. This is the mys- 
tery of the Caballa ... the teachings concerning the spirit 
which rules the world, and about the future ! Eighteen centuries 
we have belonged to our enemies. The future belongs to us. For 
the fifth time in the course of the thousand-year-old struggle to 
which we have consecrated ourselves, those who know of the ex- 
istence of the secret union have gathered here to take counsel 
as to the means which are afforded us by the sins of our 
enemies, and each time, for five hundreds years, a new Sanhed- 
rim, ordered the fiercest struggle. But, excepting Russia, not a 
single century has been crowned with such success as this one. 
Therefore we may think that the time for which we are striving 
is near, and we may say, "The. Future is ours 1" ' 

"'Yes, if persecutions against the Jews will not take place in 
the meantime !' pointed out one of the men with a bitter smile. 

" 'The dark days of such a danger are passed. The success 
of so-called civilization among the Christian nations may serve 
as the best protection for our endeavors. Before listening to the 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 33 

individual opinions, let us examine the material means, the pure 
capital possessed by the nation of Israel. . . .' 

" 'But against the three and a half million Jews with their 
money there are 265 million enemies in Europe, or rather 500 
million fists,' remarked one of these present. 

" 'The head will protect us against the fists, as in the past. 
Labor is the slave of speculation, and violence is the slave of 
wisdom. Who will deny that cunning is the distinctive trait 
of our nation? 

" Our nation is ostentatious and greedy, arrogant and pleasure- 
loving. 

" 'Where there is light there is also shadow. It is not in vain 
that Adonai our God gave his chosen people the tenacity of a 
snake, the cunning of a fox, the look of a falcon, the memory 
of a dog, the diligence of an ant, and the sociability of a beaver. 
We were in captivity on the rivers of Babylon, and have become 
powerful ! Our temple was destroyed, but we have built a 
thousand new temples ! For eighteen hundreds years we were 
slaves ; now we have grown head and shoulders above all other 
nations.' 

"All the twelve pronounced the concluding words 

" 'Brethren,' said the Levite, 'the time has come when, in ac- 
cordance with the laws of the founder of our union, we must 
determine ways and means by which the Jews shall attain their 
goal as soon as possible ; our experience of a hundred years will 
help us in this. We who know must direct and guide the masses 
which are blind. We, the builders, will combine the dead stones 
into a pillar which must reach the sky.' 

"'The Tower of Babel was destroyed by the hand of Him 
whose name I dare not pronounce,' said the sceptic. 

" 'Our structure rests upon the foundation of the promise 
made to Abraham. It is your turn to speak, representative of 
the tribe of Reuben! By what means will the Jewish nation 
achieve power and supremacy over all other nations on earth?' 

"A shrill, unpleasant voice then spoke: 

" 'All the princes and the lands of Europe are at present in 
debt. The stock exchange regulates these debts. But such things 
are done only by movable capital; therefore all the movable 
capital must go over to the hands of the Jews. The foundation 
for this is already laid, judging from what we have heard here. 
If we will be supreme in the stock exchange, we will attain the 



34 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

same supremacy in the governments. Therefore it is necessary 
to facilitate loans in order to get them into our hands all the 
more. Wherever possible, we must take in exchange for capital, 
mortgages on railroads, taxes, mines, regalia and domains. Fur- 
thermore, the stock exchange is a means for the transfer of the 
belongings of the small people to the hands of the capitalists, 
by drawing them into stock gambling. Transactions in securities 
are a splendid invention of our nation. Although the stock ex- 
change members cheat one another sometimes, it is the outsider 
who always pays in the end.' 

"The voice which resounded on the Paris Bourse became 
silent. 

"'Do the sekenim agree with the opinion of our brother?' 
asked the Levite. 

"A whisper of approbation was the answer to this question. 

" 'Representative of the tribe of Simeon, it is your turn now I' 

"A serious, dull voice resounded after this order. Each word 
was pronounced slowly and thoughtfully: 

" 'Ownership of land is always the iron-clad, everlasting pos- 
session of every country. This in itself gives power, respect and 
influence. Therefore, the Jews should secure the possibility of 
acquiring real estate. It will not be hard to accomplish this, 
if we acquire movable capital. Therefore it is necessary to 
facilitate loans on land. Under the fear of scandal we will 
destroy land wealth and minimize its importance. Ownership 
of land should be mobilized, if lands are sold as other com- 
modities. The more we help in the breaking up of estates, 
the more easily will they fall into our hands. Under the pretext 
of relieving the poor classes, it is necessary to levy all taxes of 
states and communities on the land owners. When the land is in 
our hands, the labor of the Christian workers and farmers will 
give us a tenfold income/ 

"He who did not belong to any tribe laughed sneeringly. 

"This advice is good, but not new. Ask in Paris and in 
Vienna, who owns the houses there?' 

"A whisper of approbation was heard again. 

"'Tribe of Judah, your turn!' 

"The voice that resounded was marked with conviction and 
reminded one of the sound of the Thaller. 

" 'Industry, the power of the burgher, which hinders the Jewish 
nation, must be paralyzed even as agriculture. The manufac- 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 35 

turer should be no better than an ordinary worker. The means 
to accomplish this may be the unlimited freedom of trade. The 
manufacturer will take the place of the artisan as he does not 
have to work, only to speculate. The children of Israel can adapt 
themselves to all branches of work. Their capital and dexterity 
will be the substitute for right. Transforming the artisans into 
our factory workers, we will be in a position to direct the masses 
for our political purposes. Whoever resists this system will be 
destroyed by competition. The senseless and ungrateful masses 
will not support the artisans in this struggle, if commodities 
are reduced in price to a certain extent. 

"A noisy approbation of the new Sanhedrin showed that the 
soundness of this advice had long been appreciated and even ap- 
plied in practice. 

" 'Now it is my turn,' said the representative of Levi 1 speak 
in the name of the tribe of Aaron. The natural enemy of the 
Jews is the Christian church. Therefore we must try to hu- 
miliate it, we must instill into it free-thinking, scepticsm, and 
conflicts. Therefore we will, first of all, start a war on the clergy, 
we will try to arouse suspicion against it and ridicule it. The 
main pillar of the church is the school. Therefore we must 
gain influence over the young. Under the guise of progress and 
the equal rights of all religions, we will destroy the study of 
religion in Christian schools. Then the Jews may become 
teachers in all schools ; then religion will be taught at home. 
And as there is little time left for that, the spirit of religion 
will gradually decline, and eventually it will be destroyed alto- 
gether. Agitation for the appropriation of property belonging 
to the churches and schools, the transfer of church property to 
the state, or (what is the same) into the hands of the Jews, 
will be our reward !' 

"Again approbation followed the words of the man who had 
spoken. Nobody contradicted him and he announced: 

" 'Representative of the tribe of Isaachar, it is your turn !' 

"Now an old, trembling voice spoke: 

"'Let our brethren strive for the abolition of armed force. 
The coarse military art is not for the sons of Israel. Not every- 
one can be a Gideon ! The army is for the defense of the throne 
and the school of narrow patriotism.. Not the sword, but reason 
and money must rule. Therefore at every opportune instance, 
it is necesaary to help the downfall of the military class, to arouse 



36 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

suspicion in the masses against it, and to incite animosity against 
one another. It is enough for the soldiers to do police duty and 
to protect the wealthy from those who have nothing.' 

" The Lion of Judah has spoken,' said the stranger angrily. 
'David conquered Goliath. The nations will soon wear long 
coats instead of military armour. A slap on the bourse will 
be equivalent to a lost battle.' 

"It looked as though a storm was rising against this arrogant 
sarcasm, but one word from the eldest restored them all to calm. 

"'This is the son of Baall He may say whatever he pleases. 
But he will do whatever is decided by the council of the 
tribes.' 

"'The tribe of Zebulun may speak 1' 

"A dull voice, like a storm in the distance, said as follows! 

" 'Our nation is conservative to its very root, and clings fast 
to what is old. But our interest demands that we participate, or, 
rather, direct the movements of nations. It is indisputable that 
ours is a time of many reforms, whose main purpose is the 
amelioration of the material condition of the needy classes. But 
for this the propertied classes must sacrifice their capitals. Cap- 
ital is in the hands of the Jews. Therefore they must outwardly 
take part in the movement and try to divert it from social and 
political reforms. The masses themselves are blind and foolish, 
and permit the shouters to rule over them. Who shouts more 
loudly and more shrewdly than the Jews? Therefore our nation 
has been the first on the platform, in the press, and in all Chris- 
tian communities \ The more communities and meetings, the more 
dissatisfaction and idleness. From this it follows inevitably that 
the people grow poorer, that they become subjected to those 
who have money, leading to the enrichment of the latter. Be- 
sides, every movement makes us richer, for the smaller people 
are ruined and are contracting debts. The unstability of the 
foundation increases our power and our influence. Therefore 
the support of every kind of dissatisfaction, every revolution, 
increases our capital and brings us nearer to our goal.' 

"This terrible speech was followed by prolonged silence. Every 
member of this secret Sanhedrim seemed to be thinking of its 
terrible meaning. The son of Baal again laughed hoarsely. 

"'Are you afraid of blood? It isn't yours.' 

"Then one member of the gathering expressed his approval, 
and all others followed his example. 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE tf 

'"Son of the tribe of Dan, your turn!' 
"The answer bore the stamp of a Jew of the lower order : 
'"Every business in which there is speculation and profit must 
be in our hands. That is our natural right. First of all, we 
must get control of the traffic in liquor, butter, wool, and bread. 
Then we shall have in our hands agriculture, farming. We can 
prepare bread everywhere, and if dissatisfaction and want should 
arise, we can easily throw the blame on the government. Petty 
wares, which give a great deal of trouble and yield very little 
profit, we can leave in the hands of the Christians. Let them 
work hard and suffer as the chosen people suffered for several 
centuries.' 

"This speech scarcely needed approval. The Levite called 
on the next one. 
'"Tribe of Naphtali?' 

"The following words rang out shrilly and with assurance: 
"'All governmental positions should be open to us. Once 
this principle is established, the cunning and flattery of 
the Jewish employees will help them to penetrate even there, 
and they will have real influence. I am speaking only of the 
posts which bring honor, power, and pre-eminence. Positions 
which require work and knowledge may remain for the Chris- 
tians. Therefore the Jews may neglect positions of secondary 
importance. Justice is very important for us, the law is a 
great step forward. This occupation is suited to the cunning 
and skill of our people and gives us influence and power against 
our natural enemies. Why can't a Jew be Minister of Education 
as he has already been more than once Minister of Finance?' 

" 'Remember the scaffold of Haman, the fate of Shushan and 
Leopold!' said a warning voice. 

" "Why does the raven croak about the past which is so distant 
and almost forgotten? More than one of our people has been a 
Minister in France and respected by the King himself.' 

"Approval was expressed in a tone of satisfied pride; then 
the orator continued: 

'"Our people must be among the legislators of the govern- 
ments. The laws of the goyim against the children of Israel 
must be abolished. We will maintain the laws of our Fathers. 
We need no longer any laws that would protect us. No. We 
must concern ourselves about laws that will give us privileges. 
A mild law respecting bankruptcy, promulgated in the interests of 



38 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

humanity, would be a golden mountain in our hands. First of 
all we must see to it that the law regarding usury is abolished 
in all countries under the pretext that money would thereby be- 
come cheaper. Money is just such a commodity as others, and 
the law should give us the right to regulate its price according 
to our desire.' 

"'Now is the turn for the tribe of Benjamin.' 

'"What can I add to the counsel of such wise men? The 
Jew should also make use of honors, and should be at the head 
of all organizations that may give him honor without risks, and 
he should engage in science and the arts which are more adapted 
te the character of our people and which we can master more 
easily. We can become good actors and philosophers, because 
there is room for speculation in these domains. In the arts our 
people will look after the reception and will burn incense to 
ourselves. In science we will take up medicine and philosophy. 
These afford opportunities for theories and speculation. A 
physician penetrates the secrets of families and holds their lives 
in his hands.' 

"Tribe of Asher, your turn!' 

" We must demand free marriage between Jews and Chris- 
tians. Israel will only be the gainer, even though there be 
an admixture of impure blood to a certain degree. Our sons 
and daughters will marry into renowned and powerful Christian 
families. We give money and thus have influence. The Chris- 
tian relationship cannot have a bad influence on us, while we can 
exert a strong influence over them. That is one thing. An- 
other thing is that we respect the Jewish woman and we enjoy 
the forbidden pleasure with the women of our enemies. We have 
money, and for money we can get everything. A Jew must 
never make a daughter of his own race his mistress. If he 
should desire to sin against the Seventh Commandment he 
should content himself with Christian girls.' 

"'What is the use of employing the beautiful girls of the 
goyim in our stores if not for this?' angrily interposed the rep- 
resentative of the evil spirit. 'Whoever will not want to satisfy 
our desire will get no work, consequently no bread. Go to the 
large cities and you will see that they are not waiting for your 
wise men's orders. Substitute a contract for sacrament in the 
marriage of Christians and their wives and daughters will come 
to you still more readily.' 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 39 

"The terrible cynicism of these words, touching such a deli- 
cate subject, must have produced a profound impression, espe- 
cially since the views of the ancient doctrines were so strict on 
the topic of moral purity. 

"'What does the law say?' asked one of the twelve. 
"'For adultery with a woman of our own people death ; for 
seducing a girl a fine, if she was not betrothed; if she was 
betrothed death. But the law is not so rigorous with regard 
to one who lives with a slave her body belongs to her master.' 
"'Are the goyim better than our slaves?' 
"This explanation was followed by a whisper of approval. 
" The tribe of Manasseh may speak now !' 
"The last of the orators lifted his hand and during his speech 
he raised and lowered it, as if desiring thus to make a stronger 
impression by his words. His voice was hoarse and unpleasant, 
but he spoke skilfully and with assurance. 

"'If gold is the first power in the world, the press is the| 
second. Of what value are all the opinions and advice given here 
without the aid of the press ? We will attain our aim only when ' 
the press is in our hands. Our people must direct the daily 
publications. We are cunning, shrewd, and we possess money 
which we know how to utilize for our purposes. We need great 
political newspapers which mold public opinion criticism, the 
literature of the streets and the stage. In this way we will crowd 
out the Christians step by step, and will dictate to the world 
what it should believe in, what it should respect, and what it 
should curse. We will repeat the sorrowful cry of Israel and 
the complaints against the persecutions which are directed against 
us. Then, even though each individual may be against us, the 
masses, in their stupidity, will always be for us. With the press 
in our hands, we can turn wrong into right, dishonesty into hon- 
esty. We can shake all foundations, and separate families. We 
can destroy faith in all that our enemies, until now, have believed. 
We can ruin credits and arouse passions. We can declare war; 
we can award fame or disgrace. We can uplift or ruin talent 

'"When Israel shall have gold and the press in his hands, 
we will be able to ask: "On what day will it please you to put 
on Atarah (crown) which belongs to us by right, to erect 
Shisse (?) and extend the Shebet (sceptre) over the nations of 
the earth?"' 
"A noisy greeting followed these words and the agitated men 



40 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

who listened hardly understood for some time what was being 
said at the meeting. At last the voice of the Levite called upon 
all to be silent. 

"'The Roshe-Bate-Aboth of the twelve tribes have uttered 
words of wisdom. These words will be as pillars for the times 
to come, if the son of him "who has not rest" will write these 
words upon his memory and spread the seeds among the nation 
of Israel in order that it may grow to be a mighty tree. They 
will be the sword with which Israel will strike down his enemies. 
Our posterity must share among themselves happiness, wealth 
and power as it shared misfortune and dangers. They must 
help one another. Wherever one of them places his foot, he 
must drag another his brother along with him. If one 
of them is unfortunate, others must help him, if he but lives 
according to the law of our nation. 

" *He who was in prison for ten years, may become a rich 
man to whom princes will bow, if only our people will not for- 
sake him. Where everybody is against us, all will be for us. 
After forty years of wandering in the desert, the hand of Jehovah 
brought us to power in the land of Canaan; the same hand will 
lead us after forty-five times forty years from our misfortune 
and miseries to rule over lands which are forty-five times vaster 
than Canaan. If Israel shall obey the decision here adopted by 
the Sanhedrin of the Caballah, our grandchildren, coming a 
hundred years hence to the grave of the founder of our union, 
will announce to him that they have indeed become the princes 
of the world and that the promise made to the nation of Israel 
has been fulfilled. Other nations will become his slaves ! Renew 
our oath, sons of the golden calf, and go to all lands of the 
world/ 

"The blue flame flared up brightly upon the grave of the 
Rabbi ; each of the thirteen threw upon the tomb a stone which 
each carried under his cloak. 

"It seemed to the doctor that on the top of the tombstone, 
in the bluish flame, there appeared a monstrous golden figure 
of an animal. 

"Then he heard the same metallic sound that he had heard 
when the light first appeared. Then impenetrable darkness cov- 
ered the cemetery. 

"The white figures again slipped by among the tombstones, 
The gates creaked softly, 



THE HISTORY OF A LlS 41 

"The clock in the tower struck two past midnight. The last of 
the mysterious visitors knocked at the window and a hoarse 
voice said (as though the speaker knew that the watchman was 
not asleep) : 

" 'Close the house of life, watchman of those who are awaiting 
the resurrection, and may your lips be sealed with the seal of 
Solomon for a hundred years/ 

"The scholar still lay motionless; he was afraid to stir; all 
he had heard had made upon him such a dreadful impression. 
"A noise near him indicated that his companion was rising. 
"To concentrate in their hands all the capital of the nations 
of all lands ; to secure possession of all the land, railroads, mines, 
houses; to be at the head of all organizations, to occupy the 
highest governmental posts, to paralyze commerce and industry 
everywhere, to seize the press, to direct legislation, public opin- 
ion and national movements and all for the purpose of sub- 
jugating all nations on earth to their power! Nol I shall 
struggle against the golden calf and shall smash it to pieces as 
Moses smashed it in the desert.' 

'"What we heard is a threat against all society. Here is 
my hand, I will be your comrade in this struggle against the 
power of gold.' 

'The Italian shook his head, but accepted the extended hand. 
'No,' he said, 'I want to act alone. There is a force which, if 
properly directed, is not weaker than gold. That force is pov- 
erty and her companion, labor. I shall call them out and lead 
them into battle. Proud Israel! Beware! I shall put against 
you the Artel (union) and Labor.' 

"'And I,' said the scholar, with animation, 'all that is lofty 
and noble, science, idealism, faith I shall lead these against 
this materialism.' 

"His comrade laughed: 

" "Your ideals will crumble as clay striking against metal. 
Only the forces of poverty and hunger can be the fighters that 
will defeat the golden calf. Our ways part here; you will go 
one way, and I another. My promise is fulfilled ; but remember 
your vowbe silent as to all that you have heard and seen 
her* !' " 



42 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

This is the weird, fantastic "thriller" from which sprang 
the Protocols. It is the first stage. According to this 
story not only were there present at a secret meeting in 
the Prague Cemetery, the representatives of the twelve 
tribes of Israel, ten of which totally disappeared 
nearly twenty-five centuries ago, but also the son of 
"the accursed one," the Devil, was there, making side- 
remarks from time to time. His assigned function was 
that of spreading the decisions of the Wise Men of Zion 
among the Jews in order that they conquer the world. 

Dr. Herman L. Strack, professor of theology at the 
^niversity of Berlin, one of the foremost Christian 
authorities on theological and religious literature, com- 
menting on this Goedsche-Retcliffe concoction, says that 
this tale of the ghostly convocation in the Jewish ceme- 
tery at Prague, discloses no real knowledge of Judaism, 
that the reference to mixed marriages indicates gross 
ignorance of actual Jewish thought, and that the Hebrew 
words supposed to have been employed by the spokesmen 
for the various tribes appear to have been borrowed from 
a dictionary. He also points to Goedsche-Retcliffe's story 
and the "Rabbi's Speech" about to be mentioned as the 
sources of the Protocols. 



CHAPTER THREE 



FICTION FORGED INTO "FACT" 

The Lie in its Second Stage The Tale Becomes "Fact" The 
"Rabbi's" Speech Its Authenticity Vouched for by "Ret- 
cliffe" An Illuminating Footnote A Dedication to the Rus- 
sian "Black Hundreds" The Imaginary "Speech" Bears 
Witness to Authenticity of "Protocols," Themselves Based on 
"Speech" Three Stages of the Lie. 

A number of years after this Russian translation of 
the Goedsche-Retcliffe story appeared, Sir John Retcliffe, 
alias Goedsche, deeming it important for his purpose of 
adding fuel to the flame of anti-semitism that had been 
lighted in Germany, undertook to convert this work of 
fiction, this offspring of his imagination, into a statement 
of fact. This led him to adopt the simple device of con- 
solidating into one continuous speech the dialogue con- 
tained in his shilling shocker, and putting the speech into 
the mouth of an imaginary Rabbi in such a way as to 
make it appear to be an address delivered by him to a 
secret convocation of Jews. And the very man who had 
invented the speeches set down in his work of fiction 
twenty years before, now vouched for the authenticity of 
the obviously fabricated speech which he attributed to a 
Rabbi who had his birth in the contorted mind of this 
notorious forger. 

A translation from the Russian of the apocryphal 
"Rabbi's Speech," with the introductory note as published 
in Russia by G. Butmi, in 1907, in a book entitled "The 
Enemy of the Human Race," dedicated by the author to 
the Black Hundreds, will now be laid before the reader. 
43 



44 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

A comparison of it, with the scene in the cemetery, will 
at once demonstrate the identity of authorship. Below 
is a facsimile of the title page of this book, a copy of 
which is in the Russian collection of the Library of 
Congress, in Washington, D. C. 



OEJlMHI/ITEJlbHblfl Pt>HI/l. 



BPATH 
POAA HEJIOBtHEGHAFO. 



COW3S PVCCK4FO HAPOflJL 



Vemat'pmoe, o6pa8omannoe u uono/meHHoe usdam'e. 



xoHtnuji. ropoaa, J& 
1907. 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE ^5 

THE RABBI'S SPEECH 
To the Jewish People * 

[Paragraphs which are indented and parts in italics 
were omitted in the Butmi version, but are given in the 
French publication "Le Peril Judeo Magonnique I. Les 
Protocols des Sages de Zion," by Jouin, Paris, 1920.] ~~ 

"Our fathers ordained the chosen ones in Israel to gather, 
without fail, once every century, at the grave of our great Master 
Caleb, the sainted Rabbi Simeon Ben Judah, whose great knowl- 
edge is imparted to the elect of each generation to gain the 
power over the whole world and authority over all the descend- 
ants of Israel. . . . 

"It is already eighteen centuries that the war of Israel 
is being waged with the power which had been promised 
to Abraham but which had been snatched away from 
him by the Cross. Trampled under foot, humiliated by 
his enemies, ceaselessly under threats of death, of per- 
secution, of rapine and violence of every sort, Israel has 
not succumbed; and if he is dispersed over the whole 
world it is because the whole world should belong to 
him. 

"It has been for a few [eighteen] centuries now that our 
learned men have been fighting against the Cross with courage 

"NOTE. (Toward the end of the last century there appeared a book 
in London by Retcliffe entitled "A Review of Political and Historical 
Events During the Past Ten Years." This work was translated into 
French. The French periodical press, without waiting for the com- 
plete translation, of the book, reproduced certain parts of it because 
they were of special interest. Thus the French newspapers and maga- 
zines published translations from the English of an intensely interesting 
speech, most edifying for Russia (from the Hebrew), delivered by one 
of the Rabbis, THE AUTHENTICITY OF WHICH SPEECH IS 
VOUCHED FOR BY THE ABOVE-MENTIONED AUTHOR. This in- 
imitable gem must in the eyes of Russians assume all the more im- 
portance since it is brought out by that "highly civilized" humane 
and practical country, England, which has given protection to the 
Russian Jews against the unsuccessfully invented persecutions on the 
part of the Russian government and people. This monstrous document 
was sent at the time in printed forni, in the French language, to the 
editorial office of the Odessa newspaper "Novorosisk Telegraph" for 
those who might want to examine the accuracy of the translation pub- 
lished in No. 4996 of that newspaper, dated January 15, 1891, and re- 
printed in No. 21 of the Petersburg newspaper "Znamya," dated January 
22, 1904. THE SPEECH RELATES TO THE TIME OF THE SAN- 
HEDRIN OF 18W.) 



46 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

and persistence which nothing can break. Our people is rising 
gradually and, with each day, its forces are growing. It is to 
us that this God of the day belongs, which was erected by Aaron 
in the wilderness, this golden calf, this universal deity of the 
epoch. 
"When we become, at last, the sole possessors of all the gold 



to be found on earth, the true power will practically be trans- 
ferred to our hands, and the promises made to Abraham will be 
fulfilled. Gold is the greatest power on earth; it is wight, re- 
ward, the instrument of every authority, it is all man, both 
fears and desires. This is the sole mystery, the most profound 
science of that spirit with the aid of which the entire world is 
ruled. This is what the future holds in store. Eighteen cen- 
turies have belonged to our enemies ; this century and the fol- 
lowing must belong to us, the People of Israel, and will be 
ours, without fail. Here, for the tenth time during a thousand 
years of cruel and incessant struggle with our enemies, have 
assembled at this cemetery; at the grave of the great Master, 
Caleb, the sainted Rabbi Simeon Ben Judah, the elect of each 
of the tribes of the Israelite people, in order to discuss and 
agree upon, the means of making use, in the interests of 
our cause, of all the tremendous mistakes and errors, which 
our enemies the Christians have not ceased to commit. Every 
time the new Sanhedrin (assembly) proclaimed and preached 
merciless warfare against our enemies, but not once during the 
past centuries did our forefathers succeed in concentrating in 
our hands such an enormous quantity of gold [and conse- 
quently of power] as the nineteenth century has given us. We 
are therefore able, without any senseless illusions, to flatter our- 
selves with the hope of attaining our goal before long, and we 
can look forward with assurance into the very eyes of the 
future. 

"Persecutions and insults, these sombre and tortuous times, 
which the people of Israel bore with heroic patience, have for- 
tunately come to an end, owing to the progress of civilization 
among the Christians, and this progress is the best shield under 
which we can hide and scheme, in order that we may cover 
quickly and decisively the last leg of that distance which divides 
us from our supreme aim. Let us cast a cursory glance at the 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 47 

economic situation of Europe and analyze the resources which 
fell to the Israelites from the beginning of the present century, 
owing to the concentration in their hands of the tremendous 
capital which is in their possesson at the present time. It turns 
out that in Paris, London, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, Hamburg, 
Rome, Naples, etc. [and in all lands the Rothschilds], that 
everywhere, the Israelites are the masters of the financial situa- 
tion, being as they are possessors of many billions, not to men- 
tion localities of the second and third class where all the financial 
funds are in their hands and not mentioning that, without their 
direct influence, no financial operation, no work of any im- 
portance, could be carried out anywhere at any time. At pres- 
ent, all the emperors, kings and ruling princes are burdened 
with tremendous debts incurred in order to be able to maintain 
numerous standing armies [to sustain their tottering thrones]. 
The Bourse quotes and regulates these moneys, and we are the 
full masters of the Bourse in all the centres of the globe. The 
problem before us now is to facilitate even to a greater extent 
the means of contracting these loans and thus to become the 
sole managers of all valuables, after which the exploitation of 
all their railroads, mines, forests, large factories and industrial 
plants, as well as of all other (real property) including duties 
and taxes, will fall into our hands, as a security for the capital 
lent by us to the various States. 

"Agriculture will forever remain the principal source of a 
country's wealth. The possession of large plots of land will 
pave for us even a broader way to honors and will strengthen 
our influence (over the highest officials of the country). From 
this follows, that our efforts will be directed towards inducing 
our brethren in Israel to make large agricultural purchases. We 
must, therefore, do our utmost to break up large estates into 
small parcels, in order to be able to purchase them in the easiest 
and quickest way. Under the pretext of trying to help the work- 
ing classes, it is necessary to oppress the large landowners with 
taxation in all its severity. When these possessions will thus 
gradually be transferred into our hands, the whole labor of the 
Christian proletariat will become for us a new source of tre- 
mendous profits. Since the Christian Church is one of our most 
dangerous enemies, we must work tirelessly to weaken its in- 
fluence, and in order to accomplish this, it is necessary to use 
all our efforts to implant in the Christian intellectual class ideas 



48 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

of atheism, scepticism, dissension and to call forth religious 
disputes among the newly-formed groups and sects of Christen- 
dom. 

"Logically, we must begin by depreciating the min- 
isters of this religion. Let us declare open war on them, 
let us provoke suspicions on their devotion, on their 
private conduct, and by ridicule and persiflage we shall 
be right in the consideration attached to the state and 
the costume of the priest. 

"Every war, every revolution, every political and religious up- 
heaval brings nearer the moment when we shall attain the great 
end for which we have been striving so long. Commerce and 
speculation these branches, most plentiful in their fruits, must 
never be suffered to slip out of the hands of the Israelites. 

"... and once these branches have become identi- 
fied with us, we shall, through the flattery and perspicacity 
of our executives, know how to penetrate to the prime 
source of true influence and power. It is understood 
that we are concerned only with those pursuits that entail 
honors, power or privileges, for all those that require 
knowledge, labor or disagreeable conditions, these can and 
should be left to the Christians. The magistrature is an 
institution of prime importance for us. The legal pro- 
fession develops most the faculty of civilization and 
initiates one furthest in the affairs of our natural ene- 
mies, the Christians, and it is through it that we can 
subject them to our mercy. Why should not the Jews 
become Ministers of Instruction when they have so often 
been Ministers of Finance? The Jews must also aspire 
to the rank of legislators with the object of abrogating 
the laws made by the Goim, faithless sinners, against 
the sons of Israel, the true believers, in their invariable 
attachment to the holy laws of Abraham. 

"Moreover, on this point, our plan is nearing the most 
complete realization, for progress has nearly everywhere 
recognized and accorded to us the same civic rights as 
to Christians, but that which it is of importance to ob- 
tain, that which must be the object of our ceaseless 
efforts, is a law less severe on bankruptcy. We shall 
make of it a gold mine more rich than were ever the 
mines of California. 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 49 

"With this object in view the people of Israel must direct 
its ambition towards those high offices of authority which have 
the power to distribute honors and esteem. The most assured 
way of attaining such offices is to have weight and importance in 
the various industrial enterprises, financial and commercial op- 
erations, and to be on guard for all pitfalls and temptations 
which may lead to the prosecution of the sons of Israel in the 
country's courts. 

"Our people, in deciding upon one operation or another, must 
be guided by wisdom and tact, which are the distinguishing 
traits of its natural gifts. We must not remain passive to any- 
thing that may aid us in gaining a place of honor in society; 
philosophy, medicine, law, political economy in other words, all 
branches of science, art, literature represent a wide field where 
even our smallest successes, developing our abilities, will be of 
great benefit to our cause. 

"These vocations are inseparable from speculation. 
Thus the production of a musical composition, even 
though it be very mediocre, will furnish to our co- 
religionists a plausible reason for elevating on a pedestal 
and surrounding with a halo the Jew who will be the 
author of it. As for the sciences, medicine and phil- 
osophy, they must equally be a part of our intellectual 
domain. 

"To the physician are usually confided the most intimate secrets 
of the family and he, therefore, holds in his hands the health 
and life of our ancient enemies the Christians. We are obliged 
to encourage matrimonial unions between Israelites and Chris- 
tians, for the people of Israel, risking no loss whatsoever from 
such contact, will only gain from such unions. 

"... The introduction of a certain quantity of im- 
pure blood into our God-chosen race will not corrupt it. 
Our daughters will furnish us with these marriages alli- 
ances with Christian families that possess influence and 
power. In exchange for the money that we give, it is 
just that we obtain influence on everything that sur- 
rounds us. 

"Our relationship with the Christians will not make us deviate 
from the path we have always been following; on the contrary, 
with a certain degree of artfulness and cunning, this relationship 
will gradually make us full masters of their destinies. It is 



50 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

desirable, that the Israelites refrain from keeping concubines 
of our holy faith and rather select Christian girls for the part. 
The substitution of the simple formality of a contract before 
some civil power for the church ceremony is of the greatest 
importance to us, because on this condition Christian women 
will overflow our camp. If gold is the first power on this earth, 
then the second power is undoubtedly the press. But of what 
significance is the latter without the former? Since we cannot 
realize all the above-stated aims without the assistance of the 
press, it is absolutely necessary that the management of all the 
newspapers and magazines of all the countries, be in our hands. 
The possession of gold, of the press and of sufficient means for 
the satisfaction of certain qualities of its soul, will make us 
masters of public opinion and will subjugate to us the masses. 

"Following this method on every step of our way with a per- 
sistence which is one of our highest qualities, we will push the 
Christians aside and reduce their influence to zero. We will 
dictate to the world what it should believe, what it must 
revere or despise. It is possible that persons will be found who 
will arise against us ; arming themselves, they will hurl insults 
and curses at us ; but the docile, ignorant masses will harken to 
us and will take our part. Once we become absolute masters 
of the press, we will easily be able to refashion the ideas of 
honor, of virtue, of faithfulness- and to deal the first blow td 
the family-conception which is considered to this day as the 
most sacred institution and which must be reduced to a state of 
decay. We shall then be able to uproot the belief in that which 
our enemies, the Christians, shall have worshipped until that 
time and instead of that, having brought up the army in a 
spirit of infatuation with the various passions, we shall openly 
declare war upon everything that the gentiles are at present 
revering and worshipping. 

"May all this be understood and noted, and let every child of 
Israel become imbued with its true principles. Then our might 
will grow like a gigantic tree the branches of which will bear 
fruits, known as riches, pleasure, power. 

" . . . as a compensation for that hideous condition 
which for long centuries has been the unique lot of the 
people of Israel. 

"When one of us makes a step forward let the next one 
follow him. If his foot slips let his co-religionists hasten to 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 51 

support him. If an Israelite is trapped by the court of the 
country in which he resides, his brethren in faith should use 
all their efforts to get him out of trouble or to help him other- 
wise, but on the condition that the Israelite in question acted 
according to the laws which Israel observes strictly and guards 
for so many centuries, and the precepts of our religion. 

"Our people is conservative, faithful to the religious 
ceremonies and usages which our ancestors have be- 
queathed to us. 

"It is very important for us to pretend to be expounders and 
protagonists of social questions prevalent at the time in a coun- 
try, especially of those whose aim it is to better the fate of the 
workingman; but, in reality, our efforts must gravitate towards 
possession and rule over the movements of public opinion. 

"The blindness of the masses and the tendency of their 
leaders to yield to oratory, as empty as it is loud, make them 
easy prey for us and a double weapon for our popularity and 
credit. With the aid of oratory, our speakers will be able to 
make people believe our artificial enthusiasm which Christians 
usually attain through the medium of genuine sentiment. 

"It is necessary, to support as much as possible, the Proletariat 
and to subjugate it to those in charge of the finances. Acting 
in this manner, it will be for us to incite the masses, when- 
ever we shall need them. We will use them as weapons for up- 
heavals and revolutions and each of these catastrophes will move 
our cause forward with gigantic strides and will bring us, with 
a quick pace, nearer our goal to reign over the entire world, 
as it was promised by our Father Abraham." 



52 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

[For the sake of illustration, the following extracts, 
out of many that might be selected, are taken from the 
Goedsche-Retdiffe novel which were afterwards elabo- 
rated and presented as facts.] 

FIRST STAGE OF THE LIE-THE NOVELETTE 

If we will be supreme in the stock exchange, we will attain the 
same supremacy in the governments. Therefore it is necessary to 
facilitate loans in order to get them into our hands all the more. 
Wherever possible, we must take in exchange for capital, mortgages on 
railroads, taxes, mines, regalias (?) and domains. (Page 32.) 

Ownership of land is always the iron-clad, everlasting possession of 
every country. This in itself gives power, respect and influence. 
Therefore the Jews should secure the possibility of acquiring real 
estate. Therefore it is necessary to facilitate the loans on land. The 
more we will help the breaking up of estates, the more easily they 
will fall into our hands. (Page 33.) 

Industry the power of the burgher, which hinders the Jewish nation 
must be paralyzed even as agriculture. (Page 34.) 

The natural enemy of the Jews is the Christian Church. Therefore 
we must try to humiliate it, we must instil into it free-thinking, sceptic- 
ism, and conflicts. Therefore we will first of all start a war on the 
clergy, we will try to arouse suspicion against it and humiliate it. 

Let our brethren strive for the abolition of armed force. . . . Not 
the sword, but reason and money must rule. (Page 35.) 

Our nation is conservative to its very root, and clings fast to the 
old. But our interests demand that we participate, or, rather, direct 
the movements of nations. It is indisputable that ours is a time of 
many reforms, whose main purpose is the amelioration of the material 
condition of the needy classes. But for this the propertied classes 
must sacrifice their capital. Capital is in the hands of the Jews. 
Therefore, they must outwardly take part in the movement and try to 
divert _it from social and political reforms. The masses themselves 
are blind and foolish and permit the shouters to rule over them. 
. . . The instability of the foundation increases our power and our 
influence. Therefore the support of every kind of revolution increases 
our capital and brings us nearer to our goal. (Pages 36-37.) 

Of what value are all the opinions and advice given here without the 
aid of the press? We will attain our aim only when the press will be 
in our hands. Our people must direct the daily publications. . . . We 
need great political newspapers which will mold public opinion criti- 
cism, the literature of the street and the stage. In this way we will 
crowd out the Christians step by step, and will dictate to the world 
what it should believe in, what it should respect and what it should 
curse. We will repeat the sorrowful cry of Israel and the complaints 
against the persecutions which are directed against us. ... With the 
press in our hands we can turn wrong into right, dishonesty into 
honesty. We can shake all foundations and separate families. We can 
destroy faith in all that our enemies believed until now. We can ruin 
credits and arouse passions. Wo can declare war; we can give fame or 
disgrace. We can uplift or ruin talent. (Page 43.) 



JHE HISTORY OF A LIE 53 

[ The -following art parallel extracts from the imaginary 
Rabbi's speech vouched for by the author of the novelette 
as fact a number of years later.] 

SECOND STAGE OF THE LIE-"THE RABBI'S SPEECH" 

When we become at last the sole possessors of all the gold to be found 
on earth, the power will practically be transferred to our hands, and 
the promises made to Abraham will be fulfilled. Gold is the greatest 
power on earth, it is might, reward, the instrument of every authority, 
it is all man, both fears and desires. . . . The problem before us now 
is to facilitate even to a greater extent the means of contracting these 
loans and thus to become the sole managers of all the valuables, after 
which the exploitation of all their railroads, mines, forests, large 
factories and industrial plants, as well as of all other real property, 
including duties and taxes, will fall into our hands, as a security for 
the capital lent to us by the various states. 

Agriculture will forever remain the principal source of a country's 
wealth. The possession of large plots of land will pave for us even a 
broader way to honors and will strengthen our influence over the 
highest officials of the country. From this follows, that our efforts will 
be directed towards inducing our brethren in Israel to make large 
agricultural purchases. We must, therefore, do our utmost to break up 
large estates into small parcels, in order to be able to purchase them 
in the easiest and quickest way. Under the pretext of trying to help 
the working classes, it is necessary to oppress the large landowners 
with taxation in all its severity. When thsse possessions will thus 
gradually be transferred in our hands, the whole labor of the Christian 
proletariat will become for us a new scarce of tremendous profits. 

Commerce and speculation these branches, most plentiful in their 
fruits, must never be suffered to slip out of the hands of the Israel- 
ites, with this object in view the people of Israel must direct its 
ambition towards those high offices of authority which have the power 
to distribute honors and esteem. 

Since the Christian Church is one of our most dangerous enemies, we 
must work tirelessly to weaken its influence, and in order to accom- 
plish this, it is necessary to use all our efforts to implant in the 
Christian intellectual class ideas of Atheism, scepticism, dissension 
and to call forth religious disputes among the newly-formed groups 
and sects of Christendom. 

It is very important for us to pretend to be expounders and 
protagonists of social questions prevalent at the time in a country, 
especially of those whose aim it is to better the fate of the working- 
man; but, in reality, our efforts must gravitate towards possession 
and rule over the movements of public opinion. 

The blindness of the masses and the tendency of their leaders to fall 
for oratory as empty as it is loud, will make them easy prey for us 
and a double weapon for our popularity and credit. With the aid of 
oratory, our speakers will be able to make people believe our artificial 
enthusiasm which Christians usually attain through genuine senti- 
ment. . . . 

Once we become absolute masters of the press, we will easily be able 
to refashion the ideas of honor, of virtue, of faithfulness and to deal 
the first blow to the family-conception which is considered to this day 
as the most sacred institution and which must be reduced to a state 
of decay. We sHall then be able to uproot the belief in that which our 
enemies, the Christians, shall have worshipped until that time and 
instead of that, having brought up the army in a spirit of infatuation 
with the various passions, we shall openly declare war upon everything 
which tht Gentiles are at present revering and. worshipping. . . , 



54 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

[The following are extracts from the new -version of 
the "protocols" introduced by Nilus in 1905, sho^v^ng the 
different stages of the forgery.] 

THIRD STAGE OF THE LIE "THE PROTOCOLS"* 

All the wheels of the government mechanism are driven by the motor 
which is in our hands, and that motor is gold. (Prot. 5.) 

To make it possible for liberty definitely to disintegrate and ruin 
Gentile society, industry must be placed upon a speculative basis. 
The result will be that all products extracted from industry from the 
soil will not remain in their hands but will pass through speculation 
into our possession. (Prot. 4.) 

The aristocracy of the Gentiles as a political force has passed away. 
. . . But as owners of land, they are harmful to us in that they are 
independent in their sources of livelihood. Therefore at all costs we 
must deprive them of their land. The best means to attain this is 
to_ increase land taxes and mortgage indebtedness. These measures 
will keep land ownership in a state of unconditional subordination. 
(Prot. 6.) 

See second quotation above. 

At the same time it is necessary to encourage trade and industry 
vigorously and especially speculation, the function of which is to act 
as a counterpoise to industry. ... It is necessary for industry to 
deplete the land both of laborers and capital, and, through speculation, 
transfer all the money of the world into our hands, thereby throwing 
the Gentiles into the ranks of the proletariat. (Prot. 6.) 

It is for this reason that we must undermine faith, eradicate from 
the minds of the Gentiles the very principle of God and soul and 
replace these conceptions by mathematical calculations and material 
desires. (Prot. 4.) 

We have taken good care long ago to discredit the Gentile clergy 
and thereby to destroy their mission, which at present might hamper 
us considerably. Their influence over people diminishes daily. (Prot. 17.) 

It is indispensible for pur purposes that, as far as possible, wars 
should bring _no territorial advantages. This will nhift war to an 
economic footing and nations will perceive the strength of pur su- 
periority in the aid we render. Such a condition of affairs will place 
both sides under the control of our international agents with their 
million eyes, whose vision is unhampered by any frontiers. (Pi-ot. 2.) 

We will represent ourselves as the savjors of the laboring classes 
who have come to liberate them from this oppression by suggesting 
that they join our army of socialists, anarchists, communists, to whom 
we always extend our help under the guise of the fraternal principles 
of the universal solidarity of our social masonry. . . . (Prot. 3.) 

We will adopt for ourselves the liberal side of all parties and all 
movements and provide orators who will talk so much that they will 
tire the people with their speeches until they turn from orators in 
disgust. (Prot. 5.) 

We shall handle the press in the following manner ... to end of 
Protocol 12. 

These extracts are taken from "The Protocols of the Wise Men of 
Zion," published by the Beckwith Company, New York, 1920. 



CHAPTER FOUR 
THE RUSSIAN SPONSORS OF THE FORGERY 

Nilus on the Protocols Only "the God- Anointed Tsar of Rus- 
sia" Can Save the World Passages from Nilus Omitted by 
Translators On Tolstoy On the Emancipation of Women 
On the "Sanhedrin" and "its Faithful Ally, England." 

In 1905 the second edition of Serge Nilus's book ap- 
peared, printed on government presses at Tsarskoye Selo, 
containing a new and elaborated version of the protocols. 

The translators of the Nilus protocols published in his 
1905 edition, a copy of which is in the British Museum, 
have deliberately omitted numerous passages from his 
prologue and epilogue. These passages show clearly the 
purpose of the volume. Nilus writes: "We may per- 
haps be reproached, and justly, for the apocryphal char- 
acter of the document presented. But if it were possible 
to demonstrate its accuracy by documents or through the 
testimony of trustworthy witnesses, if it were possible to 
unveil the faces of those who are at the head of the 
world conspiracy and who hold its bloody strings in their 
hands, then the very 'mystery of lawlessness* would be 
infringed upon, and it must remain intact until its in- 
carnation in the 'son of destruction/ " Then he goes on 
to say that the world is rushing towards its destruction, 
and that there is only one force that can save it, and that 
is the "God-Anointed Tsar of Russia." The omitted 
portions of the Nilus book show distinctly that it is a 
work of propaganda for the Russian autocracy. Nilus 
denounced Leo Tolstoy, the emancipation of women, and 
all movements leading toward progress. 
55 



4 



$6 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

The editors of the protocols in Europe and America, 
realizing that these passages wotilfi disclose to intelli- 
gent people the real motive of the Nilus protocols and 
thus discredit them, have deliberately omitted them in 
the translations. 

Here are some of the omitted portions of the notorious 
Nilus book, which are his own utterances and do not 
purport to constitute a part of the Protocols. They are 
translated from a photographed copy of the volume in 

the British Museum: 
******** 

"We have succeeded in obtaining for our use from a man 
close to us, now deceased, a manuscript in which are described 
with unusual precision and clearness the course and progress 
of the universal fatal mystery aiming to bring the apostate world 
to an inevitable catastrophe. This manuscript was given to us 
about four years ago (in 1901) with the assurance that it was 
an accurate copy a translation of the original documents stolen 
by a woman from one of the most powerful and sacred directors 
of Freemasonry after one of the secret meetings of the 'initiates' 
in France, the present nest of the Freemasen's sect. This manu- 
script under the general title 'Protocols of Meetings of the Wise 
Men of Zion' I now call to the attention of all who wish to 
see or hear. These 'Protocols' at a first cursory glance might 
seem to be what we are accustomed to call truisms ; they are more 
or less commonplaces although expressed with a boldness and 
a hatred not altogether customary in commonplaces. A proud, 
deeply-rooted, ancient, for a long time secretly growing, and 
what is more frightful than all, a religious rage boils between 
the lines, bubbling over and escaping from the overfilled vessel 
of violence and vengeance, already approaching complete triumph. 
"It must be mentioned, by the way, that the title of the manu- 
script does not fully justify the contents: these are not protocols 
of a meeting but rather the report of someone in power, divided 
into parts which are not even always logically connected: the 
impression remains that this is a fragment of something much 
more significant, the beginning of which has been lost The 
origin of the manuscript, as given by us above, furnishes suf- 
ficient explanation of this. 
******** 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 57 

"We may perhaps be reproached, and justly, for the apocryphal 
character of the document presented. But if it were possible 
to demonstrate its accuracy by documents or through the testi- 
mony of trustworthy witnesses, if it were possible to unveil 
the faces of those who are at the head of the world conspiracy 
and who hold its bloody strings in their hands, then the very 
'mystery of lawlessness' would be infringed upon, and it must 
remain intact until its incarnation in the 'son of destruction.' 
In the complexity of the present criminally-earthly process we 
must not search for direct evidence; we are forced to content 
ourselves with indirect proof and of these it seems that the 
attention of the sad Christian observer is fully satisfied. 

"The history of the Rothschilds show that the whole repub- 
lican era of France is due to Zion and that not a single one of 
those elected to office has to this time ever done what he prom- 
ised to do, if the demands of his electors did not coincide with 
the plans of the government of Zion. 

"What has become of unfortunate France! . . . 

" 'Let him who has ears, listen !' " 
******** 

" 'Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times 
some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, 
and doctrines of devils; 

"'Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared 
with a hot iron; 

" 'Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from 
meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving 
of them which believe and know the truth.' 

"Is net this Tolstoy and his followers scattered over the whole 
world ?!" 
******** 

"In every age there have been many women 'drowning in sin 
and led on by various lusts': the ebb and flow of this sin in 
woman's heart characterized whole epochs of particular human 
defection but at no time of the seeming triumph of sin have 
there been women 'constantly studying' this sign represents en- 
tirely a universal inheritance and is an exclusive characteristic 
of our epoch. 

"Who is ignorant of the so-called 'woman question,' the eman- 
cipation of woman, that has already succeeded in breaking up 
so many families and which threatens an even greater disruption 
in the future ?1 . , , 



58 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

"For the sake of some phantom the bride and mother aban- 
dons her true mission. Is not this the greatest and most un- 
fortunate world revolution!" 

**** * * * * 

"The Sanhedrin was unseizable and invulnerable. It carried 
the roots of evil from France into Scotland, where under a 
different name it entered into a league with united England, 
with whom, after having let it in behind the curtain of its 
secret and having declared deadly war to papism, it cooperates 
even to the present day, helping out England in her exploits 
over the whole world with its capital and concessions, in which 
respect the Sanhedrin was never penurious. 

"As to the question why England and no other European gov- 
ernment was chosen as the point of resistance for the fighting 
Sanhedrin, the Sanhedrin gives no reply. We are inclined to 
think that the cause is to be found in the isolated island position 
of the sufficiently strong government, and perhaps in the kinship 
between the English and the Jews.* 

"Having covered the whole of Europe with a network of 
Masonic lies (the symbol of the temple of Solomon is preserved 
for them also), possessing countless millions, in face of the 
general fall of the Christian spirit among the European peoples, 
in whom there was artificially spread and supported the cult of 
the golden calf; having poisoned the idea of godliness and 
spirituality in the heart of the peoples by 'scientific' theories, the 
Sanhedrin the priest of the golden idol created by it, has gained 
control of the spiritual life of all Europe, and with its help, 
with the help of its gold, with the sold consciousness of those 
standing at the helm of power, and with the help of its faithful 
ally England, it has corrupted and perverted all the political 
foundations of Europe, and through them the well-being and 
spiritual health of its population. The French revolution, glori- 
fied by the Masonized historical science of 'greatness' and the 
fall of the 'great' Napoleon have shown to the world the sig- 
nificance and strength of the Sanhedrin. But the world did not 
recognize the new .manifestation of Satan: at that time the 
words of truth of the Evangel and the apostolic foresight had 
become alien to him." 

* As is known, there is a scientific theory which tries to prove that 
the English are the descendants of one of the scattered tribes of 
Israel. The Sanhedrin which directs the course of contemporary sci- 
ence, is not ashamed to produce whatever theories are advantageous 
to them. According to certain tenuous evidences in the air it seems 
that a new theory is being produced according to which the honor of 
birth relationship with the God-elected Sanhedrin is extended to 
America and , . , Japan. AVIS A L'ANGLETERREl . . . ) 



CHAPTER FIVE 
FORGERS DISAGREE 

The Butmi Protocols "Representatives of Zion" Not to be Con- 
founded with "Zionists" Butmi Contradicts Nilus Plan 
for World Conquest Conceived 929 B. C E. The "Symbolic 
Snake" Universal Suffrage a Jewish Device Every Jew 
Familiar with Plot. 

In the book issued by G. Butmi to which reference has 
been made, and which contains the "Rabbi's Speech" 
already considered, there is to be found still another ver- 
sion of the protocols. Butmi was a Black Hundred 
writer. It appeared in 1907 and was dedicated to the 
Black Hundred organization. Appropriately enough it 
was published by the Society of Deaf and Dumb, as will 
be seen from the facsimile reproduction of the title page. 
With exceeding naivete Butmi published the forged speech 
attributed by Retcliffe-Goedsche to a Jewish Rabbi as 
proof of the genuineness of the protocols, and side by 
side with the fabricated speech appears the Butmi ver- 
sion of the protocols which had undergone further 
changes subsequent to the publication in 1905 of "the 
documents" by Serge Nilus. 

The headlines over the protocols in the Butmi 1907 
version read as follows: 

"PROTOCOLS TAKEN OUT OF THE SECRET DEPOSI- 
TORIES OF THE MAIN OFFICE OF ZION. 

"'(Extracts from ancient and modern protocols of the Sages 
of Zion of the Universal Organization of Freemasons.)' 
59 



60 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

Thus the Protocols were in 1907 presented by G. Butmi, 
dedicated to the Black Hundreds, as Masonic, not as 
Jewish documents. In his introduction thie author says, 
in part, as follows: 

"These secret protocols were secured with great difficulty in 
fragmentary form, and were translated into Russian in Decem- 
ber, 1901. It is almost impossible to get at the secret depositories 
again where they are hidden, and therefore they cannot be rein- 
forced by definite information as to the place, day, month, year, 
where and when they were composed. 

" 'The reader who is more or less familiar with the secrets of 
Freemasonry will draw from the general character of the criminal 
plot, outlined in the protocols, the conclusion as to their authen- 
ticity, and from several details he will suppose with great cer- 
tainty that the mentioned protocols were taken from the docu- 
ments of the Masonic lodge of Egyptian ritual, or Mizraim, 
which is joined mostly by Jews. . . . 

"'But the above-mentioned failure to mention the time and 
place where the protocols were composed might call forth in 
the reader, who is entirely unfamiliar with the abominations of 
Masonic doctrines, doubts as to the authenticity of these docu- 
ments.' " 

At the end of the "protocols" published in this edition 
by Butmi, in 1907, there appears a note by the man who 
declares that he had secured and translated the docu- 
ments from the French, on December 9, 1901, and in the 
very first two lines of his note, he states that the repre- 
sentatives of Zion mentioned in the documents are not 
to be confounded with the representatives of the Zionist 
movement. The Russian mystic Serge Nilus, in his later 
editions, connected the documents with the Zionist Con- 
gress in Basle and with the head of the Zionist movement, 
Dr. Theodore Herzl. 

The translator, as do Nilus and Lutostansky, also gives 
a version of "the political plan devised by the Wise Men 
of Zion." This translator, however, states that the "po- 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 61 

litical plan was conceived 929 years before the birth of 
Christ. It was invented by Solomon and Judean sages in 
theory." 

Here follow extracts from the so-called Translator's 
Note: 

BO 6C.1H HMT> H6 flaTb KpOBH, OHH H6 CUSlTb, & <5opK)TCfl... 

flpHMtsame nepeeoAHKKa. 

HsjioaceHHbie npotoKOJiH noffnucaHti QOHCKHMH npeflCTaBHTeJiSMU 
(ae CM-BinHBafiie CT> npeacTaBiiTejmMH cioancTCKaro ABiimeHifl). OHH 
BuxBaieHH H3T> uliJiofl KHHFH npoTOKOJioBi, Bcero coflepHtaBla 
Koiopofi He y^a'jiocb nepenHcaib no KpaiKOcra BpeMean, flaaaaro 
Ha npOHTenie HXI> ncpeBo^HHKy 3THxi> npoiokoJioB'b. K-B 
OHjio npnJio;K6HO eiue Hedojibiiioe npu6aBaeaie 11 nnaB3< aaBo 
Mipa EspeflMH MupabiM-b nyieMt. STII npoxoKOJibi H HepTeacT> 



Ha ^paeuyscKoa xeppnTopiH. 
Ha ynoMflHyroM'b lepTeafb aHannjica sees no.iHTii^ecKifl 
Cioaa no oTHomeaiio KI> HMtioinHM-b 6utb npoflaenHtiMH 



Translator's Note. 

"The expounded protocols are signed the representatives of 
Zion (do not confound them with the representative of the 
Zionist movement). They were taken out of a whole book of 
protocols, the entire contents of which it was impossible to copy 
because of the short time allowed the translator for reading 
these protocols. A small appendix was attached to them and 
a plan of conquering the world by the Jews by peaceful means. 
These protocols and the Sketch were taken from the secret 
depositories of the Main Office of Zion, now located on French 
territory. 

"The above-mentioned sketch contained the entire political 
plan of Zion with regard to the stages to be passed through 
by this movement and to the means of passing from one to 
another. The aforesaid political plan was conceived 929 years 
before the birth of Christ. It was invented by Solomon 
and the Judean Sages in theory; according to historical events, 
it was elaborated and enlarged by their followers initiated in 
this plan. 



62 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

"These sages decided to conquer the world peacefully for 
Zion, with the cunning of the Symbolic Snake, whose head 
should be composed of the Jewish Government initiated in the 
plans of the Wise Men (always masked even to their people), 
and the body the Jewish nation. 

"Crawling into the bosom of governments, this snake has 
undermined or eaten away all non- Jewish governmental powers, 
according to their growth, in various continents, but particularly 
in Europe, which he should do also in the future, following 
exactly the outlines of the plan until the cycle of the road 
travelled by it will close by the return of the head of the Snake 
to Zion, that is, until this snake will include in the sphere of 
its circle all Europe, and through Europe the whole world, 
utilizing all forces conquered by economic means in order to 
draw the other continents into the sphere of its cycle. . . . 

"For instance, the economic theory of the ballot system has 
made it possible to carry out everything that was desirable in 
the interests of the elevation of Zion. The Jewish authorities 
commenced to act by means of bribing or by instigating the 
majority of votes as soon as they succeeded to manage so that 
the decisions of that majority became the determining factor in 
questions of national life. The crowd always in need, or the 
greedy intelligent class, short-sighted liberals and other blind 
people have also rendered good service to Zion. Therefore the 
republican is the most desirable and convenient form of govern- 
ment for Zion because it gives full sway for the activities of the 
armies of Zion for anarchists of thought and action, called 
socialists. 

"All that which is outlined above is the work of the hands 
of the nation without a territory, constituting but a drop in the 
ocean of humanity, but possessing the most ideal Government, 
every member of which is familiarized with the plan of action 
worked out in the course of centuries, from which he cannot 
deviate. The politics of the goyim is the politics of accidental 
circumstances, engineered by the Jews, and tends not towards 
perfecting the affairs of the state, but towards struggle for the 
sake of greed, or more often for the personal aggrandizement 
of the administrators. 

"From this it is clear, on whose side there must be victory 
and the guidance of the world. 

"Translation from the French, December 9, 1901." 



CHAPTER SIX 
THE BLACK HUNDREDS, THEIR DUPES AND CRIMES 

Russia in 1905 The Unsuccessful Revolution The Reaction and 
the Reactionaries Lutostansky and His Work The "Sym- 
bolic Snake" According to Lutostansky Who Plagiarized? 
Lutostansky on the English People Are the English the 
"Lost Tribes"? How the Protocols Were "Doctored" by 
Butmi Conclusion. 

As the writings of Sergius Nilus are typical of the 
"literature" produced under the auspices of the Russian 
Black Hundred organizations which sought to save the 
Czar's throne by pogroms, I examined a large number 
of publications brought out in Russia during the 
period when "the Russian Mystic," Sergius Nilus, pub- 
lished his pretended discovery, the "Protocols." His book, 
"The Great in the Small and anti-Christ," appeared in 
1905 after the Russo-Japanese War, when the Russian 
revolutionists made an attempt to overthrow the Czar's 
government. A new organization was formed for the sup- 
port of the Russian throne. It was known as "the Union 
of the Russian People," "the Black Hundred," whose 
program was Jew-baiting. It was then that Russia 
adopted a definite, anti-Jewish policy of vengenance a 
pogrom policy. The "Black Hundred" held the Jews re- 
sponsible for Russia's defeat in the war and for the at- 
tempted revolution, and neither the Czar nor his loyal 
organization of the "Black Hundred" ever forgave Count 
Sergius Witte, who won for Russia at the Portsmouth 
Peace Conference what she had lost on the battlefields, for 
inducing Nicholas II to grant a constitution to Russia. 
"The Black Hundreds" nicknamed Witte "the Jewish 
Count of Portsmouth." They attacked him and at- 
tempted to assassinate him. They assassinated at that 
63 



64 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

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LISHED IN 1907 CONTAINING ANTI- JEWISH AND ANTI-BlUT- 
ISH ATTACKS. 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 



65 





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ciapawTca BHCCTH 
Bctim 



FACSIMII.E FHOM LUTOSTANSKY'S BOOK, "THE TALMUD 
AND THE JEWS/' PUBLISHED IN 1907, SHOWING THE PASSAGE 
U8F.D BY NlLUS IN HIS BOOK CONTAINING THE PROTOCOW?, 



66 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 



nyrem. cmiaMB, ^To6w sasjieii. ro c$epy ceoero qmwa ocrm- 

Htie KOHTHHCHTM. TaKt K3KB B03BpaTB T.iaBH 3Mlfl HOPE COBCp- 

uiHTbca jiams no crjiaaenHNMi pasBauHHaui rocy^apcTBCHHoff 
womH BCfcxT>eBpone2cKHxi>cTpain>, qepeat naaenie 3108 Momn, 
on> 3KOHOMHqecicaro pascTpoBciBa H paaopeaia, Bcroiy Bnoqa- 
Haro CioHOMi, lepea-B HpaBCTBeHHuS ynaiOKB. 
BHOCHMoe CT> noMomtio xnaoBOKi, BsaarouiHXi ce6a aa 
nyazeHOKi, H HtajitHHOKi., Koroptia flaate <JIHKTHBHO 
uawrb H Kpeiuenie, noTOHT> At.iaiOTca ^euaMH BaiKHbixi> .nmT> 
na noao6ie 6H6.ieficKoB EC$HPH, a npa HHX-H sceraa co- 
nyrcTByiOTb Mapioxea H npoHSBoaan. CBOIO nojinraKy fft 
no.i63y acHiOBCTsa. BTH-TO MHHHHS ^paHuyaeHKH a Hiauifc- 
HHKHHBJinroTca'caMbiMH jyHiiiHMH HOCHTejbHHuaMH pacnytcTB* 
HpasoB-B c^ utcia ea Mtcro. 9ra xeHmHHM cjiyxarb jvia. 
lixt, Koropwe, 6jiaro^apa HUT,, Bceraa ny^aaioTca vb ACHI>- 
raxi>, a DOTOMV OXOTHO topryrorb coBicTbio, rro6ia ao6uTi> 
aeeerB BO rro 6w TO HH ctajio. Jleabra a?e TOJWK> 
ccyxaMTca- iaKHMT> ToproBtiain. coBicra. TTO 6cipo BOS- 
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Mombro TBXI, e eHuiHHi pacipaiHsaioTca cKopo noc.it 
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ax^ roeBi" H UHKJn> 3nia noaBHraetca BT. XX CTOJ*TIK 
6HCTpOTofl sypbepcKaro wuxemx KB naMt^eHHOfl CBoett utaH. 

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CioHCKHXi HCHAOBCKHXI MyipeaoB^ Becb ojiaHi aaBoeBama 
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.TajiMyAt H espea". K-b jA&cTsiauT, Tafiaaro cioHCEaro 3Mia 
OTHOCHica H iweBeta Bawaa, BSBeaeHnaa Ha ysasaeiiaro, 
BO BceB Poccia o. npoioiepea loanna KpOHiirraaTCKaro. BI 
3TO tfficTBie anwoBi, o6HarjitBuiHxi B mwrfW speiia 
jyia noiptiBa npaBoc-iaBHoS peaariij a.noKOJie6aHia rtp Ha 
ysaxeHia CBSTOCTH nepKBH H npeiaHHOcta Uap 
. Bci raseiH, neiaiBH KHHrnaaa Toproai . . 
ffeu pynax^, .iero se 

Bca T iyHa 6bijia yse nojn, mnaoBCKoa onaH)io. 
omeica CBKO noKO, e 6a TI ,, a n<m> -ipoHyT* 



FACSIMILE FROM LUTOSTANSKY'S BOOK, "THE TALMUD 
AND THE JEWS," PUBLISHED IN IQO7, SHOWING THE PASSAGE 
USED BY NlLUS IN HIS BOOK CONTAINING THE PROTOCOLS, 



THE HISTORY OF] A LIE <Sfc 

time two Jewish members of the Duma, Yollos and 
Hertzenstein. It was during that period of Judophobo- 
mania that Sergius Nilus published his book introducing 
the "Protocols" in Russia. 

In my investigation I naturally examined the works 
of the Russian arch anti-Semite, Ippolit Lutostansky, who 
first accused the Jews of the most despicable crimes, and 
then, in 1882, after the occurrence of the pogroms in the 
south of Russia, wrote a volume retracting all his previous 
anti-Jewish accusations, and declaring anti-Semitism to be 
nothing but an outgrowth of ignorance and malice. Sev- 
eral years later he resumed his anti-Semitic agitation and 
became one of the most vicious vilifiers of the Jewish 
people on the eve of the notorious Beilis affair which was 
staged by the Russian government for the purpose of 
discrediting the Jews and of justifying the Russian gov- 
ernmental anti- Jewish policy before the world. After the 
collapse of the Beilis prosecution, which involved the 
absurd charge of ritual murder, Lutostansky approached 
several prominent wealthy Jews with an offer to retract 
his new charges against the Jews, provided they would 
pay him a certain amount of money for his book. The 
Jews declined to have anything to do with the charlatan 
who had caused so much harm to the Jews of Russia by 
his monstrous accusations. His works attracted special 
attention because of the fact that they were endorsed and 
supported by Russian Grand Dukes and by the Dowager 
Empress of Russia. 

While examining one of his books entitled, "The Tal- 
mud and the Jews," published in 1907, in which he prom- 
ised the publication of "the Protocols of the Wise Men 
of Zion" in his forthcoming volume, I came upon an 
amazing passage in his introduction, outlining an alleged 
secret plan of the Jews to gain world domination, which 



68 [THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

I find reproduced, word for word, with but a few phrases 
changed, in the epilogue of "the Russian mystic," Sergius 
Nilus. Did Sergius Nilus plagiarize Lutostansky? Or 
was it Lutostansky who plagiarized Nilus ? Or were they 
one and the same person? At any rate, both served the 
purposes of the "Black Hundreds" against the Jews, and 
both employed the same weapons. 

Here is a translation of Lutostansky's introduction: 

From Lutostansky's Introduction, 1907 
EXPLANATION OF THE ZIONIST SYMBOLIC SNAKE 

"The political plan represented in the form of a snake is very 
old and was devised by the Judaean sages in theory, and in the 
course of historical developments it is elaborated and augmented 
by their initiated followers. These sages decided to conquer the 
world peacefully for Zion, by the cunning of the symbolic snake. 
The head of the snake represents the sages of Zion, and the 
body the Judaean nation. Crawling into the bosoms of govern- 
ments, this snake undermines eats away all non- Judaean govern- 
mental forces, as they grow on various continents, but especially 
in Europe, which it is to do also in the future, carefully fol- 
lowing the outlined plan, until the cycle of the road travelled 
by it is completed by the return of the head of the snake to 
Zion, that is until this snake will include within the sphere of 
its circle the whole of Europe, and through Europe the whole 
world. First of all they are endeavoring to introduce everywhere 
irreligion and moral decadence, utilizing all forces they have 
won economically in order to drag the other continents into the 
sphere of their cycle. As the return of the head of the snake 
could be accomplished only over the razed ruins of the govern- 
mental power of all European countries, through the collapse 
of this power, through economic disorganization and ruin, intro- 
duced by Zion everywhere by means of moral decadence. Cor- 
ruption is introduced with the aid of Jewesses under the guise 
of French or Italian women, who even undergo fictitious baptism 
for these purposes and then become the wives of prominent 
men, like the biblical Esther, and they are always accompanied 
by their Mordecais, and make their politic! for the good of the 



HISTORY OF A LIE 69 

Jew?. These so-called French and Italian women are the best 
carriers of immorality from place to place. These women are 
used for those who, because of them, are always in need of 
money, and therefore willingly barter their conscience to secure 
money at any cost. The money is reality only loaned to such 
con science-bar terers, for it quickly comes back to the hands of 



Asia yxyn> nftwtfaSiaeirtt $pajHiy3 
K&niouanefi. 

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eratf yipezjieaifi, 3roBaeMui an *pamriB> 
oootWHira cocfasaMH e npaaBtejbcm, 
wo Apef%capOBCxaa jpnuovatia Bucrynaetk aa 
CioBa H oncpHuaen, DTJTV AJur.mionBaanJH 
OR Mwofl- Asia.' 

GioBi Bcer^a eaBocBunajrB ceQt i^cra T uixaie 
CBOH paCoiia- CKOTI, tn, i&iosiHecKHrt juwaiur, no BUIK 
eaert Ta^tyxi. ace ge-espeflCKoe ^eioBtiecTBO. 

IIo jairaiisn, rafiaaro espeBCKaro Cionflsua, COJOSIODOMI a 
xpyraira lyjeftCKHMH siy^peaaMH em,e. sa- 929 An. AO Poauc- 

CTBa XpHCTOBX fiUJTB B3MIJIII.ieHl BJ> TCOpill nftinTIWCCKJfl 

uaai uBpaaro saBoesaHia nxa Cidfia BceiCBHofl. flo nt.pt 
BcropHTecKHxi coGmift, n.iain. aron, Cujn paspa- 

a uouMBaem, nocBamciiaiuiH n aio A*.W nowt- 

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SHrpocTtio CnMBOJHsecKajo Suis, caasy soroparo JMBO Ou.io 
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eapeeBi (scerAa saMacKapOBanHkefxase or* csoero aapoiaX 
a Tyaosame napca* lyjeflQEia. TlpoaHKaA BI atipa ficrp-B- 
qacMuxi BUI aa nyra rocyAapciBx, SiiiiS aion noATa<tHBa.ii 
a nosBpsui (cBeprarf axi) sci rocy^apcTBeHaun, nM>BpcB-. 
CKiff, CBJU, no nipt HXT. pocra. 3ro se AOJBI OH* gfeuTb 
H,BT> Cyxymein. upa TOIDOMI crtAOsaaiu npeaaaieprauiflM* 
luaaa, xo TBXI nopi, noka vfnun, npofljcHHaro uin. nyru 
HC cosiKBerCfl BOSBpaTOin, Tjiasu ere aa Cioat -a nosa, T- 
EBire oCpasoMi, 3uifi Be saK-iwiarB, ae cocpejoroqHTk BI 
c$epfe, CBoero Kpyra acett Efiponu, a qepcai act n 

Hip*, no-iwyacb BCBMB ciwaiiH aaBoeiwHieirk a. 
ayrem, qxoCu noAiHBHTb CBOCiiy B.iiHHiio, 
iiiaii6 CBoero nawa-i B ocrajibBue KOBTHHreaTu. 



'). An. Daserk. KaKi, OWHI us* HaH<ku*e iapoBiitilx* yiennisoBi. 4- 
imwltytofi WK8JN. Be Mon, MC 6im nocBami'ui m. nc .ranny OrtiaKO- 
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roBHU\H'Bero CO nopoau BonBtTBymaro llapaiu* 

FACSIMILE OF PAGE OF SERGE NILUS'S BOOK 
CONTAINING THE PROTOCOLS SHOWING THE SAMB 
PASSAGE AS IN LUTOSTANSKV'S BOOK. 



70 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

those loaned the money, as it is squandered with the aid of 
these women soon after they receive it. The Zionist nets are 
spread out on all the roads of the goyim (gentiles) and the 
cycle of the snake is moving along in the Twentieth century with 
the speed of an express train towards its goal. 

"The complete outline of all the secret protocols of the Zionist 
Jewish sages, the entire plan of the conquest of the whole world, 
will be included in the next (seventh) volume of 'The Talmud 
nd the Jews.'" 

And this is a facsimile reproduction and translation of 
Sergius Nilus's epilogue taken from the copy of the 
"Protocols" in the British Museum, from which the 
American translation was made. 

From the Nilus Epilogue, 1917 

"According to secret Jewish Zionism, a political plan was de- 
vised in theory for the peaceful conquest of the world for Zion, 
by Solomon and other sages already 929 years before the birth 
of Christ. In the course of historical developments, the plan 
was elaborated and augmented by their followers initiated in 
this affair. These sages decided to conquer the world peace- 
fully for Zion, by the cunning of the symbolic snake, whose 
head should constitute the government of the Jews initiated in 
the plans of the sages (always masked even from their own 
people) and the body the Judean nation. Penetrating the bos- 
oms of the governments encountered on the way, this snake 
has undermined and eaten away (overthrowing) all govern- 
ments, non- Jewish forces according to their growth. 

"This it should also do in the future, carefully following the 
outlined plan, until the cycle of the road travelled by it is com- 
pleted by the return of the head of the snake to Zion, and until 
the snake will thus include and concentrate in the sphere of its 
circle the whole of Europe, and through Europe the rest of the 
world, utilizing all forces of conquest and by economic means 
in order to subject also the other continents to its influence, to 
the influence of its cycle. The return of the head of the snake 
could be accomplished only over the razed plains of the govern- 
mental power of all the European countries, that is through 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 71 

economic disorganization and ruin, introduced by Zion every- 
where by means of spiritual decadence and moral turpitude, 
chiefly, with the aid of Jewish women under the guise of French, 
Italian and Spanish women, the best introducers of immorality 
into the conduct of the rulers of nations. Women in the hands 
of Zion serve as bait for those, who owing to them are always 
in need of money, and therefore barter their conscience in order 
to get money at any cost. This money, in fact, is only loaned to 
them, for it quickly comes back to the hands of bribing Zion 
through these very women, and at the same time they have 
secured slaves for Zion." 

A comparison of these pages shows that Nilus merely 
added to Lutostansky's version the statement to be found 
in Butmi's version that the political plan for the peaceful 
conquest of the world for Zion, was devised in theory by 
Solomon and other sages p-?p years before the birth of 
Christ. Lutostansky said in 1907 that "the head of the 
snake represents the sages of Zion, and the body the 
Judean nation," while Nilus said that the "head should 
constitute the government of the Jews initiated in the plans 
of the sages (always masked even from their own people) 
and the body the Judean nation." Thus the sages of 
Zion were transformed by Nilus into "the government 
of the Jews" in order to connect the "political plan" all 
the more closely with the "protocols." The American 
editors have omitted this part of the Nilus epilogue, evi- 
dently because it seemed even to them too absurd for 
American consumption. 

All of the literature about the "protocols" that ap- 
peared in various parts of the world in 1920 is based on 
the "documents" vouched for by the mysterious Sergius 
Nilus, and fortified by the irresponsible Jew-baiter and 
intellectual pervert Ippolit Lutostansky. 

That the Nilus-Lutostansky-Butmi campaign was just 
what the Tsarist government desired may be seen from 



72 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

the photographic reproduction of the letter sent to 
Lutostansky by Grand Duke Michael, who was regarded 
as the most liberal among the Russian Grand Dukes. The 
letter appears together with other letters of congratula- 
tion from members of the Imperial family in the volume 
containing the passages quoted above. 



CocToamjfl npn 



Focyaapt HacjrtAHHKfc 

BEJIHKOITb KHH3* MlWOCTHBMft 



EPO HM1JEPATOPCKOE BLICOTECTBO 

rocyflAPb HACJIUJIHHK'B H BEJiHKift 

KHfl3bMHXAHJn>AJIEKCAHAPO- 

B H 1 T> coBSBOJiBJii 6jarociuoHHo 

noAHeceHHtifl BSMH Tpyn ..Taji 

cpHieMi EFO BbIC04ECTBy 

6uao nopyiHTb UH* iiepeAaifc BaMt, EFO 

HCKpeHHK) npHBHaieabHOCTb aa B*rae 

BeceHie. 



BjaroBOJiHTe npiraaTi, B MO 
rjyOoKyio npH3HaT&ii>HOCTb aa 
MB* 9KseMDJijipi Bamefl Kaara. 

Ero BucoKo6iaropoAi Hpomy Baci npHHaik yBtpenie n co- 

H. I. JbOTOCTaHCKOMj. BcpmeiiHOMi, nioeui yBaxeaiu a 



Bcer^a roroBufl KT> ycjiyram Jf. flauocon. 



LETTER OF THANKS SENT BY GRAND DUKE MICHAEL TO LUTOS- 
TANSKY FOR HIS ANTI-SEMITIC WORK. 

For the benefit of the antisemitic agitators in England, 
such as the editors of The Morning Post, The New Wit- 
ness, The Spectator, Blackwood's Magazine, and a num- 
ber of irresponsible publications needless to name, it will 
prove instructive and interesting to reproduce a few addi- 
tional passages from the same volume, in order that they 
may know and appreciate not only what that authority 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 73 

said concerning the Jews but also what he thought of the 
English. 

On pages 279, 282 and 283 of volume six of "The 
Talmud and the Jews," after outlining the alleged Jewish 
plot to gain world dominion, Lutostansky wrote, in 1907 : 

"The English are typical pure-blooded Israelites. In ancient 
times they were all red-headed, as we see from the descriptions 
in the Bible and the New Testament. The characteristic of the 
Israelites is known to the whole world under the sun. The 
characteristic of the English, if we follow it closely, does not 
differ from the Jewish in the slightest degree. Who are the 
English? This question has long occupied the minds of many 
people in Europe, as well as in England itself. The universal 
trading traits of the sons of Albion, their looting politics, based 
on unfair business, and many other characteristic traits of the 
nation which are not peculiar to any of the other European na- 
tions that are even less cultured and civilized that the English 
all these have long seemed very suspicious and have drawn 
attention to a certain kinship between the Anglo-Saxons and 
the Jews. During the past two decades, in England and America, 
also on the European continent, particularly in France, a whole 
literature has been created, proving on the basis of many facts, 
suppositions and historical references, that the origin of the 
Anglo-Saxon race is not Germanic, but Semitic, that the Eng- 
lish are the direct descendants of the Israelites, thrown by his- 
toric fate to the shores of the distant Albion. . . . 

"Indeed, the lion of Judah, has become the British lion and 
adorns the coat of arms of the King of England. The harp 
of King David to this day represents the coat of arms of Ire- 
land. . . . 

"But not only are the kings of England the direct descendants 
of Jewish Kings, they are even seated on the throne of David, 
on which the ancient Jewish kings were married. This throne, 
on which Jacob fell asleep on that night when he dreamt of 
the ladder and when the Lord promised the kingdom tojiis 
posterity. This stone, called 'the Stone of Fate,' which served 
for the weddings of Jewish Kings, was brought to Ireland by 
the prophet Jeremiah. Tergus (?) transferred it to Scotland, 
whence it was taken to London. 



74 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

"It is curious to note that many prophecies about this fate 
of Israel fit England absolutely, as for instance, the prophesy 
that Israel will become a great nation, a kingdom on islands, 
ruling over large colonies. 

"North America is inhabited by the tribe of Menasseh of 
whom it was said in ancient prophesy that he will become a 'sepa- 
rate great nation." The very word saxon is derived from Isaac- 
son, that is the son of Israel. . . . 

"As one of the signs of kinship between the population of 
England and ancient Israel, we cannot help pointing out the 
close similarity between the English and Jewish tribes, the 
similarity in their manner of speech, and above all, trading as 
the fundamental characteristic of both nations. . . . 

"The particular reverence in which the English hold the Bible 
smacks of the Old Testament of the Jews. Even the preference 
on the part of the English for long clothes indicates something 
Asiatic. . . . 

"Arousing of late the unanimous indignation of the whole 
civilized world, the English at the same time call forth amaze- 
ment at their traits, instincts and aspirations which positively 
make them a monster in the family of cultured and civilized 
European nations. As the proverb says, there is no family with- 
out a black sheep. Every monstrosity, however, is to be ex- 
plained Jews come from Jews." 
* * * * **** 

This interesting information is taken from Lutostan- 
sky's book. Nilus and other writers of the Black Hun- 
dred camp pictured England in the same manner imme- 
diately after 1905. It was then the Russian govern- 
mental policy to discredit England and the Jews in the 
eyes of the Russian people, and the Black Hundreds were 
employed by the Tsar as the medium through which to 
carry on this agitation. 

The "Black Hundreds" started their campaign in 1905, 
but their work was so venomous, so absurd and so steeped 
in ignorance that there were few people even in Russia 
who paid any attention to it. 

That the Nilus protocols which were published by the 
Black Hundreds were not taken seriously in Russia by 
the reactionaries or even by the Black Hundreds who 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 75 

sought every means of discrediting the Jews, may be 
gathered from the fact that in the most stupendous anti- 
Jewish plot ever devised by the Russian government to 
justify Jewish massacres, the notorious Beilis case, the 
protocols published eight years previously were never used 
by the prosecution, even though it resorted to every foul 
means that could be conjured up of slandering and vilify- 
ing the Jewish people. The very persons who were in- 
strumental in spreading the "protocols" in Russia in 1905 
seemed to have realized that the false accusations which 
they contained were too transparent and too clumsy to 
deceive even the most credulous, and so they were dis- 
carded. 

But suddenly, after the armistice, a new edition of the 
Nilus book containing the "protocols," dated 1917, made 
its appearance as suitable to the chaotic conditions that 
prevailed in Russia and during the past two years, as 
has been shown, it was reproduced in various countries. 
This time the antisemitic propagandists are trying to 
connect the "protocols" directly with Theodore Herzl 
and the Zionist movement. The war, the peace treaty 
and bolshevism are characterized as the fulfillment of 
these "protocols" which they say had been devised no 
less than 929 years before the birth of Christ, by Solomon 
and other Sages. The present "protocols" have been 
elaborated from the "Retclifre-Goedsche" versions by the 
Russian secret police department and the Black Hundreds 
who ascribed all the evils in the world to the Jews. 

The Black Hundred writer, G. Butmi, whose book 
"Enemies of the Human Race," containing the fabricated 
speech by a "famous Rabbi" side by side with the "pro- 
tocols," gives several characteristic passages in his intro- 
duction that will convey to the reader a clear conception 
of the type of men who have stood behind the movement 



76 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

to discredit the Jews through the so-called "protocols." 
On page 36 of this volume, Butmi wrote: 

"The French Revolution, which ended in the execution of 
Louis XVI in 1793, was engineered by England with the aid of 
the Jews and the Judaized Masons. Only the Jews profited by 
the French Revolution, even as they profited by the English 
Revolution, attaining in the general turmoil equal rights with 
the native population of France." 

Discussing the traits of the English people and finding 
a similarity between them and the Jews, Butmi said on 
page 38: 

"The British traits are well known all over the world their 
exceptional selfishness, their inhuman cruelty to foreigners, their 
inherent instinct of exploitation, their theoretical stupidity are 
mingled with practical shrewdness and utter brazenness." 

On page 39 he said : 

"Meanwhile the Britons have not distinguished themselves in 
anything, if we are not to take into consideration the fact that 
being thoroughly incapable of creating their own language, they 
have by their talent to distort languages given to the present 
English people a repulsive Judeo-Carthaginian imprint through 
their shameless self-satisfaction, arrogance and treacherous in- 
clinations." 

On page 41 he said : 

"In 1843 the first lodge of the new Jewish union 'Bnai Brith' 
was organized in New York. Gradually this Jewish 'Bnai 
Brith' concentrates in its hands the direction of all Masonic 
lodges in America, and through them it directs American poli- 
tics." 




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78 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

[Translation of the Nihts Protocol published in Russia in 1905.] 

"When we become rulers, we shall regard as undesirable the 
existence of any religion except our own, proclaiming one God 
with Whom our fate is tied as the Chosen People, and by Whom 
our fate has been made one with the fate of the world. For 
this reason we must destroy all other religions. If thereby 
should emerge contemporary atheists, then, as a transition step, 
this will not interfere with our aims. It will serve as an ex- 
ample to coming generations who will listen to the teachings of 
the Mosaic religion. By its sound and reasonable system, we 
have achieved the subjugation of all nations. We shall empha- 
size its mystic law in which we will say lies all power. 

"On every occasion we will publish articles in which we will 
compare our beneficent rule with the past. The benefits of 
peace, though achieved through centuries of turmoil, will stand 
out in relief in this era of blessings. The shortcomings of the 
Gentile administrations will be pictured by us in the darkest 
colors. We will sow such antipathy toward their governments 
that the masses will prefer peace in a condition of servitude to 
the rights of the so-called liberty which so tormented them and 
destroyed the very springs of human existence and which were 
exploited by a host of adventures, not realizing what they were 
doing. The masses will become so satiated with the endless 
changes of administration, which we instigated among the Gen- 
tiles when we were undermining their governmental institutions, 
that they will tolerate anything from us rather than risk under- 
going again such struggle and hardships. We will especially 
emphasize the historical mistakes of the Gentle administrations 
which caused mankind to suffer for many centuries through lack 
of real understanding in all that concerned its true welfare, pur- 
suing fantastic projects of social welfare and not noticing that 
these projects made worse instead of better the state of general 
relationships which are the basis of human existences. 

"The chief strength of our principles and measures will lie 
in that they are put forward and interpreted by us as a sharp 
contrast to the old and decayed order of society. 

"Our philosophers will discuss all the shortcomings of the 
Gentile religions, but no one will be allowed to discuss our re- 
ligion from the true point of view except our own people. We 
shall have a fundamental knowledge of it and will never dare 
to disclose its secrets. 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 79 



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Tjat cpaBHHBaTb Hame (Saaroe IlpaBJieHie CT> npomauMH OeaajiaCep- 
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npesptHie H orspameHie KT> HHMT>, TTO eapo^H npeflnoTryn. noKott 
f uapb B% KptnocTHOM-b COCTOHHUI np'aBan> npecjOByrofl CBOfioaH, 
crojib HaMyiiremea HXT> BI Teienie BtKosi, HcromuBTj cauna 
BCTOIHHKH cyTnecTBOBaaia, nonnpaesrae npoioaHMuanH, de B*Aato- 
HHMH, rro TBOpan*. 

BeanoJiesHiiii, ae (JiaKTo, nepentHH npaBjieHia, Ha KOTOPHH MITT 
xcb noa6HBajm, Koraa noaKanHBajin HIT. crpofl, ao Toro HUT. Ha<- 
jiofenan ao Tin nopt, TTO OHH npeanoiryn. npHa>rrb Bee TO, ITO- 
3iH mil HaBfl*eMi, Jinmb <5n ne pncKOBatb nepeHcnHTaib nepeatK- 
Tbia HessroaH n BOJineaia... TfcMT> CoJi'be, TTO MH (5yaeMT>, ny6aHi- 
;HO KpHTHKOfl, ocoOeHHO Doa^epKHBatb omuOKD ynpaB-iesiH roes- 
KHXI npaBaemfl, cTo^bKo B*KOBI> npoxyHirainHxi, leaoBtqecrBO- 
BeaocraTKOMi cooOpasHTejibHOCTH Ha HCTHHHHJI 6.iara, BT noront a*. 



ma-s 6un> HtKOTOpan, Mtpu STH yxyamajiH Bceofkuia 
v nopaaoKT> crpo.s, Ha Koropon> 

HaniH npHHimnH u utpu 6yayn> HMtib BT> CBOD nojibay TO, HTO- 
BH 6yayn> Hcro^KOBaHH H BbicrasJieHH, KaKi> xoHtpacrb CT. paano- 
;RHBIDHMC^ crapuui nopaaKaMi o^mecTBeHHaro cxpoa. 

HauiH (pHJioco<pbi Oyayrb oOcywaarb H KpHTHKOBatb BC* eeao- 
-craTKn roeBCKHTb BtpoBauifl. BT. nein. OHH nani oTBtTUTb e MO- 
ryrb no OTHomeBitT' Hamen Btpu, noiony STO HHKTO en Taftm. H 
9Baen>, xpotcb HamHii rajiHyaiiCTOB'b H paBBitBoBi, a OHH Hnnoratt 
ae Bbi.aaa.vn> HXT>, noroMy <rro Ha RKXT> ocaoBana cii.ia ynpacaenin . 
nacTBon Hamea. 

MH coaaajm OeayMHyw. rpaaByw, oTBpaTHTejibnyio JinrepaTypy. 
-oco6eHHo BT> crpanaxi, HaausacMuxi nepeaoBUMH. nocnb BCTJTUIP- 
Hla Hamero BO B.tacib uu HtKoiopoe BpeMS) He aanpcTiiui ea, BO 
-6yaen> ee ncKopenaTb cTporo KPIITHKOB, ITOH oaa, KBK^ ocra- 
rsob roeBCKim, pymi, peflbe(pHte oOpncoBHBa^a KOHTpacT 
^TO paaaaBaibta 6yaen> CT> Hamefl BUCOTU, CT> rbMT>, HTO Hcioaii 
oo.iOTa roeBCKmci> 



FACSIMILE OF THE SAME PROTOCOL CHANGED BY 
BUTMI IN 1907. 



8o THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

"In countries that are called advanced, we have created a 
senseless, filthy, and disgusting literature. For a short time after 
our entrance into power, we shall encourage its existence so 
that it may show in great relief the contrast between it and the 
written and spoken announcements which will emanate from our 
exalted position. Our wise men, educated for leadership of the 
Gentiles, will prepare speeches, plans, notes, and articles, through 
which we shall influence their minds, directing them along the 
lines of knowledge and understanding which we intend them to 
follow." 

[Translation of the same Protocol published by Butmi in Russia 
in 1907, showing the changes made in the Protocols within 
two years.} 

"When we become rulers, we shall at each suitable occasion 
compare our beneficent rule with the former unsystematic ad- 
ministrations. . . . The mistakes of the administrations of the 
Gentiles will be pictured by us in the most lurid colors : we will 
sow such antipathy and hatred toward these governments that 
the masses will prefer peace and quiet in a condition of servitude 
to the rights of the so-called liberty which for many ages had 
so tormented them and destroyed the very springs of human 
existence and which were exploited by adventurers, who did not 
realize what they were doing. 

"The masses will become so satiated with the useless changes 
of administration, which we instigated when we were under- 
mining their institutions, that they will accept anything that we 
may give them rather than risk undergoing again such struggle 
and disorder. . . . Moreover, we will, through public criticism, 
especially emphasize the mistakes of the Gentile administrations 
which caused mankind to suffer for many centuries through lack 
of real understanding in all that concerned its true welfare, pur- 
suing fantastic projects of social welfare and not noticing that 
these projects made worse instead of better the state of general 
relationships which are the basis of human existence. 

"Our principles and faith will be especially useful inasmuch as 
they will be put forward and interpreted by us as a contrast to 
the old and decayed order of society. 

"Our philosophers will discuss and criticise the shortcomings 
of the Gentile religions, but the latter will not be able to an- 
swer with regard to our faith, for no one is acquainted with 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 



81 



its mysteries except our Rabbis and Tadmudists, and they will 
never reveal it, for on them depends the power of guiding our 
flock. 

"We have created a senseless, filthy and disgusting literature, 
especially in the so-called advanced countries. For a short time 



345 

iHTpocn,K> n npoHujwftBOcnw BO spesifr neperoBOposi- b co- 
Mameaifl, HO m TOUT, <rro aa&jJBaeTc* B <M[moia.ibBuiiv JKIUW 
EOMT,", HU CyAeiii Aepzmca nporaBonojoxBoft t&smtu a 
6yAeMi KasatBca qecrauMH n eroBOpinBtiiiB. TaKiixi o6pa-' 
son HapoAU H npaBHTejucraa roem, Kotopuxi uu npiymuB 
cMorpfrrfr TOJBKO na nosasayfo ciopOBy toro, HTO MIJ "nii7. 
npeacraBaaein, npHicyrb nact eiaf sa (Jjaroilrejea a cua- 
cmejefl poja qejOBtqecEaro. 

HaKasjoenpOTBBOAtacTBieMu SO^SHU Curt 

Bl'COCTOaHiH OTBtTHTb BOBaofi Cl OC* <UM toU 1 

crpaHt, Boropaa ocM'MHTca navi npoinBOjtfl- 

CTBOBiTt, BO, CCJH H COCtjH 9TB 3 a jy MaWIl C.T8JS 
KO-I-ICETHBHO npOTESl BaCl, TOVU XOJZBQ'.XiTb, 

OTnopi BCeoCn;efi sofiaofi, 

FjaBRHfi ycntxx BI DO.IP.TBBB saMKiacTOjiBTi tafiat ft npejt- 
DpiflTiS: CJOBO HC AWISBO cowacoBaxtca cijtficrBiiH"ABTUOHaTa. 

'Ki XBacTBiftMt 01 nonsy maposo saxyvaaiiaro- aan0 
njasa, yate Cjnsaiuarocji vt, Boju&rfeaBOiiy Konny, MU'XOJXBU' 
EUHyajait rocBCKia npaBHTejBCTBa JBO^M o(>n\ecT8eB- 
nuin, MH"tHieMX, staiini noACTpoeHBMMis B'axn 
npn noMomn xasi aadiiBaexoB ^sejHBofi Aep? 
zacu* neiaiB, KOTopaa, sa tte'MHorauit HCBUIIO-. 
qeuiflMH, c% ROiopuMff c^nraibca ae crojm, 
eca yze BI pysazi Bamnxi. 

'OAHBHI CJIOBOMI, itofo peawmptBaTE Samj cBCTCiry o6f- 
sjania roeBcsaxi npapaie-iLCTBT. BI Eopoui, uti OABOMy an> 
BBXI no^ay-eiit CBOK> CH.iy noBymeniaJor, T, e. Teppopoxv, 
a Bciirt, ecJH aonyc-nrn, axi eoacrasie nporaBi aaci, iiu 

OTBtTBUl AMepBKaHCKHMB BJB KHTafiCEHMB, HJU 



npoTOKp.it. 



MH WJIBU aapyTOitca xaa c5a - ficiin 
paxa Eamn npOTiiBHiiKn MOMB 6u Bocnb.ibsoBaTtcn 
naci. Mu AOJSBU oyjein> BiracicBBaii BI CAMUXI TOBBBXI 
eupaaefliaxi H sarBOSABaxi upaBoeoro c.iOBapn onpaBABBia 

FACSIMILE OF NILUS PROTOCOL WHICH WAS 
PUBLISHED IN IOX>5 AND CHANGED BY BUTMI IN 

1907. 



82 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

after our entrance into power we will not prohibit this literature, 
but will weed it out by means of destructive criticism, in order 
that, as a remnant of the Gentile ruins, there should be a stronger 
contrast between the literature that will come down from Our 
Height and that which emanated from the filthy mud of the 
Gentile governments." 

52 

fljw aocrnaceHU storo, BO Bceft Espon*, a CT, noHouu> ea or- 
BomeHia H na apyrnxi KOHTHHeHrarb, MH aojutsmj cosaaib Gpoxe- 
Hia, npepeKaalfl. paaaopu n Bpaway. Bi STOMI laoaK&st norwa: BO 
nepBurb, MH aepJKHM-b BT> ctpax-b BC-B crpaHM, lopomo Btflsuomw. 
ITO MH BJiacTRU npoiwBcciii ao jKenaBin 693nop^oKR njni BOABO- 
pim> nopflflOKi> B~b HHXT>. Ont npiiBbiKJiu BsatTb Bi> BacT> neo6xo- 
AHMOe naB^enie: *u sanymajiu acw. Humu, npomxiymtia n rocydap- 
ctnetHHue KaGunemu eft:uif>Ho<o noAutnuKOu, JKOHOMU^CCKUMU doto- 
eofmMu UAU do.izoskiMu oGxiamejittmeaMu. Jlfla AOcriuceBla 3Toro 
nocatSHaro oOcToaTCjibCTBa BaHi> naao Cbuio Boopyxim>ca 6ojibrao 
iHTpocibn H aaate npoBHp.iiiBoen> BO spesw neperoBopos-b H oo. 
rjiamealfl: HO BI> TOUT>, HTO HaauBaeicfl o<p(pucua.ibBuvi> asuKOicb, 
tof floaatHbi 6ti.iu Kaaaxbca croBop<jnBHMH H npaBaHBHJtH. TOKHM* 
oCpasom ron, xomopuxi Mtt npijvujiu CMompnmt mojiwo na no- 
Kainyic ' cmopony mo:o, vmo MU ujut npedcmas.ixeMi, npllHHvaixr* 
aaei erne sa OjaroatT&aefl H cnacHT&nefl poaa ienoB*TCCiMiro. 

Ha Kaataoe npoTHBoatflciBie MU TOTOBH orBtmrb npOTHBoatfl- 
CTBymefl CrpaH* BOSHOD ci coctaaMH. a com iworie Baayiianrfc 
BOJmeKTHBEO aificruoBaTb npoiuBi Haci>. TO MU 3aBaseu'i> j'sea'b 



BI> no.iimiKli saK.iwiaeTCH BI> Taflrt ea npea- 
npbrrlfl: caoBa HC aoji*Hbi cornacoBaibca ci atDcTBUun 
mrom. 




N*5. 

(no pyKonnca nporoitoa-b 2-fl). 

Haul Beo6xoA*iTMO, iiofu BOQHU Be aaBaait Teppnropiaj&Huxi 
BHroav 9to nepeeecerb BOO ay na axcmosiRHeeKyn noisy, aa KO- 
topofl HauiH yCtaarca BI TOJTI>. TTO npeo6aaaaHie BaBHcan, orb 
nauieu noMomu, a raicoe nojo^eHie Bemett orjacrb out cropouu BT 
pacnopaxeHie Haraefl UHTepnaoiOHajibBoa areHTj-pu, o6.iaaamen 
NnioiioHaMK raaai>, B30poBi>, Be nperpawaeHnun. HHKaRiiuH rpaHH- 
aaioi- Toraa Hamn HBTepHauioBa-ibHua npasa coipyrb set na- 
poanua npasa 5* Oyayn> x uxn npasuTb raKt. KaRi> rpaxaaBCsoe 

FACSIMILE OF BUTMI PROTOCOL PUBLISHED IN 
I9O7, SHOWING THE CHANGE MADE AFTER THE 

RSVOLUTION. 



THE HISTORY OF A LIE 83 

Thus it is seen that Butmi, publishing his version of 
the "protocols" in 1907, two years after the Nilus 
version had appeared, changed the text to suit his pur- 
poses. In 1905, before the first Russian revolution, the 
Nilus version of the "protocols" said "we will show one 
of them our strength by means of violence, that is, by 
terrorism" After the revolution, Butmi changed this 
sentence to read "We have shown one of these govern- 
ments our powers by assassination, by terrorism" 

And now the introducers of the "protocols" in this 
country and in Europe are pointing to bolshevism as the 
fulfillment of the "documents" which have been concocted, 
elaborated and changed by antisemites to serve the devi- 
ous political purposes of their masters and their own. 

The "protocols" came into the world with the trade- 
mark, "made in Germany" and were elaborated under the 
auspices of the "Russian Black Hundreds" in their efforts 
to save the dying Russian autocracy. When the Russian 
autocracy was overthrown and members of the "Black 
Hundreds" were scattered in various lands, their financial 
and "moral" support shattered, they set out in quest of 
new sources of income. They are now resorting to their 
old discredited methods in a new environment and thus 
the poison of the Russian Black Hundreds is being 
spread in England, Germany, France, the Scandinavian 
countries, Japan, and even in this country. The voice 
is the voice of dead despotic Russia, and the hand is the 
hand of the same "Black Hundreds." 

And now cowardly anonymous writers are embellishing 
the "protocols," adding new lies to the old ones, making 
accusations against the Jews that even Nilus-Lutostansky- 
Butmi dared not make in darkest Russia. Perhaps 
some day these new legends and absurd, malicious myths 
may evolve into a new and revised edition of secret Jew- 
ish "protocols." 



84 THE HISTORY OF A LIE 

In periods of turmoil and unrest such venomous fab- 
rications may gain credence among the ignorant and may 
poison their minds. But, like all anti-semitic myths of 
old, the new anti-Jewish legends are bound to destroy 
themselves. A lie shuns the sunlight. It thrives in dark- 
ness. It cannot survive analysis. The truth will prevail. 

Israel has no secret protocols, no hidden designs. After 
all its tribulations, its dream is still of peace, of justice 
and of human brotherhood. After all the centuries the 
word that came from Sinai and the message of the 
prophets of old are still enshrined in its heart. Indeed 
as has been aptly said: "The Holy Scriptures are the 
only authentic protocols of the Wise Men of Zion." 

THE END 



HERMAN BERNSTEIN 

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