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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.
AUTHOR OF "Wrrn MASTER MINDS," ETC.
J. S. OGILVIE PUBLISHING COMPANY
57 ROSE STREET
COPYRIGHT, 1921, BY J. S. OGILVIE PUBLISHING COMPANY
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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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
New York, February,
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
THE STORY FROM WHICH THE PROTOCOLS
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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-
The propagandists everywhere, in Germany, England,
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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-
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
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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
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
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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'
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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
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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
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
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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."
THE STORY FROM WHICH THE PROTOCOLS
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-
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
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-
We are thus supplied with an early draft of the so-
called Protocols, which have now been given worldwide
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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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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.
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Translation of Title Page
THE JEWISH CEMETERY IN PRAGUE
THE COUNCIL OF REPRESENTATIVES
Of The Twelve Tribes of Israel
Printed by the Association "Obschestvenaya Polza 1
On the Moika, at the Round Market, No. 5
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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."
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"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
"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-
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
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-
"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
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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
" '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
"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-
" '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:
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" 'When you accepted the position from your predecessor, did
he not give you certain instructions?'
" '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
"The watchman bowed respectfully.
" *You are the Rabbi !' he said. 'All will be done as you com-
'"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
'"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'
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"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.'
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" 'Yes, that is correct. Have you not yet given up your de-
"'Less than ever beforel You would render science an in-
" '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
'"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
"'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
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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-
"'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.
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"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-
"This figure knelt before one of the tombstones; three times
it touched the stone with its forehead and softly whispered a
"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
"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
"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-
"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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'"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-
'"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-
"Tribe of Naphtali?'
"'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
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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-
" 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
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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-
" '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
"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
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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
"'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-
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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
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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
"'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.
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'"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
"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
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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.'
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"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
"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
"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
"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* !' "
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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.
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
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.
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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.
COW3S PVCCK4FO HAPOflJL
Vemat'pmoe, o6pa8omannoe u uono/meHHoe usdam'e.
xoHtnuji. ropoaa, J&
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
"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.)
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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
"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
"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
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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-
"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.
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"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
"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
"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-
"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
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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.
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
These extracts are taken from "The Protocols of the Wise Men of
Zion," published by the Beckwith Company, New York, 1920.
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.
$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
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
"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 . . . )
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.)'
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-
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
Here follow extracts from the so-called Translator's
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Cioaa no oTHomeaiio KI> HMtioinHM-b 6utb npoflaenHtiMH
"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
"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
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
"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."
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
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
64 THE HISTORY OF A LIE
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FACSIMILE OF TITLE PAGE OF LUTOSTANSKY'S BOOK PUB-
LISHED IN 1907 CONTAINING ANTI- JEWISH AND ANTI-BlUT-
THE HISTORY OF A LIE
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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
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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
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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
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.
BEJIHKOITb KHH3* MlWOCTHBMft
EPO HM1JEPATOPCKOE BLICOTECTBO
rocyflAPb HACJIUJIHHK'B H BEJiHKift
B H 1 T> coBSBOJiBJii 6jarociuoHHo
noAHeceHHtifl BSMH Tpyn ..Taji
cpHieMi EFO BbIC04ECTBy
6uao nopyiHTb UH* iiepeAaifc BaMt, EFO
HCKpeHHK) npHBHaieabHOCTb aa B*rae
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
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-
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
"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-
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-
lli| J !i s
sg * s oi &
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.
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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
[Translation of the same Protocol published by Butmi in Russia
in 1907, showing the changes made in the Protocols within
"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
its mysteries except our Rabbis and Tadmudists, and they will
never reveal it, for on them depends the power of guiding our
"We have created a senseless, filthy and disgusting literature,
especially in the so-called advanced countries. For a short time
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
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
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
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
(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
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-
84 THE HISTORY OF A LIE
In periods of turmoil and unrest such venomous fab-
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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.
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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."
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