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Object ID

2019.2.261

Object Name

Letter

Date

6-29-1955

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Document with red banner across top with “FROM THE DESK OF GERALD L.K. SMITH” in white print.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Smith was an anti-Semitic, white supremacist clergyman and founder of the Christian Nationalist Crusade. During World War II, Smith founded the America First Party, which subsumed his pro-Nazi agenda.

In this letter to the fanatical British anti-Semite Arnold Leese, written in 1955, he refers to the Jewish pressure…on me” to call out “the distribution of the Protocols [of the Elders of Zion] as a fraudulent operation.” Smith was quite taken with the Protocols, which he claimed (in his autobiography) had a formative influence on his own anti-Semitic worldview, despite its being a thoroughgoing fabrication. Of course, Smith states that he has an “abundance of evidence” to make his case for the Protocols’ authenticity, but asks Leese to send him any research he may have to bolster it nonetheless. Not wishing embarrassment, he prefers that Leese makes no reference to this request in his publications.

Dimensions

11 x 8 1/4"

Keywords

Gerald L.K. Smith, Arnold Leese, Protocols of the Elders of Zion, America First Party, American Anti-Semitism

Subcollection

1945 - Present: Post-Holocaust Commemoration & Revitalization: Displaced Person Camps; Refugees and Emigration; Postwar Trials; Israel Statehood

Letter from Gerald L.K. Smith, Director of the Christian Nationalist Crusade, to Arnold Leese

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