Antisemitism, or anti-Judaism, is as ancient as Jewish civilization itself. Jews were singled out early for their insularity and unwillingness to conform to the beliefs and practices of the non-Jewish world within which they lived. Early on antisemitism had a distinctly religious cast, Jews having been accused of rejecting Jesus as a Messiah and ultimately being held responsible for his crucifixion by the Romans. In this long religious phase of antisemitism Jews were thus seen as Christ killers. With the spread of Christianity in Europe and the teachings of the Church, Jews became a pariah group, losing their civil rights and forced in a number of European countries to live in ghettos. This hostility and the punitive measures directed against them could only increase the sense that Jews were different, mysterious and secretive. Whatever incomprehensible tragedies or disasters befell communities would ultimately be blamed on Jews: for example, poisoned wells, plagues such as the Black Death, the death or mysterious disappearance of Christian children-the latter eventually giving rise to the canard of blood-libel, that Jews used the blood of Christian children in making Passover matzoh. Jewish separatism and unwillingness to convert to the Christian faith was ultimately seen as heretical and Jews could be subject to the Inquisition. Under the circumstances, some Jews would indeed convert-like the Marranos or Conversos of Spain-in order to escape certain torture and death, though many would continue to practice their faith in secret. Violent attacks on Jews such as pogroms in Russia occurred throughout the centuries, often encouraged by the Church or the screeds of priests or theologians like Martin Luther.
As well, Jews were confronted with a dilemma to the extent that they were not allowed to own land, while Christians of faith were not allowed to profit from lending money, the latter considered to be the sin of usury. This dilemma would invariably beget an impression of the Jew as fleecing his victims, epitomized in Shakespeare’s character Shylock demanding his “pound of flesh” when the Christian to whom he loaned money couldn’t repay his debt. With the rise and evolution of the Age of Enlightenment, antisemitism took on a more secular perspective-without entirely losing its religious overtones. And with the rise of nationalism, Jewish insularity played poorly to the degree that Jews were not seen as making a sufficient effort to assimilate into the community at large. All the same, many Jews were availing themselves of opportunities heretofore denied them, attempting to change their dress or attend universities to better improve their lot.
Ironically, the Enlightenment emphasis on reason and empiricism over superstition and faith alone gave new perspective and legitimacy to antisemitism. To burnish its image, antisemites appropriated the appearance of empirical scientific methodology to develop taxonomies and generative rules of “racial” difference. That these taxonomies could appear self-evident, that a putative “white” or “Aryan” race would be enshrined at the pinnacle of a racial hierarchy while tribal “savages” or Jews or blacks would languish at the base, would be abundantly clear to racial theorists who failed-or refused- to examine the logic of their presuppositions and prejudices. Scientists have long demonstrated that humans cannot be divided into simplistic biological categories based on, for example, the appearance of skin color, the religion of one’s forebears, or differences in I.Q. score. The idea of “race” in this context became a social and political category-an ideology- that was weaponized in the hands of those with malign intent. Indeed, under the Nazi regime Jews were no longer regarded as a religious group merely, but rather a distinct race whose inherent characteristics were seen as immutable. Thus, whether a Jew converted to Christianity or not became irrelevant from the perspective of Nazi racial theory: he remained a Jew with an ensemble of beliefs, practices, traits and motives- now understood as “racial” characteristics- ascribed to him by the antisemitic Nazis.
For the Nazis, racism set the stage for the similarly discredited theory of social Darwinism, the belief that conflict between groups or nations was an aspect of the never-ending struggle for existence, and was therefore natural and inevitable. This implied that that those who possessed natural resources, wealth and power ultimately possessed biological and racial superiority and would survive. In this Hobbesian universe which undergirded the philosophy of Hitler and the Nazis, it followed that Aryan supremacy required the destruction of the Jews.
In the final analysis, the toxic convergence of racial theory, social Darwinism and eugenics-pruning the Aryan tree of inferior races, the disabled, or “subhumans”- created fertile soil for Hitler and his Nazi minions. Jews were likened to bacilli attempting to destroy a society from within. According to Hitler, Jews created nothing of their own but were rather parasitic on the work of others. They were conspiratorially the puppet masters behind communism, liberalism, the control of international finance, the media and other cultural phenomena, and hence must be destroyed if the Aryan race was to prevail. Thus conjoined with the catastrophic economic and social conditions after WWI, the convergence of these elements in the hands of Hitler and the Nazis became a tragedy for six million Jews.
The final cynical turn of the antisemitic wheel, one that repeats and perpetuates the aforementioned racist memes, is to declare that the Holocaust never happened. Jews, according to Holocaust deniers, are simply exaggerating or lying about what occurred during wartime; and that they continue to be evil extortionists trying to secure ill-gotten gains in the form of reparations for something that never occurred as Jewish survivors claim. Indeed, what did occur was brought about by the Jews themselves. In this latest iteration of antisemitism-blaming the victims- a new Holocaust is perpetrated on the souls of the dead.
--Michael D. Bulmash, K1966
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Tan pamphlet in English with title, "Statement by Henry Ford." Interior includes statements by Ford regarding Jews.
Booklet titled “FACING THE FACTS,” “By Earnest Sincere” printed at the bottom, striped banner at bottom and top of page, 29 pages.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Colonel Hadley was an American anti-Semite who believed that Nordic supremacy was being threatened by inexorable Jewish domination and must be stopped. He co-founded the Paul Reveres with the right-wing anti-Communist and anti-Semite Elizabeth Dilling.
Pamphlet titled “The JEW: Past and Present” in black print in the top left corner, “VERDICTS of Great Men” printed in the bottom right corner.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:Leese was a British veterinarian, a founder of the Imperial Fascist League (1929) and virulent anti-Semite. Indeed, he found the British fascist Oswald Mosley too soft on Jews. Leese perpetuated the medieval view that Jews were guilty of blood libel, and that the Jewish celebration of Passover involved the sacrifice of Christian children. An unabashed admirer of Julius Streicher and his pornographic anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda tabloid, Leese even proposed the gassing of the Jews before the Nazis made it a cornerstone of their own eliminationist agenda.
Leese’s pamphlet adorned with swastikas front and back, justifies anti-Semitism by claiming that “Aryan peoples from the earliest times” had evidenced a justifiable antagonism towards Jews. He quotes from numerous sources to make his case.
Blue booklet titled “WHY WE CHRISTIANS SHOULD OPPOSE THE JEWS” in bold black print near top, by Dr. P.E. Lalanne, 16 pages.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Lalanne was a right-wing Canadian gynecologist, an anti-Semite and fascist who referred to Jews as “vipers” who plotted to build a world-wide government through unfair banking practices, Communism, etc. He was a member of Adrien Arcands’ Canadian fascist Parti National Social Chrétien which views Canada as a preserve for a white race, thus rejecting Semites, Blacks, and Asians. Indeed, PNSC advocated for the deportation of Canadian Jews, perhaps inspired by Hitler’s early notion of deporting the Jews of Germany to Madagascar.
Vol. 1A, no. 7; Joseph P. Kennedy image on front page; 19 pages
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Father Charles Coughlin was a Canadian-American Catholic priest known in the 1930s and 1940s for his virulent anti-Semitic and anti-Communist tirades, employed to great effect on his radio program (Hour of Power), and in his magazine Social Justice. His confused mix of free market capitalism and socialist ideas of income guarantees and wealth redistribution, increasingly gave way to inveighing against both capitalism and communism, and aligning himself with the fascist demagogues Hitler and Mussolini. Jews, Coughlin believed, were behind the Communist revolution, Jewish financiers were secretly attempting to control world government and politics, and Jews in general exerted a corrupting influence on culture and politics. Indeed, Marxist atheism was, in Coughlin’s mind, a Jewish plot against the United States. His belief in Jewish world domination was bolstered by the discredited forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a version of which was reprinted in Social Justice. Coughlin became an isolationist along with the staunch Anti-Semites and unabashed Hitler admirers Charles Lindberg and Joseph Kennedy. America, he believed, should not intervene in a European war which was ultimately instigated by the Jews.
Yellow booklet titled “A JOURNAL OF SATIRE: TALES OF THE HOLOHOAX,” text and cover illustration in red.
Blue booklet titled “AMERICANISM BETRAYED,” featuring an image of a woman unmasking another person with “Truth unmasks Falsehood” printed at bottom, 79 pages.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:An American diplomat and German apologist, Tittman was an anti-Semitic and revisionist historian who promoted the idea that America entered WWII due to a Jewish/British conspiracy.
Newspaper excerpt, titled "Women's Voice" in large black print, subtitled "ZIONISM" in bold black print below, 16 pages.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: A 16-page single issue of Van Hyning’s newspaper Women’s Voice, the publication of the ultra-conservative, anti-Semitic, and isolationist organization We, The Mothers, Mobilize for America which she had helped found in 1941. She had been a member of the America First Committee, but her work in We, the Mothers and Women’s Voice continued her effort to keep America out of the war. Herein are articles on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and advertisement for the Christian Anti-Jewish Party, etc. Women’s Voice was in publication from 1942-1964.
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.
Book titled “IT’S TIME THEY KNEW!” in the center of cover page in blue, 80 pages.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:Australian journalist and promoter of social credit theory in Australia who believed that changes in economic and political thinking must occur if Western civilization is to be preserved for the white race.
Book titled “The Real Hate Mongers” by James K. Warner, featuring an image of binoculars marked “THE ADL.”
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:Warner has been a far-right figure who denounces the Anti-Defamation League for its campaigns against American White Christians and their organizations.
Straight Look at the Third Reich: Hitler and National Socialism, How Right, How Wrong' by Dr. A.J. App
Booklet titled “A STRAIGHT LOOK AT THE THIRD REICH” printed in bold, black print near top, paragraph in center of cover, by Dr. A.J. App, 56 pages. [Related item: 2019.2.352]
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: App, Professor of English literature at the University of Scranton and La Salle University, was an anti-Semite, an anti-Communist, and Holocaust denier. An apologist for the Nazi regime, App believes that the Soviets –not Germans- committed atrocities against Jews, and that those Jews killed by Germans were spies and criminals. Moreover, along with other Holocaust deniers, App does not believe that gassing of Jews occurred in concentration camps. Indeed, the claim of the murder of six million Jews is a distortion and a lie that is used to attack Christianity and Germans.
Pamphlet titled “’HOLOCAUST,’SNEAK ATTACK ON CHRISTIANITY” by Prof. Austin J. App, Ph. D., “Published, November 30, 1977” printed near bottom of cover.[Related item: 2019.2.351]
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:App, professor of English literature at the University of Scranton and La Salle University was an anti-Semite, an anti-Communist, and Holocaust denier. An apologist for the Nazi regime, App believes that the Soviets- not Germans- committed atrocities against Jews, and that those Jews killed by Germans were spies and criminals. Moreover, along with other Holocaust deniers, App does not believe that gassing of Jews occurred in concentration camps. Indeed, the claim of the murder of six million Jews is a distortion and a lie that is used to attack Christianity and Germans.
Book titled “WHO’S WHO IN THE WORLD ZIONIST CONSPIRACY,” includes Star of David and Hammer and Sickle in the center of title page, 104 pages.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:Judaism is a sickness foisted on the white Christian world. Christians have been brainwashed by Jewish propaganda and lies. White Christians need to awaken to Jewish conspiracy for world dominion.
Book titled “CHRIST WAS NOT A JEW” by Jacob Elon Conner, yellow cover with blue print, 179 pages.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:This paperback by a one-time consul to Saigon and sociologist contends that Jesus was a Galilean, and hence not Jewish. Extricating Jesus from his putative Jewish background allows him to berate Jews with impunity as a more primitive race or tribal unit, which is to be distinguished from a more elevated Christianity, and thus presumably to place anti-Semitism on a surer footing.
Book titled “THE HOLOCAUST NEVER HAPPENED & THE CIA KILLED JFK” by Jorgen Lars Rasmussen, featuring an image of a brain wrapped in chains.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:The author provides “facts” to support his view that the Holocaust never happened.
Document titled “Holocaust Remembrance: What’s Behind the Campaign?” printed in red at the top. Back includes “INSTITUTE FOR HISTORICAL REVIEW” printed in red at the bottom.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:Weber, a major source of anti-Semitic and Holocaust denial propaganda, has been a director of the Institute for Historical Review and editor of its journal. In speeches given at Holocaust denial rallies, he has argued that the Holocaust victims’ testimonies are unreliable, and that we are in a global struggle with Zionist power. In this brochure, Weber contends that the Holocaust remembrance campaign only serves to enhance Israeli-Zionist power. He believes that the Holocaust has become a tool to justify Israeli policies and for extorting money from Europeans and Americans.
Leaflet with English text titled, "Up Britain Stop War!"
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: A single-sided leaflet from 1939-1940 opposing British involvement in foreign wars. It was produced by Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists.
Pamphlet titled “FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH” in center in blue print, includes image in blue square of the Star of David and Hammer and Sickle stating “COMMUNISM IS JEWISH.”
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:Mohr had been an anti-Semitic military officer who served in both WWII and the Korean War. According to Metapedia, he had been a member of the John Birch Society and the Christian Patriots Defense League, which he had founded with John Harrell. A believer in the veracity of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” he felt that Jews were the enemies of Christ and of God, that the White race continues to fall prey to Jewish power and thereby risk slavery and annihilation, and that Jews control the media and spread “misinformation”
Document marked “THE BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATIONS RACIAL MIX A.D. 2000” with two flags in the upper right corner surrounded by red banner labelled “ENGLISH SOLIDARITY AGAINST MULTIRACISM,” dated 1989.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Birdwood rails against the BBC efforts to increase the number of ethnic minorities on its staff; and the “evil nonsense” of Jewish “one-worldism,” or in her view, “the enforced togetherness of the races.” A rabid anti-Semite, Birdwood even advocated for revisiting the seven-hundred-year old Edict of Expulsion against British Jews.