Jewish World Conspiracy Hoax: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Theories of a Jewish world conspiracy are still with us. They trace their roots to a mysterious book called The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. What’s behind this book and its relationship to the Nazis, Japan, World War II, and more? Read on and see.

Frontispiece from Sergei Nilus’ book The Great and the Small containing The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, 1911 (Public Domain)

Was there really a Zionist conspiracy to plunge Europe into war in the early 20th century?

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was first published in 1903 in Russia by Swiss-Russian landowner Sergei Nilus. The exact author(s) remain unknown, but the work has been confirmed by experts as plagiarizing a number of non-Jewish French and German authors. It was, in short, a fabricated conspiracy text circulated as real. It whipped up severe anti-Jewish violence in Russia the same year it was printed. Later, Nazi Germany school teachers assigned it as if it was fact. Meanwhile, in a truly bizarre twist, the book was also mis-read by Japanese leadership in the 1930s as an authentic text. This influenced Japan’s desire to settle Jewish immigrants in Japanese-occupied China. Huh? Well, they thought they could beef up industry with the economic superpowers the book said Jews had. Thousands of Jews actually managed to escape Nazi Germany for East Asia due to Japan’s “lost in translation” positive anti-Semitism. Go figure.


Photo of “Jewish pro-Nazi conspirator” Ernst Hanfstaengl by Unknown, 1934 Nuremberg Rally (Public Domain)

What about the Jewish Conspiracy to Bankroll the Nazis and Start World War 2?

You can read one particularly goofy article about this theory here. It takes only about two minutes of searching to disprove most of the facts written into the story. For example, the Skull and Bones Society at Yale as a cog in the Zionist conspiracy. In reality, this was the most white Protestant boys club imaginable in the run-up to WWII. They didn’t admit a single Jew till 1938. Also, Ernst Hanfstaengl, supposedly a German-Jewish conspirator who advanced Hitler’s career over the 1920s and early 1930s – he wasn’t Jewish. He was one of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s key intelligence source on the Nazis. But he also loved Hitler. The two were pretty much BFFs until they finally had a unfriending that nearly cost him his life.


Satirical political map of Europe by Paul Hadol, 1870 (Public Domain)

Protocols of the Elders of Zion true, or Was It Just Awful Humanity’s Business as Usual?

The idea that shadowy Zionists would bankroll the Nazis is beyond nutty. This was the most anti-Semitic regime ever, and it nearly wiped out most of the Jews in Europe. No amount of conspiracy Kool-Aid can change that reality. If the dice fell a little differently in WWII, Eastern Europe would have been de-facto cleansed of Jews. Slavs and non-Germans would also have been killed or displaced. Have a look at the Nazi Generalplan Ost. The Nazis got ideas from a similar, less apocalyptic German plan in WWI. In reality, 20th century conspiracy-obsessed anti-semitism grew from the fact that money-lending activities, previously a “dirty activity” nobles wouldn’t touch (and so often filled by Jews, immigrants, etc.), were being extended to more and more parts of European societies as a result of industrialization. Traditional cultural values in Europe were being threatened by progress. WWI and WWII were in many ways fought over what the soul of Europe would look like in the modern era. So yeah, there was no Jewish conspiracy – sorry folks! Care to argue the point or nitpick details? Get at me in the comments!