Hitler on the Protocols (in German and English)

 ' Hitler, like all the Nazis, was strongly impressed and probably continued to believe in the truth of the PROTOCOLS, although they were exposed as early as 1921 as a clumsy forgery on the part of the Tsarist secret police. ' - Hermann Graml, ANTISEMITISM IN THE THIRD REICH, p. 76.

Hitler and the Protocols

In The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry 1933-1945, Nora Levin states that "Hitler used the Protocols as a manual in his war to exterminate the Jews":

Despite conclusive proof that the Protocols were a gross forgery, they had sensational popularity and large sales in the 1920's and 1930's. They were translated into every language of Europe and sold widely in Arab lands, the United States, and England. But it was in Germany after World War I that they had their greatest success. There they were used to explain all of the disasters that had befallen the country: the defeat in the war, the hunger, the destructive inflation (19).

In contrast to Hitler's rantings (below), Nazi leader Erich von dem Bach-Zelewsky admitted that there really was no "Jewish menace" (jüdische Gefahr) -- to use Hitler's own phrase in Mein Kampf -- or conspiracy for world domination:

I am the only living witness but I must say the truth. Contrary to the opinion of the National Socialists, that the Jews were a highly organized group, the appalling fact was that they had no organization whatsoever. The mass of the Jewish people were taken complete by surprise. They did not know at all what to do; they had no directives or slogans as to how they should act. This is the greatest lie of anti-Semitism because it gives the lie to that old slogan that the Jews are conspiring to dominate the world and that they are so highly organized. In reality, they had no organization of their own at all, not even an information service. If they had had some sort of organization, these people could have been saved by the millions, but instead, they were taken completely by surprise. Never before has a people gone as unsuspectingly to its disaster. Nothing was prepared. Absolutely nothing (20).

Work Cited

Levin, Nora. The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry 1933-1945 (New York: Schocken Books, 1973).

On the rest of this page, you will find Hitler's comments in Mein Kampf -- in German and then in English translation -- about the Protocols. Despite the tragedy of the Holocaust and the irrefutable proof that the Protocols is a forgery, copies of the Protocols are still being printed and disseminated today.

Aus Mein Kampf: Die Protokolle der Weisen von Zion

Aus 11. Kapitel: Volk und Rasse -- Erster Band: Eine Abrechnung

. . . Wie sehr das ganze Dasein dieses Volkes auf einer fortlaufenden Lüge beruht, wird in unvergleichlicher Art in den von den Juden so unendlich gehaßten Protokollen der Weisen von Zion gezeigt. Sie sollen auf einer Fälschung beruhen stöhnt immer wieder die Frankfurter Zeitung in die Welt hinaus: der best Beweis dafür, daß sie echt sind. Was viele Juden unbewußt tun mögen, ist hier bewußt klargelegt. Darauf aber kommt es an. Es ist ganz gleich, aus wessen Judenkopf diese Enthüllungen stammen, maßgebend aber ist, daß sie mit geradezu grauenerregender Sicherheit das Wesen und die Tätigkeit des Judenvolkes aufdecken und in ihnen inneren Zusammenhägen sowie dan letzten Schlußzielen darlegen. Die beste Kritik an ihnen jedoch bildet die Wirklichkeit. Wer die geschichtliche Entwicklung der letzten hundert Jahre von den Gesichtspunkten dieses Buches aus überprüft, dem wird auch das Geschrei der jüdischen Presse sofort verständlich werden. Denn wenn dieses Buch erst einmal Gemeingut eines Volkes geworden sein wird, darf die jüdische Gefahr auch schon als gebrochen gelten (337).

Work Cited

Hitler, Adolf. Mein Kampf (München: Zentralverlag der N.S.D.A.P. Franz Eher Nachf., G.M.B.H., 1935).

From Mein Kampf: The Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion

From Chapter XI: Nation and Race -- Volume I: A Reckoning

. . . To what extent the whole existence of this people is based on a continuous lie is shown incomparably by the Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion, so infinitely hated by the Jews. They are based on a forgery, the Frankfurter Zeitung moans and screams once every week: the best proof that they are authentic. What many Jews may do unconsciously is here consciously exposed. And that is what matters. It is completely indifferent from what Jewish brain these disclosures originate; the important thing is that with positively terrifying certainty they reveal the nature and activity of the Jewish people and expose their inner contexts as well as their ultimate final aims. The best criticism applied to them, however, is reality. Anyone who examines the historical development of the last hundred years from the standpoint of this book will at once understand the screaming of the Jewish press. For once this book has become the common property of a people, the Jewish menace may be considered as broken (307-308).

Hitler, Adolf. Mein Kampf Translated by Ralph Mannheim (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1943).

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