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A Lie and a Libel: The History of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion
     

A Lie and a Libel: The History of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion

by Binjamin W. Segel, Richard S. Levy (Translator)
 

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A strange and repugnant mystery of the twentieth century is the durability of the Protocols, despite repeated exposure as a forgery. Binjamin W. Segel's work was the first full explanation of the shadowy sources for this virulent group libel. Richard S. Levy now adds an examination of the history of the Protocols since its original publication and describes its

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A strange and repugnant mystery of the twentieth century is the durability of the Protocols, despite repeated exposure as a forgery. Binjamin W. Segel's work was the first full explanation of the shadowy sources for this virulent group libel. Richard S. Levy now adds an examination of the history of the Protocols since its original publication and describes its continuing psychological appeal and political function in the modern world.

Richard S. Levy is an associate professor of history at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He is the editor of Antisemitism in the Modern World: An Anthology of Texts.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
German Jewish journalist Segel wrote his expos of the forgery behind the anti-Semitic Protocols back in 1926, with history professor Levy adding his own analysis of the book's endurance as a propaganda tool. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Created in Paris at the turn of the century under the supervision of the Russian secret police, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was a clumsy forgery purporting to be evidence of a Jewish plot to take over the world and reduce non-Jews to slavery. The plot was adopted as official ideology by Hitler's regime and disseminated throughout the United States by industrialist Henry Ford; it circulates today with renewed virulence in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Binjamin Segel published a massive expos of the Protocols in 1926 in Germany. In about 100 pages of selected translation and 50 pages of his own criticism, editor Levy (history, Univ. of Illinois-Chicago) here examines two distinct avenues-the conspiratorial and the anti-Semitic-through which the Protocols have been able to wield political influence over frightened and angry people. "Although the prospect of imminent Jewish triumph might be horrifying, knowledge of the conspiracy, as Hitler promised in Mein Kampf, would render it conquerable." An essential addition for all Judaic studies and history collections.-Marcie Zwaik, "Library Journal"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803292451
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

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Richard S. Levy is an associate professor of history at the University of Illinois–Chicago. He is the editor of Antisemitism in the Modern World: An Anthology of Texts.

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