It is a classic in paranoid, racist literature. Taken by the gullible as the
confidential minutes of a Jewish conclave convened in the last years of the nineteenth
century, it has been heralded by anti-Semites as proof that Jews are plotting to take over
the world. Since its contrivance around the turn of the century by the Russian Okhrana, or
Czarist secret police, "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" has taken
root in bigoted, frightened minds around the world.
The booklets twenty-four sections spell out the alleged secret plans of Jewish
leaders seeking to attain world domination. They represent the most notorious political
forgery of modern times. Although thoroughly discredited, the document is still being used
to stir up anti-Semitic hatred.
Origins of the Protocols
Serge Nilus, a little-known Czarist official in Moscow, edited several editions of the
Protocols, each with a different account of how he discovered the document. In his 1911
edition Nilus claimed that his source had stolen the document from (a non-existent)
Zionist headquarters in France. Other "editors" of the Protocols maintained that
the document was read at the First Zionist Congress held in 1897 in Basel, Switzerland.
Note: According to reputable scholars, including Prof. Norman Cohn in his noted book, Warrant
for Genocide, the world-control myth was actually lifted from a 19th century
French political satire in which the alleged plotters werent even Jewish.