Golly gee whiz, I've been writing about the pervasive reuse of Nazi propaganda themes for over five years, but I never got around to the theme of the persecution of Christians by Jews and their liberal henchmen.
But it's only recently I got around to checking out "The International Jew," first published by famous antisemite Henry Ford as a serial in his insanely antisemitic rag, the Dearborn Independent. Ford was a personal hero of Hitler, who praised Ford in Mein Kampf. He hosted Ford in Germany, where Ford attended the antisemitic Oberammergau Passion Play.(photo of Ford in Germany). Hitler also awarded Ford the highest civilian version of the Iron Cross, and the photo of this event was public relations fiasco for the aging Ford. Ford helped the Nazi industrialization effort, and his German factories used slave labor. After America declared war on Germany and Ford began supplying the US military, Henry Ford seemed to be less than 100% committed to the Allied war effort.
Ford's newsletter was published in the early 1920s although he denied knowing its racist contents (just like Ron Paul!). A compilation of articles was translated into German in 1923 and published by the Nazi party as "The International Jew." It is said that Hitler had a copy of "The International Jew" while writing "Mein Kampf" and plagiarized parts of it.
According to wikipedia:
At the Nuremberg Trials, Baldur von Schirach mentioned that The International Jew made a deep impression on him and his friends in their youth and influenced them in becoming antisemitic. He said: "... we saw in Henry Ford the representative of success, also the exponent of a progressive social policy. In the poverty-stricken and wretched Germany of the time, youth looked toward America, and apart from the great benefactor, Herbert Hoover, it was Henry Ford who to us represented America." In 1922, The New York Times reported that Adolf Hitler's office contained a large picture of Ford. A well-thumbed copy of the International Jew was found in his library.I did not know what modern themes I'd find in "The International Jew," but I got a hint when I found it on the Australian white Christian nationalist anti-New-World-Order Bible Believers website, which has "The International Jew" and lots of other antisemitic material. Bible Believers is a notoriously eccentric pseudochristian antisemitic Holocaust denial site. Feel free to take a minute to bang your head on the desk. Feel better?
It's important to remember that Nazism was above all a conspiracy theory, and that modern conspiracy subculture is never more than two mouse clicks away Fascist and holocaust denial web sites. I'm not sure how Bible Believers would describe themselves, but it's a good place to look for "Christians" recycling Nazi themes.
OK, let's all goosestep over the apricot strudel.....
What I'm going to do here is reprint a section of "The International Jew," and I am going to substitute the word "liberal" for the word "Jew." I am not abusing the source material to make my point - in fact, Hitler seemed to use the words "liberal" and "Jew" interchangeably in "Mein Kampf." And when we do that, you will see that "The International Jew" sounds just like the firehose of current mainstream right wing talking points.
Also notice the all too familiar trick of the right wing extremists accusing others of their sins, and that this tactic was solidly in use by the 1920s. Here is it the Jews who were being accused of being the bigoted aggressors. Hitler would expand this theme in Mein Kampf to accuse the Jews of planning a genocidal rampage to enslave the world with their liberal multicultural henchmen.
This is not to equate the plight of the Jews and any other group, liberal or conservative. It is showing how propaganda written 90 years ago is still in constant use with only minor modifications, and these modifications are entirely consistent with the source material. This is not an example of a gratuitous identification with the Jews, like the CEO of Home Depot did last week. Instead it is the synonymous use of the word "Jew" and "liberal" as Hitler himself did. This theme that still seems to resonate in conservatives modern obsession with George Soros (surely an "international Jew") and Saul Alinsky (dead 30 years!). And when we substitute "liberal" for "Jew," we see how the antisemitic propaganda of the 1920s is still with us today.
Also, given the rich history of antisemitic poison, it would be a miracle if these themes had vanished. This sort of aggression fills such an essential niche in the human psyche (and has so many wealthy supporters), that it simply can't go away, it can only mutate, adapt, and change with the times. It would be a mistake to think "Oh it just went away." Instead, we have to ask "Where did it escape to?"
And so, courtesy of BibleBelievers.org.AU, here's an excerpt from "The International Jew"......
The International JewDidn't that sound something that today you can hear on Fox and right wing web sites as many times a day as you like?
Chapter 3. VICTIMS, OR PERSECUTORS?
The fact is that while there is no "religious persecution" of the
Jews(liberals), there is very much real religious persecution by the Jews(liberals). That is one of the outstanding characteristics of organized Jewish life(liberalism) in the United States, its active, unceasing, powerful and virulent attacks upon any and all forms of Christianity which may chance to come to public notice. Now and again we hear of outbreaks of sectarian bigotry between Catholics and Protestants, but these are not to be compared with the steady, relentless, alert, anti-Christian activity of the Jews(liberal) organizations. There are doctrinal disputes within the Christian Churches, but none that challenge the basis of Christianity itself; organized Judaism(liberalism), however, is not content with doctrinal disputation, but enlists its vast commercial and political power against everything that it regards as, (public displays of faith) in its own words, "Christological manifestations."
No President of the United States has yet dared to take his inaugural oath on the open pages of the New Testament - the
Jews(liberals) would denounce him. Various governors of American states, having used the word "Christian" in their Thanksgiving proclamations, have been obliged to teach Americanism in our cities because it held that Christianity and good citizenship were synonymous!
No public man in America has ever given public evidence of his Christian faith without rebuke from the
Jews(liberals). Not only do the Jews(liberals) disagree with Christian teaching - which is their right and no one questions it - but they excise it on demand of the Jews(liberals), Everything that would remind the child in school that he is living in the midst of a Christian civilization, in a nation declared by its Supreme Court to be founded on the Christian principles, has been ordered out of the public schools on Jewish(liberals) demand. In a nation and at a time when a minority of Jews(liberals) can print every year a record of the apologies they have extorted from public officials for "having inadvertently used the term 'Christian'," it is desirable that this charge of "religious persecution" should be placed where it belongs.
Now check this out - it's the modern "reverse racism" card being used in classic antisemitic propaganda. Because only racists complain about racism, and daddy only drinks because you cry!
Jews(liberal) glories in religious persecution as the American glories in patriotism. Religious prejudice is the Jews(liberals') chief expression of their own patriotism. It is the only well-organized, active and successful form of religious prejudice in the country because they have succeeded in pulling off the gigantic trick of making not their own attitude, but any opposition to it, bear the stigma of "prejudice" and "persecution." That is why the Jews(liberal) uses these terms so frequently. He wants to label the other fellow first. That is why any investigation(investigator) of the Jewish Question(racism) is so wickedly advertised as anti-Semitism(racist) - the Jew(liberal) knows the advantage of labeling the other man.