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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11Focusing on Aspects and Experiences of Religion$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774051

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774051.001.0001

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Conspiracy Theories and the Reception of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in Poland

Conspiracy Theories and the Reception of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in Poland

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(p.171) Conspiracy Theories and the Reception of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in Poland
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11
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Janusz Tazbir

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774051.003.0012

This chapter addresses conspiracy theories and the publication of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the most infamous ‘instructions’ telling adherents of the Jewish faith how they were to build the Sanhedrin's global empire. The Protocols was supposedly based on lectures given at the First Zionist Congress in Basle in 1897. The aim of the book was to show that the perpetrators of all social upheavals were Jews, who expected to conquer the world with the aid of revolution. In inter-war Poland, belief in the omnipotence of the masonic lodges and international Jewry found its adherents among historians and journalists associated with the nationalist right, the Endecja (National Democratic Party). In the opinion of modern supporters of the conspiracy theory of history, Freemasonry, always directed by Jews, constituted a factor in all the more important events in the political, social, and cultural history of Poland, Europe, and the western world.

Keywords:   conspiracy theories, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Jewish faith, First Zionist Congress, social upheavals, Jews, masonic lodges, international Jewry, Endecja, Freemasonry

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