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Part of the post-1945 Jewish house of cards
on 10 November 2012
If you don't have the subtitle, you won't know this book is a supposed history of the 'Protocols of Zion'.
The book is not remotely academic or thorough. Disappointing, because the factual story of the documents would be intesting. Cohn makes no attempt to even summarise the 'Protocols'! Or of course the 'Holocaust'—the expression being then-recent. Cohn just about mentions Maurice Joly at the time of Napoleon III. Rosenberg's 'Myth of the Twentieth Century' has many mentions, but is dismissed as 'unreadable'. Houston Chamberlain gets a couple of references. The Russian Orthodox Church is skated over. There's nothing on the Khazars; this book predates Koestler, but even so Cohn doesn't seem aware of that issue. Pretty much every serious topic is ignored: Carthage? Middle Ages? Modern financial frauds? Chosen people? Soviet Union? Secret societies? This book is just part of the ridiculous apologetic stuff which marred the second half of the twentieth century.