Although Adolf Hitler undoubtedly consumed hundreds (if not thousands) of pages of anti-Semitic articles, pamphlets, brochures and possibly books, none of them produced as powerful impact as the infamous Protocols of the Elders of Zion which described in detail the Jewish plan for world domination.
Both by itself and by creating an immensely potent synergy with anti-Semitic beliefs instilled in Hitler by his role models – Dr. Pötsch, Georg von Schönerer and Karl Lueger.
And, of course, with conclusions he made from studying Communists and Socialist uprisings and revolutions – November Revolution in Germany, Spartacist Uprising in Berlin, Communist revolts in other German cities, Bavarian Soviet Republic and Hungarian Soviet Republic.
Although the first German editions of the Protocols was published only in January of 1920 (the first Russian edition appeared in 1903), it is highly likely that he learned about their existence a year earlier – from ethnic German white émigrés, who fled the Red Terror in Russia and ended up in Berlin (the second most popular destination for Russian emigrants after Prague).
Protocols have been exposed as a total and utter fabrication by The Times in 1921. Its Constantinople reporter Philip Graves, discovered that the Protocols contained a hefty dose of plagiarism from the work of Maurice Joly – a French publicist and lawyer
His famous political satire titled «Dialogue aux enfers entre Machiavel et Montesquieu ou la politique de Machiavel au XIXe siècle» (The Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu) attacked the regime of Napoleon III.
Philip Graves found that it was exactly this pamphlet that became the basis for the Protocols. In 2001, extensive literary, historical and linguistic analysis of the original Russian language text of the Protocols proved beyond the reasonable doubt that they were written in 1902 by Matvei Golovinski – a Russian-French writer, journalist and political activist. Actually, he was first identified as the author of the Protocols in 1944 – by the German writer Konrad Heiden.
Writing and publication of the Protocols were ordered by the head of Russian security service in Paris, Pyotr Rachkovsky. His objectives were plain and simple – to present the impending Russian Revolution (of 1905) as a part of a global Jewish conspiracy and thus to deflect public attention from Russia’s acute social problems.
Golovinski and Charles Joly – the son of Maurice Joly – once worked together at Le Figaro in Paris so it is no surprise that he chose the abovementioned “Dialogues” as the basis for this fabrication.
Frankfurter Zeitung reprinted the article in The Times that exposed Protocols as forgery. But Adolf Hitler was unmoved. Later he wrote in Mein Kampf:
“[The Protocols] are based on a forgery, the Frankfurter Zeitung moans every week … [which is] the best proof that they are authentic … the important thing is that with positively terrifying certainty they reveal the nature and activity of the Jewish people and expose their inner contexts as well as their ultimate final aim”
As usual, Adolf Hitler was looking only for new information that confirmed his already established opinions, beliefs and prejudices. And ignored completely (or outright rejected) everything and anything that contradicted them.
With utterly devastating results. The Protocols further reinforced his firm belief that the Aryan civilization was fighting the existential “race war” with the Jews. The war which will end only with the total annihilation of the race that will lose the war.
Twenty years later, this deep, rock-solid (and totally erroneous) belief will explode into Holocaust – the comprehensive program of total annihilation of all Jews of Europe.