The Truth About the Protocols
Gerald B. Winrod
Editor of The Defender
Bankers and Bolshevism
After observing the title of this book, some will accuse me of being anti-Semitic. If by this they mean that I am opposed to the Jews as a race or as a religion, I deny the allegation. But if they mean that I am opposed to a coterie of international Jewish bankers ruling the Gentile world by the power of gold, if they mean that I am opposed to international Jewish Communism, then I plead guilty to the charge.
On the shelves of the British Museum in the city of London there is a book in the Russian language, by Sergius A. Nilus, called the Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion. It contains twenty-four documents which purport to reveal the inner workings of a plot by certain international Jewish leaders to enslave the world through a dictatorship based upon the power of gold.
Next to the Bible, this volume, translated into various languages, is perhaps the most widely read book in existence. The superintendent of the library told me that he constantly receives inquiries about it from all parts of the world. Its catalogue mark in the library is C 37.C.31.
This book was received by the Museum August 10, 1906. It was purchased through regular trade channels and there was nothing extraordinary about the manner in which it reached England's greatest library.
The first translation from the Russian into English was published by Eyre and Spottiswoode, official printers of the British government, in 1920. Victor E. Marsden, who had previously represented a London newspaper in Russia, made another translation about the same time.
Because Mr. Marsden was a master in both languages, his work is generally regarded as being thoroughly accurate and dependable: He lived through the Russian revolution and was forced to spend considerable time in a Bolshevik prison. Injuries thus sustained, impaired his health and sent him back home a broken man. Later he accompanied the Prince of Wales on his tour of the British Empire but died suddenly afterwards.
Nilus first published the Protocols in 1905, although they had come into his hands four years before. He regarded it a patriotic and religious duty to give them the widest possible circulation. From the beginning of the century, down to the present hour, the plot which these documents disclose has been fulfilled step by step. In them we see an advance unfoldment of the economic and political history of the nations. If the Protocols are forgeries, as some Jews assert, then it is a paradox, that everything which they outline should be coming to pass before our eyes.