1920 May 22

Henry Ford’s Newspaper Publishes Notorious Forged Anti-Semitic Attack


Famed automobile manufacturer Henry Ford owned the Dearborn Independent, which published a series of anti-Semitic articles from this day through early October 1920. The series was based on the notorious forged anti-Semitic document, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (Ford did not publish the Protocols themselves, as some people believe).

Ford issued an apology in 1927 for publishing the series, but there was much controversy over the sincerity of the apology. The damage was done since the series was reprinted in a short book, The International Jew, which has been published around the world and continues to circulate today.

Read about Ford and anti-Semitism: Neil Baldwin, Henry Ford and the Jews: The Mass Production of Hate (2001)

Read about the Protocols: Norman Cohn, Warrant for Genocide: The Myth of the Jewish World-Conspiracy and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (2006)

Learn more about the Protocols at the Holocaust Museum: http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007058

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