Season 1, Episode 5
This special podcast episode, co-produced with the Association for Jewish Studies, explores Henry Ford’s publication of The International Jew: The World's Foremost Problem, a four volume series containing newspaper articles which were originally published from 1920-1922. These writings were based on – and included elements of – the notorious, fraudulent text “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”
Dr. Pamela Nadell, professor of Jewish history and director of the Jewish Studies Program at American University, and Dr. Lisa Leff, professor of European and Jewish history at American University, join co-hosts Aaron Henne and Jeremy Shere to examine the ways in which The International Jew intersected with historical antisemitism and the political forces of the time, and how its legacy is still having an impact today.
Read the transcription for "The Protocols, Henry Ford, and The International Jew"
Hosted by Jeremy Shere, PhD and Aaron Henne
Scholarship provided by Pamela Nadell, PhD and Lisa Leff, PhD
Edited by Jeremy Shere with additional editing by Mark McClain Wilson
Story editing by Aaron Henne and Jeremy Shere with Julie A. Lockhart and Warren Hoffman, PhD.
Featuring the voices of Joshua Wolf Coleman, Joe Jordan, Julie A. Lockhart, Clay Steakley, and Diana Tanaka
Theme music composed by Michael Skloff and produced by Sam K.S.
Transcription by Dylan Southard
"The Protocols, Henry Ford, and The International Jew" Learning Resources
Learn more about:
"The Protocols" from the Atlantic article "The Conspiracy Theory to Rule Them All"
"The Protocols" from the Primary Source podcast
Henry Ford, The Dearborn Independent, and The International Jew
Timeline of American Jewish History
Referenced in the episode:
Statement by Henry Ford, and more about Ford's apology
1923 article referencing Adolf Hitler and Henry Ford
Arrival and treatment of Jews in New Amsterdam
Harvard President Lowell's quotas
Exercises For Educators:
"The Protocols, Henry Ford, and The International Jew" for Youth Learners (PDF)
"The Protocols, Henry Ford, and The International Jew" for Adult and Teen Learners (PDF)
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