The Lie that Wouldn’t Die
One of the most pernicious antisemitic texts of the 20th century, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was a Tsarist forgery purporting to show a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world.
A template for all the anti-Jewish conspiracy theories that followed, 100 years after its publication it has been serialised on Egyptian television, sold in Japanese bookstores and re-created in the accusation that Jews were behind the 9/11 attacks.
To celebrate the launch of The Lie that Wouldn’t Die, a fascinating new study of The Protocols, author Hadassa Ben-Itto and experts John Klier and David Aaronovitch explored with Lord Woolf its historical impact on Jewish life and the continuing potency of this fiction today.
David Aaronovitch is a Guardian columnist and author of Paddling to Jerusalem (2000).
Hadassa Ben-Itto was born in Poland and emigrated to Palestine as a child. She was a judge for 31 years and represented Israel at the United Nations.
John Klier is Corob Professor of Modern Jewish History at University College London.
Lord Woolf is the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and the author of several influential reports, notably on prison reform and the civil justice system.
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