Friday, March 19, 2010

So That's Where The Protocols of the Elders of Zion Came From

He charts the diplomatic and detective machinations of Colonel Wilhelm Stieber of Prussian army intelligence (a man who was once smuggled across Berlin in a laundry basket, and who penetrated Karl Marx’s Soho home in disguise) and Peter Rachkovsky, ­director of the Paris branch of the tsarist secret police. Rachkovsky emerges as this book’s spidery antihero, for infiltrating the anarchist networks and (probably) forging the infamous Protocols of the Elders of Zion, that supposed blueprint for Jewish world domination that was in fact an anti-semitic hoax designed to ­discredit the revolutionary movement.


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