Johannesburg, South Africa (Jul. 15)
While South Africa Jewry closely followed the Grahamstown trial of the three Fascist Grey Shirt leaders, Moltke, Inch and Olivier, overwhelming evidence was presented at yesterday’s session to show that they had fabricated, and distributed all over Southwest Africa, a former German colony, documents tending to incite the population against the Jewish citizens of the country.
The Nazi Grey Shirts also widely distributed the notorious “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” in which the authors relate the story of an alleged Jewish conspiracy to rule the world.
Dr. Nahum Sokolow, president of the World Zionist Organization, who is at present in South Africa, testified at the trial on the utter falseness of the “Protocols.” Dr. Sokolow related how the forgery was exposed by Ward Price of the London Times and himself. He declared that he personally had attended the first Zionist Congress at Basle, Switzerland, arranged the agenda of the meeting and that a full report of the Congress had been issued. The conspiracy of the “Elders of Zion” was supposed to have been furthered by the Basle Congress.
TRACES “PROTOCOLS” HISTORY
Dr. Sokolow declared that he and Mr. Price had traced the origin of the “Protocols” to an anti-Napoleonic pamphlet in the British Museum, in which Dr. Herzl’s name had been substituted for Napoleon III and the Jews for the ruling French clique of the time.
Asked to point out newspapers that were not controlled by the Jews, Dr. Sokolow mentioned The London Times and the London Daily Herald. He denied the claim advanced by the defense that the British government was relying for financial support on the Rothschild banking family.
Dr. Sokolow told of the retraction made by Henry Ford, American automobile manufacturer when he became convinced that the “protocols” were nothing but a forgery.
TELLS OF FORD’S REGRET
“I met Mr. Ford at a banquet in New York and he expressed extreme regret for his anti-Semitic activities,” Dr. Sokolow declared.
In reply to a question from one of the defendants, Herr Moltke, Dr. Sokolow admitted that Pope Gregory IX had been instrumental in having the Talmud examined at a solemn assembly in France which decreed that the Talmud be burned.
Rabbi Levy testified that parts of the alleged quotations in the “Protocols” were forged, while others were torn from their original context, and turned against the tenets of the Jewish religion.