Translation Source: Norman Cohn, "Warrant for Genocide: The Myth of the Jewish World Conspiracy and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion" (London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1967), reprinted by permission of Peters Fraser and Dunlop Group Ltd., in "The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History" book (by Paul R. Mendes-Flohr, Jehuda Reinharz) pgs. 360 to 363 (via books.google.com) [is.gd/3Gn6n9]:
NOTE: "The Rabbi's Speech" has its origin in the novel Biarritz (1868) by Hermann Goedsche (1816-1878), published under the pseudonym of Sir John Retcliffe. In a chapter entitled in the Jewish Cemetery in Prague," Goedsche purports to describe a secret nocturnal meeting among thirteen Jews (representing the twelve tribes of Israel and the Jews of the Exile) who report on their activities during the century that has elapsed since their last meeting and who vow to have conquered all of their enemies by the time of the next meeting. This frankly fictional episode was soon treated as an authentic record, appearing as a pamphlet first in Russia (1872) and later in Paris and Prague. In 1887 Theodor Fritsch published the "Speech" in his "Decalogue" (see document 22 in this chapter), and it received a wide circulation in a number of antisemitic publications, enjoying its greatest vogue in post-war Germany. The "Speech" was constantly invoked as proof of the authenticity of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
[begin document]Our fathers have bequeathed to the elect of Israel the duty of gathering together once each century around the tomb of the Grand Master Caleb, the holy rabbi Simeon ben Jehuda, whose knowledge gives the elect of each generation power over all the earth and authority over all the descendants of Israel. For eighteen centuries Israel has been at war with that power which was first promised to Abraham but which was taken from him by the Cross. Trampled underfoot, humiliated by its enemies, living ceaselessly under the threat of death, of persecution, of rape, and of every kind of violation, the people of Israel has not succumbed; and if it is dispersed over the whole earth, that is because it is to inherit the whole earth. For eighteen centuries our wise men have been fighting the Cross courageously and with a perseverance which nothing can discourage. Gradually our people is rising up and its power increases day by day. Ours is that God of today whom Aaron raised up for us in the desert, that Golden Calf, that universal deity of the age.
The day when we shall have made our the sole possessors of all the gold in the world, the real power will be in our hands, and then the promises which were made to Abraham will be fulfilled. Gold, the greatest power on earth .. . gold, which is the strength, the recompense, the instrument of every power . . . the sum of everything that man fears and craves . . there is the only mystery, the deepest under standing of the spirit that rules the world. There is the future! Eighteen centuries belonged to our enemies, the present century and future centuries must belong to us, the people of Israel, and they surely will belong to us. Now for the tenth time, in a thousand years of terrible and ceaseless war against our enemies, the elect of a given generation of the people of Israel are gathered in this cemetery, around the tomb of our Grand Master Caleb, the holy rabbi Simeon ben Jehuda, to take counsel as to how to turn to the advantage of our cause the great errors and sins which our enemies the Christians never cease to commit. Each time the new Sanhedrin has pro-claimed and preached a merciless struggle against the enemies; but in no earlier century were our ancestors able to concentrate in our hands so much gold, and therefore so much power, as the nineteenth century has be-stowed on us. We can therefore expect, without any rash illusions, to achieve our aim soon, and we can look with confidence to our future. Most fortunately, the persecution and the humiliations, those dark and painful days which the people of Israel endured with such heroic patience, are no more with us, thanks to the progress of civilization among the Christians, and that progress is the best shield for us to hide and act behind,so as to cross with firm and rapid strides the space that separates us from our supreme objective. Let us just look at the material condition of Europe, let us analyse the resources which the Jews have got into their possession since [...]
and succoured by his co-religionists. If a Jew is summoned before the courts of the country where he lives, let his brothers in religion hasten to give him aid and assistance; but only if the accused has acted in accordance with the Law of Israel, so strictly observed and kept for so many centuries! Our people is conservative, faithful to the religious ceremonies and the customs bequeathed to us by our ancestors. It is in our interest that we should at least make a show of zeal for the social questions of the moment, especially for improving the lot of the workers, but in reality our efforts must be geared to getting control of this movement of public opinion and directing it. The blindness of the masses, their readiness to surrender to that resounding but empty eloquence that fills the public squares, make them an easy prey and a double instrument, of popularity and of credit. We will have no difficulty in finding as much eloquence among our people for the expression of false sentiments as Christians find in their sincerity and enthusiasm. So far as possible we must talk to the proletariat, bring it into subjection to those who have the handling of money. By this means we will be able to make the masses rise when we wish. We will drive them to upheavals, to revolutions; and each of these catastrophes marks a big step forward for our particular interests and brings us rapidly nearer to our sole aim—world domination as was promised to our father Abraham.
'A Jewish Plan of World Domination', and it is referred to as "The Key to the Mystery".
We are "Rulers of their Destiny" -- Rabbi's Prague Cemetery Speech
For the first time on the Internet, the 1869 lecture by Rabbi Reichorn to Jewish leaders in Prague, describing the covert Jewish war against Christian civilization, including the rationale for intermarriage, mastery of the press, destruction of family values and a feigned concern for workers. The final goal: "reigning over the whole world, as had been promised to our father Abraham."
An article published in the Paris Review, Le Contemperain of July 1st, 1880 entitled 'An Account by John Readcliffe of the Politico Historical Events Registered in the Last 10 Years' purported to be a lecture given by a great Rabbi, Reichorn, at a second meeting of the inner circle of the Jewish leaders in Prague in 1869 over the tomb of the grand Rabbi, Simeon-ben-Jehuda. The document is now difficult to find.
As usual, Jewish apologists have been quick to discredit the document which is said to be a prototype for the Protocols of Zion, although it is quite different. In The Role of Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History,(2009) David Aronowitch claims that John Retcliffe was the pen name of Hermann Goedsche whose novel "Biarritz" contains a chapter "In the Jewish Cemetery of Prague" which forms the basis of the later account. This is similar to their bogus debunking for The Protocols involving Maurice Joly.
La Via France, number 214, reported that Readcliff was killed shortly after the publication of the discourse. The Jew, Lisal, who had made it known to him, died in a duel. Here are some excerpts from the text, as edited by the Britons, 40 Great Ormond Street, London, England,
the people that published the Protocols:
"Our fathers have delegated to the chosen leaders of Judah the duty of meeting at least once in each century around the tomb of the great master Caleb, the Holy Rabbi, Simeon-ben-Jehuda, whose learning passes on to the elect of each generation, power over the whole world and authority over all the descendants of Judah.
Already now for 18 centuries has lasted the war the people of Judah against this Power which had been promised to Abraham, but which has snatched from him by 'The Cross', trodden under foot, humiliated by our enemies, constantly under the fear of death or persecution of robbery and of violence of all sorts. The people of Judah, however, have by no means succumbed. And if we are scattered over the whole world, it is because the whole world ought to belong to us. Since several centuries back, our learned men have been fighting bravely and with the perseverance which nothing can defeat against 'The Cross'.
Our people are gradually coming out on top and every day our power increases. To us belongs the god of today, which Aaron has raised for us in the desert; this calf of gold, which is the universal god of the present day. From the moment when we shall have made ourselves sole possessors of all the gold of the world, the real power will pass into our hands, and then shall be accomplished the promises made to Abraham. Gold is the greatest power in the world. Gold, which is force, reward, and the means to all pleasure, all that man fears and covets; there you have the mystery; the deep knowledge of the spirit which rules the world; there you have the future. 18 centuries have belonged to our enemies, but the present century and future centuries must belong to us, people of Judah, and will surely belong to us.
This is the 10th occasion during the 1,000 years of the incessant and fierce struggle with our enemies that have met in the cemetery by the tomb of our grand master Caleb, the Holy Rabbi, Simeon-ben-Jehuda. The elected leaders of Judah, in order to devise means of turning to our advantage the serious mistakes and sins which our enemies, the Christians, are always committing. On each occasion, the new Sanhedrin has proclaimed and preached the fight without mercy against these enemies. But in none of the preceding centuries have our ancestors succeeded in concentrating in our hands so much gold and thus so much power as in the 19th, which was the 1800's, which has just passed. We can, therefore, flatter ourselves without fear of deceiving ourselves, that we have obtained our aim and can look with confidence to the future. The times of persecution and humiliation, those dark and painful times, which the people of Judah has borne with such heroic patience, are happily passed for us thanks to the progress of civilization among the Christians. And this progress is the best shield behind which we can hide and work in order to clear with firm and swift step the space which still separates us from our final goal.
Let us just cast our eyes over the material state of Europe and examine the resources which the Jews have managed to collect since the beginning of the present century, solely by the concentration in our hands of the vast capital which we now control at this very moment. Thus, in Paris, London, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Rome, Naples, etc., and among the Rothschilds everywhere, the Jews are masters of the financial situation by the possession of several thousand of millions. This, without counting, that in each locality of secondary or third rate of importance, there are those who hold funds in circulation and in everywhere without the sons of Judah, without their direct influence, no financial transaction, no important work can be carried out.
Today, all the emperors, kings, and reigning princes are crushed by debts contracted for the maintenance of huge permanent armies to prompt up their tattering thrones. The money market tallies and regulates these debts and we are, to a great extent, masters of the money market everywhere. We must study, therefore, to encourage these borrowings more and more so that we may make ourselves sole controllers of all markets and, as far as possible, seize for ourselves as security for the capital which we have supplied to the countries the exploitation of their railways, their mines, their forests, their foundries, their factories; thus, also other real estate and even the control of taxes.
Agriculture will always remain the great source of wealth in all countries. The possession of large properties carries with it honor and influence to the owners. It follows then that our efforts should be directed towards making Jews large territorial magnets. We must, therefore, hasten the breaking up of these large properties so as to make our acquisition of them more quick and easy. Under the pretense of helping the working classes, we must put all the taxes on the owners of large properties. And when these properties shall have fallen into our hands, all the workers and Christian proletariat will become for us the source of immense gain.
Poverty is slavery has said a poet. The proletariat is the very humble servant of speculation. But oppression and influence are the very humble servants of the mind which inspires and prompts the cunning. Who then will refuse to the sons of Judah intelligence, prudence and cuteness? Our people are ambitious, proud and greedy for pleasure. Where there is light, there is also shade. And it is not without reason the our god has given to his chosen people the vitality of the serpent, the cunning of the fox, the vision of the falcon, the memory of the dog, the solidarity and the congregating instinct of the beaver. We have grown in the slavery of Babylon and we have become powerful. Our temples have been destroyed and we have rebuilt thousands of temples in their place. During 18 centuries we were slaves and in the present century, we have risen above all other peoples.
It is said that numbers of our brothers of Judah have been converted and baptized Christians. What does it matter? The baptized ones can become very useful to us. They can become our auxiliaries to march to new horizons, which are still unknown to us. For these converted ones still belong to us and despite the baptism of their bodies, their spirit and their soul always remain faithful to Judah. In a century's time it won't be the children of Judah who will desire to be Christians, but rather the Christians who will flock to our faith. But then Judah will repulse them with scorn. The Christian church being one of our most dangerous enemies, we must work perseveringly to weaken its influence. We must graft as much as possible on the intelligence of those who profess the Christian religion, ideas of free thought, of doubt, of schism and provoke religious disputes. So naturally faithful of divisions into sects of Christianity; naturally we must commence by discrediting the ministers of this religion. Let us declare open war on them; suggest suspicions as to their devotion of their private life and by ridicule and jest. We shall get the better of the consideration attached to the state and to the cloth.
The church's natural enemy is the light which comes from instruction and is the inevitable result of a multiplication of schools. Let us set ourselves to gain influence over the young pupils. The idea of progress carries with it the equality of all religions which, in its turn, leads to the suppression in the school course of lessons in Christianity. The Jews, by subtlety and learning, will obtain without difficulty chairs and positions as professors in Christian schools. By these means, religious education will be left to the family circle and, as in most families, there's no time to look after this branch of instruction. The religious spirit will weaken, little by little, and will completely disappear.
Each war, each revolution, each political or religious shock, which has come to pass in the Christian world brings nearer the moment when we shall obtain the goal towards which we are pressing. Commerce and speculation, two factors fruitful of vast gain, must never be out of the hands of the Jews. And first of all, we must make a monopoly of alcohol, butter, bread and wine. For by that, we shall make ourselves absolute masters of agricultural and of the whole rural economic position. We shall be the distributors of corn to all. But if a certain amount of discontent should come about arising from the misery of the proletariat, it would be easy to throw the responsibility onto the government.
All public offices must be open to Jews, and once installed, we shall know how to penetrate right to the foundation head of genuine influence and power. This by means of the activity and astuteness of our toadies and factotums. It is to be understood that all this only applies to positions of honor and power and privilege, for as regards those offices which require knowledge, work and trouble, these must be left to the Christians. The magistracy is for us, an institution of first importance.
The career of barrister, a lawyer, more than any other, develops the faculty of civilization and brings one in touch with the business of our natural enemies, the Christians. And it is by these means that we are able to get them at our mercy. Why should not Jews become ministers of public instruction when they have so-called held the office of finance? Jews must also aspire to the ranks of the legislators so that they may work at destroying the laws made by the gentiles, faithless sinners; against the children of Judah, who are the only faithful by constant obedience of the laws of Abraham. For the rest on this matter, our plan is on the plan of complete success for progress has, almost everywhere, recognized and accorded to us the same rights to citizenship as to the Christian. But what is important to obtain and which must be the object of our constant endeavor, is a law less severe on bankruptcy. We shall make it a gold mine, far richer than the mines of California were formerly.
The people of Judah must direct its ambitions toward the high degree of power whence flow preferment and honors. The most effective way of getting there is to have a firm hand on all associations; industrial, financial and commercial. All the while carefully guarding against any trap or temptation which might expose us to legal process. We must conduct ourselves, therefore, with these kinds of speculations, with that carefulness and tact which mark our special aptitude for business.
We must be strangers to nothing which gains a position of distinction in society; philosophy, medicine, law, music, political, economy. In a word, all branches of science, art and literature are a vast field. Where success must make us bulk big and display our aptitude. These locations are inseparable from speculation. Thus a musical composition, no matter though very mediocre will give us a plausible excuse for setting a pedestal and surrounding with a halo the Jew who was the author. As for the sciences, medicine and philosophy, they might also form part of our intellectual domain. A doctor is initiated into the most intimate family secrets, and has as such in his hands the health and the life of our mortal enemies, the Christians.
We must encourage marriage between Jews and Christians. For the people of Judah , without risking loss by the contact, cannot but gain by these alliances. The introduction of a small drop of impure blood into our race, chosen by God, could by no means corrupt it, and our sons and daughters will furnish by these marriages alliances with Christian families in possession of some promotion and power.
In exchange for the money which we shall give, it is just that we should obtain the equivalent in influence over those around us. This parentage with Christians does not entail any deviation from the course which we have traced out. On the contrary, with a little diplomacy it will make us, in some sort, rulers of their destiny. It is desirable that Jews should abstain from having women of our holy religion as mistresses, and that they should choose for that role among Christian virgins. To replace the sacrament of marriage in a Church by a simple contract before some civil authority would be a matter of great importance for us; for then Christian women would flock to our camp.
If gold is the first power in this world, the second undoubtedly is the press. But what can the second be without the first? Since we cannot realize all that has already been said and planned without the help of the Press, therefore our people must direct all the daily newspapers in each country. The possession of the gold and the cleverness in using it to grease the palms of those open to bribery will make us arbiters of public opinion, and will give us dominion over the masses.
Advancing thus, step by step in this path, and with the perseverance which is our great virtue, we shall push back the Christians and annihilate their influence. We shall dictate to the world in what they should have faith, what they ought to honor and what to curse. Perhaps some individuals will set themselves up against us and condemn and curse us; but the masses docile and ignorant will listen to us and take our side.
Once absolute masters of the press, we shall be able to alter to our taste all ideas of honor, virtue, uprightness of character, and make the first attack and strike the first blow at that institution, hitherto secret, namely, family life; and thus bring about its destruction. We shall be able to stamp out the belief and faith in all that which our enemies, the Christians, have hitherto venerated. Then forging for ourselves as a weapon the cultivation of the passions, we shall declare open war on all that which is still respected and venerated.
Let all the foregoing be understood and duly noted. And let each child of Judah absorb these principles. Then our power will increase like a giant tree whose branches will bear the fruit which is called riches, pleasure, happiness, power as compensation for the hideous state which has been the lot of the people of Judah for long centuries.
When one of our people makes a step forward, let another follow him closely. If a Jew is hailed before the courts of the country, let his brother Jews come to his assistance.; but only when the former has acted in accordance with the laws which Judah has strictly observed for so many centuries.
Our people are conservative, faithful to religious ceremonies and to the customs handed down by our ancestors. Our interest require that we at least pretend a zeal for social questions which are the order of the day; those above all which concern the improvement of the conditions of the workers. But, in reality, our efforts must be directed to seizing possession of this movement of public opinion (i.e. the emancipation of the working classes, the Labor Movement) and to using it for manipulating public policy. The blindness of the masses, the ease with which they are swayed by eloquence which as empty as it is high sounding...have made them the tame tools and easy prey of claptrap and humbug. We shall be able to find among our people those who are able to counterfeit sentiment and to command as much eloquence as sincere Christians have in their enthusiasm.
We must as far as possible divert the proletariat and bring them under the money handlers. By this means we shall make the masses rise when we want them to. We push them into insurrections and revolutions, and each one of these catastrophes advances our secret interests and brings us rapidly nearer to our grand goal, namely that of reigning over the whole world, as had been promised to our father Abraham.