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Re-presenting Zionism as the Apex of Global Conspiracy

Michael Berkowitz

in The Crime of My Very Existence

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780520251120
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940680 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251120.003.0005
Re-presenting Zionism as the Apex of Global Conspiracy

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This chapter focuses on a specific Nazi propaganda directive, of June 1944, in which the anti-Semitic conspiracy fantasy of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” of a general Jewish attempt at world domination, was replaced by a more contemporary version that would suit a post-Second World War order. Zionism, the late nineteenth-century political movement to create a Jewish home in Palestine, was reconfigured as the apex of Jewish evil and organized criminality to rationalize the decimation of six million. The chapter argues that Otto Dietrich and Helmut Sündermann, possibly inspired by Hitler himself, spearheaded an effort to reenergize the big lie that actions against the Jews were of a defensive nature. As a result, the world Jewish conspiracy lived on, more ominously, through Zionism.

Keywords: Nazi propaganda directive; Zionism; June 1944; anti-Semitism; Palestine; Jewish evil; Helmut Sündermann; Otto Dietrich; Hitler

Chapter.  13986 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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