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Protocols of the Elders of Zion
Thursday, 5 November 2020 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Leeds Branch of the JHSE, in partnership with Milim, invite you to join them in attending Professor Sir Richard Evans’ lecture on Thursday 5th November at 8pm.
Preregister to attend: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8316024326344/WN_UjvUAv0aTZ-aZc_JIYDaNg
This talk focuses on the notorious antisemitic forgery “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”. It uses recent research to ask some key questions: where did this tract originate, why was it so widely distributed, and was it really a ‘warrant for genocide’, providing the impulse that drove Hitler to launch the Holocaust? Does it provide a classic example of the dangers of conspiracy theories if they are left to proliferate and spread across the world? The Protocols are often seen as the most important conspiracist text of antisemitism, raising the question of how far antisemitism itself is a conspiracy theory. Beyond this, the Protocols point to a further, often overlooked issue: to what extent, and in what way antisemitism was, and is, different from other kinds of racism.
Richard J Evans is Regius Professor Emeritus of History at Cambridge University and the author of many books on modern German history, including ‘The Coming of the Third Reich’, ‘The Third Reich in Power’ and ‘The Third Reich at War”. His book “The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914”, a volume in the Penguin History of Europe, was published in 2016. He was the principal expert witness in the libel action brought by David Irving against Deborah Lipstadt in 2000 over allegations of Holocaust denial and the falsification of evidence, as depicted in the movie “Denial”. He was knighted in 2012 for services to scholarship.
Richard J. Evans’s latest book, “The Hitler Conspiracies: The Third Reich and the Paranoid Imagination” was published by Allen Lane (The Penguin Press) on 1 October