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Rare Anti-Semitic Publication by Russian Exiles in Paris

Zhido-masonskii orden Bnai-Brit. Syny Soiuza Izrailia. Lzhe-prorok Bnai-Brita Akhaad Gaam i pisatel' M. Osorgin. Velikaia zhertva Bnai-Brita P. A. Stolypin. Evrei o Evreiakh... Adol'f Gitler govorit [The Judeo-Masonic Order of B'nai B'rith. Sons of the Union of Israel. The false prophet of B'nai B'rith, Akhaad Gaam, and the writer M. Osorgin. The great victim of B'nai B'rith, P. A. Stolypin. Jews about the Jews... Adolf Hitler speaks].

Paris: [Izdanie "Ob"edineniia russkikh pisatelei i artistov"], 1942. Octavo (26.5 × 18 cm). Original printed wrappers; 15, [1] pp. About very good.

Rabidly anti-semitic pamphlet published during the height of World War II by a Russian exile in Paris, most likely published under a pseudonym, as we are unable to find any information about Aleksandr Pokrovskii. From the pamphlet emerges that the author was a Russian Orthodox, a former officer of the Imperial Army and veteran of the White Army, who first came to believe in a wordwide Jewish conspiracy in 1905 while still a student and remained convinced that the B'nai B'rith Lodge was to blame for all of the subsequent political upheavals. Published with great difficulty, the Russian version was apparently preceded by a French translation published in 1941, which appears to have been largely confiscated.

B'nai B'rith is a Jewish international organization founded by twelve German Jewish immigrants in New York in 1843, with the purpose of promoting tolerance, humanity, and welfare. The author sees its activities as underlying such events as Roosevelt's declaration of war, the murder of Petr Stolypin, or the battle at Tsushima. He also considers Marx and Engels to have been high-ranking Freemasons. Pokrovskii is also concerned with the activities of Russian members of Masonic lodges in exile, such as the writers Mikhail Osorgin, A. Amfiteatrov, Mark Aldanov, and Iurii Terapiano. Needless to say, he was a fervent supporter of the politics of Adolf Hitler and of the Vichy Regime.

A particularly extreme specimen documenting anti-semitic prejudices and conspiracy theories among the Russian Far Right in exile.

As of January 2021, KVK, OCLC only show the copy at Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

Book ID: 51233

Price: $950.00