A Message from the Anti-Defamation League The International Jew
, authored by Henry Ford, is blatant anti-Semitism. It portrays Jews as monolithic, malicious schemers plotting to control the planet. "If there is one quality that attracts Jews, it is power," the book states. "Wherever the seat of power may be, thither they swarm obsequious." It does not portray Jews as individuals but as a single-minded, calculating cabal. Conflict among Jews, no matter how real, is painted as a sly trick, part of the Jewish plot. The book blames nearly all the troubles it saw in American society of the time on Jews. "Whichever way you turn to trace the harmful streams of influence that flow through society, you come upon a group of Jews," it claims. Even problems with the "national pastime" are attributed to Jewish influence: "If ... fans ... wish to know the trouble with American baseball, they have it in three words ... too much Jew."
The best lesson one can draw from this book is that being a great industrialist does not necessarily convey expertise in other subjects. The International Jew
began as a four-volume set of pamphlets, published by Henry Ford in the 1920s, in which he attempted to justify his anti-Semitic views by couching his beliefs not as racism but as "fact."
What follows is an unwieldy and meandering set of essays in which Ford uses pseudo-science and third-rate sociology (as well as talk of conspiracy and "ancient prophecy") in an attempt to scientifically prove that "the Jew" is the biggest problem holding the world back.
If something nice can be said about this book, it’s that Ford is absolutely thorough in his accusations--perhaps an illustration of the kind of attention to detail that made him rise to such heights as a businessman. In his essays, he accuses the Jewish people of just about everything under the sun: fomenting Communism, gambling on baseball, making "Jewish Jazz" our national music, even conspiring with Benedict Arnold. Ford may have done as much as anyone in history to propel American industry into the future, but his anti-Semitic ramblings would have us stepping back into the Dark Ages.