Nuremberg Trial Proceedings Vol. 14
ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-SEVENTH DAY
Thursday, 23 May
Excerpt from Trial Transcript Page 367
BALDUR VON SCHIRACH (Defendant):
re: Henry Ford
23 May 46
VON SCHIRACH: I shall only say in one sentence that these were works which
had no definite anti-Semitic tendencies, but through which anti-Semitism was
drawn like a red thread. The decisive anti-Semitic book which I read at that
time and the book which influenced my comrades...
DR. SAUTER: Please . . .
VON SCHIRACH: . . . was Henry Ford's book, The International Jew; I
read it and became anti-Semitic. In those days this book made such a deep
impression on my friends and myself because we saw in Henry Ford the
representative of success, also the exponent of a progressive social policy. In
the poverty-stricken and wretched Germany of the time, youth looked toward
America, and apart from the great benefactor, Herbert Hoover, it was Henry Ford
who to us represented America.