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given by Baldus von Schirach, former leader of the Hitler Youth, was no
less condemning. Von Schirach testified that he had first become an anti-Semite
after reading a German edition of The International Jew translated as The
Eternal Jew. "You have no idea what a great influence this book had on
the thinking of German youth," von Schirach stated. "The younger generation
looked with envy to the symbols of success and prosperity like Henry Ford,
and if he said the Jews were to blame, we naturally believed him."289
It is interesting
to note that the German Ford plants in Cologne and Berlin had both utilized
slave labor during the war. "The conditions were terrible," remembered
Cologne worker Elsa Iwanowa, who was taken from Russia by German troops
at the age of 16. "They put us in barracks, on three tier bunks. It was
very cold; they did not pay us at all and scarcely fed us. The only reason
that we survived was that we were young and fit."290
It is unclear
how much contact the home office in Dearborn had with its German enterprise
after December of 1941. The company later claimed that connections had
been completely severed during the war years. This excuse has been disputed,
with some arguing that American Ford received dividends from its German
plants worth approximately $60,000 from 1940-1943.291
Nothing has been conclusively proven to date. However; according to American
Intelligence reports, vehicles manufactured at German Ford and G.M. plants
made up "the backbone of the German transportation system." After the war;
Ford demanded reparations from the U.S. Government for wartime damages
resulting from allied bombings on its German plants. It was awarded almost
$1 million, mainly due to damage inflicted on the military truck complex
his death, Henry Ford was confined to his bed in a state of depression.
His physician arranged for a reporter to visit, in an effort to arouse
Ford from his gloomy state. The newsman innocently asked Ford what the
chances were of his company going public. This was all it took, according
to witness Jack Davis, to energize the old man. "I'll take my factory down
brick by brick," Ford announced, "before I'll let any of the Jew speculators
get stock in the company." The shocked physician quickly removed the newsman
and announced that that was enough questions for the day.293
Henry Ford died
on April 7, 1947. Edsel had died three years earlier of stomach cancer.
The company now passed firmly into the hands of Edsel's equally compassionate
son, Henry Ford II. The younger Ford spent the rest of his life attempting
to atone for the sins of his grandfather. In 1951, Ford II received the
annual Medallion of the Anti Defamation League for his work in advancing
human rights. He set up company branches in Israel and made numerous contributions
to Yeshiva University and various Jewish organizations. The younger Ford
had a number of Jewish acquaintances and was well liked in the Jewish community.
This commitment still continues at Ford. In 1997, the company sponsored
the network premier of "Schindler's List." In order to air the program
commercial free and uncensored, Ford underwrote the entire cost. A Jewish
man said it best in 1967 when he compared the new generation to the elder
Ford: "Certainly the grandsons have given every indication of being enlightened,
of making every effort to atone for the sins of that contemptible old bastard
II's warm friend in the Jewish Community, Max Fisher; commented around
the same time that the past was still quite vivid: "You have no idea how
this seeps through the Jewish community, even through the generations.
Today, here in Detroit, people still feel it."295
Jew has remained in print in various languages ever since it first emerged
in the 1920's. In the 1950's, President Juan Peron defended its sale in
Argentina as being a representation of the freedom of the press. In 1964,
articles from it were serialized in Thunderbolt, the official magazine
of The National States Rights Party. In 1972, The John Birch Society republished
Dearborn Independent articles in a book entitled None Dare call it Conspiracy.296
International Jew is being circulated in Egypt and Russia and can be seen
displayed in the windows of British Muslim bookstores, according to the
1997 Anti-Semitism World Report. In Germany, it is distributed by the growing
Neo-Nazi movement. It is published in Brazil by the Institute for Jewish
Policy Research. In The United States, it can be obtained from the California
based Noontide Press. It is promoted by America's Promise Ministries church
and has been available at the rallies of Louis Farrakhan.297
Jew is more readily available, however; on the Internet. A site called
"Jew Watch" offers the book's complete text along with a "special" introduction
by Gerald L.K. Smith. The site also includes an essay entitled "The Wisdom
of Henry Ford," which characterizes The International Jew as being "a book
for all Americans.... It is scrupulously fair; even handed, and factual."
Transcripts of the book, always attributed to Ford, can also be found at
such Internet sites as "This Time The World: The National Socialist Archive,"
"G.O.A.L.: God's Order Affirmed in Love," "Reconstructing a National Identity
For Christian Whites," "Bible Believers," "Aryan Nations," "Alpha: Pro-
Aryan," and various Islamic homepages.
For much of this
century, Henry Ford was among the most influential men in the world. He
was the very embodiment of success and prosperity to countless millions.
However; he left an ugly legacy of hatred and bigotry that is still felt
today. Henry Ford, more than anyone, is responsible for the widespread
influence of anti-Semitism in the United States. Not once did he issue
a genuine retraction for his Jewish attacks. All of his excuses and disclaimers
were self serving and were never actually written by him. He surrounded
himself with sordid characters and ignored the pleadings of reason. He
was a prime influence on the Nazis- the most notorious group of mass murderers
in the history of mankind. Much of America still regards Henry Ford as
a hero. However; it is doubtful that the Jewish Community will ever forgive
him for the horrible wrongs that he inflicted on both the Jewish people
and the truth.
289. Pool and Pool, 90.
290. Washington Post Weekly Edition, 7 December 1998, 7.
292. "Henry Ford was no Oskar Schlindler.", Corporate Watch
293. Lacey, 473.
294. Lewis, 159.
295. Herndon, 349.
296. Lewis, 156.
297. Anti-Defamation League. "Growing Exploitation of the Internet By
Anti-Semites and Racist..." 11 November 1998.