TAFT FLAYS STORY OF ZION PROTOCOLS
Declares in Chicago Speech That It Is Equaled Only By Munchausen Tales.
TELLS OF LACK OF PROOF
Anti-Semitism Has No Place Here, He Says In Discussing Articles in Ford's Paper.
CHICAGO, Dec. 23.--The alleged protocols of the "Wise Men of Zion,"
printed in Henry Ford's Dearborn Independent, have their only
counterpart in literature in the fanciful tales of Baron Munchausen,
ex-President Taft declared tonight in an address on anti-Semitism
before the Anti-Defamation League, founded by the B'nai B'rith.
"One of the chief causes of suffering and evil in the world today
is race hatred and any man who stimulates that hatred has much to
answer for," Mr. Taft said. "When he does this by the circulation
of unfounded and unjust charges and the arousing of mean and
groundless fears, his fault is more to be condemned.
"How much of the article is due to Mr. Ford's initiative and how
much he has yielded to the representations of others in consenting
to its publication, one cannot say. But of course he is responsible
for the effect."
Discussing the charge, based on the alleged protocols, of a Jewish
conspiracy for world domination through Jewish International bankers
Mr. taft continued:
"No instance of the exercise of this world controlling power is cited
as proof. The conclusion of the author rests on his own assertion
and the further comprehensive and entirely satisfying assurance
that 'everybody knows it.'
"If it be true that the international bankers and capitalists are
Jews alone, if it be true that they wield a world power that controls
Governments and nations and wars and peace and economic law, can the
author of these articles in The Dearborn Independent explain why it
is that now more than half of the 13,000,000 Jews in the world are
still suffering not only persecution and oppression, but the
bitterest penury and starvation?
"The tales of Baron Munchausen are the only things in literature
that should be classed with these protocols, for they are not more
preposterous. There is not the slightest ground for anti-Semitism
among us. It has no place in free America."