The forgotten anti-Semitism of Henry Ford

He is the only American quoted in Mein Kampf—and he was proud of it. Henry Ford, the man who made the automobile accessible to the common man, the genius of organization, the inventor of the assembly line, was an anti-Semite in the best waters. Neil Baldwin, author “Henry Ford and the Jews. Mass Production of Hate,” resurrects a forgotten or hidden memory. Diving into the archives, digging up correspondence, highlighting Ford’s declarations, rereading his articles, Baldwin exposes the shame of a man who is unanimously considered a hero, but whose spirit reeks of failure. The owner of the Grand Cross of the German Eagle, awarded in 1938 by two Reich Consuls, Henry Ford was pleased to listen to how Nazi diplomats praised his deed. “for the cause of peace, like the Führer”and his “humanitarian ideal”. Instead, after selling the famous Model T (16 million copies!), some dealers offered buyers a copy of Ford’s brochure called “The International Jew.” This latter piece (which is out of copyright, so can be reproduced for free) is still available for sale, including on American fascist sites.

Ford’s pamphlet entitled The International Jew.

Henry Ford, who was born on July 30, 1863, immediately after the bloody battle of Gettysburg, became the second child in a family of eight children. He came from an Irish family driven out by the famine of 1847. In 1896, he received the nickname “Mad Henry”. build an elementary quad bike that moved at a speed of 30 km/h. Impressed by Orlando J. Smith’s A Brief View of Great Questions (1899), Ford noted with interest that Smith believed that “Judaism discredits the immortality of the soul.” Who caused the civil war? “Rothschilds across the ocean”. Who crucified Christ? Who undermines the values ​​of Western society? Who is connected with the Bolsheviks?

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1920. While Ford established a colossal factory in Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit, he hired “spiritual advisor” with a line of conduct : “Bringing Jesus Christ to the factory.” When asked to become a candidate for the White House, Ford has an idea: he is going to start a newspaper to express his views and opinions. It would be the Dearborn Independent, the publication that would become famous for translating the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the catechism of the alleged worldwide Jewish conspiracy to dominate the Earth. It is a forgery made by the royal police, but Ford presents it as a genuine document that reveals the mark of the Antichrist. “Judeo-Mongols” threaten civilization. Ford “We cannot tell them apart. We must attack them en masse. They are all part of the same system. » Yes, the “Dearborn Independent” is conducting an “educational campaign” day after day. And Ford, the herald of the ideology that was valued in Germany under the name “Fordismus”, opened a factory in Cologne in 1930. The local press baptizes him: “The biggest Prussian in America.” But in the United States, attacked by Jewish associations, Ford strikes “I am not an enemy of the Jewish people. » He clarifies: “Besides, I have several thousand of them. And my factory was built by Albert Kahn. »

Its leitmotif: “America first”

Admired by Fritz Kuhn, Führer of the Bund (an association of American Nazis), suspected of receiving subsidies from Berlin (which he would always deny), Henry Ford was in the small papers in brown shirts with another hero, Charles Lindbergh (who received the Göring medal). The latter will become a consultant at Ford. Who begins to listen to the speeches of Gerald Smith, a populist preacher from the South, very fashionable, thanks in part to the radio. His motto: “America First”. However, in 1945, American soldiers entered Germany. In Cologne, they discover that the Ford-Werke factory is staffed by prisoners who work twelve hours a day for 200 grams of bread.

“Henry Ford and the Jews, the Mass Production of Hate,” Neil Baldwin, Public Relations, 2001 (€10 to €20 at Abebooks).

The end of this plague-tinged story is instructive: Henry Ford died in 1947 after writhing, contradicting himself, apologizing, making amends, according to Neil Baldwin. Who ends his beautifully documented book with a detail: The broadcast of Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List on American television on February 23, 1997 was sponsored by … Ford Motor Company. Baldwin adds: “There is no lack of irony in this. »

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