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Henry Ford and His Pal Hitler

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In 1919, Henry Ford took over a weekly journal called the Dearborn Independent, and within a year and a half, turned it into one of the most notorious anti-Semitic fake news rags in the United States. Ford's anti-Jewish campaign ran for 91 consecutive issues and became a 4-volume book titled The International Jew. Ford's texts and ideas inspired Adolf Hitler and his murderous Nazis in the years leading up to WW2 and they continue to be widely circulated among violent white supremacists today. Americans are still struggling to come to terms with this deeply troubling aspect of Henry Ford's life because he's considered an American hero, and there are even officials trying to bury this story.

At the heart of America is a dirty and shameful reality. Everyone knows it each episode are available At https:// www. fyourracisthistory. com/ scripts. exists, but the devastating impact it has left on generations of people has been glossed over and even ignored, especially by those who still benefit from it. our American history is rooted in racism. More obvious chapters include the decimation of native American populations, slavery, segregation and the Jim Crow era. Most Americans have learned about, or at least heard of these events, but ask them about the eugenics movement or when homegrown extremists filled Madison Square Garden for a Nazi rally, or how Henry Ford' s hatred of Jews helped Inspire Adolf Hitler to explore these overlooked events that don' t make it into our history books and correct the record for the people harmed by them. To trace our past To modern tragedies and learn how folks over the centuries have fought back. We need to confront our racist history so that we might have a chance to defeat it once and for all. I' m Christian Picciolini, a former white supremacist, who became an anti racist activist and a bringer of hard truths. On each episode of F*** Your racist history You' ll learn about America ' s conveniently overlooked racist origin stories. Join me as we yank off the hood and expose the lies behind some of America' s so- called triumphs and heroes. This is episode one of F*** Your racist history, Henry Ford and his Pal Hitler. Fall 2018 Dearborn, Michigan. U S A. publication than it probably would have received otherwise, even had The article come out. as editor of The Dearborn Historian In January 2019. Let me say that again for writing A factual article about American industrialist Henry Ford. What was so wrong What did Mayor O’ Reilly really want to keep hidden? To understand, everyone In The United States considered Henry Ford its greatest national hero. A typical...

...short bio of Henry Ford might sound something like this: By the time the first World War was under way. Henry Ford was, in his s and the King of the Otto makers, an industrialist who began with relatively nothing and rose to become a business magnet a man we' ve built statues to honor and museums to educate, without a doubt, a traditional American success story. Dare we say the American Dream Born during the civil war? Henry Ford was the first child and his family to survive infancy. His parents were rural farmers with a homestead and dear born Michigan. After his parents gave him a watch for his thirteenth birthday. Ford took it apart to see how it worked and was able to reassemble it with relative ease. This was a defining moment for him. He discovered his love for mechanics for, didn' t, learn his trade from books. He learned it through hard work and tinkering. He got his hands into the industry at an early age. At Seventeen, you trudged thirteen miles on foot, presumably from Dearborn into Detroit, to work, an apprenticeship as a machinist on the dry docks in eighteen. Eighty, eight E at twenty five he married a Christian farm girl named Clara Bryant. They had one son Edsel throughout the e S. Ford worked as an engineer for Thomas Edison, who turned into a lifelong friend for George Westinghouse is a steam engine mechanic and he studied bookkeeping was truly a self made man an American icon of the times and in all around Midwestern success story, pull yourself up by the bootstraps kind of guy, in essence, the life blood of a quickly expanding Americana and a living breathing example of the results of hard work and ingenuity. Ford followed his natural talent for mechanics and built a gasoline powered engine in the eighteen S. by the turn of the twentieth century, he made several innovative automobile prototypes that sold modestly through a business. He formed called the Henry...

Ford Company when he realized this. True ambition was to build an affordable vehicle for the common man rather than the luxury vehicles he was making exclusively for the wealthy. He left his namesake company, which eventually became Cadillac and formed Ford Motor Company in Nineteen O. Eight Ford came out with the model tea, a more powerful and less expensive automobile than the higher and vehicles on the market and effectively revolutionize the industry. During the year N, sanine hundred O O three. Eighty eight new makes of automobiles were introduced in the United States, but this one was different. this was Henry Ford' s car and it was destined to become a symbol of mobility for decades to come before long Ford, Motor Company was at capacity for orders and Ford had to figure out a faster, cheaper way to manufacture his model teens. His solution was the assembly line which again revolutionized American industry right from the beginning, Ford changed our lives. We bore Lord brought US trant, Cotai friend and Mer. Ford' s Assembly line started it all by the midneet. the model tea was the most popular car in the country a decade later, Ford Motor Company would build over fifteen million of them by nineteen fifteen, however, for it also began to set his sights on other endeavours. In August of that year, he publicly declared himself a pacifist activist. The daily notes quoted him on August twenty. Third, I will do everything in my power to prevent murderous, wasteful war in America and in the whole world. Then, in December Ford chartered a peace ship to Norway called the Oscar too in an effort to help in World War. One was he naive. Absolutely this perception of his oblivious idealism, deepened when the Chicago Tribune lashed out at him for his pass of his stance on American intervention in Mexico in Nineteen. Sixteen, he eventually abandoned the venture after constant bickering aboard the peace ship killed as morale when it docked ad Norway, Ford returned home and the war continued by the summer. One thousand nine hundred and sixteen tensions between Mexico and the United States had reached a boiling point leading to the Mexican border war. Mexico was in the throes of its revolution. Bands of fighters led by Panchali, were venturing across the Mexican American border, attacking American towns and pillaging for supplies. So President Woodrow Wilson deployed...

...troops to launch an offensive attack. The American press largely supported The war with Mexico, a prospect that deeply offended pacifist Henry Ford, the Chicago Tribune reporter at the time, interviewed a Ford Employee who said that if anyone who worked for Ford Motor Company joined the National Guard and went to the Mexican border to fight Ford, wouldn' t hold their positions for them, nor pay their salaries while they were away. In other words, Ford, wouldn' t support American servicemen in action, a stance which the Tribune denounced in a front page editorial with the headline. Henry Ford is an anarchist. They dubbed forward an ignorant, idealist and out of touch millionaire who had no appreciation for the people fighting for his right to make vast wealth, Ford had a Fragilia and he couldn' t abide being labelled an anarchist, so he sued the Chicago Tribune for one million dollars and damages for libel. The case went to court three years later. In March of Nineteen nineteen, the trial was a circus when Ford took the stand. His testimony embarrassed him deeply. the tribunes lawyers quizzed him on American history, the result of which can be summed up with the following example: Republished in the law, publication litigation and the fall of two thousand five tribunes lawyer has there ever been any revolutions in this country Ford. There was, I understand, tribunes lawyer, when Ford in Eighteen, twelve after repeated verbal traps or Ford misplaced, the American Revolution in Eighteen, twelve and misdefined benedict arnold. As a famous writer Tribune, lawyers also asked for to read something on the stand which he repeatedly refused leading to the suspicion that Ford was nearly illiterate. The trial ended with a verdict in favor of Ford, essentially clearing his name in the libel suit, but the jury' s award of just six sense infuriated him feeling, like the press, repeatedly misrepresented his opinions and unfairly attacked him. Ford bought a small local journal, called the Dearborn independent in a revenge move, and this is where the typical biography of Henry Ford begins to splinter into a racist nightmare. When Ford bought that the ear born independent, it was a floundering publication and needed reviving. So he assembled his very own crack team of editors and writers, as the publications manager for to sign earnest. Lebolt trusted aide of his since nineteen eleven historians maintain that Lee bold was a notorious Anti Semite. Together, they hired...

...several employees from the nearby Detroit News. His editor, they hired Edwin Pep Liberal Catholic man, apparently known for muck raking a term for the use of defamatory information to intentionally injure a person' s reputation. This technique was, and still is, a favorite among politicians. As head writer, Ford and Liebold hired William Cameron, a Canadian writer in columnist, they believed, had a credible reputation. Ford' s new papers, motto, Chronicler of the neglected truth. Anyway, the team published the first issue of the Dearborn independent bearing Ford' s name in January nineteen. nineteen, an initial reception was disappointing. It apparently lacked the sensationalism of other publications of the day. The Detroit Times called it quote. The best periodical ever turned out by a tractor plant for the first sixteen months, the Dearborn independent maintained itself as a progressive and pacifist publication, but that all changed in May. Nineteen: Twenty during a staff meeting, Dearborn independent writer, Joseph O' Neil, recommended the quote: Find An evil to attack, go after it and stay after it name names and tell actual facts. Let' s have some sensationalism and quote it turns out Fort and Lebolt. Both agreed on just the quote: evil to attack Jews for had blamed Jews for the start of world war, one he resented big banks which he believed were Jewish tools of oppression over hard working Americans. A common though unfounded antisemitic conspiracy, theory, Lee Bald. His trusted adviser was overjoyed at Ford' s new Anti Jewish Angle, and the paper quickly went to work on drafting a campaign to bring to light what they viewed as a global threat. William Cameron wielded the pen, the first issue, titled, the International Jew. the world' s problem went to press on May Twenty Second, nineteen twenty. It was the first of ninety one issues published in this vein for even allegedly hired agents a K goons to lurk around Jewish neighborhoods and gather in criminating evidence supporting his made up conspiracies at every one at the Independent was on board. However, editor Edwin PIPP quit before the issues went to press refusing to be associated with an antisemitic rag. He established his own periodical, called pips weekly and often published editorials criticizing Ford in the Dearborn Independent. This did nothing to halt Ford' s anti Semitic campaign per Ford' s independent in June nineteen. Twenty quote: There is no...

...other racial or national type which puts forth this kind of person. It is not merely that there are a few Jews among the international financial controllers. It is that these world controllers are exclusively Jews and quote Ford' s newspaper falsely blamed Jews for everything from spawning the Russian revolution in nineteen. Seventeen working with the treacherous Benedict Arnold during the American revolution to fixing the nineteen nineteen world series according to Ford, even jazz music was the result of negative Jewish influence over the white Western world, not on the list. Back then, space lasers, you can see how far this garbage travels. This international anti Jewish conspiracy theory was not birth by Ford or his lackeys. However, it stemmed primarily from a notorious Russian anti Semitic forgery for one thousand, nine hundred o o three called the Protocols of the Elders of Zion that Ford' s Dearborn Independent, published on their pages as factual information. It was, in fact fake news. The racist text which Ford published expounded a false conspiracy, that a small group of powerful Jewish men was responsible for every disaster, financial, natural or otherwise in the world, Jews were supposedly the puppet masters of the universe, controlling news and holding ultimate power. Historians believe it' s likely that if Ford hadn' t published an English translation of the protocols in his newspaper, this horrid trope might have died a long time ago. Instead, he happily published the lie as news and breathed new life into it, helping spread it far and wide Ford funneled millions of dollars into his newspapers distribution, putting it in front of as many eye balls as he could, because he was so famous and respected for antisemitic views began to spread and take hold with average Americans. He also forced Ford Motor dealerships to buy his newspapers and sell subscriptions if you bought a model tea between thousand nine hundred and twenty one thousand nine hundred and twenty two chances were that you would drive your new Ford automobile off the lot and find a hate filled issue of the Dearborn Independent on the Dash Board or in the glove box, for it also had the paper mailed to schools and libraries all over the United States. The Ku Klux clan enjoyed reprinting Ford' s articles as well, and it' s most popular. The Dearborn independent reached weekly circulation numbers close to nine hundred thousand Ford and his associate...

...earnest Lebel then established the dear born publishing company and put the articles together into a four part book series titled, The International Jew Released Between Nineteen Twenty Nineteen. Twenty two: the volumes are subtitled, the world' s foremost problem, nineteen, twenty Jewish activities in the United States, thousin teen, a D twenty one Jewish influence on American Life, nineteen, twenty one and aspects of Jewish power in the United States. Nineteen, twenty two: They also deliberately avoided copywriter the books, so other anti sommites could be free to reproduce. The work without infringement or permission in the future, despite its growing popularity, there was also a significant backlash against Ford' s paper. Her dear born historian, journalist Bill Mac Gras, who had his expose a Ford pulled as the independent launched its anti Semitic campaign and sent the paper unsolicited. The libraries and schools across The nation protests broke out. Some cities attempted to ban the paper, but such moods raised first to mend meant issues. Jews, organized Ford, Motor Boycotts, former president, William Howard, Taft, a future. U S Supreme Court Chief Justice and the only person ever hold both positions slammed forward. In a speech later, he joined outgoing President Woodrow Wilson in signing a petition that denounced the independent Wilson was another notorious Bigot who called blacks, quote an ignorant and inferior race, but that' s for another episode. Nevertheless, Ford carried on with his racist attack on Jews, what is mildly surprising about Ford' s actions, however, is that he had Jewish friends in putting up air quotes around friends. One exampleis Rabbi Leo Franklin, a former neighbor of fords Ford Cent Rabbi Franklin a new model tea every year in a nineteen twenty, the rabbi stopped accepting the gift and Ford was allegedly baffled by his rebuff. After all, the Dearborn independent had consistently maintained. That quote. Good Jews had nothing to worry about. The Independent Anti Jewish attacks also spawn numerous lawsuits. The first was in nineteen twenty one by a playwright named Morris guest who sued for five million dollars after Ford' s paper had implied the guest was Jewish wrote, quote: Lewd plays the second was Herman Bernstein, a journalist who also happens to be Jewish, who had travelled with for aboard the Oscar to peace. Ship back in Nineteen fifteen for alleged at Bernstein had confirmed to him details behind the global Jewish conspiracy. Bernstein...

...wasn' t having it. Nevertheless, neither of those lawsuits came to fruition, but suddenly on nineteen, twenty two, the independent paused, its anti Jewish hate campaign. No one knows for sure why this happened, but high profile figures at the time were likely gearing up to take on Ford and the independent hearing. Bad Publicity Ford tone down his antisemitism, but this interlude was only temporary. I One thousand nine hundred and twenty four Henry Fords four volume book series. The International Jew had sold over two hundred thousand copies, been translated in the thirteen languages and was being distributed on three continents. The book even got The attention of The most infamous anti Semite in history, Adolph Hitler. At that point. Hitler was thirty, five years old and only just embarking on his political career. He was still nine years away from becoming chancellor of Germany and leader of the murderous third rike tonight. It seems clearly apparent, but the first great phase of the war in the West has been won by Germany. the army of function produces made a valiant in it retreats Mechicanos as French Resistance Collapse. The young aspiring politician Hitler even gave his enthusiastic support of Ford on thousand nine hundred and twenty three upon learning that Ford might run for president of the United States. When he said, and I quote, I wish I could send some of my shock troops to Chicago and other big American cities to help in the elections. We looked to Heinrich Ford as the leader of the growing fascist movement in America. We have just had his anti Jewish articles translated and published. The book is being circulated in The millions throughout Germany. Hither was rumored to keep copies of Ford' s book on a table in the office of the National Socialist German Workers Party building in Munich. He even kept a photo of the auto maker behind his desk. The Adolph Hitler, a famous American industrialist, like Henry Ford holding the same anti Semitic views, confirmed this international Jewish conspiracy. Hitler deeply respected Ford. He used Ford' s Assembly line idea in Germany to produce the Volkswagen Germany' s version of the motel tea. Henry Ford is also the only American mentioned in...

Hitler on and nine hundred and twenty five memoir mine come before the end of that same year. Ford in the Dearborn independent were back at it again. This time attacking a Jewish lawyer named Aaron Supero was organizing farm cooperatives across the United States, maintaining the stagin views of independent farming of the late nineteenth century for disapproved of CO operatives, seeing them as another ploy by Jewish socialists to increase the cost of farm products per fords, independent, a band of Jew bankers, lawyers, money lenders and agencies, fruit, packers professional office managers and bookkeeping experts is on the back of the American farmer. The paper attacked a peril for being a cheat and a liar, so supero sued for liable seeking one million dollars in damages, but, unlike the libel suits, brought against Ford before this one would go to trial. Supero made a point of suing Ford himself rather than the independent, thereby placing responsibility for the newspapers. Anti Semitic claims squarely on Ford and his personal views. In response, Ford ' s lawyers had William Cameron had writer for the Dearborn Independent and author Ghost writer of the International Jew testify that he was solely responsible for the content of the newspaper, claiming Ford did not know of the articles before publication. Nor did he ever read the paper superos lawyers countered by calling James M Miller an employee of the Dearborn Publishing Company to testify that he and Ford had a conversation during which Ford said he wanted to expose so Piro as a cheat, despite fords best efforts to avoid another, embarrassing cross examination like the one back in nineteen eighteen during the Chicago Tribune, libel suit. He was subpoenaed to testify, but the night before his scheduled appearance, Ford reported he was in a serious, get this car accident. He was taken to get this again Henry Ford Hospital and kept out of public view. Doctor' s orders things get even more suspicious after that. Sepioles asked the judge to send an impartial doctor to examine Ford Ford' s lawyers responded with an onslaught of affidavits, alleging ger misconduct and jure tampering by superos team. They claimed a juror named Cora Hoffman had accepted a bribe in the form of a sterious package. Hoffman responded by denying these claims to a reporter, which resulted in the judge declaring a MIS trial. Ford' s lawyer swiftly broke Er to settlement with Supero, which included the cost of legal fees. the establishment of a scholarship fund for...

...an unnamed underprivileged child, a full printed retraction of the International Jew in the Dearborn Independent, the issuance of a public apology and the halting of all distribution, affords anti Semitic book series. Ford then worked with Louis Marshall, president of the American Jewish Committee, to prepare a public apology that would be published in the Dearborn independent and beyond the following, or snippets of an apology published as Ford' s own words that bore his signature. For some time past I have given consideration to the series of articles concerning Jews which, since nineteen twenty have appeared in the Dearborn Independent, some of them have been reprinted in pamphlet form under the title. The International Jew, although both publications, are my property. It goes without saying that, in the multitude of my activities, it has been impossible for me to devote personal attention to their management or to keep informed as to their contents. It has therefore inevitably followed that the conduct and policies of these publications had to be delegated to men, whom I placed in charge of them and upon whom I relied implicitly. This has led me to direct my personal attention to This subject in order to ascertain the exact nature of these articles. As a result of this survey, I confess that I am deeply mortified that this journal, which is intended to be constructive and non destructive, has been the medium for resurrecting, exploded, fictions for giving currency to the so called protocols of the Wise Men of Zion, which have been demonstrated as I learn to be gross forgeries, and for contending that the Jews have been engaged in a conspiracy to control the capital and the industries of the world. Besides laying at their door many offences against decency, public order and good morals. It is needless to add that the pamphlets which have been distributed throughout the country and in foreign lands will be withdrawn from circulation that in every way possible. I will make it known that they have my unqualified disapproval and that henceforth, the Dearborn independent will be conducted under such auspices. That articles reflecting upon the Jews will never again appear in its columns Henry Ford, Dearborn Michigan June thirty, nineteen, twenty seven- in other words Henry Ford, claimed he had no idea what was being published in his newspaper for seven years. If you believe that I have an Edsol to sell you for obviousreasons...

...people at the time also doubted the sincerity and truthfulness of Ford' s apology. As we already know, he was almost illiterate, so he certainly didn ' t write it himself. People, rightfully so were also angry, with Louis Marshall, for letting Ford off the hook so easily, and no one actually believed for didn' t know what his underlings were doing. Ford' s later actions would all but prove his apology was just an attempt to save face and get out of a messy legal battle in one thousand, nine hundred and thirty, eight just before the start of World War. Two for his seventy fifth birthday, Henry Ford, the great American pacifist who did nothing to scream from the roof, tops about the atrocities to come accepted the grand cross of the Supreme Order of the German Eagle as a gift from Adolf Hitler himself. In response to outrage over his receipt of this award Ford later said, acceptance of a metal from the German people does not, as some people seem to think, involve any sympathy on my part with Naias M. Those who have known me for many years realize that anything that breeds hate is repulsive to me M. on April night, one thousand nine hundred and forty the leaders of Nate Germany shifted their war machine into high gear. They over ran into denmates smashed into Norway in May the ten one thousand nine hundred and forty they dipped into Holland. A round you for did shut down, Dearborn independent for good by the end of nineteen twenty seven, but he did very little to halt the distribution of the international Jew in Europe. It was widely circulated throughout Germany in the N S and had a significant impact on young Nazis in the Hitler Youth Natty War. Criminal Balder von Chirac also testified during the Nuremburg trials after World War. Two that the international Jew inspired him to hate and kill Jews historian Leo Rebuffal wrote in in on nine hundred eighty piece on the International Jew Ford informed. The Manchester Guardian on nine hundred forty, that quote international Jewish bankers and quote, had caused World War Two at roughly the same time, Ford told American native as Gerald El Ka Smith, that he had allowed an associate to forage his signature on his public apology that he hoped some day to reissue the International Jew and Ford urged Smith to do so if he could not live long enough to do it himself. These are not the actions of an apologetic or remorseful man. According to historian Carol Geldern, when Ford saw footage of the Liberation of the Madona concentration camp, one tousand nine hundred and forty five, he was horrified. Perhaps then he finally realized, as Anti Semitic tropes might have been connected to or helped cause those atrocities too little too...

...late. Henry Ford died. Two years later, in the decades after his death Ford Motor Company tried to repair the damage their founder had caused Ford' s grandson Henry Ford. The second took over The company in The early s and began supporting Jewish charities and businesses after World War. Two ended: the Anti Defamation League of Beni Brith awarded Ford Motor Company, their American Heritage Award, one thousand nine hundred and eighty signaling to the world. the relationship between Ford' s company and the Jewish people had improved in nineteen. Ninety seven Ford, motor company funded a nationally televised commercial free broadcast Steven Spielberg Schindler' s List and finally, in two thousand Nineteen Ford opened a research center in teleview Israel to develop self driving cars, a move that would insure collaboration between Ford and the Jewish people for many years to come. Happy Ending Right. Let' s go back to two thousand and eighteen. When Dearborn Mayor John B o' riley pulled the fall issue of the Dearborn historian because of journalist Bill macras expose a cover story on Henry Ford' s Antisemitism Mayor o' riley was quoted as saying that the article was a distraction that lacked the compelling reason directly linked to the events in Dearborn to day, but that' s not true. Henry Ford' s legacy and his writings and the International Jew continue to live on today in white supremist circles and among neo Nazis Magra provided two pertinent examples of Ford' s influence on line and is two thousand a D. Eighteen, article quote on Storm Front: a toxic white nationalist online forum. A contributor has taken the screen name, Doctor Ford and uses a photo of Henry Ford as a profile image on the same form. A partic Pant, whose screen name is Allison R M wrote in Two Thousand and twenty quote: I' m currently reading the International Jew essays from the Dearborn Independent by Ford read these great books. We, the white race, need to encourage ourselves and our children. Former President Donald Trump, even praised Ford for his quote good blood lines during a visit to afford motor plant lip Silanti Michigan in two thousand and twenty. Thank you very much. I like that day is very much. Actually it' s very special. The company founded by a man named Henry Ford, good blood lines, good blood lines. You believe in that stuff got good blood and because of Henry Ford' s decision not to copyright, the International Jew. Anyone can now reprint and distribute it. Sadly, you can currently buy digital copies on Amazon and several variations are...

...available for purchase and print at Walmart Com. The reviews, as of to day, have been wiped clean, but again bill Mac grab, plucked the choice review from Amazon back in two thousand eighteen quote: The International Jew is a wonderful book that should be required. Reading For all Americans wrote Tara in a five star, Amazon review quote. Sadly, many people like to label Henry Ford as an anti Semite and nothing could be further from the truth and quote. It is a fact that in one way or another, he lies have remained untouched by Mer. Forty work o build our concept of distance. The contours of our cities all have been shaped by the world of Ford. What is true is that, even when people or companies take steps to make amends for past wrongs, lasting damage often remains in festers for generations, while it' s imperative to continue to hold those who harmed society accountable and to atone for our own past mistakes, it' s also critical that we work to prevent racist policies and practices from taking hold in the first place. That ' s all for to day join me next time, as we shine a light on another shameful chapter of our country' s racist path. We can ' t beat the problem if we can' t see it. You' ve been listening to four racist history. If You like what You' ve heard, do us a favor and rate us on whichever platform you listen, it helps you can get more information on this and other episodes at F. Your racist history, com for on your favorite podcast ap Fu Racist history is produced by gold note and distributed by sounder. This episode was researched, fact, checked and written by Maggie, come and Jasmine brand links to source material and references are included in the show notes. Our editor is Ken. Pendola music is courtesy of flat foot. Fifty six Jamie Moe is our producer and I' m the executive producer and your host Christian Peachie. Thank you for joining, see you next time and is always f your racist history, a.

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