Henry ford and the american century, by steven watts new york. The mass production of hate by neil baldwin public affairs. Where things were then vs where they are today in 2015, 95 years after its publication in 1920. Reprint of 1920 edition this book is a reprint of the first and most important volume of the international jew. Most of the book is devoted to ford s creation and support of the dearborn independent, a newspaper he used as a personal vehicle for the spread of his antisemitism under the guise of news. The author falsely blames henry ford for much of the responsibility for antisemitism in germany, especially in hitler, because of henry fords publication of antisemitic newspaper articles and books, which were soon translated by someone else into german. Mayors bid to censor article on henry fords antisemitism. This is the unabridged version, were doing all four volumes 80 chapters. The book made a great influence on myself and my friends because we saw in henry ford the representative of success and also the representative of a progressive social. Henry ford is an american icon who was also a nazi sympathizer with rabid antisemitic views. In henry ford and the jews, biographer neil baldwin reveals the complex tale of how heinrich ford promoted a virulent brand of antisemitism, disseminating his point of view through a privatelypublished newspaper, the dearborn independent and how the jewish american community responded with alarm and courage. In 1920, he begins, ford used his paper, the dearborn independent, for the greatest barrage of antisemitism in american history and turned his. By creating the first automobile that middleclass americans could afford, he converted the automobile from an expensive curiosity into an accessible conveyance that would profoundly impact the. As the nazis began purging german institutions of jews in the summer of 1937, a new york times reporter visited adolf hitler in his private.
Bill mcgraw, the historians editor, chronicled how attacks on jews by the fordowned dearborn independent newspaper influenced adolf hitler. He was an outspoken and virulent hater of jews and an unabashed fan of hitler. Henry ford and the jews, the story dearborn didnt want. Convinced that bankers and the jews were responsible for a whole range of things he didnt like. The national womens league of the united synagogue now the womens league for conservative judaism published thirteen editions of the jewish home beautiful between 1941 and 1975. Henry ford, founder of ford motor company, was a vocal antisemite, and blamed jewish people for world war i due to their influence in the financial industry. The work which we describe as studies in the jewish question, and which is variously described by antagonists as the jewish campaign, the. The mass production of hate by neil baldwin publicaffairs press 2002.
Hitler actually thought americans would embrace his policies because of what he sawheard from henry. A study of jewish publications, books, pamphlets, declarations, constitutions and charters, as well as a study of organized jewish action in this and other countries, indicates that there is a. The program starts with a talk by steven watts, author of the peoples tycoon. Goy that constitutes the disease of judaism, this centurylong tradition of separateness. Henry ford invents a jewish conspiracy my jewish learning. Jan 06, 2002 henry ford and the jews isnt the first book on the subject. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Ford himself was the financier behind a antijewish newspaper that was published in michigan. Henry fords public life of luminous invention and innovation was darkened by issues of antisemitism, but the museum that carries his name holds and showcases objects demonstrating momentous accomplishments of the jewish community. Henry ford and the jews by neil baldwin commentary. Under his leadership, ford motor corporation became the engine of the american economy and one of the nations most iconic brands. Ford s attempt to prevent unionism at his plants produced strikes and violence, mostly provoked by ford s own strikebreakers. Henry ford and the jews by neil baldwin, hardcover. Baldwin, previously a biographer of edison and poet william carlos williams, does a good job of detailing.
The mass production of hate paperback december 18, 2002 by neil baldwin author. The international jew is a book written by henry ford, who authored books and articles which make claims about jews. The international jew is a four volume set of booklets or pamphlets originally published and distributed in the early 1920s by henry ford in his newspaper, the dearborn independent. Further, no matter how much time may pass, history as portrayed in this book must always be available to new generations of readers. Henry ford and the jews by neil baldwin publicaffairs. Open library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published. However his son, edsel, is a more likely nazi collaborator, he died in 194. Oct, 2016 between 1920 and 1927, fords newspaper, the weekly dearborn independent, which was distributed through ford dealers and sent free to schools and libraries around the country, published 90 antisemitic articles, later collected and distributed as a book called the international jew. The decisive antisemitic book i was reading and the book that influenced my comrades was. The dark legacy of henry fords antisemitism commentary. Henry ford all images from the collections of the henry ford.
I think fords history as an antisemite are fairly well documented. This question, all too familiar from todays headlines, is not dissimilar to one asked by american jews in the 1920s about a homegrown purveyor of hatred, the famed industrialist henry ford. Henry ford s war on jews and the legal battle against hate speech is an exciting, elegantly written, and meticulously researched book. Ford s authorized biography, the amazing story of henry ford by james martin miller. Dec, 2012 i am jewish and harbor no ill will toward ford lust after a mustang gt.
It devoted a full 7 chapters 94 pages towards defending ford s position on the jews and recycling the allegations of the independent. Henry ford funded printing of 500,000 copies that were distributed throughout the united states in the 1920s. The international jew, the fourvolume, virulently antisemitic tract, written and selfpublished by ford motor company founder, henry ford sr. Fords attempt to prevent unionism at his plants produced strikes and violence, mostly provoked by fords own strikebreakers. A revealing look at henry ford and antisemitism chicago. Fords determination to prevent unionism at his plants produced strikes and violence, mostly initiated by fords own strikebreakers. Fords antisemitism american experience official site. Henry ford and the jews the mass production of hate book. What were the repercussions of fords jewhatred extending deeply into the 1930s.
Light spotting to top edge and foreedge, else a fine copy. The mass production of hate 9781891620522 by baldwin, neil and a great selection of similar new, used and. Henry fords war on jews and the legal battle against hate speech is an exciting, elegantly written, and meticulously researched book. In spring 1920, ford began using his personal newspaper, the dearborn independent, to chronicle what he considered the jewish menace. In 1915, ford built a winter residence next door to thomas edison. In 1927, fords antisemitism brought him, for one of the few times in his life, to humiliation. In september 1920, the central conference of american rabbis, the national council of jewish women and bnai brith asked adl to counteract fords work. In 1918, henry ford purchased his hometown newspaper, the dearborn independent. Trump tweets about henry ford amid claims of antisemitism.
Aug 22, 2019 he believed the bankers and the jews were responsible for not only wars but also the rise of other things he disapproved of, such as short skirts and jazz music, the henry ford museum. Henry fords war on jews and the legal battle against hate. Neil baldwins book, henry ford and the jews the mass production of hate, utilizes some information that was only opened from archives in march of 2001. It was only months, though, before the independent took a sinister tack. The work which we describe as studies in the jewish question, and which is variously described by antagonists as the jewish campaign, the attack on the jews, the antisemitic pogrom, and so forth. In the book s first part, baldwin focuses on the climate of intellectual antisemitism that ford experienced as a child and young adultand how these likely shaped his views about jews.
The worlds foremost problem is a book compiled from a series of articles that appeared in the dearborn independent newspaper from may 22, 1920 to january 14, 1922 which were based upon the protocols of the learned elders of zion. Its all detailed in the book, henry ford and the jews. Hitler actually thought americans would embrace his policies because of what he sawheard from henry ford. Andrew carrington hitchcock reads the pages 147 to 203 from his book the synagogue of satan updated, expanded and uncensored edition, february 15. As with most famous people, henry ford was complex and had traits and took actions that were laudatory as well as troublesome. Baldwin very capably shows one of the pioneers of american industry to be devoutly antisemite. In henry ford and the jews, neil baldwin tells the story of antisemitism in the early 20th century through the biography of henry ford. Henry ford on the jew in character and business youtube. Henry ford and his propaganda newspaper of the 1920s, the dearborn independent, drew upon nearly every popular antisemitic. Thoroughly researched and ably written, henry fords war on jews traces aaron sapiros valiant attempt to defend not only his good name but that of the jewish people.
Much more visceral than albert lees henry ford and the jews 1980. Henry ford s antisemitic views echoed the fears and assumptions of many americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Henry ford and the jews by lee, albert and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Henry ford ii and the jews righting a wrong the truth. However, this is not a biography in the usual sense. Under ford, the independent became notorious for its unprecedented attacks on jews. Fords pet peeves distant capitalists, aliens who refuse to assimilate, bolsheviks all code words for jews. The paper reached a circulation of 900,000 by 1925, second only to the new york daily news, largely due to a quota system for promotion imposed on ford dealers. That being said, henry i was a miserable prick who is far more responsible for international antisemitism than people realize read. Henry ford july 30, 1863 april 7, 1947 was an american industrialist and business magnate, founder of the ford motor company and chief developer of the assembly line technique of mass production. The international jew the worlds foremost problem by henry. Henry ford, the industrial genius who perfected the mass production of motorcars before world war i and thereby revolutionized the way we live, was a reclusive man who brooked no opposition or criticism. Henry ford held and voiced some extremely ugly antisemitic views.
Feb 04, 2019 henry ford was the most famous, most wealthy and most successful man in the united states at the time, said michael rose, a historian and documentarian now working on a book and film exploring. Henry ford was a visceral jewhater, someone who felt such internal torrent bubbling up in him that he could not contain outbursts of outrageous and exceedingly trite slurs, including those of jewish conspiracy, oriental racial inferiority, and oldfashioned christian disdain for the talmud jew. Henry fords antisemitic views echoed the fears and assumptions of many americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Here are just two links for you to read the dark legacy of henry fords antisemitism co. About the author neil baldwin was born in new york city and attended the horace mann school. Henry ford the international jew 1920 1922 youtube. Click here to download audiobook the international jew is a four volume set of booklets or pamphlets published and distributed in the early 1920s by henry ford, an american industrialist and automobile manufacturer. Antisemitism in america saw a change in expression and virulence when.
However, when ford s grandson, henry ford ii, assumed control of the company in 1945, he began a lifelong campaign to support both the american jewish community and the state of israel. You have no idea what a great influence this book had on the thinking of german youth. The mass production of hate book online at best prices in india on. How and why did this quintessential american folkhero and pioneering industrialist become one of the most obsessive antisemites of our timea man who. Henry ford 18631947 was an american industrialist, the founder of the ford motor company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.
In his book my life and work, published in 1922, henry ford includes the following concerning the international jew series of articles. The author, who was a former ford company employee, is biased against henry ford, described as a simpleminded man, and the author is biased in favor of jews. Chronicles henry fords desire to discredit jewry in the u. Ford during his life wrote a book exposing the international jews and their diabolical plot to control the world. But fords antisemitism traveled far beyond the dearborn. Henry ford was the most famous, most wealthy and most successful man in the united states at the time, said michael rose, a historian and documentarian now working on a book. Henry ford july 30, 1863 april 7, 1947 was an american industrialist and business magnate, founder of the ford motor company and chief developer of the. Former ford motor company writer lee tells ford s story as an object lesson in misdirected power.
The international jew is a fourvolume set of antisemitic booklets or pamphlets published and distributed in the early 1920s by henry ford, the american industrialist and automobile manufacturer in spring 1920, ford began using his personal newspaper, the dearborn independent, to chronicle what he considered the jewish menace. The international jew is a fourvolume set of antisemitic booklets or pamphlets published and distributed in the early 1920s by henry ford, the american industrialist and automobile manufacturer. The most controversial and least admirable aspect of fords career was his descent into antisemitism. Henry ford and the jews, the story dearborn didnt want told. Likewise, history books celebrate its founder henry ford as one of the nations greatest industrialists. The dearborn independent, also known as the ford international weekly, was a weekly newspaper established in 1901, and published by henry ford from 1919 through 1927.
Readers will be able to make their own judgements of this work, as some find it to be accurate while most have historically found henry fords writings to be filled with innacuracies and bigotry. A major new book by american bar foundation scholar victoria saker woeste, henry fords war on jews and the legal battle against hate speech provides a startling new interpretation of a watershed episode in the life of henry ford. Drawing upon previouslyuncited oral history transcripts, archival. Context and history behind ford s the international jew. A simpleminded book written by a simpleminded author, written about a simpleminded man henry ford. Jews and others were outraged by the international jew, and ford received thousands of complaints. Henry ford and the jews is the tragic, cautionary story of an american entrepreneur on a misguided mission.
The scope of henry ford s wellknown antisemitism is carefully presented here, but analyses of ford s philosophy are confused and contradictory. This popular cookbook included traditional recipes along with detailed instructions for table settings and other entertaining suggestions. Henry ford and the jews hardcover 1980 by albert lee author. In spring 1920, ford made his personal newspaper, the dearborn independent, chronicle what he considered the jewish menace. A year and a half later, he began publishing a series of articles that claimed a vast jewish conspiracy was. Hebrew nugget henry ford exposes the international. The mass production of hate focuses on the auto tycoons longrunning campaign of antisemitism, which evolved from halfbelieved private ramblings to a systematic hate campaign run through fords private paper, the dearborn independent. The nazis sometimes used the protocols as propaganda against jews. Fords antisemitism american experience official site pbs. The myth of the jewish worldconspiracy and the protocols of the elders of zion. Although ford did not invent the automobile or the assembly line, he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class americans could afford. The mass production of hate focuses on the auto tycoons longrunning campaign of antisemitism, which evolved from halfbelieved private ramblings to a systematic hate campaign run through ford s private paper, the dearborn independent. Hitler had a portrait of ford on thew wall in his office. The industrialists hatred seemed to rise and fall with the fortunes of the automobile industry.
Henry fords unfortunate ascent into antisemitism can be better understood by looking at several of his influences. Ford describes the very low opinion jews have always had of gentiles remember cattle as their talmud refers to gentiles, which allows jews to harm, cheat, and charge usury on. This book is a collection of henry fords articles printed in the dearborn independent during 1920. Henry ford was widely known for his pacifism during the first years of world war 1, and for promoting antisemitism aka. Henry ford and the jews by albert lee, 1980, stein and day edition, in english henry ford and the jews 1980 edition open library. History must be revised when any new and accurate information appears. Henry ford and the american century, moves into a tour pointing out continuing and popup displays of jewishlinked holdings, and concludes with a reception featuring a detroit symphony orchestra violinist performing music tied to jewish heritage. The mass production of hate new ed by baldwin, neil isbn. Oct 10, 2014 mayor randy henderson of nearby fort myers recently had to withdraw a proposal to rename a local bridge in honor of henry ford. A common wedding gift, the jewish home beautiful helped preserve and. Henry ford and the jews the mass production of hate.502 1115 42 253 326 1038 887 630 735 1476 986 271 890 599 683 1547 113 1553 1480 109 1507 401 664 182 69 1502 770 70 1030 131 1005 1351 970 14 419 1270 948 1149