SIR,-In 1938 Mr. Victor Gollancz published in the Left Book Club the sensational " Directives for German agents abroad " in which the decisions arrived at at a party meeting in Berlin were summarised. Here are some characteristic extracts:
(1) The world will always consist of exploiters and enslaved. In the world of to-morrow we, the Nazi party. will exploit the workers of the world and transform thern into Serfs.
(2) The chief obstacle to our success are the Jews, for the Jews love the poor. They have a passion for social justice and heroic devotion to the cause of the oppreswd.
(3) We must therefore stir up the people everywhere against their natural saviours. the Jews.
(4) We must divide the nations we propose to conquer. We Must enenurage the French, for instance, tit adopt our slogan, " Better Hitler than Blunt." We must create fifth columns among the anti-Semites, who will do our bidding when our armies invade.
Now, of course, Mr. Goilanc.z published no such book and had he done so we should have rejected it because it is contrary to the universal experience of mankind for the leaders of one group to concede, even among themselves, all the virtues claimed by their rival penile, and to confess, even among themselves. to all the sins of which they are accused by the rival group. Vanity is one of the greatest of human forces, and the urge to idealise oneself and one's actions is so great that even the bloodiest of tyrants have often contrived, as Hitler has certainly cOntrived. to idealise themselves as the friends of the poor
Had this hypothetical book been ties fended on the ground that (4) was mai vellously prophetic, we should reply that all well-informed students of the Nazi movement were well aware, long before-1938, of the fifth column tactics which they proposed to put into action when war broke out. That Jews regarded the Russian aristocracy as the idealistic champions of the poor is as unlikely as that Hitler entertained similar views about the Jews
Now consider the following extracts from the Protocols and compare them with the corresponding numbers above: (1) " The aristocracy . . . was interested In seeing that the workers were well fed, healthy and strong. We are Interested in just the opposite-its the diminution and killing out of the Gentiles. Our power is in the chronic shortness of food and physical weakness of the worker because by all that this Implies he is made the slave of our will. . ."
(2) The aristocracy is described as " that class which was the only defence of the Peoples and countries ageless us " (exactly the sort ot thing which an aristocracy would say about its Men class). "-On the ruins of the goyirn (Gentiles). we have net up the aristocracy of our educated class." (3)" The people under our guidance have annihilated the aristocracy. who were their one and only defence and foster-mother. . ."
(4) "We appear on the scene as alleged saviours of the workers front oppression. . . By want and the envy and hatred which it engenders we shall move the mobs and with their hangs we shall wipe out all those who hinder us on our WOO."
As to those who assert that the Protocols must be genuine because they have been vindicated by events, the tactics and strategy of the Marxists were extremely well-known in 1901 when the Protocols appeared, and one did not need prophetic gifts to realise that the Jews who had been murdered in pogroms and driven into Russian ghettos would be the natural allies of the Communists against their oppres