Henry Ford and the Jews by Neil Baldwin
The Mass Production of Hate

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This provocative history of the world's most famous anti-Semite--a Detroit Free Press and New York Post bestseller--examines the origins, methods, and consequences of hatred.

How and why did this quintessential American folk-hero and pioneering industrialist become one of the most obsessive anti-Semites of our time-a man who devoted his immense financial resources to publishing a pernicious forgery, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion? And once Henry Ford's virulent media campaign against the Jews took off during the "anxious decade" following World War I, how did America's already splintered Jewish community attempt to cope with the relentless tirade conducted for ninety-one consecutive weeks in the automobile manufacturer's personal newspaper, The Dearborn Independent? What were the repercussions of Ford's Jew-hatred extending deeply into the 1930s?

Drawing upon previously uncited oral history transcripts, archival correspondence, and family memoirs, Neil Baldwin answers these and other questions; examining the biases of the men at the inner circle of the Ford Motor Company and disentangling the painful ideological struggles among an elite Jewish leadership reluctantly pitted against the clout and popularity of "The Flivver King."

As the Ford Motor Company celebrates its hundredth anniversary, with anti-Semitism resurgent in Europe and Islamic fundamentalists reading The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Henry Ford and the Jews is a riveting biography with new relevance for anyone interested in contemporary history.

 

About Neil Baldwin

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Neil Baldwin is executive director of the National Book Foundation.
 
Published December 18, 2002 by PublicAffairs. 434 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The strength of this biography lies in context: by emphasizing Ford's background, influences and the world around the auto manufacturer, Baldwin (executive director of the National Book Foundat

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(In this way, Ford was unlike Thomas Edison, whom Baldwin describes as a passive anti-Semite.) But Baldwin is not content to depict Ford's anti-Semitism and his cadre of like-minded people—he also describes attempts to curb Ford's effect on society.

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Baldwin asserts that Hitler hung a portrait of Ford in his office and read all his publications, yet notes that there is no evidence suggesting that Ford contributed monetarily to the Nazi Party (although he received a medal of honor from them, and Fords were produced in Occupied Europe throughou...

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For example, in chapter 12, "Heinrich Ford," Baldwin devotes nine pages to Kurt Ludecke, a Nazi fundraiser who solicited donations from Ford during a 1924 trip to the U.S., before concluding, "Did Henry Ford make a promise of financial support in his one-on-one meeting with Ludecke, the proviso b...

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For example, in chapter 12, "Heinrich Ford," Baldwin devotes nine pages to Kurt Ludecke, a Nazi fundraiser who solicited donations from Ford during a 1924 trip to the U.S., before concluding, "Did Henry Ford make a promise of financial support in his one-on-one meeting with Ludecke, the proviso b...

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