PROGRAM DETAILS

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion: The Persistence of Evil

Instructor
Ralph Nurnberger
Category
Jewish Culture & History / History
WPL02054

Course Description

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion may be the most significant anti-Semitic document ever written. This presentation will cover the origins, history and international influence of this notorious screed. The author’s identity remains a mystery, which historian Ralph Nurnberger will seek to unravel. Once it was published, the Russian secret police used it; Hitler mentions it in Mein Kampf; Henry Ford distributed it; conspiracy theorists cite it to explain the 9/11 attacks; organizers of the August 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville claim it motivated them; it is quoted in the Hamas Charter; and was the basis for television series produced in Arab countries. The document remains as malicious today as it was when it was originally published.

About the Instructor

  • Ralph Nurnberger, PhD, is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, current political insights and historical background to his presentations. He taught History and International Relations at Georgetown University for 38 years. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003. Nurnberger has given talks on a wide range of historical and political topics for the Lifelong Learning Program at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca and Jupiter campuses, where his talks frequently sell out. Nurnberger served on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; as a Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee(AIPAC); as Executive Director of Builders for Peace (which had been established to assist the Arab-Israeli Peace Process); and as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is a Senior Partner in Nurnberger & Associates, Inc. He received his BA from Queens College, his MA from Columbia University and his PhD from Georgetown University.