British reports on the Jewish role in Bolshevism

by Der Stürmer


This is file FO 608/196 at the TNA in Kew, it is mostly a compilation of secret reports prepared for the British Delegation at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 about conditions in Bolshevik Russia. It contains numerous reports on the decisive role being played by Jews in the Bolshevik regime; following are a few extracts:

“Such hatred as that with which the Bolsheviks are regarded must find a scapegoat upon which at some time suddenly and unexpectedly to vent its fury.
That scapegoat is the Jew.

  1. Whatever part the Jews may or may not have played in the making of the Bolshevik revolution and in the carrying out of the Bolshevik policy (on these subjects discussion still rages), the fact that the Jewish element of the population is now in unchallenged possession of the reins of civil administration is so marked that it is impossible any longer not to concentrate one’s attention on it. Especially interesting is it to remark in what branches of service the Jews, after a year and a half of this regime, have succeeded in installing themselves. In the ranks of the army and navy they are almost non-existent (by what manner they contrive to evade military service is to the common mind a mystery): only the positions (purely political) of regimental Commissars are sometimes held by them. But in the Central Food Department of Petrograd, of the responsible posts from 60 to 70% are hald [sic] by Jews, while only the lower positions are filled by Russians with only 10% of Jews. In the provinces in many places the Purchasing Commissions consist solely of Jews (100%) who determine fixed prices. In daily life it is very noticeable that a Jew is never seen standing in a food queue, and by some subtle means the Jews certainly do succeed in avoiding the greater part of the misery suffered by the rest of the population. These circumstances have long been the subject of bitter comment by the Russian people, who attribute the sum total of existing wretchedness and suffering to the hated race, and it would be unwise for the Allies not to prepare for the possibilities to which this bitter animosity may lead. (emphasis in original)

“Situation in Petrograd at Beginning of March, 1919.”, writer: memo F.O. (Foreign Office), registry No.8164, received: April 24th,1919. (TNA, Kew: FO 608/196, pp.216217.)

“In December the Bolsheviks set up an independent White Russian Republic at Minsk, which subsequent united with the Moscow Government. A later report, however, speaks of the setting-up of a Central Soviet at Vilna, which proclaimed the union of Lithuania and White Russia. The two may, for practical purposes, be regarded as dependencies of the Moscow Government. The White Russians are extremely illiterate and backward and are without any nascent “national consciousness.” As they are so closely allied to the Great Russians, the best solution of their problem would be their re-absorption into Russia. It should be noticed that this is the policy apparently advocated by the Jews of both White Russia and Lithuania; the Jews have contributed largely to the personnel of the Soviets in Lithuania and White Russia.” (emphasis in original)

“Appreciation of the Internal Situation in Russia (Secret).” April 25, 1919. General Staff, War Office. (TNA, Kew: FO 608/196, p.237.)

“Bolshevism is in no sense a Russian party or a section of the Russian public. It is the extreme doctrine of an entirely international and anti-national movement which aims at the abolition of all national distinctions and the substitution of distinctions of class and an envenomed class war, with the establishment of a dictatorship of the former working class, not to be exercised by that class but by self-appointed leaders, most of whom are not of Russian but of Jewish origin.”

“Memorandum on the Position of Russia”, by Professor Sir Bernard Pares, Vladivostok, March 2nd, 1919. (TNA, Kew: FO 608/196, p.254.)

“I have the honour to report that Swiss people who have reached here from Russia within the last few days state that a Jew named Krassin, who was general manager for Siemens, Schuckert, & Co. in Russia before the war, has become the chief adviser of the Bolchewick [sic] Government in industrial matters; that a Mr. Feldhausen, a British subject who has lived all his life in Russia and is manager for the above firm at Moscow, is still at his post; and it is reported that this firm has a working arrangement, at least as far as Russia is concerned, with its former chief rival in Germany, the A.E.G. The suggestion is that by means of trusts such as these and by working on the Jewish affinities of Bolchewik [sic] leaders and heads of German industry, the Germans have been preparing the way for future exploitation of Muscovite territory. It may perhaps be worth recalling that, some months [ago?], the head of the A.E.G. Walter Rathenau, stated publicly that Lenin had a chance to show himself the greatest statesman and organiser the world had ever seen and that this was not long after the (acknowledged) discovery by Lenin that it would be necessary to utilise the brains and experience of business heads in building up the new system.”

John Cameron, British Vice Consulate, Basle, June 24th, 1919, despatch no.58. (TNA, Kew: FO 608/196, p.377.)