Historical Error #18: Two Bogus Quotations from Bismarck on How European Bankers Planned the Civil War and Lincoln's Assassination
Ellen Brown felt compelled to strengthen her case against the gold standard by filling her book with quotations from famous people. Many of these quotes are bogus, but none so obviously bogus as these two. Here is the first.
The Confederacy was not the only power that was bent on
destroying Lincoln's Union government. Lurking behind the
curtain pulling the strings of war were powerful foreign financiers.
Otto von Bismarck, Chancellor of Germany in the second half of the
nineteenth century, called these puppeteers "the masters of European
finance." He wrote:
I know of absolute certainty, that the division of the United States
into federations of equal force was decided long before the Civil
War by the high financial powers of Europe. These bankers
were afraid that the United States, if they remained in one block
and as one nation, would attain economic and financial
independence, which would upset their financial domination
over Europe and the world. Of course, in the "inner circle" of
Finance, the voice of the Rothschilds prevailed. They saw an
opportunity for prodigious booty if they could substitute two
feeble democracies, burdened with debt to the financiers, . . . in
place of a vigorous Republic sufficient unto herself. Therefore,
they sent their emissaries into the field to exploit the question of
slavery and to drive a wedge between the two parts of the Union.
. . . The rupture between the North and the South became inevitable;
the masters of European finance employed all their forces to bring it
about and to turn it to their advantage. [Web of Debt, pp. 91-92]
We are asked to believe that the Chancellor of what was about to become Germany (1871), or maybe after it had become Germany, would say such a thing about the Rothschilds and the other bankers, who helped fund his government. Ellen Brown seems never to have asked herself why a senior politician would say such a thing. It would be political suicide.
It goes much deeper than this. Bismarck's personal financial affairs were conducted for 30 years by Gerson von Bleichröder, who was a Jewish German banker. The biographer of both men was Fritz Stern, historian at Columbia University. Here is a review of his book on both men, written by A. J. P. Taylor, one of the most influential historians of Europe in the 20th century.
Gerson Bleichröder rose highest of all Jews in Imperial Germany. He was the Rothschild of Berlin, his wealth second only to Alfred Krupp's. He was the first Prussian Jew to become a "von" without conversion to Christianity. What carried him to greatness was his association with Bismarck. Bleichröder was Bismarck's financial agent and adviser for more than thirty years--from the early days when Bismarck was Prussian representative at the Frankfurt Diet until his own death in 1893. He handled Bismarck's private accounts and directed Bismarck's investments on a basis profitable to both. Throughout these thirty years Bismarck saw more of Bleichröder than of any minister or diplomat, perhaps more even than of Emperor William I. . . .http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/1977/feb/17/imperial-germanys-jewish-banker
In the 1880s a new demagogic anti-Semitism developed and Bleichröder was among its principal targets. Despite his wealth and the power it brought, he remained always a Hausjude -- providing essential services but admitted only by the back door. Bismarck alone was above such feelings. There is a characteristic exchange in the period just before Bismarck's fall. Bleichröder had for once gone against Bismarck's direction and promoted a Russian loan. Herbert Bismarck wrote indignantly, "When this money-grubbing Semite can earn a few million, then he could not care less what happened to Papa or the Fatherland." Bismarck scribbled in the margin, "Who would?"
Yet we are asked to believe that Bismarck would make such an outlandish statement about financiers.
We are not told when Bismarck wrote this. As usual, Brown cites a modern secondary source, which in turn quoted a 1921 source.
I searched Google for "Bismarck" and "the voice of the Rothschilds prevailed. They saw." The 40 references are mainly to her book. Click here.
Quotation #2 is even more preposterous. She writes this.
Bismarck wrote in 1876, "The Government and the nation escaped
the plots of the foreign financiers. They understood at once, that the
United States would escape their grip. The death of Lincoln was
resolved upon." Lincoln was assassinated in 1865.
She again cites the same source, Conrad Siem. A quick search on Google would have revealed the full quotation. To assess how reliable her source is, read the full quotation. The Civil War was the plan of Jewish bankers in Europe. (Wouldn't John Brown have been chagrined to learn that he was just a puppet of Jewish bankers! Jefferson Davis, too.)
The division of the United States into two federations of
equal force was decided long before the Civil War by the
High Financial Power of Europe. These bankers were afraid
that the United States, if they remained in one block and as
one nation, would attain economical and financial
independence, which would upset their financial domination
over the world. The voice of the Rothschilds predominated.
They foresaw tremendous booty if they could substitute two
feeble democracies, indebted to the Jewish financiers, to the
vigorous republic, confident and self-providing. Therefore,
they started their emissaries in order to exploit the question
of slavery and thus to dig an abyss between the two parts of
the republic. Lincoln never suspected these underground
machinations. He was anti-slavery, and he was elected as
such. But his character prevented him from being the man of
one party. When he had affairs in his hands, he perceived
that these sinister financiers of Europe, the Rothschilds,
wished to make him the executor of their designs.
They made the rupture between the North and the South
imminent! The masters of finance in Europe made this
rupture definitive in order to exploit it to the utmost.
Lincoln's personality surprised them: they thought to easily
dupe the candidate woodcutter. But Lincoln read their plots
and soon understood that the South was not the worst foe, but
the Jewish financiers. He did not confide his apprehensions;
he watched the gestures of the Hidden Hand; he did not wish
to expose publicly the questions which disconcert the
ignorant masses. He decided to eliminate the international
bankers, by establishing a system of loans, allowing the
states to borrow directly from the people without
intermediary. He did not study financial questions, but his
robust good sense revealed to him that the source of any
wealth resides in the work and economy of the nation. He
opposed emissions through the international financiers. He
obtained from the Congress the right to borrow from the
people by selling to it the bonds of the states. The local banks
were only too glad to help such a system. And the
government and the nation escaped the plots of foreign
financiers. They understood at once that the United States
would escape their grip. The death of Lincoln was resolved
upon. Nothing is easier than to find a fanatic to strike.
The death of Lincoln was a disaster for Christendom. There
was no man in the United States great enough to wear his
boots. And Israel went anew to garner the riches of the
world. I fear that Jewish banks with their craftiness and
tortuous tricks will entirely control the exuberant riches of
America and will use it to systematically corrupt modern
civilization. The Jews will not hesitate to plunge the whole of
Christendom into wars and chaos in order that "the earth
should become the inheritance of Israel." (Interview by C.
Seim, La Vieille France, March, 1921.)
This appears on a forum on Stormfront.net: http://www.stormfront.org/forum/t401915. We learn what this site is on its home page: http://www.stormfront.org/forum:
We are a community of White Nationalists. There are thousands of organizations promoting the interests, values and heritage of non-Whites. We promote ours.
Yet, even here, one of the participants identified the quotation as bogus.
Siem was born in 1861. He lived in the United States. He claimed that Bismarck wrote these words to him in a letter in 1876. He would have been 15 years old at the time.
What is the source of Siem's fabricated quotation? A 1926 book by a notorious anti-Semite, The Secret World Government Or "The Hidden Hand": The Unrevealed in History By Count Cherep-Spiridovich. The quotation from Siem appears on page 180. You can read the book here. The Count insisted that a "Jewish Conspiracy" assassinated Lincoln.
This antisemitic Count was a Greenbacker, as is Ellen Brown. He pushed her thesis about interest-free money long before she was born. Here is an example of Greenbacker historiography, on page 177 of the Count's book.
ROTHSCHILDS' ORDER TO AMERICAN BANKERS,
Ellen Brown has no understanding of historical research. She cannot spot obvious crackpot authors.
To pay the soldiers the Government issued its Treasury notes,
authorized by act of Congress, July 17, 1861, for $50,000,000,
bearing no interest. These notes circulated at par with gold.
The Rothschilds' agents inspired the American banks to offer to
Lincoln a loan of $150 million. But before they had taken much
of the loan, the banks broke down and suspended specie payments
in Dec. 1861. They wished to blackmail Lincoln and demanded
the "shaving" of government paper to the extent of
33%, an extortion which was refused. A bill drafted for the Government
issue of $150 million, which should be full legal tender
for every debt in the United States, passed the House of Representatives
Feb. 25, 1862, and was hailed with delight by the
entire country. But the Wall Street bankers were furious.
Sen. Pettigrew reprints the so called "Hazzard Circular"
sent in 1862 by the Bank of England (ruled by the Rothsehilds)
"Slavery is likely to be abolished by the war power and chattel slavery
destroyed. This I (Rothschild) and my European friends (the 300 men) are
glad of, for slavery is but the owning of labor and carries with it the care
of the laborer, while the European (read ' Rothschildian') plan led on by
England (i.e. the Rothschilds) is for capital to control labor by controlling
wages . THIS CAN BE DONE BY CONTROLLING THE MONEY. THE GREAT DEBT THAT CAPITALISTS WILL SEE TO IS MADE OUT OF THE WAR must be used as a means to control the volume of money. To accomplish this the BONDS must be used as a banking basis. We are now waiting for the Secretary of the Treasury to make his recommendation to Congress.
It will not do to ALLOW the GREENBACK, as it is called, to circulate
as money any length of time, as we cannot control that. Thus the order of the Rothschilds was clear: "Capitalists WILL SEE TO IT that a DEBT is MADE out of the war."
The result was that by "hook and crook" the Rothschilds enslaved this country. And Schiffs, Baruchs & Co. are the rulers.
My reply to her response is here:http://www.garynorth.com/public/7192.cfm
For a detailed critique of Ellen Brown's economics, go here:http://www.garynorth.com/public/department141.cfm