In order to effect the destruction of all
collective forces except ours we shall emasculate the first stage
of collectivism - the Universities, by re-educating them in a new
direction. Their officials and professors will be prepared for
their business by detailed secret programs of action from which
they will not with immunity diverge, not by one iota. They will
be appointed with especial precaution, and will be so placed as
to be wholly dependent upon the government.
We shall exclude from the course of instruction State Law as
also all that concerns the political question. These subjects will
be taught to a few dozen of persons chosen for their pre-eminent
capacities from among the number of the initiated. The universities
must no longer send out from their halls milk sops concocting plans
for a constitution, like a comedy or a tragedy, busying themselves
with questions of policy in which even their own fathers never had
any power of thought.
The ill-guided acquaintance of a large number of persons with
questions of polity creates utopian dreamers and bad subjects, as
you can see for yourselves from the example of the universal
education in this direction of the Goyim. We must introduce into
their education all those principles which have so brilliantly
broken up their order. But when we are in power we shall remove
every kind of disturbing subject from the course of education and
shall make out of the youth obedient children of authority, loving
him who rules as the support and hope of peace and quiet.
We Shall Change History
Classicism as also any form of study of ancient
history, in which there are more bad than good examples, we shall
replace with the study of the program of the future. We shall
erase from the memory of men all facts of previous centuries
which are undesirable to us, and leave only those which depict
all the errors of the government of the Goyim. The study of
practical life, of the obligations of order, of the relations of
people one to another, of avoiding bad and selfish examples,
which spread the infection of evil, and similar questions of an
educative nature, will stand in the forefront of the teaching
program, which will be drawn up on a separate plan for each
calling or state of life, in no wise generalizing the teaching.
This treatment of the question has special importance.
Each state of life must be trained within strict
limits corresponding to its destination and work in life. The
occasional genius has always managed and always will manage to
slip through into other states of life, but it is the most
perfect folly for the sake of this rare occasional genius to let
through into ranks foreign to them the untalented who thus rob of
their places those who belong to those ranks by birth or employment.
You know yourselves in what all this has ended for the
"Goyim" who allowed this crying absurdity.
In order that he who rules may be seated firmly in the hearts
and minds of his subjects it is necessary for the time of his
activity to instruct the whole nation in the schools and on the
market places about this meaning and his acts and all his beneficent
We shall abolish every kind of freedom of instruction.
Learners of all ages have the right to assemble together with their
parents in the educational establishments as it were in a club:
during these assemblies, on holidays, teachers will read what will
pass as free lectures on questions of human relations, of the laws
of examples, of the philosophy of new theories not yet declared to
the world. These theories will be raised by us to the stage of a
dogma of faith as a traditional stage towards our faith. On the
completion of this exposition of our program of action in the
present and the future I will read you the principles of these
In a word, knowing by the experience of many centuries that
people live and are guided by ideas, that these ideas are imbibed
by people only by the aid of education provided with equal
success for all ages of growth, but of course by varying methods,
we shall swallow up and confiscate to our own use the last
scintilla of independence of thought, which we have for long past
been directing towards subjects and ideas useful for us. The system
of bridling thought is already at work in the so-called system of
teaching by Object Lessons, the purpose of which is to turn the
Goyim into unthinking submissive brutes waiting for things to be
presented before their eyes in order to form an idea of them ....
In France, one of our best agents, Bourgeois, has already made
public a new program of teaching by object lessons.
First published in 1903, Henry Ford then funded the printing of 500,000 copies that were distributed throughout the US in the 1920s. Adolf Hitler received a German translation, which he used to justify his views. Today, The Protocols are still widely available in numerous languages - both in print and on the Internet.