I'm appalled that the Pilot would print the disgusting anti-Semitic rant of Dr. Johnson concerning the so-called Illuminati and the new world order (Pilot, Aug. 19). This utterly rejected claim was an integral part of Hitler's Nazi Germany and the justification for the extermination of 6 million Jews during World War II.
These identical notations are a large part of the filth emanating from the American neo-Nazi and white-supremacist movements. The focus of the Nazi propaganda from Hitler's minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, originated around the Jewish Rothschild's banking industry and great wealth and their supposed efforts to dominate the world. Johnson uses the Rothschild name specifically to advance his hate speech. Conspiracy theories about the family have been around for over 150 years. Usually, the main accusation made by theorists is that Jews are playing both sides of every conflict including the Napoleonic Wars, the Franco-Prussian War, World War I, and World War II. In these theories, all sides of each war were merely puppets of the Rothschilds, who would make exorbitant amounts of cash from repeatedly prodding nations into a cycle of endless warfare. These conspiracies originated with Georges Dairnvaell, a propagandist in the mid-1800s who hoped to advance his own anti semitic agenda. However, they continue to this day.
The Rothschild conspiracy theory received a state endorsement by the Nazis. Erich Waschneck made the film "Die Rothschilds" (international title "The Rothschilds' Shares in Waterloo") which portrays the Rothschild family as profiting hugely from the Napoleonic wars. The film ends with a burning Star of David over a map of Europe. Alex Jones, Lyndon LaRouche, and many other conspiracy theorists view the Rothschilds as helping to create the framework for the New World Order, the Illuminati, or one world government theory.
Michael A. Sommer II, Ph.D, Smith River