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ARTICLES

The Jewish Genocide of Armenian Christians


and Other Outrageous Claims of
Christopher Jon Bjerkness
Steven Leonard Jacobs

Christopher Jon Bjerkness is the author of Albert Einstein: The Incorrigi-


ble Plagiarist and The Jewish Genocide of Armenian Christians. He
maintains the website www.jewishracism.com, a site dedicated to pro-
tecting all Jews from the antisemitism and inhumanity of racist Jews.
His work is indicative of a new generation of genocide exploitation.

It is a mainstay tenet of antisemitism and antisemites1 that a manipula-


tion by Jewish elites and world-wide Jewish power exist. The origin of
these notions seems to have come from the nineteenth-century publication
of the Russian forgery The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion (hereaf-
ter Protocols). The Protocols purports to be the revealing of a supposed
secret midnight cemetery meeting of a group of rabbis at which their leader
spelled out the plans for world take-over in twenty-four protocols. While
the Protocols has been successfully refuted in 1917 in Great Britain, 1934
in Switzerland, and 1993 in Russia, it seems to have generated a life of its
own on websites and in print. Automobile magnate Henry Ford introduced
America to the Protocols with reprints made available in his The Dearborn
Independent and later republished it as a four-volume text entitled The

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International Jew, copies of which are still available at these same sites.2

1. Herein simply defined as hatred and haters of Judaism and Jews, a care-
ful distinction being drawn between this and anti-Zionism and anti-Zionists,
defined, in this context, as hatred and haters of the State of Israel and Israelis,
though such intellectual subtleties are far removed from the mindsets of the haters
who consistently lump them together
2. See, for example, Hadassa Ben-Itto, The Lie That Wouldnt Die: The Proto-
cols of the Elders of Zion (London and Portland: Vallentine Mitchell, 2005); Bron-
ner, Stephen Eric, A Rumor about the Jews: Reflections on Antisemitism and the
Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion (New York: St. Martins Press, 2000);
Susan Cohen et al., ed. The Protocols of the Sages of Zion: A Selected Bibliogra-
phy (Jerusalem: Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism/
Hebrew University, 2006); Will Eisner, The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols
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of the Elders of Zion (New York & London: W. W. Norton and Company, 2005);
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With the advent of the Internet and the ease of constructing websites,
the haters have proliferated and continue to spew their filth through slick
and professional-looking sites, including streaming video, PDF books and
documents, and the like. Indeed, a case could be made that the international
community of haters has become unionized, or, if not unionized, then, at
the very least, networked. One finds much of the same material, including
conspiracy screeds and downloadable and printable copies of the Protocols,
available on many of these sites, for example, www.radioislam.org,
www.biblebelievers.org, and www.aztlan.org. (And, despite direct protest,
printed copies of the translation of the Protocols by Victor Marsden [1866-
1920] are available for purchase at key online bookstores.)
One such site www.jewishracism.com is that run by Chicago-
based Christopher Jon Bjerkness (b. 1967), who, according to Winnipeg-
based colleague Henry Makow (author of Illumnati: The Cult that Hijacked
the World, Winnipeg: Silas Green, 2008), is a scholar . . . who thinks he
knows what plagues mankind and believes his knowledge is necessary to
stop Armegeddon,3 and whose site is dedicated to protecting all Jews
from the antisemitism and inhumanity of racist Jews.4 Makow goes on to
note that:

He [Bjerkness] says a heretical cult, the Shabbatian Frankists, controls


organized Jewry, including Zionism and Freemasonry. . . According to
their messianic system, Redemption requires that the Rothschilds become
God, i.e. king of the world. They will see the sacrifice of 2/3 of all Jews

Steven Leonard Jacobs and Mark Weitzman, Dismantling the Big Lie: The Proto-
cols of the Elders of Zion (Los Angeles & Jersey City: Simon Wiesenthal Center &
KTAV Publishing House, 2003); Binjamin W. Segel, A Lie and a Libel: The His-

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tory of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (Lincoln and London: University of
Nebraska Press, 2005).
3. Taken from his own website (http://www.savethemales.ca/002089.html) and
column of July 22, 2007, What Every Jew (and Non-Jew) Should Know and
accessed August 17, 2009. Makow (b. 1949), who received his PhD in English
Literature from the University of Toronto, is himself a well-known conspiracy the-
orist who sees the world controlled by a secretive and hidden hand (read Jews
and Freemasons) whereby the media stifle information, democracy is a means of
social control, and a central banking cartel based in London (read Rothschild) is
pulling the strings. Makow made his money from the sale and translation of his
board game Scruples, which sold several million copies worldwide.
4. Bjerkness, who claims pride in his Norwegian and Jewish heritage, attempts
to legitimate himself somewhat in the eyes of his readers by arguing that he has a
Jewish connection because his maternal grandfather, a famous Norwegian musi-
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cian, was Jewish. Having such a relative, however, does not give him credibility
either in the eyes of the organized Jewish community or among the network of
haters.

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and the destruction and enslavement of the rest of mankind. Bjerkness
believes this demented creed actually is the motive force behind history,
including all wars and world government. . . I [Makow] think he exag-
gerates the importance of Jewish messianism but I may be wrong. His
message is compelling and consistent with the Protocols of Zion where
the author (whom I believe is Lionel Rothschild) talks about coming into
his kingdom.5

Makow then cites the central argument from Bjerkness 574-PDF


downloadable (2006, 2007, Enlarged Second Edition) text The Jewish
Genocide of Armenian Christians:

The ruin of the Turkish Empire and the mass murder of the Armenian
Christians were one step on the long and tumultuous Jewish march
toward the death of mankind. The ruin of the Russian empire was
another, followed by the repeated destruction of Europe, particularly Ger-
many in the World Wars this Jewish cult [Sabbatian Frankists] created in
an attempt to artificially fulfill Messianic prophecy and force the Jews of
Europe against their will to flee to Palestine. (p. 66)

It is to this text, then, that we now turn. Another conspiracy theorist,


however, Eric Hufschmid (www.erichufschmid.net), long a proponent of
the notion that the tragedy of September 11, 2001 (9/11) in the United
States was a Zionist plot, contradicting Makow, says of Bjerkness in an
audio file and transcript dated 23 October 2007:6

One man who has been trying for the past year to become known as an
expert on the Armenian genocide is Chris Bjerkness. Bjerkness claims

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5. www.savethemales.ca
6. In a speech made in Italy on September 17, 2006, and available at http://
www.erichufschmid.net/mp3/Hufschmid-Speech-To-Italians-17Sep2006.mp3
Hufschmid said:
There are also reports of Israelis operating a moving company
near the World Trade Center. Some of those Israelis may have been
involved in installing explosives in the towers. After they were fin-
ished, they went back to Israel. . . But the evidence is overwhelming
that the attack was conducted by Larry Silverstein, top Israeli officials,
and other Zionists . . . Nobody has yet figured out who planned and
executed the September 11 attack, but there is overwhelming evidence
that Americans did not do this by themselves. The connection to Israel
and Zionism cannot be overlooked. Actually the Zionists appear to
have been the masterminds. . . The September 11 attack appears to have
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been designed by Zionists in order to create anger towards Arabs. It is


similar to their bombing of the King David Hotel in 1946, in which
they tried to make the British angry at Arabs.

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that hes a good Jew who opposes Zionism, but as Ive mentioned in
some of my documents and audio files, the evidence suggests that he is
actually a bad Jew who is secretly supporting some faction within the
Zionist movement. He provides a lot of information about the Armenian
genocide, but he may be doing so only to lure us over to his side and
away from other, honest researchers. He may also be mixing in a little
deception with his information.
He wrote a book about that genocide, and its available for free at his
website, [http.]jewishracism.com. His audio interviews about this geno-
cide are also available for free at his site.7
Theres nothing wrong with looking at his information, but you should
not trust him. . . .
If you think you can trust him, Bjerkness, ask yourself why he has such a
fascination with this Armenian genocide. Why is he struggling so hard to
expose this genocide? Why is he writing such extensive books, doing so
many interviews, and even traveling at his own expense from his home in
Chicago to Glendale, California to give a speech about the genocide to a
group of Armenians?8
Hes spending a lot of his time and money to educate the Armenian peo-
ple. He appears to be, as he says, a good Jew who wants to expose the
bad Jews.

THE JEWISH GENOCIDE OF ARMENIAN CHRISTIANS CHAPTER ONEPRE-


HISTORY OF THE 1915 GENOCIDE

As noted previously, The Jewish Genocide of the Armenian Christian


is a massive 574-page PDF document available for downloading and print-
ing from Bjerkness website (www.jewishracism.com), along with his even
more massive Albert Einstein: The Incorrigible Plagiarist (2,826 pages!).

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The text itself consists of four chapters with copious endnotes.9

7. One of those interviewers who appear to support Bjerkness view of the


Armenian Genocide is Armenian clergyperson Rev. Bedross Hajian, who has con-
ducted several interviews with him.
8. The speech was given on 30 July 2007 at the Hye Club Forum in Glendale,
CA, according to the site http://hyeclubforum.com.
9. The text is available at http://www.jewishracism.com/Jewish_Genocide_
Enlarged.pdf
1. Prehistory of the 1915 Genocide (pages 4-183; notes 1-168)
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Jews, Crypto-Jews and FreemasonsThe Means
1.3 The Armenian Holocaust and the Battle of Armageddon
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The Opportunity
1.4 From Herzl to Malcolm, Zionists Betray the Armenians
1.5 Blotting Out the Armenian AmakitesThe Motive

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In his first chapter, Bjerkness opens with an affirmation of the validity
of the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, argues that the Committee
of Union and Progress (CUP) in Turkey was dominated by crypto-Jews
whose agenda was to establish a segregated Jewish state in Palestine
and to instigate World War I, slaughter entire Christian populations, and
destroy the Turkish empire and supplant Islamic religion and culture (p. 4).
In support of his theses, he quotes any number of documents, including
newspaper articles, primarily from the 1800s, without attributed authorship,
as well as a lengthy memorandum from Sir Gerard Lowther (1858-1916),
who served as Ambassador to Turkey and who used his position to spread
antisemitic texts throughout the Ottoman Empire. Additionally, again with-
out attribution, he references, for example, well-intentioned people (p.
14), many people (p. 14), and many persons (p. 15). He also employs
such rhetorical devices as it is a well-known fact that (p. 16) and it

2. The Genocidal Young Turks were Zionist Crypto-Jews (pages


184-230; notes 169-188)
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Jews Foment Wars of Extermination and Genocidal
Revolutions
2.3 Jewish Bankers Destroyed the Turkish Empire
2.4 Talaat Pasha, Djavid Bey, Ataturk,
Etc. Were Jews
3. Rothschild, King of the Jews (pages 231-440; notes 189-346)
3.1 Introduction
3.2 The Rothschild Plan to Take Palestine
3.3 Cabalistic Jews Calling Themselves Christian Condition the
British to Assist in Their Own DemiseRothschild Makes
an Open Bid to Become the Messiah

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3.4 The British-Israel Deceit
3.5 For Centuries, England is Flooded with Warmongering Zion-
ist Propaganda
3.6 As a Good Cabalist Jew, David Hartley Conditions Christians
to Welcome Martyrdom for the Sake of the Jews
3.7 Jewish Revolutionaries and Napoleon the Messiah Emanci-
pate the Jews
3.8 Hitler Accomplishes for the Zionists What Napoleon Could
Not
3.9 Zionists Develop a Strategy Which Culminates in the Nazis
and the Holocaust as Means to Attain the Jewish State
4. Mordecai Manual Noah (pages 441-526; notes 347-352)
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Noah in 1818
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4.3 Noah in 1837


4.4 Noah in 1844
Notes

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appears unquestionable that (p. 17) without any source citation whatso-
ever. Early on, he makes the following claim (without any supportive evi-
dence) that appears throughout the text: Jewish leaders then placed Adolf
Hitler in power in the hopes that he would chase the Jews of Europe into
Palestine. (p. 20)10 Not content with this absurdity, he also rails against
the Jewish controlled book publishing industry . . . Jewish controlled
academia . . . Jewish control of the press (p. 24), tropes which are also
included in the Protocols.
Fifty pages into this chapter, Bjerkness argues that

the genocide of the Armenians the Jews committed through the Turkish
Empire was also intended to create a casus belli [justification/rationaliza-
tion for war] in the western world against Islam. The Jews are to this day
using the genocide of the Armenians as a weapon to agitate tensions
between Europe and Turkey so that they can kill off still more Christians
and Moslems. (p. 50)

To be sure, there were Jews involved in the Committee of Union and


Progress and the Young Turk movement (among them the lawyer Emman-
uel Carasso [1862-1934] of Salonika). They were far fewer in numbers than
others, those who were descendants of the original Jewish followers of
Shabbati Zevi who converted to Islam, the Donmeh.

But for antisemites such as Bjerkness, their numbers are irrelevant, as
he suggests that (1) Talaat Bey (1874-1921), (2) Djavid Bey (b.?-d.?), and
(3) Ataturuk
(Mustafa Kemal, 1881-1938) were so-called crypto-Jews and
that their influence far outweighed their actual numbers. There were also
some among that same population who did participate in genocidal activi-
ties against the Armenian people as members of the Turkish military. How-

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ever, they were a decided minority and unrepresentative of the overall
Turkish Jewish community, despite Bjerkness claims.
Without evidence, he argues that there were six reasons why the Jews
of Turkey were motivated to murder Assyrians:

1. Jews consider the Armenians to be the Amalekites of the Hebrew


Bible, and in Jewish mythology, the Jewish God commands the Jews
to utterly exterminate the Amalekites down to the last man, woman
and child.
2. The Hebrew Bible, Jewish Talmud and Jewish Cabalistic writings

10. Not only was Hitler a dupe of the Jews, according to Bjerkness, but so were
Josef Stalin and George W. Bush (p. 97), as well as the President of Iran, Mahmoud
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Amadinejad (p. 169)! Historically as well, so were Napoleon (p. 372), American
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (p. 430), and British Prime Minister Winston
Churchill (p. 430), who were either crypto-Jews, Zionists, or manipulated dupes.

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instruct Jews to murder Christians and to impose the Noahide
Laws in the End Times, which laws forbid Christianity on pain of
death, because Jews consider Jesus to be an idol, and the Noahide
Laws forbid idol worship.11
3. Jews wanted to discredit and ruin the Turkish Empire and the relig-
ion of Islam in order to create a secure environment for the formation
of a Jewish colony in the Land of Palestine.
4. Jews wanted to remove an ancient enemy from the regionan
enemy which would oppose the anointment of a Jewish King in Jeru-
salem as the crowning of the Anti-Christ.
5. Jews wanted to eliminate a skilled business and political competitor.
6. Jewish wanted to foment a war between Christians and Moslems,
which would start in the Balkans and grow into a world war which
would destroy many of the empires and monarchies, and which
would artificially pit Moslems and Christians, Slavs and Teutons
against one another and leave the Jews standing in Jerusalem. (p. 66)

In his usual fashion, Bjerkness supplies no supporting evidence for any of


these claims.
Such was the supposed power of the Turkish Jewish community at the
turn of the twentieth century, according to Bjerkness, that they manipulated
and corrupted the Armenian leadership into accepting their own extermina-
tion and further convinced the Kurds of Turkey, some of whom were com-
plicit in the Armenian Genocide, that they would be rewarded for their
participation in the genocide (pp. 93-95).12
Spread through this first chapter, and a staple of Bjerkness website
(www.jewishracism.com), is his frontal assault on the religion of Judaism,
nowhere more apparent than in the following excerpt:

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Judaism creates and perpetuates a culture of racism, war, genocide, segre-
gation, deceit, theft, exploitation, supremacism,13 human sacrifice, etc.

11. Jews do not consider Jesus an idol, but, historically, a false or failed messi-
anic pretender. The laws themselves, according to Talmudic tradition, were given
by God to Noah to re-establish human communities after the Great Flood. They
included prohibitions against idolatry, murder, theft, adultery, and blasphemy, as
well as dietary restrictions (specifically, eating flesh taken from a living animal)
and the establishment of a judicial system.
12. Bjerkness also argues that contemporary Jews have manipulated the Kurds
to destroy not only present-day Iraq, but also Iran, Turkey, and Syria, with an ulti-
mate goal in the Middle East of nuclear massacres (p. 177).
13. Significantly and interestingly enough, fellow traveler, antisemite and neo-
Nazi David Duke of Louisiana entitled his second book, published in 2005, Jewish
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Supremacism: My Awakening to the Jewish Question. It was both a rewrite and an


expanded edition of his earlier text, My Awakening: A Path to Racial Understand-
ing (Covington: Free Speech Press, 1998/1999).

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The Jewish genocide of the Armenian Christians makes for a good case
study of classical and cultural Jewish racism and Jewish deception. It
demonstrates the highly developed Jewish arts of genocide, war, control
of public opinion to do evil while appearing to be the victim, scapegoat-
ing others for Jewish crimes, etc. (p. 131)

Essentially, Bjerkness text is not only a retelling of the classical


canards of antisemitism, but also a modernizing of the Protocols of the
Learned Elders of Zion, using as its point of departure the fraudulent claim
of the supposed Jewish genocide of Armenian Christians without any docu-
mentation to back up his outrageous claims.
So powerful was this tiny minority in Turkey that they manipulated the
Sultan Abdul Hamid II into believing that the Armenians were a revolution-
ary counterforce out to destroy the Empire (p. 136). All this to bring about a
return of Jews, willingly or not, to Palestine.

CHAPTER 2THE GENOCIDAL YOUNG TURKS WERE


ZIONIST CRYPTO-JEWS

Chapter 2 continues with more of the same, adding even more explic-
itly than in the first chapter that Jews also controlled the League of Nations
(p. 19), as well as claiming that French Emperor Napoleon (1769-1821) was
also a Zionist put into power by the Jewish bankers (p. 226). Again, his
standard trope appears:

Jewish leaders committed genocide against Armenian Christians, insti-


gated the Balkan Wars, instigated World War I and destroyed the Turkish
Empire, all so that they could steal Palestine from its inhabitants. (p.

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201)

Bjerkness again reminds his readerswithout documentationthat


both Talaat Bey, the primary architect of the Armenian Genocide, and
Kemal Ataturk
were both crypto-Jews (p. 226).

CHAPTER 3ROTHSCHILD, KING OF THE JEWS

Chapter 3 begins with two rather nasty assertions: The slain and
humiliated Jews of Europe were such a sacrifice to the ambitions of the
Zionists, and The Holocaust was created in order to justify the formation
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of an apartheid and racist Jewish state (p. 232). While blaming the victim
has a long and dishonorable history, only someone whose real agenda
couples antisemitism with anti-Zionism would dare to posit such absurdities

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and completely deny the long history of antisemitism in Western civiliza-
tion and the historical context that ultimately led to the Holocaust.
However, Bjerkness true goal in this lengthy third chapter is to show
his readers the overwhelming power of the Rothschild banking family, their
desire to divide America up between Britain and France (p. 241), their
employment of an (erroneously labeled) Jewish actor named John Wilkes
Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln because of Lincolns
opposition to their plans (p. 242), their ownership of both the Pope and
Rome (p. 257), and other such calumnies.
What Bjerkness does not know is how the Rothschilds came to such a
prominent position of power:

The machinations which brought them into this position remain a mys-
tery. It is not known who chose them or why. One could speculate that
the Jews have for a very long time perpetuated the myth that certain fami-
lies carry with them the royal messianic bloodline of King David.
Wealthy families would have an easy time creating this myth for them-
selves. Since there never was a King David, it is difficult to challenge
them, though realistically speaking, Ashkenazi Jews would have a far
more difficult time linking their lineage to Judah, let alone to King David
who never existed, than would Sephardic Jews who carry with them a
stronger genetic tie to the Judeans. (p. 282)

The only proof that Bjerkness can muster to support his notion of
Rothschild power is the fact that the British Balfour Declaration of Novem-
ber 2, 1917 was in the form of a letter from the Foreign Secretary Arthur
James Balfour to Baron Walter Rothschild, a leader of the Jewish commu-
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sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations toward the establishment in
Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people. (Balfour also noted his
appreciation in the letter of its contents being shared with the Zionist
Federation.)
And while it is apparently true and accurate that the Sultan of Turkey
did put up the area known as Palestine as collateral surety for a loan
advanced by the House of Rothschild in the early 1800s, possibly amount-
ing to total of 100,000,000 pounds, nothing ever came of this financial
transaction as far as Palestine was concerned. The Rothschilds never called
in the loan or collected on the collateral for breach of promise.
Casting his net even wider than the Rothschilds, Bjerkness also assets
in this chapter than Christianity itself was a plot of the Jews (Shades of
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Adolf Hitler, who argued that Christianity was perpetrated on German Ary-
ans and others by Jews as a means to subjugate them into docility!):

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Christianity itself was probably nothing but a means to convert the
Romans to Judaism so that the Romans would then restore the Jews to
Palestine and force the Jews back to Judaism, which the Jews had largely
abandoned. After, or as, the Jews were being restored to Judaism, Jews
would then restore the Christians to Paganism. This appears to be the
plan of treacherous Paul, who was born a Jew named Saul, and who set
down this plan in Romans 9-11.14 The fulfillment of this plan occurred in
the Twentieth Century, when Communism and Nazism largely destroyed
the religion of European Christians and forced Jews to move to Palestine
out of fear. (p. 330)

And further on, Christianity itself was a movement to convert Gen-


tiles to Judaism in the guise of Liberalism, and to take the hatred and men-
acing nature of the creator God of the Old Testament out of Judaism so as
to make it more palatable for Gentile consumption (p. 344).
Again picking up his tired thread of Hitler and Nazism as a Jewish
plot, he writes:

The Zionists put Hitler into power in order to bring about an allegedly
unprecedented human sacrifice (the Jewish genocide of Christian Slavs
under the yoke of Jewish Bolshevism was far worse), which would
finally atone for the Jews sins against God, through their own treachery
to the Jewish People. . . The Jews killed off many of their fellow Jews in
the Holocaust in the belief that they were fulfilling Old Testament
prophecies (for example: Ezekiel 5:12 [A third of your people will die
of the plague or perish by famine inside you; a third will fall by the sword
outside your walls; and a third I will scatter to the winds and pursue with
drawn sword], Zechariah 13:8-9 [In the whole land, declares the
LORD, two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be

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left in it. This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver
and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer
them; I will say, They are my people, and they will say, The LORD is
our God] ). Their Jewish campaign is not over and will not end until
all assimilated Jews and all Gentiles are dead. (p. 338)

Continuing in this vein, Bjerkness notes that the numbing pain


inspired by the shocking images of the victimization of the Jews in the
Holocaust has been abused by racist Jews to shield themselves from criti-
cism, such that their arrogance makes them an open menace which tarnishes

14. Throughout this volume, there are many places where Bjerkness piles on
passages from both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament as supposed support-
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ive evidence for his claims. In doing so, however, he shows nothing of their histori-
cal contexts, or of how such material was understood either historically or
contemporarily by their religious communities.

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the image of all Jews. (p. 341)15
Likewise, the perpetuation of antisemitism itself is part of the Jewish
political agenda toward world take-over:

These Sabbatian/Frankist Cabalistic Dualistic sects among Jewsinclud-


ing the Donmeh
who committed genocide against the Armenian Chris-
tianseven promoted antisemitismeven Blood Libel16 accusations
in order to promote their political agendas in an unbroken chain of revo-
lutionaries from the Frankists to the Marxists to the political Zionists. (p.
371)

These Donmeh
who ultimately were responsible for the overthrow of
the Turkish Empire and the genocide of the Armenians, according to Bjerk-
ness, arose in response to the failure of the Jewish false messiah Sabbatai
Zevi:

Many had predicted that the year 1666 would mark the arrival of the
Messiah. For Christians, this meant the second coming of Christ, for the
Jews, the long awaited arrival of the Jewish King. After the Chmielnicki
holocaust17 which some saw as the sacrifice of masses of Jewish lives as
an act of atonement, Shabbatai Zevi declared himself to be the Jewish

15. That some Jews, both individually and collectively organizationally, have
abused the memory of the Holocaust and its Jewish victims remains an ongoing
source of both sadness and debate within the organized Jewish communities and
the State of Israel. And, yes, some have exploited the Holocaust as moral capital to
justify their actions or the actions of others as being above reproach. Such thinking
and behavior, however, is not above critique. See, for example, specifically with
regard to the State of Israel, Avraham Burg, The Holocaust Is Over: We Must Rise

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from Its Ashes (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008); Tom Segev, The Seventh
Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust (New York: Hill and Wang, 1993); Idith
Zertal, Israels Holocaust and the Politics of Nationhood (Cambridge and New
York: Cambridge University Press, 2005); and Israel Studies, 14, no.1: Spring 2009
Special Volume Israelis and the Holocaust: Scars Cry Out for Healing.
16. Among the most insidious of all the antisemitic charges of long standing in
European history, and now making its way into the Middle East, has been the lie
that prior to Passover, Jews will kidnap innocent Christian children, murder them,
drain their blood, and use it in the making of the matzot, the flat unleavened cakes
associated with the festival. See, for example, Alan Dundees, ed. The Blood Libel
Legend: A Casebook in Antisemitic Folklore (Madison: University of Wisconsin
Press, 1991); Saul S. Friedman, The Incident at Massena: Antisemitic Hysteria in a
Typical American Town (New York: Stein and Day, 1978); and Po-chia R. Hsia,
The Myth of Ritual Murder: Jews and Magic in Reformation Germany (New Haven
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and London: Yale University Press, 1988).


17. The Chmielnitzki massacres of as many as 100,000 Polish Jews in 1648-
1649 at the instigation of Bogdan Chmielnitzki, Hetman (Leader) of the Ukrainian

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Messiah and a large Messianic sect followed him. He traveled to Pales-
tine, as a good Jewish Messiah would, and attracted a large Jewish fol-
lowing. While traveling through Turkey, Shabbatai Zevi was taken
prisoner and was forced to feign conversion to Islam in order to save his
life.

A branch of the sabbataian sect of crypto-Jews, called the Donmeh,



formed in Turkey. They pretended to convert to Islam, but practiced
Judaism in secret. For centuries this sect of crypto-Jewish Turks have
bred subversive crypto-Jewish agents, who have been sent around the
world to prepare the way for Jewish world domination. They created a
secret society in Paris and eventually led a revolt from Salonika. They
were the hidden masters of the Young Turks and flooded Turkey with
revolutionary propaganda defaming the Sultan. Their reach extended
across the globe.

The Sabbataians believed that Shabbatai Zevis Messianic spirit passed


from one Jewish King to the next in a process of Metempsychosis.18
They argued that the line of David was a dynasty, which would not end
when any given King of the Jews died, but rather the spirit of the Messiah
would leave one body of the Jewish King and enter the next, sort of like a
kosher Dali [sic] Lama. In the form of the Young Turks, the Donmeh
eventually succeeded in overthrowing the Sultan, whose ancestors had
shamed Shabbatai Zevi. They also destroyed Turkish culture and com-
mitted genocide against the Armenian Christians. (pp. 419-420)

CHAPTER 4MORDECAI MANUAL NOAH

This final chapter is the reproduction of three of Noahs discourses: (1)

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Discourse Delivered at the Consecration of the Synagogue [K.K. Sheerit
Yisrael) in the City of New York on Friday, the 10th Day of Nisan, 5578,
Corresponding with the 17th of April, 1818 (pp. 451-474); (2) Discourse
on the Evidences of the American Indians being the Descendants of the
Lost Tribes of Israel, Delivered before the Mercantile Library Association,
Clinton Hall, 1837 (pp. 475-499); and (3) Discourse on the Restoration of
the Jews; Delivered at the Tabernacle, Oct. 28 and Dec. 2, 1844 (pp. 500-
526).
Bjerkness does, however, introduce the chapter with the following ital-
icized comment:

Cossacks, occurred during the revolution against the Polish Catholic nobility. Jews
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were its indirect victims.


18. Metempsychosis is a philosophical term in Greek referring to the transmi-
gration of the soul, especially its reincarnation after death.

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In the Nineteenth Century, an influential American Jew, Mordecai Man-
ual Noah, spelled out a plan to take Palestine from the Turkish Empire.
Then, as today, well-connected Jews used their money and influence to
corrupt Christian Americans and the American Government in the hopes
that American Gentiles would soldier and slave for the sake of the Jews.
Noahs plans were successful. (p. 441)

That Noah himself was personally unsuccessful in his dreams of a


return of Jews to Palestine and his inability to bring the American govern-
ment to use its influence to further his plan is of no consequence whatso-
ever to Bjerkness. What matters is that Noah wrote about it more than 150
years ago, and, subsequent to him, wealthy and powerful Jews continue to
manipulate America to do Jewish bidding, and, as always, without concrete
reference but always with speculation, innuendo, and distortion.

A NOTE ON BJERKNESS NOTES

Bjerkness 352 endnotes (Chapter 1, #1-#168; Chapter 2, #169-#188;


Chapter 3, #189-#346; Chapter 4, #347-352) are a continuous piling on of
various bibliographic citations, many of which were written more than 150
years ago. Several are anonymous journalistic accounts and letters to the
editors of various newspapers without identification other than the names
themselves. Even more, many of the citations, as well as large amounts of
the actual text, bear no relation whatsoever to Bjerkness central thesis: that
the Jews were responsible for the genocide of the Armenians both at the end
of the nineteenth century and early on in the twentieth century by both the
Ottoman regime and its successors.

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Given the preposterousness of Bjerkness claims, one can only assume
that his intent is to inform his readers of his vast erudition and his intellec-
tual and analytical prowess, especially those far less informed. Perhaps his
fellow conspiracist Eric Hufschmid is correct after all: I suspect that he is
exposing Einstein and the Armenian genocide only to lure you over to his
site and put himself into the position of Einstein expert and Armenian
genocide expert.
Other than Henry Makows reference to his Norwegian Jewish mater-
nal grandfather, and his (unlisted) Chicago residence, it is almost impossi-
ble to find solid biographic data on Bjerkness. He does not appear in the
databases of the Anti-Defamation League or the American Jewish
Committee.
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Who is he, and why does he writes antisemitic revisionist history?


These remain open-ended questions. Parenthetically, his website offers no
counter of hits. Consequently there is no way of knowing how many may

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have read all or part of these texts. Nor do we know in what circles Bjerk-
ness travels.

CONCLUSIONS

Fundamentally, The Jewish Genocide of Armenian Christians is a


repackaging of The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion with a greater
antisemitic and anti-Zionist animus, if such is, indeed, possible. It presents
further pseudo-arguments, without supporting evidence, of supposed Jew-
ish power, as well as of Jewish political machinations that resulted in his-
torical events that post-date the original: World War I (1914-1918), the
Armenian Genocide (1915-1917), the Russian Revolution (1917), World
War II (1939-1945), and the birth of the modern State of Israel (1948). As
is the case with all such prejudicial stereotyping, it bases itself upon rela-
tively small kernels of truthful data and then plays fast and loose with his-
torical facts, contextualizes nothing, and returns again and again to the
kinds of conspiracist thinking that relies on myths, lies, and supposed
secrets that have long been the mainstays of haters.
That Bjerkness has not in any way proven his case is close to irrele-
vant. His intended audiences are those already committed to antisemitism
and anti-Zionism and those who simply do not know but tend to be easily
swayed by what looks and sounds like solid argumentation.19 According to
all recent surveys, the numbers of such persons are growing. Bjerkness
website is slick and professional-looking; his documents print out easily
and well; his audio files load quickly and can be listened to easily.
As should now become increasingly apparent, not only in Jewish cir-
cles but in larger venues as well, the audiences for such antisemitic and

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other hate-filled agendas (racism, anti-Americanism, anti-women, etc.) con-
tinue to grow. The advent of technology and the increasingly sophisticated
use of the Internet by the haters has played, and continues to play, an ever-
larger role in the internationalization of such agendas. Jewish and non-Jew-
ish communal defensive organizations will increasingly have to rely on
their own increasing sophistication to combat these individuals and groups.
Whether they will prove up to the challenge is, at this moment, uncertain.
Among the real tragedies of Bjerkness claims is not that Jews find
themselves having to confront one more enemy due to modern technology.

19. A classic example of which would be the Holocaust denial text by Arthur
Butz, engineering professor formerly of Northwestern University, Evanston, IL,
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whose book The Hoax of the Twentieth Century: The Case Against the Presumed
Extermination of European Jewry (Capstone: Theses & Dissertations Press, 2003.
Reprint) is replete with extensive foot/endnotes.

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It is that some in the Armenian community, at least on the radio and in
person in California, are willing to provide him forums from which to spew
his filth. For two communities who have both been the victims of genocide,
and who should be far more actively working to build bridges of trust and
mutual cooperation, Christopher Jon Bjerkness remains a discomforting and
disturbing presence.20

Steven Leonard Jacobs is Associate Professor, Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair in


Judaic Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. He may be con-
tacted at sjacobs@bama.ua.edu

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20. The recent reluctance of the American Jewish communities, and in particu-
lar the Anti-Defamation League and its Executive Director and Holocaust survivor
Abraham Foxman, to support the passage of US House Resolution 106 affirming
the historical validity of the Armenian Genocide out of a genuine concern about
alienating the State of Israels only Middle Eastern and Muslim ally, Turkey, which
continues to deny this tragedy as genocidal, is a further case in point, one in which
realpolitik takes precedence over morality. For a people who continue to insist on
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the worlds affirmation of the historicity of the Holocaust and who continue to
argue that antisemitism and Nazism (and neo-Nazism) are far from deadand cor-
rectly sosuch recalcitrance is disturbing, to say the least.

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