Silencing Henry Ford

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series The Man Behind Scofield: A Look at Samuel Untermyer

Henry Ford’s Forged “Apology”

At the apex of his business career Henry Ford, the industrial genius sensed that a terrific effort was being made to take his business from him and manipulate it into the hands of the money-changers. Mr. Ford had the impression that these manipulators were being engineered by powerful Jewish financiers.

He called to his office the most intelligent research men within his acquaintance. He commissioned them to make a thorough study of the International Jew and publish their findings in “The Dearborn Independent,” which at that time was the official organ of the Ford Motor Company.

No expense was spared, and it is estimated that literally millions of dollars were spent by Mr. Ford on this project. The original articles were carried first in “The Dearborn Independent,” and then published in book form.

I have in my possession every copy of “The Dearborn Independent.” This complete set is beautifully bound in Morocco leather and was given to me by an inner-circle member of Mr. Ford’s personal staff.

When the report on “The International Jew” was originally published it opened each chapter with a text taken from “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion,” or from the published statements of world prominent Jews. The moment the manuscripts dealing with the Jewish problem reached the public, a terrific howl went up from official Jewry. If I were to summarize the campaign of reprisal and abuse which was carried on against Mr. Ford and his Company, this summary alone would require a book.

Every instrument of torture and abuse which could be imagined was carried on against Mr. Ford — smear, character assassination, ridicule, physical threat, boycott. The pressure was constant, consistent and endless. The most powerful and enigmatic pressures imaginable were brought to bear on Mr. Ford to stop the publication of “The International Jew.”

Finally the order came through to cease publication and to destroy the copies which were available. Jews and others went into the bookstores and bought and destroyed all copies which could be found. Sneak thieves were commissioned to visit libraries and steal the report out of the libraries. This made the book so rare and unfindable that it became a collector’s item.

The day finally came when the one ambition of the Jews was fulfilled. Mr. Ford apologized for publishing “The International Jew” and blamed subordinates for the deed.

In 1940 I interviewed Mr. Ford on numerous occasions. In fact, on the day before his first automobile was put under glass, he and Mrs. Ford invited Mrs. Smith and myself to be their guests at Dearborn. On this occasion he told me the whole story of his first car and how he happened to make it.

Among the precious souvenirs which have come to Mrs. Smith and myself is a New Testament autographed by Mr. Ford, and handwritten letters from Mrs. Ford commenting favorably on some of my speeches and expressing in her own handwriting Mr. Ford’s appreciation for my activities.

It was on the occasion of one of these personal visits with Mr. Ford that he gave me a sensational and shocking report. He said: “Mr. Smith, my apology for publishing ‘The International Jew’ was given great publicity, but I did not sign that apology. It was signed by Harry Bennett.”

For the information of the reader Harry Bennett was a very officious and aggressive employee of the Ford Motor Company. He presumed his way into the confidence of Mr. Ford and later became known as an enigmatic and obnoxious personality. Space will not permit a thorough discussion of the activities of Harry Bennett. Mr. Ford’s personal secretary for 34 years, Mr. Ernest Liebold, told me that one of the worst things that ever happened to the Ford Motor Company was the employment of Harry Bennett. For a certain period of time Bennett exerted virtually a dictatorial control over the affairs of the Company. His alleged deeds, if summarized might make rather a scandalous book.

When Mr. Ford told me that he had not signed the apology, it seemed almost unbelievable. In fact, I could scarcely believe my own ears. Furthermore, on the occasion of this same visit, Mr. Ford said: “Mr. Smith, I hope to republish ‘The International Jew’ again some time.” He showed no signs of regret for having published it in the beginning.

I did not report this conversation even to my most faithful followers because the original “apology” had been so thoroughly publicized that I knew it would be difficult to make people believe what I had heard from Mr. Ford’s own lips.

After Mr. Ford died, the man Harry Bennett evidently was very much disillusioned and embittered by the fact that he did not share generously in the inheritance. He collaborated with a Jew by the name of Paul Marcus in the writing of a book entitled “We Never Called Him Henry.”

Here is Mr. Bennett’s own story concerning the much publicized “apology” Mr. Ford is supposed to have made for exposing the machinations of the International Jew. Here are Mr. Bennett’s own words:

“I got in touch with Arthur Brisbane, and through him learned that the American Jewish Committee could settle the matter. I entered into negotiations with Samuel Untermeyer and Louis Marshall of that organization, and with Brisbane. They drew up the now-famous ‘apology,’ which was to be the basis for a settlement.

In this formal statement, it was said that Mr. Ford would see to it that no more anti-Semitic material circulated in his name and that he would call in all undistributed copies of ‘The International Jew,’ which were booklet reprints of the (Dearborn) Independent’s articles. For the rest, the ‘apology’ said that Mr. Ford had had no knowledge of what had been published in the Dearborn Independent, and was ‘shocked’ and ‘mortified’ to learn about it.

“Arthur Brisbane brought this statement to me at 1710 Broadway. I phoned Mr. Ford. I told him an ‘apology’ had been drawn up, and added ‘It’s pretty bad, Mr. Ford.’ I tried to read it to him over the phone, but he stopped me.

“So I signed Mr. Ford’s signature to the document. I had always been able to sign his name as realistically as he could himself. I sent the statement to Untermeyer and Marshall. The signature was verified, and the case was closed.

“All this was done without Mr. Ford’s taking anyone else into his confidence. Edsel knew nothing about it, and Cameron and Senator Reed heard about it by reading the papers.

“Cameron’s reaction was quoted by the newspaper: ‘It’s all news to me and I cannot believe it is true’.”

Later, Mr. Bennett’s story appeared in abbreviated form in True Magazine. The above quotation appeared on page 125 of that magazine for October, 1951.

I give the reader this information in order that he may read what follows without the risk of any deception concerning the Ford apology.

To summarize:
1. The press quoted Mr. Ford as apologizing for the publication of “The International Jew.”
2. Mr. Ford told me in the presence of Mrs. Ford, Mrs. Smith and Mr. Ernest Liebold (his secretary for 34 years) that he hoped to republish it and that he did not sign the apology.
3. Mr. Bennett, who at one time was one of the three most powerful individuals connected with the Ford Motor Company, admits that Mr. Ford did not sign the apology but that he (Bennett) copied Mr. Ford’s signature with accuracy and that this signature is the only one which appeared on the formal apology.

As far as I am concerned, I am willing to base my Conclusions relative to the report (“The International Jew”) on the personal statement which Mr. Ford made to me.

Whatever the case may be, the report in its original form as well as the abridged edition herewith, speaks for itself and is supported by the logic of its contents.

Concerning “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” Mr. Ford said on February 17, 1921: “The only statement I care to make about the Protocols is that they fit in with what is going on . . . They have fitted the world situation up to this time. They fit it now.”

It must be observed that when Mr. Ford made this statement concerning the Protocols in relationship to his publication “The International Jew,” this document, which is allegedly the secret minutes of the Elders of Zion, was only 16 years old. The Jews had advertised to the world that “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” were forgeries. Mr. Ford wasted no time arguing this question. He merely said to his friends: “No matter what they are, they fit what is going on.”

Some students of the situation have pointed out that even the word “forgery” implies that the object referred to is an accurate reproduction of the original. For that reason every student of the Jewish problem should have a copy of “The Protocols of the Learned Eiders of Zion.” Copies may be obtained by addressing orders to the CPA Book Publisher, PO Box 596, Boring, Oregon 97009, USA. Or Heritage & Conservative Books

In his book entitled “My Life and Work,” which was published in 1922, Mr. Ford comments on his “International Jew” series with the following words:

“Readers of our articles will see at once that we are not actuated by any kind of prejudice, except it may be a prejudice in favor of the principles which have made our civilization.

“There had been observed in this country certain streams of influence which were causing a marked deterioration in our literature, amusements, and social conduct; business was departing from its old-time substantial soundness; a general letting-down of standards were felt everywhere. It was not the robust coarseness of the white man, the rude indelicacy, say, of Shakespeare’s characters, but a nasty Orientalism which has insidiously affected every channel of expression — and to such an extent that it was time to challenge it.

The fact that these influences are all traceable to one racial source is a fact to be reckoned with . . . Our work does not pretend to say the last word on the Jew in America. It says only the word which describes his present impress on this country. When that impress is changed, the report can be changed . . . Our opposition is only to ideas, false ideas, which are sapping the moral stamina of the people. These ideas proceed from easily identified sources, they are promulgated by easily discoverable methods and they are controlled by mere exposure.

“When people learn to identify the source and nature of the influence swirling around them, it is sufficient. Let the American people once understand that it is not natural degeneracy but calculated subversion that afflicts us, and they are safe.

“The explanation is the cure. This work was taken up without personal motives. When it reached a stage where we believed the American people could grasp the key, we let it rest for the time. Our enemies say that we began it for revenge and that we laid it down in fear. Time will show that our critics (the Jews) are merely dealing in evasion because they dare not tackle the main question.”

— Gerald L. K. Smith

No mature-minded thinker; no honest reader, could question Mr. Ford’s logic summarized above. I agree completely with his expressed convictions that all America and the world needs is to know the truth “and the truth shall set us free.”

The next letter appeared in The CDL Report, Special Issue 234 page 30 (Christian Defense League, Box 449, Arabi, La. 70032, USA). It was written by Mr. Smith as Director and on the letterhead of the Nationalist News Service, The Christian Nationalist Crusade, Publisher of “The Cross and the Flag,” and Editor of “Washington Letter”.

October 29, 1956
Mr. Charles B. Hudson
P. 0. Box 985
Newcastle, Wyoming

Dear Mr. Hudson:

I have no items concerning Mr. Ford being run off the road, but I will give you first-hand information concerning this matter, one source being Mr. Ernest Liebold, private secretary to Mr. Ford for 34 years and who was my personal friend. He believed that Harry Bennett was in with the Jews and that the scare against Mr. Ford was an inside job designed to intimidate the Ford family. It never scared Mr. Ford, but it scared his family and subordinate executives.

You will recall that Mr. Bennett collaborated with a Jew in writing a book entitled “We Called Him Henry.” In this book he boasts (but to me it was a confession) that he and Louis Marshall concocted Mr. Ford’s apology and that he (Bennett) signed Mr. Ford’s name to the apology. He boasts how he, being an artist, had learned to imitate Mr. Ford’s signature perfectly.

Mr. Ford told me before he died that one of his great hopes was that he could republish “The International Jew.” He told it to me in the presence of two other witnesses.

Sincerely yours,Gerald L. K. Smith

This article was taken from It is an introduction to The
International Jew – the World’s Formost Problem by Henry Ford.

Elizabeth Dilling, an anti-Communist writer wrote in The Plot Against Christianity,
“According to the man closest to Henry Ford, Sr., high in the administration of
his affairs , it was an attempt to assassinate Ford by driving his car off the road that
caused Mrs. Ford to plead with Henry to cease his exposures of Talmudism through
his Dearborn Independent.” *1

*1 The Plot Against Christianity, Elizabeth Dilling an online book available on the web site, chapter 11, pages 69-78.

For further study on this subject read: Henry Ford and the Jews by Neil Baldwin, Public Affairs, New York, 2003.

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