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The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a fraudulent antisemitic text purporting to describe a Jewish plan for achieving global domination. It was first published in Russia in 1903, translated into multiple languages, and disseminated internationally in the early part of the twentieth century. It was perpetuated as factual by Hitler, Henry Ford, and others, and is a key document in the history of anti-semitism.

The Prague Cemetery

A brief introduction to the Protocols is absolutely essential to any reader of The Prague Cemetery, which is essentially a fictional history of its creation. Check out Wikipedia

"Fictional Protocols" essay

Eco discussed the creation of the Protocols at length in an essay called "Fictional Protocols", which appeared in his Six Walks in the Fictional Woods (1994). In this essay, Eco summarizes the creation of the Protocols and the texts it was drawn from.

Eco "laid out all of the historical background and literary antecedents in Fictional Protocols, one of the lectures collected in his critical volume Six Walks in the Fictional Woods; there, he claims that “the connections with Dumas and Sue…were my own discovery.” The same information can be found in Chapters 90 to 96 of Foucault’s Pendulum, and in Chapter 97 there is even a sketch of a “dime novel” in the style of a 19th century potboiler to be based on this theme." - Joshua Lustig, Open Letters Monthly

Will Eisner's The Plot

Eco also wrote the introduction to The Plot: The Secret Story of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a graphic novel by the great Will Eisner. Amazon

Foucault's Pendulum

The Protocols appear numerous times in the text. Add more

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Chapter 1
pp. 1-4
Chapter 2
pp. 5-28
Chapter 3
pp. 29-46
Chapter 4
pp. 47-82
Chapter 5
pp. 83-96
Chapter 6
pp. 97-113
Chapter 7
pp. 114-139
Chapter 8
pp. 140-158
Chapter 9
pp. 159-167
Chapter 10
pp. 168-169
Chapter 11
pp. 170-190
Chapter 12
pp. 191-210
Chapter 13
pp. 211
Chapter 14
pp. 212-228
Chapter 15
pp. 229-232
Chapter 16
pp. 233-235
Chapter 17
pp. 236-259
Chapter 18
pp. 260-271
Chapter 19
pp. 272-277
Chapter 20
pp. 278-283
Chapter 21
pp. 284-301
Chapter 22
pp. 302-330
Chapter 23
pp. 331-377
Chapter 24
pp. 378-397
Chapter 25
pp. 398-407
Chapter 26
pp. 408-426
Chapter 27
pp. 427-437