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Template:Unlinked references Robert Edward Edmondson (1872 in Dayton, Ohio – 1959) was an anti-Jewish pamphleteer and a defendant in the Great Sedition Trial of 1944. He was an organizer of the Pan-Aryan Conference.[1] Edmondson had roots that went back to the colonial days of Virginia and Maryland and was primarily of Scottish descent. He saw himself as a nonpartisan patriot and referred to himself as a "Native American", long before American Indian activists turned the label into a politically correct term.

Career

Edmondson had a 40-year career as a reporter, editor, author and publisher on economics. He began his career as a journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio working as a reporter for the Cincinnati Post. Later he moved to New York City and became a financial reporter for the New York Herald and the New York Mail and Express. While in New York he became aware of what he came to believe was the Jewish manipulation of America’s economy and started an independent financial news outlet, the Edmondson Economic Service.[2] At this time he also became friendly with Nazi propagandist Ulrich Fleischhauer and was a participant in the latter's Welt-Dienst/World-Service anti-Jewish news service.

Edmondson believed President Franklin D. Roosevelt to be Jewish and published the flier Roosevelt’s Jewish Ancestry to make his case. His attacks on Roosevelt during the 1936 election campaign suggested that the President was under the control of Jews such as Bernard Baruch, Felix Frankfurter and Louis Brandeis.[3]

In a series of essays called American Vigilante Bulletins which eventually numbered over 400,[4] Edmondson in the 1930s and 1940s documented what he saw as the Jewish control of America in banking, the press and the media. His research[1] was the forerunner to Who Rules America? written and distributed decades later by Dr. William L. Pierce. In 1953 he republished some of his bulletins in a book, I Testify.

Edmondson was also a strong anti-communist and much of his writing centered around the idea that fluoride in water was part of a communist conspiracy, as well as other plots attributed to communists.[5]

Trials

On June 11, 1936 Edmondson was indicted by a Grand Jury in New York City and charged with "libeling all persons of the Jewish Religion." In preparing his defense Edmondson subpoenaed some of the most prominent Jews of the time, including: Bernard Buruch, Henry Morganthau, Rabbi Wise, Samuel Untermeyer, Mayor LaGuardia, James P. Warburg, Walter Lippmann and Justice Samuel Rosenman. In response, the American Jewish Committee petitioned the court to drop the charges against Edmondson. On May 10, 1938 the judge dismissed all indictments, ruling that there is no group libel law.

In the early 1940s Edmondson was again indicted for his anti-Semitism along with 29 others on charges of sedition. The Great Sedition Trial of 1944, as it became known, was eventually declared a mistrial and the charges were later dismissed. He was widely believed by U.S. intelligence to have been an agent for Nazi Germany.[6]

From New York City Edmondson moves to Stoddartsville, Pennsylvania and later to Grass Valley, California.[7]

Edmondson on the Jews

The following quote expresses his ideology:

I am not against Jews because of their religion, as a race, a people or as individuals, but because Jewish leadership [i.e., the bankers] is actively anti-American, is attempting to jettison the American political philosophy and take over the Country, and that I would continue to be anti-Jewish until Jewry repudiated such subversion. Were the offender any other than the Jewish minority, my attitude would be precisely the same. This problem is the biggest and most acute thing in the world today...

Knowing that pitiless publicity is the only cure for public evils, in 1934 I started on a campaign to expose Jewish Anti-Americanism and Talmudic Communism which has been called the "Code of Hell": a "Rabbi Racket" that victimizes its own followers; an international "Satanic System" subverting France, Britain, Germany and Russia, causing the present depression and moving to take over the United States through the Jewish Radical administration [of FDR.][8]

Post-death controversy

Edmondson died aged 86 in 1959. Following his death his local paper, The Bend Bulletin, was at the center of controversy amongst his followers who launched a concerted letter writing and pamphleteering campaign as far right leaders attacked the paper for an editorial that was highly critical of Edmondson.[9]

Books

  • I Testify: Amazing memoir-exposure of international secret war-plotting. Bend, OR: Author, 1953. First printing
  • The rape of the press; American free speech subversion unmasked. Democracy propaganda fraud "exploded". Bend, OR: Author, 1954. 39 p.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Berlin Observer (US military occupation paper), May 31, 1946
  2. Guide to the Hollis Godfrey papers
  3. Henry L. Feingold, A Time for Searching, 1995, p. 216
  4. John Roy Carlson, Under Cover, p. 146.
  5. Hans Toch, The Social Psychology of Social Movements, p. 66.
  6. Nian-Sheng Huang, Benjamin Franklin in American thought and culture, 1790–1990, 1994, p. 175
  7. Carlson, Under Cover, p. 275
  8. Robert Edmondson "Testified Against the Jews"
  9. Hans Toch, The Social Psychology of Social Movements, pp. 667–68.

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