‘Jewry ueber Alles’

Antisemitic journals and activism in 1920s Britain


  • Graham Macklin Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX), University of Oslo


Conspiracist antisemitism, fascism, national socialism, Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Great Britain, Britons Society


This article explores the role of the Britons Society, a small racial nationalist sect founded in 1919, in the propagation of conspiracist antisemitism in the United Kingdom in the aftermath of the First World War. It focuses on its ideological output, aimed at cultivating an antisemitic ‘Jewwise’ mindset that viewed the fight against ‘the Jew’ as an eternal eschatological struggle. During its comparatively long life, the Britons published a voluminous quantity of antisemitic literature, including over eighty editions of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, two during the Second World War, before
it finally closed its doors in 1983. The article explores some of the Britons’ trans-national networking and concludes with several thematic case studies (anti-Bolshevism, imperial decline, antisemitic anti-Zionism) to highlight how conspiracist antisemitism formed an analytical lens through which readers could be made to understand the supposed role of the ‘Jewish conspiracy’ in world affairs. 

How to Cite

Macklin, G. (2024). ‘Jewry ueber Alles’ : Antisemitic journals and activism in 1920s Britain. Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies, 35(1), 112–128. https://doi.org/10.30752/nj.142225