The Resilience of Anti-Semitism: The Lies of The Protocols of The Elders of Zion
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The Resilience of Anti-Semitism: The Lies of The Protocols of The Elders of Zion

grades:  High School (9-12) 

Lesson Summary:

From the ADL- Anti Defamation League:
"This three-part lesson has been prepared in conjunction with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) special exhibit of Will Eisner’s The Plot (2005), a graphic history of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The purpose of the lessons is to increase student understanding of the history of anti-Semitism and the destructive influence of antiSemitic myths and stereotypes over time and throughout the world. The unit also aims to raise awareness about the tactics used to spread hate propaganda, and to provide students with the skills to respond effectively to hate on the Internet and in other arenas."

This resource is not designed for specifically Jewish audiences, so educators should adapt the materials as they deem fit for their community. 


  • Students will learn about the history/historical context surrounding The Protocols. 
  • Students will increase their understanding of the impact of anti-Semitism.
  • Students will learn how to identify propaganda techniques. 
  • Students will increase their awareness of hate groups and their destructive influence. 
  • Students will increase their ability to critically analyze various media.

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The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.