Douglas Reed

A biography with a special view to his work ”The Controversy of Zion”

By Knud Bjeld Eriksen, 03.03.2007

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It is a somewhat worn out phrase, that every being is unique. Some are obviously more unique than others. And today the majority of people have been so standardized by film and TV that finding significant difference between them can be difficult, at least in the Western World. Even so, it would be a cheap and easy way out to say, that we are all alike. In the real world there are great differences between individuals. We encounter the various peoples and races of significant physical, mental and cultural differences and the forces behind the propaganda has not succeeded in making the sexes alike, either - yet. People are smart or stupid, beautiful or ugly, good or bad and everything in between. But it is obvious, that a world wide attempt is being made at standardizing people, control them as a colourless mass, a world wide attempt at “globalizing mankind”.

Douglas Reed, the English journalist and author, who lived from 1895 to 1976, described this attempt better than anyone else, I know of. That makes him unique. His masterpiece, the crown of his efforts is the book “The Controversy of Zion” of 1978 (written in 1956). I have placed this book on the internet and translated most of it into Danish as a tribute to the man, but mostly because I feel, that the book is of vital importance to the world, and that the spreading of this information can have a decisive influence in the creation of world peace, and also because I am convinced, that Douglas Reed himself would want it to be known to the world in time to make a difference. The address of the original website is http:/ Most of the book is translated into Danish at the address . Now, as of April 2008 you want to go to this address: for the new version in many languages and much additional material). Many of his other books can be read on the internet – in English – at the address .

The fact that this “dictatorship of globalization” is the worlds most pressing and dangerous problem today, as it has been for the last 100 years, makes this English gentleman all the more unique for us with his outstanding ability to deal with the subject in an exciting, well documented and timeless manner. Actually unique among several genereations of billions of individuals. He is a man from whom we can and must learn. I shall explain further.

Douglas Reed experienced most of the 20th century as a grown man, he got the special observation post, that he participated in the First World War as a British soldier in Flandern (first at the infantry, then the airforce, where he was wounded). During the period between the two world wars he was a leading foreign correspondent in Central Europe for the highly estimated London newspaper Times. He was at the center of events and met many of the leading politicians on both sides of the fermenting conflict. In 1938 he left journalism in contempt for the dishonesty and enforced orthodoxy of the press, and during the period of the Second World War he had his base in London where, as a productive author, he continued his tireless search for the truth behind the events of the war. He had become convinced that the media had been perverted, controlled by forces he couldn't quite as yet identify and which did not permit the real reasons for the war to be revealed to the public. He witnessed the factual disappearance of freedom of speech during his time as a journalist, from the 20's, where it was still intact, until the end of the 30's, where it was suppressed in the most vital areas, such as the question of war or peace and the destruction of civilization in the Western world ... and everything concerning Jews and the role they played in the world.

But just as important for us today was his personal qualities, his abilities and his character. He possessed a keen ability of observation, a firmly grounded common sense, a courage and persistence in his search for truth, and a thoroughness in his search, which made his accounts of the great questions and events of his time more valuable and fascinating than most other things written during this period on these subjects. At the time there were many others, who wrote of the prospects of war, and Douglas Reed knew in 1935, when he was planning his first book, Insanity Fair, written in 1936-37 and published in 1938, that there would be “5000 other authors” with whom he would have to compete for the attention of his readers, when he started warning of Hitler and of the war, which he could see coming “in five years at the most” already in 1935 – unless ... His solution was the particularly entertaining mixture of authobiography and political report, which was to make him famous in record time. Added to this was a special British charm and dry humor and an obviously sincere Christian view of life, which permeated everything he wrote.

But he wanted to write objectively, he wanted to be a reporter, not a moral judge, and all in all he seems to have been more successful in this endeavour than many others. Of course the basic view of life of the author, his view of good and evil colours his accounts, but he sought above all to write fairly, and alway strove to describe clearly what he based his opinions or judgements on. He was persistent in his warnings against Hitler all through his first three books, which he called a trilogy – Insanity Fair (1938), Disgrace Abounding (1939) and A Prophet at Home (1941), which made him famous all over the English-speaking world because of his warnings and his precise predictions of what would happen, when and how. But he experienced also that “by a devine instinct man is unable to see the dangers that are coming” – his warnings were ignored.

Reed matured and grew wiser as time went by. National socialism and Hitler were the scares of the time. For Reed communism was always in the background, a part of the puzzle, he was trying to put together. He was a man who lived in the events of his day, a busy reporter, alway on the road. Actually he mentions, that his very first book, The Fire of the Reichtag (1934) turned out badly because he was too busy with other things. He saw the fire of the Reichtag and as a foreign correspondent he followed every single sitting of the court. He rewrote this book during the war and included the additional information which had emerged in the meantime.

Only gradually during the 30's did he realize the order of magnitude of the Jewish problem. In the first book which won him fame, Insanity Fair, there were only few, scattered remarks critical of Jews. For instance he wrote, that he had accompanied the then prime minister, Anthony Eden, on a trip to Moscow in 1935: “The department of censorship, that is to say that whole machinery that controlls the game and shuts the mouth of the foreign press, was completely filled with Jews, and that was one thing that surprised me more than anything else in Moscow”.

It was the Jews and Zionism, that were the missing link in the information he had from the beginning of his carreer. He had not thought of them at all when he started in journalism at the age of 30 at the Times (1925). Even in 1935 he had hardly given them any thought at all. He mentions that in The Controversy of Zion . In his second book Disgrace Abounding he became more clear and critical of the Jews – and increasingly unpopular among the publishers, until he could no longer get a book published. Several publishing houses were very eager to publish his second book until they saw that there were a couple of chapters critical of Jews. Then some of them demanded, that he remove these chapters (which he refused) others withdrew completely then and there.

More than anything it was the large number of Jewish refugees that came to England during this period, which opened his eyes to the problem. He feared, that they would destroy the England, he knew and loved. During the decade where he was forced to stay in England because he had given up being a correspondent and because of the war, he pondered further on the role of the Jews in the world and the hidden forces in politics.

It became his mission in life to dig deep into this problem and to deliver his message in the special way that was his hallmark to a posterity, which would have to deal with the problem. This unique narrative could not be published until after his death and 22 years after it had been completed. It was the book The controversy of Zion.

Meanwhile bits and pieces of his discoveries came out in the books that he could, as yet, get published in spite of the increasing resentment in the international world of publishers.

During the war when he was forced to stay in England he wrote three more books of the same kind as the two first ones, All Our To-morrows (1942), Lest We Regret (1943), and From Smoke to Smother. This last book is written from April to October 1947. It was the very last book he wrote in England before he emigrated to South Africa, one month later. He went there, ahead of his family. In From Smoke to Smother he says, among other things, that “the eradication of spiritual values seem to me now to be the most important thing which has to be stopped. I am thinking primarily of things such as religion, patriotism, freedom, human dignity and honor ... “

The book was written at the same time as the State of Israel was created, and of this he says: “these ten years, which have seen a diabolical power grow much stronger on Earth have been for me the happiest of my life” and he talks of the zionist pioneer Leon Pinsker as “the most unhappy and irreconcilable soul... who wanted the Jews to become a nation with a country; but he did not want the nation to live in that country...” He also mentions in this book, that during his 25 years as a journalist he has witnessed the eradication of freedom of speech.

In November 1947 he then went to South Africa and let his family (his much younger wife, whom he had given the nickname “Lorelei” and three very young children) remain in England until he had established himself there and found “something to write about” as he put it in his next book, Somewhere South of Suez (1950). After eight years of enforced stay in England he had grown impatient. He was tired of warning against spiritual decay at home and wanted to find something new. In 1948 or 1949 he was reunited with his family, which came to Durban by boat. But in 1949 or 1950 he parted from his family again and went on a long trip – "much longer than around the world" as he put it – through the USA, in order to describe the country of which he knew, that it would become the most important new host nation for world Jewry. The result of his journey, the book Far and Wide, (completed in June 1950 and published i 1951, with an epilogue written in July) is in two parts. The first part describes his very long journey with many sharp observations of an America in decay. The second one, titled Behind the Scene , - is probably the most extensive forerunner of The Controversy of Zion , although in From Smoke to Smother and Somewhere South of Suez he already has the basic theme in place. Behind the Scene is a compressed interpretation of the most recent hundred years of history characterized by two conspiratorial, revolutionary movements, communism and zionism, both originating from Jewish circles in Russia. In this historic account Reed refers to the first president of Israel, Chaim Weizmanns authobiography Trial and Error. Probably this was the first draft (for Reed himself says at the start of the chapter “The Climacteric” in The Controversy of Zion that he started the book in 1949) – or at least the first part of the book that was to become so famous, in which he later changed and added text and expanded the historic perspective to include the last 2.500 years!

After the publishing of this book Douglas Reed was definitively banned from the world of publishing and media, and he even mentions that his books “disappeared” from the libraries. But he was not the type to give up. Ivor Benson writes in the foreword to The Controversy of Zion that “as his official carreer was now appearently over, he was finally free to take on a great task for which all of his prior experience had only been a kind of preparation and education, an education which no university could deliver and which only the lucky and intelligent could fully utilize – his years as a foreign correspondent, his travels in Europe and America, his conversations and contacts with the great political leaders of his time plus his eager absorbtion of knowledge through reading and observation of all the best of European culture.”

Ivor Benson also mentions that Reed started The Controversy of Zion i 1951, wrote for three years, much of the time separated from his young family, working partly at New York Central Library, partly living very modestly in New York and Montreal, untill all 300.000 words – 600 packed pages with many notes and references were written on his oldfashioned typewriter. (See above, where Reed himself says, that he started in 1949 – he mentions in Far and Wide that having finished this book in the mid 1950'ies he travelled again far and wide in Africa, then Canada and again in USA). He was well aware that the possiblity of getting this great work published in his own lifetime was very slim. But he knew that the day would come. He says this at the start of the final chapter “The Climacteric”, which was written during the years of 1953-56, when he rewrote the whole book again. In 1956 he put a temporary end to the narrative at a time when the patterns of communism and zionism working together towards a Jewish dominated world government repeated themselves – and where half of “the Jewish Century” was over. He completed the "Epilogue" in October and November 1956.

Ivor Benson says in the foreword of The Controversy of Zion that during the years from 1956 until his death in 1976 the book was placed on top of a closet, in three packages, in his home in Durban. There was correspondence with a lone publisher about the title, but the manuscript was never sent to any publishing house. 22 years were to pass before the first edition of the book came out in South Africa. Reed “was relaxed and at peace with himself because he had brought his great work as far as possible under the circumstances and accepted his enforced retirement from life as a journalist and author, put everything of the past behind him and adapted cheerfully to at different lifestyle, where most of his new friends and acquaintances were charmed by his lively intellect and highly developed sence of humor and for years remained ignorant of the fact that he was the famous author Douglas Reed.

Of one thing he was certain: whether it happened in his lifetime or not, a day would come, where circumstances would make it possible, and the means would be found, to deliver his message of the revised account of history and the central message of Christianity to the world.

The Last Twenty Years

Of course it would be interesting to know if Douglas Reed himself felt a need to change any of the text in The Controversy of Zion during the following twenty years, and if there was anything to add to his masterpiece according to information about his life during these years.

It does not appear to have been the case.

It would also be interesting to know how he spent his time and to get to know him better through people, who knew him. That may be possible some day. Ivor Benson seems to have been a close friend af his. He died a few years ago. But his wife is still alive and lives in England. Douglas Reed was very protective of his private life even though he writes in the authobiographic genre. He does tell about how he met his wife, whom he gave the nickname “Lorelei”, in A Prophet at Home and a bit about the life of his family and, very briefly, that three children were born during the forties. His wife is mentioned as being twenty years old in 1940-41 and possibly she is still alive. His children would of course be important sources of imformation about him, too. Even though it should be respected that he wanted his privacy, he does also deserve to get much more of the attention and fame, which was interrupted when, in 1938, he stepped unto “forbidden territory”.

My only sources of information here have been Ivor Bensons and Reeds own remarks, scattered in his early works, especially The Controversy of Zion, and a couple of books he wrote while living in South Africa. In 1966, when Rhodesia declared itself independent from Great Britain, he went there, and his conversations and investigations resulted in the book The Battle for South Africa, written in 1974 and, shortly before his death, in 1976, he wrote a much abbreviated version of The Controversy of Zion titled The Grand Design of the 20th Century, a small pamphlet of 45 pages in A-6 size. Here he reduced the story from 300.000 to app. 13.000 words.

In these last three books he does not talk very much about Jews or Zionists. He used many circumscriptions, such as “the powers masking themselves as “Liberalism”. However, there is nothing to indicate, that he changed his view of their role in history. I can only guess at the reason for his reserve, it was probably in order to get the books published at all. In the books about Rhodesia and South Africa he saw just the latest destruction of the West and its values as a victim of "the World Revolution", in perfect agreement with the corrupt politicians of the West, and under the relentless pressure of the Zionists. His theme was the hypocracy of the liberation of the blacks from tyranny, when the truth was rater, that Africa was taken back into the stoneage from whence it came. He also mentions the attacks on these white bastions and a distinct war on the white mans world, a theme where the question of race is mentioned, a theme he has not treated earlier, as far as I can recall. In 1966 he “experienced” the coming of the new emigration law in the USA, which would change the USA from a mainly white area into a more and more coloured one, and he “experienced” the movement for civil rights” and possibly the new migration wave. So he had seen the main issues of the battle against the West and a Jewish battle against the white man and he has no doubt imagined a development somewhat like the one we see today, with masses of migrants from the third world, although he probably could not imagine, that the populations of the West would so feebly tolerate it.

In The Grand Design he mentions Cecil Rhodes and his plans for a British world government, and he could (before his dead in 1976) have read and taken in Gary Allens None Dare Call it Conspiracy (1976) which talks about the Bilderberg-group and the Council on Foreign Relations as players in the game of hidden politics. But that does not seem to change his basic view of the driving forces behind the destruction of the world as Talmudic and as described in The Controversy of Zion. And the view that the West bears the greatest responsibility for the fact, that this destruction can succeed.

Today Douglas Reed and his explanation of the events of world history are more relevant than ever. Naturally he had expected a settlement of the battle between “good and evil” at the turn of the millenium at the very latest and in Rhodesia i 1966, and in South Africa in 1976 he saw signs of the great “Third Event” (the Third World War) which the hidden powers need in order to lock their world dictatorship in place. But are we not today very close to a world war, started first against Iraq, and now perhabs soon against Iran – for Israel – and with the Jewish leaders of the worlds media as pushers? Are we not witnessing the creation of Eretz Israel ("Greater Israel" from the Nile to the Eufrates) while the United States as the most recent great host nation is being destroyed in the process? Do we not today see the destruction of our culture on all fronts – directed and increased by leading Jewish powers, first and foremost in the media, politics and finance? Is that not their enforced multi-culture in the West – and the implementation of monocultural racism in Israel? Is that not the revolutionary masses of the new world that are supposed to apply pressure from below on the worlds' governments through the U.N., the EU, conventions, media bombardment and political protection, whilst well placed Zionist leaders apply similar pressure from above? Do we not in reality have the tyrranical world government through the 9/11-event and subsequent terrorlegislation all over the Western World, which only need a couple more terror events in order to be formally appointed? The world army is about to be in place and “world wide legislation” is being implemented with a background in the Nürnberger Tribunal and the genocide convention – both established predominantly by Jews.

The 3rd of March is one of the most important Jewish holidays, Purim, when the murder of the Persian, antisemitic minister Haman, his sons and 75.000 Persians 2500 years ago is celebrated merrily with the symbolic whipping of Haman in the synagogue and the eating of triagular meat-cakes, symbolising Hamans ears. The world media is flowing over with news, showing how little has changed in the Jewish idea of world domination. The new Haman in Persia, the “antisemitic” president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is demonised with falsified propaganda in thousands of articles and TV-programmes, where the world opinion is being whipped up in order to foment a war against Iran. It is very likely that it can lead us into the Third World War. Also the two attacks on Iraq, which were obviously for Israel and nothing else, were started in connection with Purim. The most recent, nauseating example is trying to get millions of Christian children, the world over, to pray for protection of Israel against Irans alleged atomic threat ( Jewish Post 27.2.2007 – 9 Adar 5767). Meanwhile practically no media mentions Israels enormous stores of weapons of mass destruction including hundreds of ready-to-go atomic missiles. In Denmark we have just seen a revolutionary mob mobilising for battle in the streets, and hundred of thousands of foreigners can be mobilised as a fifth column against the West in case of war. Pressure from above by money, media and politics – from below a whipped up and destructive mob for the purpose of creating a world dictatorship with its center in Jerusalem (David Ben Gurion 1962). The president of the worlds only superpower is completely in the pocket of Jewish “advisors” and will soon be thrown away by them like a piece of used toiletpaper. In the upcoming election the two parties will compete with each other in pleasing world Jewry the most.

Exactly as described by Douglas Reed fifty years ago.

The big Jewish organizations and the world media yell louder and louder about “anti-Semitism” and there will be "anti-Semitism" for sure. But it will be far more correct to call it what Douglas Reed himself called it: “A conspiracy of truth”.

Knud Eriksen

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