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"Jewish Conspiracy" Warning in Famous Novel

December 5, 2019

"The Thirty-Nine Steps," a 1915 Novel written by John Buchan, an Illuminati insider, said World War One was started by the Rothschilds for profit and geopolitical motives.

"...Behind all the governments and the armies there was a big subterranean movement going on, engineered by very dangerous people."

from Sept 23, 2011
by 800 Pound Gorilla
(Edited by

"The Thirty-Nine Steps" (1915) a novel by John Buchan (1875-1940) initially suggests -- then backs off the notion of a "Jewish" hand driving events leading up to World War One: particularly, the assassination of the Austrian Crown Prince, Franz Ferdinand.

Was Buchan attempting to tell the reader something about the real reasons behind the First World War? He was in a position to know: he served as a British soldier, barrister, member of parliament and imperial statesman.

In an opening dedication to a friend, Thomas Arthur Nelson, Buchan refers to his era as a time "when the wildest fictions are so much less improbable than the facts."

In the first chapter, the protagonist, Hannay, is told by a mysterious stranger of an "international conspiracy" aimed at turning the armies of Russia and Germany against one another. The conflict will be precipitated by the assassination of the Greek prime minister, Karolides.

The stranger, who later turns out to be Franklin Scudder, a British agent, goes on to tell Hannay that "the Jew" -- who "hates Russia worse than hell" -- is behind the plot:

"...Behind all the governments and the armies there was a big subterranean movement going on, engineered by very dangerous people. He had come on it by accident; it fascinated him; he went further; and then got caught. I gathered that most of the people in it were the sort of educated anarchists that make revolutions, but that beside them there were financiers who were playing for money."

"A clever man can make big profits on a falling market, and it suited the book of both classes to set Europe by the ears. He told me some queer things that explained a lot that had puzzled me -- things that happened in the Balkan War, how one state suddenly came out on top, why alliances were made and broken, why certain men disappeared, and where the sinews of war came from. The aim of the whole conspiracy was to get Russia and Germany at loggerheads. When I asked why, he said that the anarchist lot thought it would give them their chance."

"Everything would be in the melting-pot, and they looked to see a new world emerge. The capitalists would rake in the shekels, and make fortunes by buying up wreckage. Capital, he said, had no conscience and no fatherland; besides, the Jew was behind it, and the Jew hated Russia worse than hell. 'Do you wonder?' he cried. 'For three hundred years they have been persecuted, and this is the return match for the pogroms. The Jew is everywhere, but you have to go far down the back stairs to find him."

"'Take any big Teutonic business concern. If you have dealings with it, the first man you meet is Prince von Und zu Something, an elegant young man who talks Eton-and-Harrow English. But he cuts no ice. If your business is big, you get behind him and find a prognathous Westphalian with a retreating brow and the manners of a hog. He is the German business man that gives your English papers the shakes. But if you're on the biggest kind of job and are bound to get to the real boss, ten to one you are brought up against a little, white-faced Jew in a bath-chair, with an eye like a rattlesnake. Yes, sir, he is the man who is ruling the world just now, and he has his knife in the empire of the Tzar because his aunt was outraged and his father flogged in some one-horse location on the Volga."

Later, in the book's fourth chapter, Hannay learns -- from a notebook hidden by Scudder, now dead -- that the earlier warnings of a Jewish plot had been mere "eye-wash," or nonsense. The real culprits, Hannay discovers, are in fact an evil German secret society called the "Black Stone," bent on destroying England. Yet, cryptically, Hannay notes that the "first yarn" -- i.e., the warning of a Jewish plot -- had been "in a queer way true also in spirit":

"All his yarns about the Balkans and the Jew-anarchists and the Foreign Office conference were eye-wash, and so was [Greek PM] Karolides. And yet not quite, as you shall hear. I had staked everything on my belief in his story and had been let down; here was his book telling me a different tale, and instead of being once-bit-twice-shy, I believed it absolutely. Why? I don't know. It rang desperately true, and the first yarn, if you understand me, had been in a queer way true also in spirit."

The story then takes Hannay into the Scottish highlands where he evades sinister pursuers and races to foil the plot -- which, sure enough, turns out to be the work of German agents. There are no more "Jewish conspiracy" references, all of which are confined to the first four chapters -- especially Chapter One -- of the book. But given Buchan's initial references to a Jewish plot, along with the cryptically-written subsequent retraction, is it possible that Buchan was trying to tell the reader something about the secret causes of Europe's "Great War"?

Bear in mind that the book was written only one year into the First World War -- which was itself triggered by the assassination of the heir to the Austrian throne, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Some researchers have suggested that the First World War was in fact engineered by Jewish Zionist conspirators in order to facilitate, with the blessing of Britain, the future state of Israel in the Arab Middle East after the destruction of the Ottoman Caliphate.

After all, it was in 1917 -- when England was at the nadir of its fortunes in its war against Germany -- that Britain's Lord Balfour gave his famous promise to the Lord Rothschild, noting that "His Majesty's Government view with favor" the establishment of a national homeland for the Jews in Palestine.

ess_buchan.jpgBuchan (left) certainly  would be privy to such information. In his first major appointment in 1901, Buchan was made private secretary to Lord Milner, then high commissioner for South Africa.
[Milner was a key member of the Illuminati, i.e. Cecil Rhodes' "Round Table" secret society. Rhodes, a homosexual, was an agent of Lord Nathan Rothschild. ]

During the First World War, Buchan worked as a newspaper correspondent in France, an intelligence officer and later as Director of Information for the British government. He subsequently authored Nelson's History of the War and became president of the Scottish History Society. In 1935, he was appointed the fifteenth Governor-General of Canada.

The novel, now considered a classic, has been adapted numerous times since its publication almost a century ago. These include a 1935 film adaptation by Alfred Hitchcok, a 1959 color remake and a third film version in 1978.

All these adaptations, however, depart substantially from Buchan's original story, and none of them refer to Scudder's initial warnings of an "international Jewish plot" aimed at setting Europe ablaze.

Remarkably, the same oversight is found yet again in the book's "plot summary" as it appears on popular online resource Wikipedia, which refers only to an "anarchist plot" to destabilize Europe:

"Richard Hannay, the protagonist and narrator, an expatriated Scot, returns from a long stay in Southern Africa to his new home, a flat in London. One night, he is buttonholed by a stranger, a well-traveled American, who claims to be in fear for his life. The man appears to know of an anarchist plot to destabilize Europe, beginning with a plan to assassinate the Greek Premier, Karolides, during his forthcoming visit to London."

Nowhere in the Wikipedia article, as in the many adaptations, is there  anything about a "Jewish" plot -- despite the fact that Scudder's allegations of such a plot are central to the book's opening chapters. The question begs itself, then: has there been an intentional effort -- on the part of movie-makers and publishers -- to omit the reference? After all, allegations of "Jewish plots" cannot be made today without fear of reprisal. Was Buchan, too -- even in his time -- trying to tell the reader something subtly, so as to avoid possible retaliation?


Makow Comment: This is further evidence that the "Jewish" conspiracy is the hidden Rothschild hand behind British and US imperialism, and the New World Order. Ultimately the whole world has been colonized, mentally, spiritually and physically by the Rothschild central banking cartel.

"Terrorism" is artificially created as a pretext to impose this physical bondage on humanity. Just yesterday, the US Chief of Staff said the Pakistan ISI is behind attacks on Americans in Afghanistan. Who is funding the ISI? The CIA and MI-6. Who is funding the CIA and MI-6? The central banking cartel. 


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Comments for " "Jewish Conspiracy" Warning in Famous Novel"

Heath said (September 24, 2011):

Thank you for the book report on Buchan's "Thirty-nine Steps." I'm not really sure how I missed this one. Your reader's may be interested, in another book that was always dear to my heart, which was also made into a mini-series in the seventies(available still I'm sure, but I don't recommend it as they changed too much and took out the spiritual overtones). This was Taylor Caldwell's "Captains and the Kings." A beautiful but sad book, it details the rags to riches story of an Irish immigrant who eventually tries to get his son elected president, sort of a 19th century Kennedy saga. The book, although fiction, is a great introduction to the concept of international banking and its influence. It is the very book from which the cliche of "cigar-smoking men in smoke filled rooms" comes from. In her words, these were the "quiet and dangerous men" who secretly shaped history.

Phil said (September 24, 2011):

39 of course is 13+13+13 which should alert us all to the content of this movie.
13 in the Bible refers to sin and rebellion against God.
13 is the number of witches in a coven.
Also remember that NASA has Launch Complex 39.

Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at