Look Homeward, Ashkenazi.
A cherished rallying cry among the more gullible and intellectually undiscriminating white nationalists and anti-Zionists is the claim that the Jews of today are not the authentic descendants of the Israelites of the Bible. The Ashkenazim, this story goes, are actually Khazars, a Turkic people of Central Asia who are supposed to have been converted to Judaism by their king. Scholarly antecedents of the theory, which took off in the early twentieth century, can be found in nineteenth century works; but the idea that today’s Ashkenazim are actually these Khazars was popularized by anti-Zionist Jew and Christian convert Benjamin Freedman, whose 1961 speech on this subject has received tens of thousands of hits on YouTube.
Benjamin Freedman, Grand Old Man of Anti-Khazarism
Another authority frequently cited in defense of the Khazar theory is Arthur Koestler, whose 1976 book The Thirteenth Tribe attempts to furnish the…
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