Benjamin H. Freedman

Benjamin H. Freedman

Benjamin Harrison [ [ House Committee on un-American activities, pg 17] , calling him "Benjamin Harrison Freedman ... of 960 Park Avenue"] Freedman, (1890 – May 1984) [Social Security Death Index: "born Oct 4 1890, died May 1984 Benjamin Freeman [sic] Garden City, NY"] was an American businessman known for his antisemitic ["In the meantime, however, a vicious campaign against Mrs. Rosenberg's nomination had been launched by a group of professional anti-Semites. The leaders of the group were Benjamin H. Freedman, a retired New York businessman... and Gerald L. K. Smith, the notorious leader of the 'Christian Nationalist Crusade.'" Robert K. Griffith, "The Politics of Fear", p. 136.] [" [Fulton Lewis Jr.] went on the air to denounce Freedman as a 'violent anti-semite'." Robert K. Griffith, "The Politics of Fear", p. 138.] Stuart Svonkin, "Jews Against Prejudice", p. 120.] and anti-Zionist views and writings. A convert from Judaism to Catholicism, ["New York Times", May 5, 1948, p. 35 :"Mr Freedman who was born in the Jewish faith, but now practices Catholicism...."] Freedman was also a partner in a dermatological institute.


Freedman was born Oct 4, 1890 in New York City. [ [ WWII Draft Registration Card] online at :"Ben H. Freedman, 300 Central Park West, born Oct 4 1890 New York City, Rose Freedman, same address. Self-employed"] Freedman said that he was present at the 1912 presidential campaign as an assistant to Bernard Baruch, and regularly sat at meetings with candidate Woodrow Wilson. He claimed in a speech that he was a liaison between Rolla Wells and Henry Morgenthau, Sr. His World War I draft registration card states that he was living at 340 West 86th in New York. [ [ World War I Draft Registration Cards] , online at : "Benj H Freedman [indexed as "Frudman"] , born Oct 4 1890 New York City, single, Men's Clothing"] A few houses away, at 309 lived Samuel D. Leidesdorf. The 1925 New York City directory lists "Benj H Freedman (Freedman-Salisbury Co) h340 W 86th" [ [,1111,838,1161;1027,1107,1219,1150;750,1169,838,1218&fn=ben&ln=freedman&st=r&ssrc=&pid=37395 1925 New York City Directory] , online at] Also living at the same address is "Mrs Moritz Freedman", his widowed mother. His partner in this company is listed as "Milton S Salisbury imprs 233 Bway R2156".

"New York Times", May 10, 1924, pg 21: "Dissolution Notice":

"The co-partnership of Freedman-Salsbury Co., composed of Benjamin H Freedman and Milton S. Salsbury, and also doing business as the Herkules Saw Sales Co. of America with address at 233 Broadway, New York City, has been dissolved." - Milton S Salsbury ["New York Times", May 10, 1924, pg 21: "Dissolution Notice"(Milton Salsbury was the son of Buffalo Bill's manager Nathan "Nate" Salsbury.)]

He was at one time a partner with Samuel D. Leidesdorf in John H. Woodbury and the John H. Woodbury Laboratories, a dermatological institute [ [ Scribner's Magazine] ] and a derivative company of the old Woodbury Soap Company. He states that he was in that business from "I would say 1925 to 1937 or 1938." [ [ Nomination of Anna M. Rosenberg to be Assistant Secretary of Defense] , Freedman's testimony starts on page 145] In 1931, "Benj H Freedman" is listed in the city directory as living at the Paramount Hotel [ [ 1931 Manhattan Directory] ] Benjamin H Freedman was listed on the letterhead of the Institute for Arab American Affairs and around 1946, along with his wife, listed as "R M Schoendorf", "sponsored a series of advertisements under the imprint of 'The League for Peace with Justice in Palestine'". [ [ Cairo to Damascus] , by John Roy Carlson. Knopf 1951 (PDF 4.5M)] In 1946 he sued the American Jewish Committee for $5,000,000 for libel. ["New York Times", Jul 8, 1946] In 1948, he, through Hallam Richardson, attorney for the "League for Peace With Justice in Palestine" sued the Non-Sectarian Anti-Nazi League (founded by Samuel Untermyer) for criminal libel, that they had libeled Mr Richardson in a pamphlet by saying he had "long been known in the halls of pro-Fascist propaganda." The case was heard before Hyman Bushel in Mid-Manhattan Court for 23 days and then dismissed. ["New York Times", May 27 1948, pg 23] In 1954, his address is stated to be [ 960 Park Avenue] . He contributed money to the antisemite Conde McGinley, publisher of the periodical "Common Sense". [ [ pg 18] "Within the past two months alone Freedman has advanced to and/or for Common Sense in excess of seven thousand dollars"] In 1955, Rabbi Joachim Prinz (1902–88) (later President of the American Jewish Congress), sued McGinley for branding him a "red rabbi", and Freedman was called as a witness. ["New York Times", Apr 1, 1955, pg 9] He also produced several pamphlets over the years. The New York Times reported a meeting at the Henry George School where Benjamin H. Freedman spoke on "The Genesis of Middle East Tensions". ["New York Times", Feb 14, 1964] And again they reported that "Long John Nebel" on WNBC "will discuss anti-Semitism with Benjamin H. Freedman, industrialist." ["New York Times", Sep 2, 1965] He continued his political activities until the mid-1970s, when he was well over 85 years old. Benjamin Freedman died in May 1984 at the age of 94. [Social Security Death Index: "born Oct 4 1890, died May 1984 Benjamin Freeman [sic] Garden City, NY"] His wife was named Rose. [ [ "New York Passenger Lists"] , online at : Arriving on the "Queen of Bermuda", 24 Feb 1936, from Hamilton, Bermuda, Sheet 126 "Benjamin Freedman 46 born 1890 New York City, residence 2138 Edwin Ave, West Hill, NY". Next entry is "Rose Margaret Freedman 30 born 1905 New York City, residence 2138 Edwin Ave, West Hill, NY ] [ [ WWII Draft Registration Card] online at :"Ben H. Freedman, 300 Central Park West, born Oct 4 1890 New York City, Rose Freedman, same address. Self-employed"]

Freedman as a revisionist

The Casus Belli for the American Entry into WWI

In "The Hidden Tyranny" Freedman explained the American entry into the war thus:“Congress only declared war against Germany because President Wilson informed Congress that a German submarine had sunk the "S.S. Sussex" in the English Channel in violation of international law and that United States citizens aboard the S.S. Sussex had perished with the ship.” (This claim can be compared with the text of Wilson’s message to Congress of April 2, 1917, which does not mention the Sussex, here.

"It is a war against all nations. American ships have been sunk, American lives taken, in ways which it has stirred us very deeply to learn of, but the ships and people of other neutral and friendly nations have been sunk and overwhelmed in the waters in the same way." -Woodrow Wison

The Zionist plot against Germany

He contended that a conspiracy existed among powerful Zionists in the banking and financial elite to undermine Germany during World War I. He also alleged that a group of Zionists offered to embroil the United States in World War I on the Allied side in return for British support for a Jewish Homeland in Palestine. His support was offered in the form of the Balfour Declaration issued by the British Government to the head of the British Jewish Community Lord Rothschild. He alleges that before the Balfour Declaration, Britain was seriously considering the German offer to unconditionally end hostilities as Britain was exhausting its ammunition and food supplies due to the German submarine's effectiveness in sinking supply ships.

Jewish control of newspapers

Freedman also informed that all the newspapers at the time were owned by Jews. He also contended that their newspapers were pro-German before the war and that after the alleged deal was struck between the Zionists and the British that these newspapers became anti-German.

Blackmailing Woodrow Wilson

Freedman also contended that the prominent lawyer Samuel Untermyer visited President Wilson in the White House and threatened him with a breach of promise suit on behalf of the wife of a Princeton professor with whom Freedman alleged Wilson had carried on an affair and to whom he offered marriage. Untermeyer's client wanted $40,000, which Wilson did not have. Untermeyer offered to pay his client off if Wilson would allow Untermeyer to dictate the next available Supreme Court nomination, which in the event went to Louis Brandeis. Freedman offered no evidence for these claims. For an account of the law involved here, see breach of promise. For a detailed and documented account of Wilson's close relations with Brandeis and his desire to have him as his first Attorney-General, see the first two volumes of Arthur S. Link's "Wilson".

Freedman's connections and claimed connections with public figures

*Besides Baruch and Wilson, Freedman claimed to be acquainted with Henry Morgenthau, Sr., Samuel Untermyer, Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Kennedy, and his son John F. Kennedy, and other influential persons such as H. L. Hunt and son Nelson Bunker; he also claimed to have attended the Versailles Peace Conference.

*Freedman was an advisor to Nelson Bunker Hunt an American businessman most famous for his silver dealings; [ [ Biography of Bunker Hunt] ] as he was a friend of his father H. L. Hunt, who was believed to be the richest man in the world at the time of his death.

*In Robert John's "Behind the Balfour Declaration", published by the Holocaust denial Institute for Historical Review, the only acknowledgment is to Freedman. John says that Freedman "gave me copies of materials on the Balfour Declaration which I might never have found on my own and encouraged my own research." [ [ Introduction Behind the Balfour Declaration : the hidden origins of today's Mideast crisis ISBN 0939484293 OCLC: 20481166] ; ]

*Col. Curtis B. Dall put Freedman in a list of unspecified acknowledgments in "FDR My Exploited Father-In-Law", [My Exploited Father-In-Law (Hardcover) (ISBN 0-939484-03-X)] a book about his father in law, 32nd President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt.


"Common Sense"

Benjamin Freedman contributed funds toward the once-well-known newspaper "Common Sense", published by Conde McGinley. In an article in the February 1955 issue of "Commentary" magazine, he is cited as a financial backer of McGinley. In the libel trial by Rabbi Joachim Prinz against McGinley, Freedman as a witness testified that "he had given Mr. McGinley financial support of 'more than $10,000 but less than $100,000'". ["New York Times", Apr 1, 1955, pg 9]

"League for Peace With Justice in Palestine"

After the demise of Common Sense, Benjamin Freedman continued to write and publish his own broadsheets under the aegis of the "League for Peace With Justice in Palestine", which he had founded in 1946. [ [!OpenDocument Yearbook of the United Nations 1946/7] ] [ [ Nomination of Anna M. Rosenberg to be Assistant Secretary of Defense] ] ["New York Times", May 7 1948]

"Facts are Facts"

This is a pamphlet purporting to be the text of a 1954 letter from Freedman to David Goldstein, a Jewish convert to Catholicism and an exponent of the idea that Christianity fulfilled Judaism. The text expounds the notion that most people now identified as Jews are the descendants of Khazars, a Turkic people of Central Asia who converted to Judaism. Throughout the text of this pamphlet, the author never refers to "Jews" "simpliciter." He always refers to "so-called or self-styled 'Jews'".


Freedman opposed the nomination of Anna M. Rosenberg to be Assistant Secretary of Defense in 1950. [ [ Nomination of Anna M. Rosenberg to be Assistant Secretary of Defense] ] An article in the "ADL Bulletin" entitled "The Plot Against Ann Rosenburg" attributed the attacks on Rosenberg's loyalty to 'professional anti-Semites and lunatic nationalists,' including the 'Jew-baiting cabal of John Rankin, Benjamin Freedman, and Gerald Smith.'

Freedman, an apostate Jew, was well known to the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee as an active supporter of the Arab cause in the Middle East. (fn 33) In the course of his erratic and often contradictory testimony before the Senate committee, Freedman revealed the roles played by anti-Semitic agitators and right-wing anticommunists — including Gerald L.K. Smith, Conde McGinley, the "Reverend" Wesley Swift, Congressman John Rankin, Senator Joseph McCarthy, and J.B. Matthews — in the campaign against the Rosenberg appointment. (fn 34)

According to American Dissident Voices,

The February 1955 issue of the "American Jewish Committee's Commentary" magazine included an article attacking Conde McGinley's "Common Sense" newspaper, which Freedman wrote for and subsidized, saying: "One of McGinley's angels is the Jewish anti-Semite Benjamin Freedman, who told the Armed Services Committee on December 12, 1950 that he had given $15,000 to Common Sense." [ [ Benjamin Freedman: Defector from Jewish Supremacism] , Kevin Alfred Strom, American Dissident Voices Broadcast of November 20, 2004.]

That Freedman was the 'financial angel' of Conde McGinley's "Common Sense" is also confirmed by historian Stuart Svonkin.

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs called him a "self-hating Jew" or "Jewish anti-Semite." The House Committee on un-American activities called him a "retired toilet goods manufacturer" [ [ House Committee on un-American activities, pg 17] ] .

Even his supporters did not assign to him complete reliability. According to the National Vanguard, :"When I met him many years ago, he told me - I assume truthfully - that when he and his wife were in an elevator of the very expensive apartment building in New York City in which he then lived, and the very rich Jews who lived in the same building entered the same elevator, they would spit all over his and his wife's clothing to show their disapproval by a typical Jewish gesture. Freedman, however, did not intend to betray his race; on the contrary, he was convinced (it seems, mistakenly) that he was racially a real Jew, whereas most Jews were Turko-Mongolians who had disguised themselves as Jews and cunningly come to dominate the Jewish race, which he certainly did not intend to depreciate, much less betray. On the contrary, he imagined that he was, at great self-sacrifice, protecting his own people from the reprisals that might someday fall upon them." [" [ The Jewish Strategy] ", Revilo P. Oliver]

According to Kevin Alfred Strom, :"So, despite our gratitude to Freedman for his insider's revelations of Jewish activities against America and against Whites, and despite our admiration for his courage in defecting from the power structure he served for so many decades, we must essentially discard his religious ramblings and some of his more extreme conclusions dependent on the Khazar hypothesis in its purest form. If in his religious hobbyhorses he displayed a flaw common to almost all of mankind, and if in his adherence to the Khazar theory of Jewish origins he fell prey to a false idea that has charmed even scholars, we may forgive him.". [ " [ Benjamin Freedman: Defector from Jewish Supremacism] ", Kevin Alfred Strom, American Dissident Voices Broadcast of November 20, 2004]



*"Facts are Facts", Noontide Press (Softcover), ISBN 0-317-53273-1
*"Why Congress is Crooked or Crazy or Both", Founder, 1946, League for Peace with Justice in Palestine (self-published, New York, 1975)
*"Palestine," Destiny: The Magazine of National Life (Jan. 1948): 26-28 (originally appeared in the National Economic Council’s Council Letter, no. 177, Oct. 15, 1947). Published in Haverhill, Mass.,


*Hall, Gordon D., [ "The Hate Campaign Against the UN] . Beacon Press, 1952. OCLC|4028401
* [ Nomination of Anna M. Rosenberg to be Assistant Secretary of Defense] OCLC|9714984
*Griffith, Robert K. "The Politics of Fear: Joseph R. McCarthy and the Senate", University of Massachusetts Press, 1987, ISBN 0870235559
*Svonkin, Stuart. "Jews Against Prejudice:American Jews and the Fight for Civil Liberties", Columbia University Press 1997. ISBN 0-231-10638-6
* [ House Committee on un-American Activities, 1954 (PDF 3 Meg)] (from the Eugene Debs collection)

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** [ Speech (Part1)]
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*A transcript of the 1961 Willard Hotel speech: [ Link]

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