Some the bizarre claims that have stalked the Roth­schild fam­ily


MORE POW­ER­FUL THAN THE CROWN Con­spir­acy the­o­rists say that Nathan Roth­schild claimed to con­trol Bri­tain through its fi­nances: “The man who con­trols Bri­tain’s money sup­ply con­trols the Bri­tish Em­pire, and I con­trol the Bri­tish money sup­ply.” Of course, Nathan Roth­schild never said this. A sim­i­lar line, “Give me con­trol of a Na­tion’s money sup­ply, and I care not who makes its laws”, is of­ten attributed to his fa­ther Mayer. First cited in 1939, the quo­ta­tion has never been ver­i­fied but may rep­re­sent Mayer’s point of view dur­ing his life­time. SE­CRET AGENTS OF THE ILLUMANTI Con­spir­acy the­o­rists claim that the Roth­schilds are part of the Il­lu­mi­nati, the sup­posed se­cret so­ci­ety con­trol­ling the world. (The real Il­lu­mi­nati, who con­trolled noth­ing of im­por­tance, dis­banded in the late 1700s.) They point to a lav­ish 1972 party thrown by Marie-hélène de Roth­schild in which celebrity guests in­clud­ing Sal­vador Dalí dressed in out­landish cos­tumes in cel­e­bra­tion of sur­re­al­ism. While the cos­tumes and dé­cor mirrored great works of art, con­spir­acy the­o­rists imag­ined that the cos­tumes were se­cret Il­lu­mi­nati sym­bols, which the top-se­cret group pho­tographed for all to see. They’re just that se­cret. LIZARDS FROM OUTER SPACE Con­spir­acy the­o­rists like David Icke claim that the Roth­schilds are rep­til­ian crea­tures mas­querad­ing as hu­man be­ings, along with most of the world’s po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and so­cial lead­ers. Be­liev­ers hold that th­ese cold-blooded mon­sters act in­hu­manely be­cause they feed off the blood and mis­ery of hu­mankind. Do we re­ally need to say that no one has ever found proof of a rep­til­ian Roth­schild? THE RUS­SIAN OR ROTH­SCHILD REV­O­LU­TION? Con­spir­acy the­o­rists claim that the Roth­schilds tried to en­hance the value of their oil hold­ings by fund­ing the Rus­sian Rev­o­lu­tion to gain ac­cess to Rus­sian oil fields. Leopold de Roth­schild, head of the Bri­tish branch of the fam­ily bank, loaned the Pro­vi­sional Gov­ern­ment in Rus­sia a con­sid­er­able sum of money af­ter the Fe­bru­ary Rev­o­lu­tion in or­der to keep Rus­sia in World War I. But the fam­ily was openly hos­tile to the Bol­she­viks and re­fused to ac­cept any deposits from the Soviet state for decades af­ter the Oc­to­ber Rev­o­lu­tion. THE TI­TANIC SUNK ON PUR­POSE? Con­spir­acy the­o­rists say the Roth­schilds or­dered the sink­ing of the Ti­tanic in 1912 to elim­i­nate other mil­lion­aires who op­posed the cre­ation of a cen­tral bank in the United States, specif­i­cally Ben­jamin Guggen­heim, Isi­dor Strauss and John Ja­cob As­tor IV. How­ever, while the US Fed­eral Re­serve was es­tab­lished in 1913, many oth­ers that weren’t on board the Ti­tanic, par­tic­u­larly Demo­cratic politi­cians, op­posed the cen­tral bank. In fact, a much stronger cen­tral bank bill had been con­sid­ered from 1910 to 1912 but failed even af­ter the Ti­tanic sank be­cause of Demo­cratic op­po­si­tion in Congress. A com­pro­mise, not the deaths of three mil­lion­aires, cre­ated the Fed­eral Re­serve the next year.

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