For 100 Years, ADL Has Worked to Reverse Justice in the Murder of Little Mary Phagan
ON July 20, 2015, Abe Foxman ended his “50 years of service” to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), twenty-eight of them spent as National Director. The league itself was founded in October 1913 (the exact day cannot be found) as a direct reaction to the guilty verdict delivered on Leo M. Frank in Atlanta, Georgia two months earlier, on August 25, 1913. (ILLUSTRATION: Abraham Foxman. He was paid handsomely by the ADL to protect and defend Jew criminals and perverts like Leo Frank.)
Though it’s played down now, the fact that a prominent Jew was exposed as a pervert rapist-murderer, and that the entire nation had followed the sensational trial testimony, horrified the Jewish establishment. Leo Frank was President of the Atlanta chapter of B’nai B’rith*, and was the son-in-law of the wealthy Jewish Selig family of that city. And now this privileged Jew, one of their own, was scheduled to be hanged for the murder of a 13-year old Christian girl who worked at the National Pencil Factory of which he was supervisor.
This could not be allowed to continue.
Therefore, the “Anti-Defamation League” was created by the Independent Order of B’nai B’rith as an activist arm of the New York City-based organization, charged with the following mission:
“To stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people.”
The League doesn’t distinguish between the truth or falsehood of what is being said about Jews, because, to it, Jews are always innocent.
Shortly after Frank was convicted by the jury, a nationwide campaign to exonerate him was inaugurated by Jewish interests. Adolph Ochs, Jewish publisher of The New York Times, was the most active; he teamed with A.D. Lasker, an “advertising genius” to carry out a number of publicity campaigns. Another New York newspaper The Sun published the headline, “Jews Fight to Save Leo Frank.” That was exactly accurate.
The entire argument used by the Jews, then and now, consists of the magical charge of “anti-Semitism**” which works in every case. In the case of Leo Frank, they insist it poisoned the minds of the Southern population against him. In this way they avoid the subject of the evidence.
Frank’s high priced lawyers appealed the case for two years, up to the U.S. Supreme Court, and no fault or error in the trial proceedings, and no anti-Semitism, was unearthed. But Jews don’t rely on only one plan of action. On the eve of the day Frank was scheduled to hang, outgoing Georgia Gov. John Slaton commuted his sentence to life in prison, in spite of the fact that it was a conflict-of-interest. Slaton was a law partner in the same firm as Frank’s lead counsel, Luther Z. Rosser. Thus, Slaton commuted the sentence of a man being represented by his own law firm!
But in commuting Frank’s death sentence, Slaton admitted he found “no error of law” in the trial, that the evidence submitted was sufficient to sustain the guilty verdict, and that any charge of racial prejudice was “unfair” … but he still thought there was an element of doubt felt by many. This “doubt” however, was not felt by the newly elected incoming governor, Nathaniel Harris, who supported Frank’s conviction and execution. Nor was it shared by the public, which was outraged by the move. A mob gathered at Slaton’s home, and he and his wife felt the need to move out of Georgia immediately after the new governor was sworn in.
This was not anti-Semitism. This was a judgment of the people against taking too lightly the life of a 13-year-old working girl. Prominent men of the community organized themselves into the “Knights of Mary Phagan,” openly planning to kidnap Frank from prison. Populist politician Tom Watson wrote in his magazine, “Lynch law is a good sign; it shows that a sense of justice lives among the people.”
As you know, the kidnapping took place and Leo Frank was lynched on the morning of August 17, 1915 outside of the town of Marietta where Mary Phagan had lived with her mother, stepfather and siblings. And it is said that still today …
It’s the only known lynching of a Jew in American history.
From that time to present day, the ADL and the rest of the U.S. Jewish establishment has sustained the single-minded intention to reverse the findings of that trial, to exonerate Leo Frank fully, to have the state of Georgia proclaim him to be an innocent man who was another Jewish victim of anti-Semitism in America.
As you may know, the ADL’s secret of success is that they never give up, and they take every opportunity to make progress toward their goal, no matter how small or seemingly unimportant.
In 1982, the ADL of B’nai B’rith, the American Jewish Committee, Atlanta Jewish Federation and numerous other Jewish organizations used some “new information” to push for a Posthumous Pardon and Exoneration for Leo M. Frank for the murder of Mary Ann Phagan. The petition was denied on December 22, 1983. [enlarge letter]
In 2003, on the 90th anniversary of the Anti-Defamation League’s founding, a monument dedicated by the ADL was placed near the inside entrance of the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Queens, NY where Leo Frank is buried.. It reads:
Leo Frank: The trial of Leo Frank in 1913 was motivated by the rampant antisemitism of the time. The founding of the Anti-Defamation League that same year was motivated by a passion to eradicate such injustice and bigotry. Despite his innocence, Frank was abducted from jail in 1915 and lynched. ADL remembers the victim Leo Frank and rededicates itself to ensuring there will be no more victims of injustice and intolerance.
Though it is a lie, the charge of “rampant antisemitism” is what the ADL is determined to associate with any Jewish wrongdoing across the breadth of this land, and to make it “the unquestioned truth” of the matter. The ADL is on the move to make the Jewish narrative on EVERYTHING the only narrative that exists. This is what they mean when they say they want to “Stop the defamation of the Jewish people.” It means that any accusation against a Jew is defamation, and will not be allowed to stand.
In 2008, a Leo Frank Lynching Site historical marker was put up near the site of the 1915 lynching in Marietta. The lynching marker read:
Near this location on August 17, 1915, Leo M. Frank, the Jewish superintendent of the National Pencil Company in Atlanta, was lynched for the murder of thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory employee. A highly controversial trial fueled by societal tensions and anti-Semitism resulted in a guilty verdict in 1913. After Governor John M. Slaton commuted his sentence from death to life in prison, Frank was kidnapped from the state prison in Milledgeville and taken to Phagan’s hometown of Marietta where he was hanged before a local crowd. Without addressing guilt or innocence, and in recognition of the state’s failure to either protect Frank or bring his killers to justice***, he was granted a posthumous pardon in 1986.
Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, and Temple Kol Emeth.
Because of roadway renovation, the marker had to be temporarily taken down, but now a new historical marker has been put up on the property of the Atlanta History Center, whose executive vice president is a man named Michael Rose. The new marker was put up on June 17; it honors Gov. John M. Slaton’s commutation of Leo Frank’s sentence. Another of the three organizations sponsoring this marker is the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation. So two out of three, at least, are Jewish. The writing on this Slaton marker includes these words:
Concerned by the sensationalized atmosphere and circumstantial evidence that led to the notorious 1913 conviction of Jewish businessman Leo Frank in the murder of teenager Mary Phagan, Slaton granted Frank clemency in June 1915. Slaton’s commutation of Frank’s death sentence drew national attention but hostile local backlash resulted in Frank’s lynching in August 1915, and the end of Slaton’s political career.
What could be more dismissive of 13-year-old Mary Phagan than to call her a teenager? There were no “teenagers” in 1913 [the term was invented later] but there were many girls from modest families who, from the age of 12 on, left school and worked full time in factories and mills for something like ten cents an hour. In any case, a teenager can be any age from 13 to 19! This is a good example of how Jews will sacrifice even Gentile children on the alter of protecting guilty, criminal Jews.
Another of the tribe who worked to erect the 2008 marker at the lynching site is Rabbi Steve Lebow of Temple Kol Emeth in East Cobb. Lebow says he’s trying to get the lynching marker out of storage for a centennial event planned for next month.
Rabbi Lebow is very active in the cause of Leo Frank, and says of the pardon,“That’s not enough.” He wants Frank to be declared innocent and will ask the Georgia General Assembly, Cobb County and the city of Marietta to exonerate Frank.
This Lebow is a real character.
His specialty is officiating at Jewish and interfaith weddings. I’m sorry if this article devolves into comedy — it’s not my fault.
Rabbi Lebow is also circulating a petition on the Internet but there is no groundswell of support. From reading it, I conjecture that he is not too well educated. He doesn’t write well and he doesn’t know the facts about the trial either. He falsely states:
Frank was subsequently convicted on false testimony, given on the stand by many suspect to be the real murderer, Jim Conley.
Frank’s trial, from beginning to end, was a legal farce.Witnesses were coerced to say they had seen Leo Frank with the girl that day. Then many of those witnesses later recanted their story. The forensic evidence had been “cooked”. The jury was instructed that the girl’s hair and blood had been found next to Frank’s office. [Instructed by whom?]
Convinced that the entire trial had been a sham, Governor Slaton mounted an independent investigation of the crime. Slaton’s conclusion was inescapable; Frank had been falsely accused and then wrongly convicted. [No, Slaton said he read over the entire trial transcript and found no errors and no reason to disagree with the verdict. The opposite of what Lebow states!]
This is the type of “reasoning” and “facts” that we get from the Leo Frank defenders, all the way up to the ADL and Abe Foxman. They have no valid arguments; they rely on victimology and the old complaint of anti-Semitism … and on downright lies.
More to come: Next month, on Monday, August 17, we will mark the 100th anniversary of the lynching of Leo Frank by a committee of 28 respectable, responsible men from the community. The list includes a former Georgia governor, Joseph Mackey Brown; former mayor of Marietta and later president of the Georgia Senate, Eugene Herbert Clay; the Mayor of Marietta at the time, E. P. Dobbs; lawyer and banker, part of the Marietta delegation at Governor Slaton’s clemency hearing, Moultrie McKinney Sessions; several current and former Cobb County sheriffs, and other professional men.
This was not a rag-tag band of ne’r-do-wells, and that’s why they were not prosecuted. It was Gov. Slaton who had to leave the state because he took the law into his own hands in order to please or placate the Jews. How much was he paid?
*B’nai B’rith — an international fraternal order of Jews founded in 1843 in New York City. It states that it is committed to the security and continuity of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. It is affiliated with the World Jewish Congress. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Hillel and BBYO (originally B’nai B’rith Youth Organization) were all launched by B’nai B’rith.
**Anti-Semitism — A term invented by Jews to be used as a defense whenever a Jew is accused of criminal or otherwise harmful behavior toward Gentiles.
***He had been sentenced to die at the hands of the State; the Governor intervened without legal grounds, so how could they be called ‘killers?’
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Source: Carolyn Yeager