Sergei Alexandrovich Nilus
Deeply religious and highly eccentric, the antiquarian Sergei Nilus
was responsible for the preservation of numerous documents and traditions
of Holy Russia which would otherwise have been lost in the Revolution.
Unfortunately, the anti-modernist stance and insistence on the need
for child-like faith which enabled him to take seriously the miracles
and visions of the righteous Elders also inclined him to credulously
accept claims of the existence of others the reverse of righteous.
Thus, the legacy of Nilus is mixed. His scholarship
preserved the writings of
Motovilov, including the famous
St. Seraphim which is now universally recognised
as one of the most spiritually edifying works to emerge in the modern
era; his gullibility made him the vehicle through which the notorious
Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion came into widespread
circulation. (Nilus himself, it should be mentioned, was apparently not an
anti-Semite, and wrote that only a handful of Jews, in coalition
with Masons and other Gentiles, was involved in the nefarious conspiracy
the Protocols describe.)
Norman Hugh Redington
- Nilus and the Protocols:
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