Cohn, Norman

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COHN, NORMAN (1915– ), British historian. Educated at Oxford, Norman Cohn was a lecturer and later professor at Sussex University. He is best known for his work Warrant for Genocide: The Myth of the Jewish World Conspiracy and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (1981), which presents a comprehensive history and account of the notorious antisemitic forgery. Cohn has also written on aspects of European history, in works like Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Messianism in Medieval and Reformation Europe (1957) and Europe's Inner Demons (1975).

[William D. Rubinstein (2nd ed.)]