Harold Sherwood Spencer

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Harold Sherwood Spencer.

Harold Sherwood Spencer (born 1890, date of death unknown) was an American-born British activist, author, soldier, army captain and secret service agent. He was strongly opposed to Jewish supremacism and homosexuality during World War I and published works regarding these, most notably Democracy or Shylocracy in 1918.

Early life

Born in United States of recent British descent, Spencer volunteered to serve in the British Army during World War I. He was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery in 1915, rising to the rank of Captain. He served on three fronts and became involved with the British Secret Service. However, his increasing obsession with the idea that the Germans were conspiring to sexually corrupt British civilians, in reference to the decadence in Jewish-influenced Berlin at the time, led to his being invalided out of the army in 1917 on grounds of mental instability.[1]


He was soon writing for the journal Imperialist, founded by Noel Pemberton Billing. Again in reference to the sexual Bolshevik distortion of German culture by Jewry in Berlin at the time he convinced Billing to publish an article in 1918 which claimed that 47,000 Britons were being blackmailed by Germans to "propagate evils which all decent men thought had perished in Sodom and Lesbia". It was said that names were listed in the "Berlin Black Book" of the "Mbret of Albania". A second article, attacking the actress Maud Allan for her alleged association with the conspiracy, led to a sensational libel case, at which Spencer stood as a witness for Billing. Spencer lied in court[2] claiming to have obtained evidence of German and Austrian plans to blackmail British citizens while working for an Austrian aristocrat in Albania before the war. Billing won the case.

In addition to its attacks on alleged homosexuals, the Imperialist regularly suggested that leading members of the British establishment were Jewish and that "the ruling and representing of Britain has become a close tribal affair."[3]

In 1918 Spencer published Democracy or Shylocracy.



  • "There is one enemy power against which our Government has never declared war, and that is the power wielded by the International financiers under the suzerainty of the Shylook of Frankfort. We declare to the world that we are a Democratic Empire, fighting to make the world safe for Democracy. In truth, Britain is not a Democracy at all but a Shylock-racy, and the dancing puppets of Westminster, who move and talk as King Shylock pulls their strings, are merely political marionettes. If Britain really wishes to be a Democracy, the British people will, on their own account, have to declare war on Shylock, and replace the political marionettes with something real and true to Humanity and not placemen of a Tribal purse."[4]


  1. Philip Hoare, Oscar Wilde's Last Stand: Decadence, Conspiracy, and the Most Outrageous Trial of the Century, (New York: Arcade Pub., 1998), ISBN 1559704233, p.57
  2. Hoare, p.118
  3. Hoare, p. 59
  4. Captain Harold Sherwood Spencer, Democracy or Shylocracy, C. F. Roworth, London, Second Revised Edition, 1919, p. 5 (1st edition, 1918, C.F. Roworth, London. 3rd edition, The Britons Publishing Company, with a preface by Dr. John Henry Clarke, 1922.)

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