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Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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GOOD FOR THE JEWS Abraham

You may have been surprised to read that Thomas Jefferson had Jewish (or Jewish-looking) genes. But can you guess who wasn't so surprised? Rabid anti-Semites!

For the Hebrew-hating proprietors of sites like christianparty.net, a president who secretly davens would be the ultimate proof of an all-powerful Jewish world conspiracy. Besides Jefferson, other rumored members of the tribe include Abraham Lincoln, Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson. (Just imagine how their bubbes would kvell!)

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Among the specific (if dubious) claims advanced on far-right sites:

• Lincoln was the product of an illicit affair between his mother, Nancy Hanks, and a man named Springstein, who was distantly related to the Rothschilds. And his great-grandfather was named Mordecai.

• Woodrow Wilson was a Sephardic Jew whose parents, the Wohlsons, changed their name when they arrived in America.

• The Roosevelts' ancestry traces them back to the Rossocampo family, who were expelled from Spain in 1620 and then changed their names when they sought safety in other countries.

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