Source: Daily Express, March 24, 1933, pp. 1-2
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A strange and unforeseen sequel has emerged from the stories of German Jew-baiting.
The whole of Israel throughout the world is uniting to declare an economic and financial war on Germany.
Hitherto the cry has gone up: “Germany is persecuting the Jews.” If the present plans are carried out, the Hitlerite cry will be: “The Jews are persecuting Germany.”
All Israel is rising in wrath against the Nazi onslaught on the Jews. Adolf Hitler, swept into power by an appeal to elemental patriotism, is making history of a kind he least expected. Thinking to unite only the German nation to race consciousness, he has roused the whole Jewish people to a national renascence.
The appearance of the Swastika symbol of a new Germany has called forth the Lion of Judah, the old battle symbol of Jewish defiance.
Fourteen million Jews, dispersed throughout the world, have banded together as one man to declare war on the German persecutors of their co-religionists. Sectional differences and antagonisms have been submerged in one common aim—to stand by the 600,000 Jews of Germany who are terrorised by Hitlerite anti-Semitism and to compel Fascist Germany to end its campaign of violence and suppression directed against its Jewish minority.
Plans For Action Maturing In Europe And America
World Jewry has made up its mind not to rest quiescent in face of this revival of medieval Jew-baiting.
Germany may be called on to pay a heavy price for Hitler’s antagonism to the Jews. She is faced with an international boycott in commerce, finance, and industry.
The Jewish merchant prince is leaving his counting-house, the banker his board-room, the shopkeeper his store, and the pedlar his humble barrow, to join together in what has become a holy war to combat the Hitlerite enemies of the Jew.
Plans for concerted Jewish action are being matured in Europe and America to strike back in reprisal at Hitlerite Germany.
In London, New York, Paris, and Warsaw Jewish merchants are uniting for a commercial crusade.
Resolutions are being taken throughout the Jewish business world to sever trade relations with Germany.
Bankers Discuss Rates Of Interest On Deposits
British Jews Protest At Nazi Tactics
Merchants And Financiers Rally To Movement
German Liners Affected?
Large numbers of merchants in London have resolved to stop buying German goods, even at the cost of suffering heavy loss.
A meeting of the Jewish textile trade in London has been called for Monday to consider the situation and to determine what steps should be taken.
Germany is a heavy borrower in foreign money markets, where Jewish influence is considerable. Continued anti-Semitism in Germany is likely to react seriously against her. A move is on foot on the part of Jewish financiers to exert pressure to force anti-Jewish action to stop.
The Organization of Jewish Youth in Britain are organizing demonstrations in London and the provinces during the weekend.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews, representing the entire Jewish community of Great Britain, are meeting in special session on Sunday to discuss the German situation, and to decide on what action should be taken to counteract the attacks on their German fellow-Jews.
World wide preparations are being made to organize demonstrations of protest.
Embargo In Poland
A concerted boycott by Jewish buyers is likely to involve grave damage to the German export trade. Jewish merchants all over the world are large buyers of German manufactured goods, chiefly cotton goods, silks, toys, electrical fittings and furniture.
In Poland, the trade embargo on Germany is already in operation. In France, a proposed ban on German imports is being widely canvassed in Jewish circles.
Germany’s Transatlantic shipping traffic is likewise threatened. The Bremen and the Europa, the German crack liners, may suffer heavily from a Jewish anti-German boycott. Jewish trans-ocean travelers form an important part of the patrons of these liners because of their extensive part in international trade. The loss of their patronage would be a heavy blow to Germany’s Atlantic trade.
In New York yesterday 10,000 Jewish ex-soldiers marched to the City Hall to hold a protest demonstration.
Large crowds watched the men, some of whom wore old British uniforms, petition the mayor to support them in a boycott of German goods.
Another petition was handed in at the British Consulate-General requesting that Palestine should receive Jewish refugees from Germany without restriction.
Members of the American House of Representatives are introducing resolutions protesting against the anti-Jewish excesses in Germany. The American trade unions, representing 3,000,000 workers, have also decided to join in the protests.
A rabbinical decree in New York has made next Monday a day of fasting and prayer over the Hitler campaign.
Fasting will begin on Sunday at sunset and finish at sunset on Monday.
All Jewish shops in New York will be closed on Monday during a parade.
Apart from a monster meeting in Madison-square Garden, meetings are to be held in 300 American cities.
Madison-square Garden will see the remarkable sight of Bishop Manning speaking from a Jewish platform appealing for an end of the Hitler “terror.”
Day Of Sermons
It had been arranged to charge a shilling admission and 5s. for box seats, but a public-spirited Jew, Frank Cohen, an insurance broker, gave a personal cheque for £1,000 to cover all expenses, so admission will be free.
Every rabbi in the city of New York has been placed under a sacred obligation by rabbinical decree to devote Saturday’s sermon to the plight of Jews in Germany.
Representative Jewish organizations in the European capitals are understood to be making representations to their various Governments to use influence with the Hitler Cabinet to induce it to call a halt in the oppression of the German Jews.
The old and reunited people of Israel are rising with new and modern weapons to fight their age-old battle with their persecutors.