Philadelphia Record Points out Effects of Spontaneous Boycott

The Philadelphia Record, independent daily newspaper, yesterday published an editorial pointing out that resentment against Germany has made itself felt spontaneously, even though a formal anti-German boycott has not been started. The editorial stated:

“The Hamburg-American Line and the North German Lloyd, now combined under one management, withdrew their advertising recently from the Record.

“Action was taken because this newspaper did not hesitate to attack the Hitler government, and to warn that it would prove harmful to Germany.

“Despite the truculent attitude taken by the American office of the line, it seems that the general management of the Hamburg-American and North German Lloyd agrees with the Record.

“The entire executive board of Hamburg-American has resigned as a result of the line’s ‘co-ordination’ with the Reich’s muddle-headed Nazi regime.

“And Dr. Max von Schinkel, a member of the board since 1897, its chairman since 1910, not a German-Jew, but a ‘Nordic’,—whatever that may be—declared:

“The disaffection in the world toward Germany and the boycott movement are making themselves strongly felt. This has severely hurt the Hamburg-American’s business and is continuing to hurt it and German shipping generally. The volume of business is constantly falling back.’

“In a civilized world, the Nazis cannot hound 600,000 fellow Germans out of existence because they happen to be Jews without arousing international indignation.

“Resentment makes itself felt—and rightly—in a widespread refusal to buy goods or travel on the ships of a great nation lapsed into ugly barbarism.

“And this happens spontaneously—before any formal boycott has gotten under way.”

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