That ninety German-American groups in New York City have joined and organization sponsoring a counter-boycott campaign aimed at the stores which have boycotted Nazi goods was admitted yesterday by Henry O. Spier, president of the United German Societies of Greater New York.
The ninety organizations, which are affiliated with the United German Societies, have through their delegates given him notice that they have allied themselves with the DAWA, a new organization formed to start the counter-boycott, Mr. Spier declared.
The New York branch of the League of the Friend; of New Germany, which is one of the strongest members of the United German Societies, was ascertained to be the moving factor in the new campaign.
Reinhold Walter, present leader of the Friends of New Germany, avoided interviewers yesterday, but through his secretary it was made known that approximately 500,000 Germans and German – Americans in New York and environs will make every effort to counteract the Jewish boycott of German goods by boycotting stores owned or managed by Jews.
Buttons bearing the initials DAWA, which stand for the Deutsch-Amerikanischen Wirtschafts-Ausschuss, will be worn by all persons joining the counter-boycott movement, it was learned. The buttons are decorated with a blue eagle and a picture of the rising sun.
Walter Kappe, editor of the Deutsche Zeitung, Nazi organ here, described the counter boycott as a deliberate effort of German-Americans to strike back at the Jews who are affecting their country’s trade, and to bolster German businesses hurt by the boycott.
“I can say that with the exception of a few Communists and radical Socialists all the German-Americans in New York are sympathetic will the new order of things,” Kappe is reported to have stated.