Ten thousand young people in New York City will be enlisted in a vigilante movement for the purpose of strengthening the boycott against Nazi-made goods, in accordance with a decision adopted last night at a conference attended by 300 delegates of professional, fraternal, religious, labor and business groups, held at the Central Jewish Institute under the auspices of the youth division of the American Jewish Congress.
The city is to be divided into fifteen zones, with committees set up in each to conduct the activities. The work is to consist of a complete check of all places of business in an effort to establish whether or not they are continuing to purchase products made in Nazi Germany, Measures will be taken to induce such business houses as continue to buy from Germany to discontinue such practices.
TO COMPILE ‘WHITE BOOK’
The activities of the Vigilantes Committee will make possible the compilation of a “White Book,” carrying the names of business houses which have discontinued purchasing from Germany as a protest against the Hitler government’s regime of terror.
Max Leive was named chairman of the vigilantes committee, which will immediately initiate its program throughout New York, to be carried on in cooperation with the boycott department of the American Jewish Congress, of which Dr. Joseph Tenenbaum is chairman. The plan was adopted following addresses by Dr. Tenenbaum, Rabbi William F. Rosenbloom of Temple Israel, Max Leive and I. Posnansky.
The recent moratorium declared by Germany on all its payments abroad was interpreted by Dr. Tenenbaum as a clear-cut indication that the Hitler regime is beginning to “crack up.”
SEES ‘HOODWINK’ ATTEMPT
Germany’s explanation that the moratorium was forced by the effects of the boycott upon her exports was described by Dr. Tenenbaum “as a wilful attempt to hoodwink the world into calling off the boycott and covering up her military and propaganda expenditures.”
The most telling indication of the imminent collapse of the Hitler regime is the visit of Dr. Ernst Hanfstaengl, Hitler’s personal press agent, to the United States, in the opinion of Dr. Tenenbaum.
“Dr. Hanfstaengl,” he asserted, “has been sent to this country in an effort to create a more favorable attitude toward Germany and to offset the unfavorable reaction to Germany caused by the disclosures of the Congressional committee investigating Nazi activities in the United States.