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Chicago Group Endorses Untermyer’s Boycott Message to Geneva

The statement by Samuel Untermyer that the anti-Nazi boycott is not primarily a Jewish boycott was upheld by the Chicago Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in a statement sent by telegraph to Untermyer yesterday.

“Catholic and Protestant members of the Chicago Committee for the Defense of Human Rights,” the wire read, “strongly approve your cable to Rabbi Wise. You are right. The boycott is not Jewish. The threat of the Hitler government is not primarily to the Jews. The danger is not that the Jews will be destroyed in Germany but that civilization will be annihilated in the heart of Europe.”

The telegram was signed by James M. Yard, secretary of the Committee. Joseph M. Kraus, vice-chairman, also sent Untermyer a telegram endorsing his statement that the boycott is “human” and not “racial.”