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Educator Says Boycott Hurts Jews of Reich

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“If Hitler falls, it will be either through the economic collapse of Germany or the Jew-baiting dictator’s assassination,” in the opinion of Professor Vernon McKenzie, head of the University of Washington journalism department, on his return here after six weeks spent in Germany and Central Europe.

“The anti – German boycott, waged by Jews and their sympathizers against Naziland,” Professor McKenzie declared, “is hurting German Jewry. When German exports fall, the Nazi government blames the Jews, and Germany’s Jews are made to suffer.”

He admitted, however, that the plight of Germany’s 600,000 Jews could not be much worse.

“Apart from overpersecutions, infrequently today going as far as bodily harm, Jews suffer economic and social disabilities which are perhaps in many cases even more poignant in their implications,” he said.

“It is of course almost impossible for a Jew to get employment, except with a Jewish organization. No more than 300 Jews a year are allowed to compete for a university degree.

“Sixty-five thousand Jews have left Germany since Hitler became Chancellor. Frankfurt and other cities are already complaining of the harm caused by the ‘elimination’ of certain leading Jews, bulwarks for decades, of its trade and finance. But Goebbels and Streicher go merrily on. Anti-Semitism is one of the few Nazi pre-election promises which can be carried out.”

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