For eighteen months a nation that laid claim to the “Kultur” of the world suddenly became a seething mass of unbalanced hatred, primarily using the Jew as a pawn in an anti-Semitic attack, the likes of which we have not seen during this modern era.
During this period, here and there, there arose a spasmodic protest by individual groups or organizations. However, this nation, our own United States, the crucible of all races and religions, founded upon the doctrine of liberty, has stood by and uttered not one word in protest to the German government in regard to the treatment accorded their Jewish citizenry.
It is, therefore, a revelation to note that England has openly denounced the Hitler government, when on November 29 three of its finest diplomats during the debate in Parliament, namely, Sir John Simon, Stanley Baldwin and David Lloyd George, openly threw down the gauntlet to the German government and told them that Great Britain is closely watching the discrimination of the Nazi against the Jews.
This to my mind is the outstanding piece of news, not only of the week but during the past eighteen months. Why was not the United States the first one to protest? Surely it had a wonderful precedent. As far back as July 14, 1903, I am mindful of the protest to the Russian government by President Theodore Roosevelt during the Kishineff massacres.
Even though our present government has not seen fit to act thus far, let us hope that they will follow the shining example of England and add their dissatisfaction to the “Kultur” of Germany as it exists under the Hitler regime.
ANNE SILVERMAN’S LETTER
The establishment of the world non-sectarian anti-Nazi Council to Champion Human Rights plus the fact that this recently organized body is determined to combat the principles, policies, and program of Hitlerism until that vicious uncivilized state that exists today in Germany, and which has rooted elsewhere, is completely eradicated is absolutely the biggest Jewish news of the week.
The pledging of Jew and gentile to fight their common enemy, should provide necessary strength and influence to launch a great offensive in the war against Hitler.
If this campaign should succeed, the enemies of Jews and the foes of the oppressed throughout the world will be dealt their death blow. Hitler would be seen in the true light of a fanatical religious despot. His cohorts and followers, wherever they are spreading their insidious poison, would be exterminated.
This boycott movement emphasizes the fact that this war is a battle against the ruthless treatment of Jews, Catholics, Protestants, liberals, and women. Gathering together the oppressed, where Jew and gentile fight side by side, reveals its essential non-sectarian characteristics.
That this boycott league can be effective was seen in the House of Commons when that parliament sent Hitler a warning against his present and future campaigns. This boycott, of which Samuel Untermyer is the backbone, will also reveal to the world that there are weapons more powerful than guns and bullets. It will show that the down-trodden, the oppressed, and the suffering are still in possession of the most salient factor in modern civilization. Their united front aims at the life-blood of modern nationsâ€”tradeâ€” and armed with a righteous cause they must succeed.
SANDER’S WINNING BID
It was a barbarous Nazi regime that one year ago forced the Jews of the world to take up arms, and organize a boycott to fight for the restoration of privileges of their unfortunate brethren in Germany.
It was also a result of general religious agitation that Catholics and Protestants likewise instituted a boycott of all German goods.
One year has passed and Hitler has found that the destructive work of the boycott has brought Germany to the brink of financial bankruptcy and almost disaster.
In spite of the unfayorable balance of trade, he and his cabinet have managed to keep their regime from toppling off the precipice.
When the various non-sectarian anti-Nazi organizations from the world over gathered in London last week, the delegate knew only too well that only by doubling and redoubling the pressure of the boycott could they ever hope to achieve complete isolation of Germany. Therefore the conference is relying on two very important factors, which, it hopes will be the straw that will break the camel’s back.
First, they realized that without the combined forces of all the religious denominations, fighting side by side, they could never accomplish and maintain a stronghold on German trade.
Secondly, knowing that in addition, international unity must be achieved to bring about complete isolation, the delegates agreed to wage the boycott as a single body, thrusting their entire energies and resources together.