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Predicts Labor Will Take Lead in Nazi Boycott

December 24, 1934
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“Labor throughout the world will within the next few months take the lead in the anti-Nazi boycott.”

This prediction was made yesterday by Dr. Paul Hutchinson, managing editor of the Christian Century, who has returned here after an intensive survey of labor conditions in England, France, Austria and Czechoslovakia. Dr. Hutchinson served as one of the American delegates to the recent international boycott conference in London.

“The election of William Green, president of the American Federation of Labor, and Walter M. Citrine, president of the International Federation of Trade Unions, as vice-presidents of the World Non-Sectarian Anti-Nazi Council to Champion Human Rights marked a giant stride in bringing labor into active rather than merely formal support of the boycott,” the editor said.


“Citrine has already launched a vigorous drive to enlist French and British labor in a strict embargo against German goods and services.

“Labor has learned that the survival of Hitlerism in Germany is a threat to unions in every land and that the anti-Nazi boycott must be regarded as a domestic care rather than as meddling in German internal affairs.

“Austria is the focal cause of this shift in labor sentiment. The incipient fascism there, whether of the native or German variety, has taught the unions that their rights are the first sacrifice of a reactionary regime and that fascism means finish to workers everywhere.

“British labor is particularly incensed by Mosley’s rantings and aping of the ‘Aryan’ creed. French leaders have been aroused by the growth of reactionary forces.”

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