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Friends of Democracy Anti-nazi Parade is Disrupted by Rain

September 11, 1933
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Rain Saturday disrupted a scheduled demonstration against Hitlerism in Germany called by the Friends of German Democracy, an organization of former members of the Reichsbanner. Instead of an arranged parade of anti-Nazi Germans which was to have covered a circuitous route through Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, a fleet of ten automobiles, draped with the American and German Republic’s colors, and bearing anti-Hitler signs, proceeded over the line of march behind a motorcycle police escort.

A meeting to honor those who have died at the hands of the Nazis was held following the automobile tour. Professor Franz Boas, of Columbia University, Hans Wagner, president of the organization, and Sigfried Jungitsch, editor of an anti-Nazi publication, addressed the meeting, which was held at the House of Austrians.

In an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Wagner pointed out the need for Jews and Germans to unite in fighting Hitler. More Germans than Jews are suffering under the Nazi regime, he declared, and efforts to free both from the Nazis should be coordinated. Wagner declared himself strongly in favor of the boycott saying that more Germans are suffering under Hitler than would from the boycott effects.

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