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League Scored for Inaction on Germany

May 22, 1935
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A resolution criticizing the League of Nations for its inactivity in the face of German defiance of the Versailles Treaty and demanding that the League declare an international boycott against the Third Reich was adopted by about 200 representatives of women’s organizations who met under the sponsorship of the women’s division of the Non-Sectarian Anti-Nazi League at the Hotel Astor yesterday afternoon.

Mrs. Mark Harris, chairman of the division, sounded a call for a reintensified boycott of German goods and services and appointed a number of committees to check up on retailers who are selling German goods and to plan for a more vigorous boycott.

Mrs. Harris presented Department of Commerce figures to prove that the anti-Nazi boycott has aided American trade. She prophesied that the boycott will bring the Nazi government to its knees if it is continued to be pressed vigorously.

Other speakers were Dr. Kurt Rosenfeld, exiled former Prussian minister of justice and Mrs. Rebekah Kohut, author and social worker.


The resolution, presented by Mrs. Julius Ferber, chairman of the resolutions committee, declared that “the Covenant of the League of Nations provides for the imposition of economic sanctions against nations that violate their obligations … and those who offend against civilization and humanity.”

Pointing out that the League promised after Germany’s announcement of rearmament to invoke economic sanctions if Germany violated the Versailles Treaty again, the resolution stated that the revelation that the Reich is building submarines constitutes another violation.

“Therefore be it resolved,” the resolution concluded, “that this conference protest against the inaction and continued omission of the League to enforce the provisions of the Covenant and the Treaty and herewith demands that it impose a boycott or economic sanctions on the part of all its members against the present German government and that same be maintained until the latter ceases such violation and retrace the steps it has taken in these directions.”

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