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Life of North American Jewry in Review

June 28, 1934
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A vigorous pace has been set by the Chicago Committee for the Defense of Human Rights against Nazism in organizing boycott activity among non-Jews in many communities of the Middle West.

Dr. James M. Yard, secretary, stressed the “extreme importance” of this work and emphasized the fact that the many Protestant church groups of this country have an opportunity to succeed in exerting the final pressure “which will force Germany through the use of this powerful economic lever to change the governmental attitude toward minority groups.”


Through the efforts of the organization every Christian pastor in the United States will receive a copy of the now well-known letter, “Nazism, a Vital Challenge to Christians,” written by Dr. Paul M. Hutchinson, managing editor of the Christian Century, who is president of the Chicago Committee.


Some 30,000 copies of this appeal to non-Jews to take active part in the boycott against Nazi-made goods in order to preserve their own religious freedom are being placed in the mails for distribution in this country and Canada.

Dr. Yard holds that “distribution of this pamphlet is undoubtedly the high point to date in the boycott activities of the Chicago Committee for the Defense of Human Rights against Nazism.” In Oak Park and neighboring communities active groups of non-Jews are working with the committee.


Among recent accomplishments of the Chicago Committee are an active campaign of the Protestant youth group, contact with more than 500 stores concerning the decision not to purchase Nazi-made goods, organization of a women’s division and a Negro group.

There is no intention to slacken efforts, Dr. Yard announced, “until crisis after crisis has turned out the Nazis.”

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