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Rabbi Wise Breaks Silence on Boycott; Calls It Duty of All Self-respecting Jews

August 15, 1933
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Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, honorary president of the American Jewish Congress and one of the moving spirits in the convocation of the Jewish world congress, in a stirring speech here tonight came out in strong support of the use of the boycott weapon by the Jews of the world against the Nazi regime in Germany.

Dr. Wise broke his long silence on the boycott question at an impressive meeting on the German situation in the Prague People’s House at a meeting under the auspices of the Jewish People’s Party and the Prague Jewish community.

“As long as Germany declares the Jews to be an inferior race, poisoning and persecuting them, decent, self-respecting Jews cannot deal with Germany in any way, buy or sell or maintain any manner of commerce with Germany or travel on German boats,” Dr. Wise declared.


“The solution of the Jewish problem which must be achieved through the Jewish National Home is the most urgent of the world’s peace measures. A world which includes Hitler is a world heading for war. The modern Haman who set out to destroy the Jewish race is a world menace because, as much as he has enslaved and degraded Germany, a mighty nation, he will pursue his intents and nobody will dare dissent or protest. Hitler became a world menace for, despite a thousand Reichstag speeches, he is broadening the empire of war.

“There are two ways to liberty,” he continued. “One is the Hitler way, the second the Masaryk way.

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