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Three Anti-nazis Free on Bail; National Minute Men Rally

April 10, 1934
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Bandaged heads, black-and-blue spots and ruffled tempers were the chief symptoms yesterday in the morning-after feeling of Nazis and anti-Nazis, following Brooklyn pro-Hitlerites’ decision to boycott American Jewry at a riotous meeting held Sunday night in the Ridgewood Grove Arena.

Three anti-Hitlerites who had been arrested on charges of assault were freed on bail yesterday by Magistrate Frank Giorgio of the Fifth District Court in Queens. They are Aaron Schlossberg, 32, of 555 Powell street, $500; Abraham Bloom, 42, of 2173 Pacific street, $500; Nathan Friedman, 17, of 307 Osborne street, charged with throwing a stench bomb, $1,000. Joseph Vath, 32, of 1872 East Thirty-fifth street, $500, was discharged because the complainant, Charles Kramer, of 367 Vermont street, Brooklyn, did not appear in court to press charges.

The National Blue Shirt Minute Men held a meeting at their headquarters, 70 That ford avenue, Brooklyn, last night, at which plans in connection with future Nazi meetings were discussed.

As reported in yesterday’s late editions of the Jewish Daily Bulletin, 7,500 members of the League of the Friends of New Germany met Sunday to challenge the anti-Hitler boycott now being waged by American Jewry. Police, massed to prevent trouble at the gathering, made the four arrests mentioned above. There were several minor fights and, according to a declaration yesterday by Benjamin Lazare, commander of the National Blue Shirt Minute Men, his group skirmished with a detachment of Nazis marching away from the gathering.

Louis Zahne, representing the New York Ortsgruppe of the Friends of New Germany, presented a resolution at the rally demanding that President Roosevelt interfere in the boycott. “Germans have as much right here as the Jews of Galicia,” he shouted. “But do we enjoy as many rights? No, we don’t get as much as the Negroes in Harlem.”

Zahne insisted that the Jews “will find the boycott a double-edged weapon. The boycott will eventually make this a fight between Jew against Gentile.”

In a statement issued yesterday, Edgar H. Burman, chairman of the Anti-Nazi Boycott Committee of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States, denied newspaper reports that his group had taken part in the demonstration against the Hitlerites.


“The Jewish War Veterans held no meeting in connection with this affair and were nowhere near the vicinity of Ridgewood Grove on the night in question,” he declared. He disavowed connection with the Blue Shirt Minute Men, explaining that the youth organization of the War Veteran group is named Anti-Nazi Minute Men.

“The rioting was inevitable in view of the fact that the Nazis were wearing the uniform of a foreign government,” he said. This is in direct violation of Section 246, Division 22 of the Foreign Relations law, he asserted. Mr. Burman accused the storm troopers of carrying blackjacks and declared:

“The flagrant violations of the law met with no interference on the part of city, state or federal authorities, and from now on we will resist any attempts made to disturb the peace and welfare of this country.”

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