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The Jewish Declaration of War
on Nazi Germany
The Economic Boycott of 1933
Article from The Barnes Review, Jan./Feb. 2001, pp. 41-45.
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Few people know the facts about the singular event
that helped spark what ultimately became known as
World War II – the international Jewish declaration
of war on Germany shortly after Adolf Hitler came to
power and well before any official German
government sanctions or reprisals against Jews were
carried out. The March 24, 1933 issue of The Daily
Express of London (shown above) described how
Jewish leaders, in combination with powerful
international Jewish financial interests, had
launched a boycott of Germany for the express purpose of crippling her
already precarious economy in the hope of bringing down the new Hitler
regime. It was only then that Germany struck back in response. Thus, if
truth be told, it was the worldwide Jewish leadership – not the Third
Reich – that effectively fired the first shot in the Second World War.
Prominent New York attorney Samuel Untermyer (above right) was one
of the leading agitators in the war against Germany, describing the
Jewish campaign as nothing less than a „holy war.”
Long before the Hitler government began
restricting the rights of the German Jews,
the leaders of the worldwide Jewish
community formally declared war on the
„New Germany” at a time when the U.S.
government and even the Jewish leaders
in Germany were urging caution in
dealing with the new Hitler regime.
The war by the international Jewish
leadership on Germany not only sparked
definite reprisals by the German
government but also set the stage for a littleknown economic and political alliance
between the Hitler government and the
leaders of the Zionist movement who hoped
that the tension between the Germans and
the Jews would lead to massive emigration
to Palestine. In short, the result was a
tactical alliance between the Nazis and the
founders of the modern-day state of Israel –
a fact that many today would prefer be
To this day, it is generally (although
incorrectly) believed that when Adolf Hitler
was appointed German chancellor in
January of 1933, the German government
began policies to suppress the Jews of
Germany, including rounding up of Jews
and putting them in concentration camps and launching campaigns of terror and violence against the
domestic Jewish population.
While there were sporadic eruptions of violence against Jews in Germany after Hitler came to power, this
was not officially sanctioned or encouraged. And the truth is that anti-Jewish sentiments in Germany (or
elsewhere in Europe) were actually nothing new. As all Jewish historians attest with much fervor, antiSemitic uprisings of various degrees had been ever-present in European history.
In any case, in early 1933, Hitler was not the undisputed leader of Germany, nor did he have full command
of the armed forces. Hitler was a major figure in a coalition government, but he was far from being the
government himself. That was the result of a process of consolidation which evolved later.
Even Germany’s Jewish Central Association, known as the Verein, contested the suggestion (made by some
Jewish leaders outside Germany) that the new government was deliberately provoking anti-Jewish uprisings.
The Verein issued a statement that „the responsible government authorities [i.e. the Hitler regime] are
unaware of the threatening situation,” saying, „we do not believe our German fellow citizens will let
themselves be carried away into committing excesses against the Jews.”
Despite this, Jewish leaders in the United States and Britain determined on their own that it was necessary to
launch a war against the Hitler government.
On March 12, 1933 the American Jewish Congress announced a massive protest at Madison Square Gardens
for March 27. At that time the commander in chief of the Jewish War Veterans called for an American
boycott of German goods. In the meantime, on March 23, 20,000 Jews protested at New York’s City Hall as
rallies were staged outside the North German Lloyd and Hamburg-American shipping lines and boycotts
were mounted against German goods throughout shops and businesses in New York City.
According to The Daily Express of London of March 24, 1933, the Jews had already launched their boycott
against Germany and her elected government. The headline read „Judea Declares War on Germany – Jews of
All the World Unite – Boycott of German Goods – Mass Demonstrations.” The article described a
forthcoming „holy war” and went on to implore Jews everywhere to boycott German goods and engage in
mass demonstrations against German economic interests. According to the Express:
The whole of Israel throughout the world is uniting to declare an economic and financial war
on Germany. The appearance of the Swastika as the symbol of the new Germany has revived
the old war symbol of Judas to new life. Fourteen million Jews scattered over the entire world
are tight to each other as if one man, in order to declare war against the German persecutors
of their fellow believers.
The Jewish wholesaler will quit his house, the banker his stock exchange, the merchant his
business, and the beggar his humble hut, in order to join the holy war against Hitler’s people.
The Express said that Germany was „now confronted with an international boycott of its trade, its finances,
and its industry…. In London, New York, Paris and Warsaw, Jewish businessmen are united to go on an
economic crusade.”
The article said „worldwide preparations are being made to organize protest demonstrations,” and reported
that „the old and reunited nation of Israel gets in formation with new and modern weapons to fight out its age
old battle against its persecutors.”
This truly could be described as „the first shot fired in the Second World War.”
In a similar vein, the Jewish newspaper Natscha Retsch wrote:
The war against Germany will be waged by all Jewish communities, conferences, congresses…
by every individual Jew. Thereby the war against Germany will ideologically enliven and
promote our interests, which require that Germany be wholly destroyed.
The danger for us Jews lies in the whole German people, in Germany as a whole as well as
individually. It must be rendered harmless for all time…. In this war we Jews have to
participate, and this with all the strength and might we have at our disposal.
However, note well that the Zionist Association of Germany put out a telegram on the 26th of March
rejecting many of the allegations made against the National Socialists as „propaganda,” „mendacious” and
In fact, the Zionist faction had every reason to ensure the permanence of National Socialist ideology in
Germany. Klaus Polkehn, writing in the Journal of Palestine Studies („The Secret Contacts: Zionism and
Nazi Germany, 1933-1941”; JPS v. 3/4, spring/summer 1976), claims that the moderate attitude of the
Zionists was due to their vested interest in seeing the financial victory of National Socialism to force
immigration to Palestine. This little-known factor would ultimately come to play a pivotal part in the
relationship between Nazi Germany and the Jews.
In the meantime, though, German Foreign Minister Konstantin von Neurath complained of the „vilification
campaign” and said:
As concerns Jews, I can only say that their propagandists abroad are rendering their coreligionists in Germany no service by giving the German public, through their distorted and
untruthful news about persecution and torture of Jews, the impression that they actually halt
at nothing, not even at lies and calumny, to fight the present German government.
The fledgling Hitler government itself was clearly trying to contain the growing tension – both within
Germany and without. In the United States, even U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull wired Rabbi Stephen
Wise of the American Jewish Congress and urged caution:
Whereas there was for a short time considerable physical mistreatment of Jews, this phase
may be considered virtually terminated…. A stabilization appears to have been reached in the
field of personal mistreatment…. I feel hopeful that the situation which has caused such
widespread concern throughout this country will soon revert to normal.
This New York Daily News front page headline
hailed the massive anti-German protest rally
held in Madison Square Garden on March 27,
1933. Despite efforts by the German government
to alleviate tensions and prevent the escalation
of name-calling and threats by the international
Jewish leadership, the rally was held as
scheduled. Similar rallies and protest marches
were also being held in other cities during the
same time frame. The intensity of the Jewish
campaign against Germany was such that the
Hitler government vowed that if the campaign
did not stop, there would be a one-day boycott in
Germany of Jewish-owned stores. Despite this,
the hate campaign continued, forcing Germany
to take defensive measures that created a
situation wherein the Jews of Germany became
increasingly marginalized. The truth about the
Jewish war on Germany has been suppressed by
most histories of the period.
Despite all this, the leaders of the Jewish community refused to
relent. On March 27 there were simultaneous protest rallies at
Madison Square Garden, in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia,
Baltimore, Cleveland and 70 other locations. The New York
rally was broadcast worldwide. The bottom line is that „the New
Germany” was declared to be an enemy of Jewish interests and
thus needed to be economically strangled. This was before
Hitler decided to boycott Jewish goods.
It was in direct response to this that the German government
announced a one-day boycott of Jewish businesses in Germany
on April 1. German Propaganda Minister Dr. Joseph Goebbels
announced that if, after the one-day boycott, there were no
further attacks on Germany, the boycott would be stopped.
Hitler himself responded to the Jewish boycott and the threats in
a speech on March 28 – four days after the original Jewish
declaration of war – saying:
Now that the domestic enemies of the nation have
been eliminated by the Volk itself, what we have long
been waiting for will not come to pass.
The Communist and Marxist criminals and their
Jewish-intellectual instigators, who, having made off
with their capital stocks across the border in the nick
of time, are now unfolding an unscrupulous,
treasonous campaign of agitation against the
German Volk as a whole from there….
Lies and slander of positively hair-raising
perversity are being launched about Germany.
Horror stories of dismembered Jewish corpses,
gouged out eyes and hacked off hands are circulating for the purpose of defaming the German
Volk in the world for the second time, just as they had succeeded in doing once before in 1914.
Thus, the fact – one conveniently left out of nearly all history on the subject – is that Hitler’s March 28, 1933
boycott order was in direct response to the declaration of war on Germany by the worldwide Jewish
leadership just four days earlier. Today, Hitler’s boycott order is described as a naked act of aggression, yet
the full circumstances leading up to his order are seldom described in even the most ponderous and detailed
histories of „the Holocaust”.
Not even Saul Friedlander in his otherwise comprehensive overview of German policy, Nazi Germany and
the Jews, mentions the fact that the Jewish declaration of war and boycott preceded Hitler’s speech of March
28, 1933. Discerning readers would be wise to ask why Friedlander felt this item of history so irrelevant.
The simple fact is that it was organized Jewry as a political entity – and not even the German Jewish
community per se – that actually initiated the first shot in the war with Germany.
Placard text:
„Germans! Defend yourselves!
Don’t shop at Jewish stores!”
Photo not part of original TBR article –
added by The Scriptorium.
Germany’s response was a defensive – not an offensive –
measure. Were that fact widely known today, it would cast new
light on the subsequent events that ultimately led to the worldwide conflagration that followed.
To understand Hitler’s reaction to the Jewish declaration of war,
it is vital to understand the critical state of the German economy
at the time. In 1933, the German economy was in a shambles.
Some 3 million Germans were on public assistance with a total
of 6 million unemployed. Hyper-inflation had destroyed the
economic vitality of the German nation. Furthermore, the antiGerman propaganda pouring out of the global press
strengthened the resolve of Germany’s enemies, especially the
Poles and their hawkish military high command.
The Jewish leaders were not bluffing. The boycott was an act of
war not solely in metaphor: it was a means, well crafted, to
destroy Germany as a political, social and economic entity. The
long term purpose of the Jewish boycott against Germany was to bankrupt her with respect to the reparation
payments imposed on Germany after World War I and to keep Germany demilitarized and vulnerable.
The boycott, in fact, was quite crippling to Germany. Jewish scholars such as Edwin Black have reported
that, in response to the boycott, German exports were cut by 10 percent, and that many were demanding
seizing German assets in foreign countries (Edwin Black, The Transfer Agreement – The Untold Story of the
Secret Pact between the Third Reich and Jewish Palestine, New York, 1984).
The attacks on Germany did not cease. The worldwide Jewish leadership became ever the more belligerent
and worked itself into a frenzy. An International Jewish Boycott Conference was held in Amsterdam to
coordinate the ongoing boycott campaign. It was held under the auspices of the self-styled World Jewish
Economic Federation, of which famous New York City attorney and longtime political power broker, Samuel
Untermyer, was elected president.
Upon returning to the United States in the wake of the conference, Untermyer delivered a speech over
WABC Radio (New York), a transcript of which was printed in The New York Times on August 7, 1933.
Untermyer’s inflammatory oratory called for a „sacred war” against Germany, making the flat-out allegation
that Germany was engaged in a plan to „exterminate the Jews.” He said (in part):
…Germany [has] been converted from a nation of culture into a veritable hell of cruel and
savage beasts.
We owe it not only to our persecuted brethren but to the entire world to now strike in self-
defense a blow that will free humanity from a repetition of this incredible outrage….
Now or never must all the nations of the earth make common cause against the… slaughter,
starvation and annihilation… fiendish torture, cruelty and persecution that are being inflicted
day by day upon these men, women and children….
When the tale is told… the world will confront a picture so fearful in its barbarous cruelty
that the hell of war and the alleged Belgian atrocities pale into insignificance as compared to
this devilishly, deliberately, cold-bloodedly planned and already partially executed campaign
for the extermination of a proud, gentle, loyal, law-abiding people…
The Jews are the aristocrats of the world. From time immemorial they have been
persecuted and have seen their persecutors come and go. They alone have survived. And so will
history repeat itself, but that furnishes no reason why we should permit this reversion of a once
great nation to the Dark Ages or fail to rescue these 600,000 human souls from the tortures of
…What we are proposing and have already gone far toward doing, is to prosecute a purely
defensive economic boycott that will undermine the Hitler regime and bring the German
people to their senses by destroying their export trade on which their very existence depends.
…We propose to and are organizing world opinion to express itself in the only way
Germany can be made to understand….
Untermyer then proceeded to provide his listeners with a wholly fraudulent history of the circumstances of
the German boycott and how it originated. He also proclaimed that the Germans were bent on a plan to
„exterminate the Jews”:
The Hitler regime originated and are fiendishly prosecuting their boycott to exterminate the
Jews by placarding Jewish shops, warning Germans against dealing with them, by imprisoning
Jewish shopkeepers and parading them through the streets by the hundreds under guard of
Nazi troops for the sole crime of being Jews, by ejecting them from the learned professions in
which many of them had attained eminence, by excluding their children from the schools, their
men from the labor unions, closing against them every avenue of livelihood, locking them in
vile concentration camps and starving and torturing them without cause and resorting to every
other conceivable form of torture, inhuman beyond conception, until suicide has become their
only means of escape, and all solely because they are or their remote ancestors were Jews, and
all with the avowed object of exterminating them.
Untermyer concluded his largely fantastic and hysterical address by declaring that with the support of
„Christian friends… we will drive the last nail in the coffin of bigotry and fanaticism….”
The Biggest Secret of WWII?
Why Germany Began Rounding Up Jews
and Deporting Them to the East
Why did the Germans begin rounding up the Jews
and interning them in the concentration camps to
begin with? Contrary to popular myth, the Jews
remained „free” inside Germany – albeit subject to
laws which did restrict certain of their privileges –
prior to the outbreak of World War II.
Yet, the other little-known fact is that just
before the war began, the leadership of the
world Jewish community formally declared
war on Germany – above and beyond the
ongoing six-year-long economic boycott
launched by the worldwide Jewish community
when the Nazi Party came to power in 1933.
As a consequence of the formal declaration of
war, the German authorities thus deemed Jews to
be potential enemy agents.
Here’s the story behind the story: Chaim
Weizmann (above), president of both the international „Jewish Agency” and
of the World Zionist Organization (and later Israel’s first president), told
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in a letter published in The
That his allegations against Germany
were made long before even Jewish
historians today claim there were any
gas chambers or even a plan to
„exterminate” the Jews, displays the
nature of the propaganda campaign
confronting Germany.
However, during this same period
there were some unusual
developments at work: The spring of
1933 also witnessed the beginning of
a period of private cooperation
between the German government and
the Zionist movement in Germany
and Palestine (and actually
worldwide) to increase the flow of
German-Jewish immigrants and
capital to Palestine.
The modern-day supporters of Zionist
London Times on September 6, 1939 that:
I wish to confirm, in the most explicit manner, the declarations
which I and my colleagues have made during the last month, and
especially in the last week, that the Jews stand by Great Britain and
will fight on the side of the democracies. Our urgent desire is to give
effect to these declarations [against Germany].
We wish to do so in a way entirely consonant with the general
scheme of British action, and therefore would place ourselves, in
matters big and small, under the coordinating direction of His
Majesty’s Government. The Jewish Agency is ready to enter into
immediate arrangements for utilizing Jewish manpower, technical
ability, resources, etc.
[Emphasis in red added by The Scriptorium.]
Israel and many historians have
succeeded in keeping this NaziZionist pact a secret to the general
public for decades and while most
Americans have no concept of the
possibility that there could have been
outright collaboration between the
Nazi leadership and the founders of
what became the state of Israel, the
truth has begun to emerge.
Dissident Jewish writer Lenni
Brennar’s Zionism In the Age of the Dictators, published by a small press and not given the publicity it
deserves by the so-called „mainstream” media (which is otherwise obsessed with the Holocaust era), was
perhaps the first major endeavor in this realm.
In response to Brennar and others, the Zionist reaction has usually consisted of declarations that their
collaboration with Nazi Germany was undertaken solely to save the lives of Jews. But the collaboration was
all the more remarkable because it took place at a time when many Jews and Jewish organizations demanded
a boycott of Germany.
To the Zionist leaders, Hitler’s assumption of power held out the possibility of a flow of immigrants to
Palestine. Previously, the majority of German Jews, who identified themselves as Germans, had little
sympathy with the Zionist cause of promoting the ingathering of world Jewry to Palestine. But the Zionists
saw that only the anti-Semitic Hitler was likely to push the anti-Zionist German Jews into the arms of
For all the modern-day wailing by worldwide supporters of Israel (not to mention the Israelis themselves)
about „the Holocaust”, they neglect to mention that making the situation in Germany as uncomfortable for
the Jews as possible – in cooperation with German National Socialism – was part of the plan.
Note to readers of this article who
can also read German: a booklet
discussing the emigration of Jews
from Third Reich Germany, and
the Transfer Agreement that
facilitated their emigration, may be
found here!
This was the genesis of the so-called Transfer Agreement, the
agreement between Zionist Jews and the National Socialist
government to transfer German Jewry to Palestine.
According to Jewish historian Walter Laqueur and many others,
German Jews were far from convinced that immigration to
Palestine was the answer. Furthermore, although the majority of
German Jews refused to consider the Zionists as their political
leaders, it is clear that Hitler protected and cooperated with the
Zionists for the purposes of implementing the final solution: the mass transfer of Jews to the Middle East.
Edwin Black, in his massive tome The Transfer Agreement (Macmillan, 1984), stated that although most
Jews did not want to flee to Palestine at all, due to the Zionist movement’s influence within Nazi Germany a
Jew’s best chance of getting out of Germany was by emigrating to Palestine. In other words, the Transfer
Agreement itself mandated that Jewish capital could only to go Palestine.
Thus, according to the Zionists, a Jew could leave Germany only if he went to the Levant.
The primary difficulty with the Transfer Agreement (or even the idea of such an agreement) was that the
English [!!!; Scriptorium] were demanding, as a condition of immigration, that each immigrant pay 1,000
pounds sterling upon arrival in Haifa or elsewhere. The difficulty was that such hard currency was nearly
impossible to come by in a cash-strapped and radically inflationary Germany. This was the main idea behind
the final Transfer Agreement. Laqueur writes:
A large German bank would freeze funds paid in by immigrants in blocked accounts for
German exporters, while a bank in Palestine would control the sale of German goods to
Palestine, thereby providing the immigrants with the necessary foreign currency on the spot.
Sam Cohen, co-owner of Hanoaiah Ltd. and initiator of the transfer endeavors, was however
subjected to long-lasting objections from his own people and finally had to concede that such a
transfer agreement could only be concluded on a much higher level with a bank of its own
rather than that of a private company. The renowned Anglo-Palestine Bank in London would
be included in this transfer deal and create a trust company for [this] purpose.
Of course, this is of major historical importance in dealing with the relationship between Zionism and
National Socialism in Germany in the 1930s. The relationship was not one merely of mutual interest and
political favoritism on the part of Hitler, but a close financial relationship with German banking families and
financial institutions as well. Black writes:
It was one thing for the Zionists to subvert the anti-Nazi boycott. Zionism needed to transfer
out the capital of German Jews, and merchandise was the only available medium. But soon
Zionist leaders understood that the success of the future Jewish Palestinian economy would be
inextricably bound up with the survival of the Nazi economy. So the Zionist leadership was
compelled to go further. The German economy would have to be safeguarded, stabilized, and if
necessary reinforced. Hence, the Nazi party and the Zionist organizers shared a common stake
in the recovery of Germany.
Thus one sees a radical fissure in world Jewry around 1933 and beyond. There were, first, the non-Zionist
Jews (specifically the World Jewish Congress founded in 1933), who, on the one hand, demanded the
boycott and eventual destruction of Germany. Black notes that many of these people were not just in New
York and Amsterdam, but a major source for this also came from Palestine proper.
On the other hand, one can see the judicious use of such feelings by the Zionists for the sake of eventual
resettlement in Palestine. In other words, it can be said (and Black does hint at this) that Zionism believed
that, since Jews would be moving to the Levant, capital flight would be necessary for any new economy to
The result was the understanding that Zionism would have to ally itself with National Socialism, so that the
German government would not impede the flow of Jewish capital out of the country.
It served the Zionist interests at the time that Jews be loud in their denunciations of German practices against
the Jews to scare them into the Levant, but, on the other hand, Laqueur states that „The Zionists became
motivated not to jeopardize the German economy or currency.” In other words, the Zionist leadership of the
Jewish Diaspora was one of subterfuge and underhandedness, with only the advent of German hostility
towards Jewry convincing the world’s Jews that immigration was the only escape.
The fact is that the ultimate establishment of the state of Israel was based on fraud. The Zionists did not
represent anything more than a small minority of German Jews in 1933.
On the one hand, the Zionist fathers of Israel wanted loud denunciations of Germany’s „cruelties” to the
world’s Jews while at the same time demanding moderation so that the National Socialist government would
remain stable, financially and politically. Thus Zionism boycotted the boycott.
For all intents and purposes, the National Socialist government was the best thing to happen to Zionism in its
history, for it „proved” to many Jews that Europeans were irredeemably anti-Jewish and that Palestine was
the only answer: Zionism came to represent the overwhelming majority of Jews solely by trickery and
cooperation with Adolf Hitler.
For the Zionists, both the denunciations of German policies towards Jews (to keep Jews frightened), plus the
reinvigoration of the German economy (for the sake of final resettlement) was imperative for the Zionist
movement. Ironically, today the Zionist leaders of Israel complain bitterly about the horrific and inhuman
regime of the National Socialists. So the fraud continues.