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Four Nazi troops sing in front of the Berlin branch of the Woolworth Co. store during the movement to boycott Jewish presence in Germany, March 1, 1933.

Four Nazi troops sing in front of the Berlin branch of the Woolworth Co. store during the movement to boycott Jewish presence in Germany, March 1, 1933.

Nazis Singing To Encourage

A Boycott of Jewish Shops

?“Germans, defend yourselves! Do not buy from Jews!” With such demands directed to the address of so-called “people?s community” (Volksgemeinschaft), the country’s organized boycott of Jewish businesses, law firms, and medical practices began on 1 April 1933.

Joseph Goebbels Called for a Boycott of Jewish Businesses, in the Nazi worldview, “international Jewry” was the most dangerous racial enemy of the German people. Jews were supposedly responsible for the biological degeneration of the nation and for all the country’s crises and grievances. Before Hitler seized power, views informed by this sort of racist anti-Semitism, Social Darwinism, and paranoia were the exception rather than the rule among the general population.

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