American Poles Boycotted Jews in 1919
May 8, 2011
Compiled by Henry Makow Ph.D.
The 1919 Polish-American boycott of US Jewish business was one of the last times Americans acted collectively to oppose the agenda of organized Jewry.
Poland emerged as a nation back in 966 but lost its independence in 1795. Shortly after the armistice with Germany in November 1918, Poland regained its independence as the Second Polish Republic (II Rzeczpospolita Polska). Apparently Poland's reemergence as a nation was opposed by international Jewry who wanted Poland to remain a rump state of Germany.
In 1919, the famous anti-modernist British author, G.K. Chesterton wrote,
"The fact is not that the Jews wish well to the new State [of Poland], but that the Jews are at this moment using all their keen intellectual activity and their deep racial loyalty, working all over the world at high pressure, to prevent the new Polish State coming into existence at all."
("PEACE WITHOUT HONOR" by G. K. Chesterton, appearing in THE NEW WITNESS, an English "anti-Semitic paper," April 18, 1919, page 494)
The following excerpt is from a U.S. War Department investigation and evaluation of issues generated by Jewish power. It was compiled in August 1919 and given SECRET classification until 1973.
c) How serious is the nation-wide boycott against all Jews and Jewish goods recently started by the Americans of Polish descent and their Slavic sympathizers ?
The Foreign Language Bureau of the Government Loan Organization of the United States Treasury in a report of June 4, 1919 states:
"The demonstrations of May 21st, participated in by the Jewish people all through the United States in the form of a public protest against the persecution of the Jews in Poland, has produced on the part of the Polish population in the U. S. A. (nearly 4,000,000) a well-managed, quietly conducted commercial and financial boycott of all Jewish merchants and vendors.
Both sides of the controversy have had ample public hearing in the Press of the U. S. A. The Poles privately maintain that the Jews are disappointed in the development of Poland into a free and independent Nation as the ambition of Jewish leaders for many generations has been to make of Poland a Jewish economic state commanding the commercial and financial channels of Eastern Europe, under a German protectorate.
Be that as it may, the Polish resentment of the Jewish propaganda against them is deep and bitter and their spirit of retaliation in this country proceeds against the Jewish pocketbook. The boycott is now well advanced all through this country and is active in every channel of trade, extending even to places of amusement.
From another source comes the information that other racial groups, namely, Russians, Ukrainians, Roumanians, Lithuanians, Czecho-Slovaks, Jugo-Slavs, Findlanders, Letts, all of Slavic origin will join in this Jewish boycott. Operations for management of same are now under way."
The Department has received a number of telegrams from the American-Polish organizations calling attention to the danger of racial conflicts here and "condemning the insincere tactics of the Jewish imperialists". (See particularly telegram from mass meeting of 15,000 in Boston June 8, 1919 representing 200,000 Polish-Americans in Massachusetts, and telegram of June 15, 1919 from mass meeting at Newark, N.J.) This last telegram also charges that Jewish employers in America have discharged Polish workers and Jewish landlords have evicted Polish tenants.
If such oppression is practiced on any large scale by the American Jews it will inevitably strengthen the boycott movement among the American Slavs and continue to fan the flame of mutual hatred between the two nationalities.
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Excerpt from "THE POWER AND AIMS OF INTERNATIONAL JEWRY"
A hard copy of this document may be obtained from U.S. National Archives in Washington DC, - its number is 245-1.
Thanks to Red for sending this.