1920-1939 | Antisemitism | Appeasing Hitler | Germany | Media propaganda

Daily Express front page – ‘Judea declares war on Germany’

Nazi SA militia post boycott notices on a Jewish store window in April 1933. Georg Pahl – Bundesarchiv – via Wikimedia.

24 March 1933

On 24 March 1933, the Daily Express reinforced anti-Semitic prejudice with a front page splash portraying Jews as an all powerful bourgeois plutocracy.  Under the headline ‘Judea Declares War on Germany,’ it reported on the decision of some Jews to boycott German products in reaction to the murderous Nazi persecution.  Both the headline and the content blatantly pandered to public perceptions of Jews acting as a mafia with a stranglehold on international trade and finance, informing readers that ‘the whole of Israel throughout the world is uniting to declare an economic and financial war on Germany.’ It added that ‘Germany is a heavy borrower in foreign money markets where Jewish influence is considerable,’ and warned that ‘a concerted boycott by Jewish (traders) is likely to involve grave damage to the German export trade.’1

FOOTNOTE

  1. “Judea Declares War on Germany,” the Daily Express, 24 March 1933 p. 1.

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