(Jewish Telegraph Agency) Here’s the curious story of Monte Shackman from 1934 — a prominent Jewish store owner in New York City who ignored the worldwide Jewish boycott of German goods:
Anti-Nazism is all right, but business is business.
This is the philosophy of Monte Shackman, head of the B. Shackman Novelty Corporation, whose store at Madison avenue and Thirty-fourth street was being picketed by the Anti-Nazi Minute Men Friday for selling German goods.
Shackman, who is Jewish and says he opposes the Hitler regime, explained that he must sell German goods because his customers want it.
“Sure I hope Hitler is overthrown,” he told a reporter, “but you can’t run a business on theory. We’re in business to sell merchandise.”
Further, it was his opinion that such picketing as the Anti-Nazi Minute Men have been carrying on in front of his store for the past two weeks “doesn’t do the Jewish race any good.”
He admitted that many Jews, who he said compose only twenty per cent. of his clientele, have stopped buying in his place.
Shackman said that on legal advice he has written to President Roosevelt, Secretary of State Cordell Hull and German Ambassador Hans Luther protesting against the picketing as interfering in trade with a friendly nation.
Shackman was an old school New York Jew — a disappearing type — not irascible in any way — judging the world only as far as it affects his bottom line.
Like Shackman said, the Jewish protests and boycotts against Germany weren’t doing Jews any good — and that’s true.
The Jewish Boycott against Germany didn’t do anything to stop the rise of Hitler to power — it just forced the Germans to become more creative in how they pursued international trade.
And the Jewish Boycott to this day makes Jews look bad — when young people see the old headlines from 1933, “Judea Declares War On Germany,” they start asking some very uncomfortable questions — which often leads to “Holocaust denial.”