Picketing Jewish-Owned Businesses in Nazi Germany: A Boycott?

  • Christoph KreutzmüllerEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Critical Studies of Antisemitism and Racism book series (PCSAR)


This chapter argues that the picketing of Jewish businesses in Nazi Germany on and after 1 April 1933 was in fact not a boycott, even though it is generally referred to as such. On the basis of a semantic analysis of the use of the term in the 1930s, it is shown that the Nazis abused the word. In so doing they tried to conceal the fact that the violent ousting of businesses regarded as being Jewish was organized by the state and was, as a matter of fact, not part of a political or economic market struggle.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jewish Museum Berlin/House of the Wannsee-ConferenceBerlinGermany

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