“house Cleaning” of Soviet Apparatus Throws Jewish Workers out of Jobs

The slogan “Clean the Soviet Apparatus,” now being put into practice in White Russia, has resulted in the loss of employment by a great number of Jewish workers in the territory.

Reports from Homel, Minsk and Bobruisk state that many Jews who have been for years members of the Artisans’ Guilds are now unemployed Various reasons are given for their disqualification, one of them being that a number of the workers who were previously artisans have exploited the workers in their workshops.

The Yiddish Communist daily, “Octiabr,” published in Minsk, complains in its issue of today that the Soviet postal authorities in White Russia refuse to distribute the Yiddish newspapers. During the last month, in the entire city of Homel, only eleven copies of the “Octiabr” were distributed. The Yiddish Communist daily of Moscow, “Emes.” likewise complais that its circulation has been reduced due to the negligence of the postal authorities. In the entire territory of White Russia, the “Emes” has a circulation of less than 1,500.

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