Moscow (Sep. 5)
Soviet Russia is in the midst of a big ten days’ anti-religious storm campaign against the Jewish High Holy Days, and the Jewish towns and districts are flooded with anti-religious literature holding up to ridicule the Jewish Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur observances, by means of funny caricatures and jokes.
Whoever stands for Bolshevist construction must exterminate religion by the root, says the Jewish Communist organ “Emess”. We must fight not only against the religionists, but also against those who say that religion is dying and is no longer strong enough to deserve active combating. Every vestige of Jewish religious observance and custom must be destroyed. We must conduct a ruthlass campaign against the Jewish clergy, who incite against collectivisation and against the transference of the Jewish youth to the factories, because they know that it spells the annihilation of Jewishness, and who oppose our fraternisation of Jewish and non-Jewish workers, because they know that it means the end of kashruth. 100 per cent working-class Jews are in duty bound to be in the fields, the factories or in the workshops on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
The school children are to be made a special object of attention by the anti-religious campaigners this Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The school children must be in the front ranks of the anti-religious fighters, the “Emess” writes. The children must be taught the class character of the Jewish religion, and the Jewish clergy must be unmasked, so that the people see the damage which these religious festivals do to Bolshevik production.