NEW YORK (Mar. 20)
Jews in Kiev, Odessa, Kishinev, Riga and smaller cities and towns in the Ukraine and in the Baltic states are being denied the right to bake matzot for the forthcoming Passover, The New York Times reported today on the basis of information received from foreigners who recently visited the Soviet Union. In Moscow. Leningrad and Tiflis the Jews have been permitted to bake matzot, the report states.
“In some cases,” the Times report says, “Soviet authorities have refused permission on the ground that the Jews would not be able to do so under sanitary conditions. But in these cases the authorities have apparently made no effort to make available bakeries owned by the state.” Last July Frol R. Kozlov, a First Deputy Premier, disclosed that Soviet Jews needed special permission to bake matzot.