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Soviet Refuses Permission to Manufacture Matzo in Moscow

March 21, 1933
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Permission for opening a single Matzo bakery in Moscow, which the organized Jewish community of Moscow had planned to erect on the site of the Jewish cemetery is not forthcoming. The application was made some time ago and it had been hoped that the Soviet authorities would accede to the request.

The rejection of the application for permission to manufacture Matzo here threatens Russian Jewry with a Matzoless Passover. The authorities base their refusal not on anti-religious discrimination, but on the decision of the Moscow Soviet to grant no patents for bakeries run by private individuals, such as the organized Jewish community is at present considered to be.

It is believed, however, that the real cause of the refusal is the agitation carried on in the Yiddish Communist press against Jewish institutions abroad for devoting so much attention to the condition of starvation of Russian Jewry. The Yiddish Communist press has stigmatized the campaign for the provision of Matzo for Russian Jewry as part of the foreign campaign for intervention aaginst the Soviets. It demands an intensification of the fight against religion.

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