ICOR Presents Mordechai the Shokhet: A Flyer Extolling the Quality of Life For Religious Jews in the Soviet Union, ca. June 1941 Hert a mayse, vos Yidn konen ton tsu dergeyn dem emes הערט אַ מעשה, וואָס אידן קאָנען טאָן צו דערגיין דעם אמת
Pamphlet or flyer, 4 pages, published by ICOR. Tells the story that was printed in the Morgn Frayhayt (Morgn Freiheit) of a "Mordechai the Shokhet" (kosher meat slaughterer) from Dubosar, showing how good life is for religious Jews in the Soviet Union. "I thank the protector of our land, Comrade Stalin, that I am safe beneath his wings." According to the text, his story made an impression not only on the secular Jewish sector, but in the Orthodox community as well. The pamphlet is not dated, but the call for action by ICOR for weekly "downtown" meetings at 66 Clinton Street describes the first letter as having come to the Morgn Freiheit (Frayhayt) on the 15th of July 1940, "just under a year ago." One of the letters appears to be dated ת"ש, which would place it in the Jewish year that ran from 1939-1940.
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