[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Ashofteh

[Date:] 28 Ordibehesht 1334 [19 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 19

 

Also Two News Items from “Seday-e Mellion”

In the middle of last week, the government announced in a secret circular to ministers and government officials that they should immediately prepare a list of Baha’i individuals and members and send it to the Prime Minister’s Office for study and decision-making. It is said that the government intends, after compiling the list, to retain the employees who are willing to recant their faith, and to end the services of the rest of them. Apparently, the railroads company has prepared the said list before other institutions and is going to send it to the Prime Minister’s Office for decision making within the next two days. Since preparation of this list might have been misused for resolving personal conflicts, a warning was given about careful preparation of the list, and should someone intentionally name an employee in this list, and should it be discovered later on, that person will be punished severely and will be dismissed.

On the day that Ebtehaj was leaving Tehran, he told several of his in-laws and close friends at the corner of the Mehrabad Airport, “I was thinking that the conditions were ready for service [in Iran], but I regret to see that the authorities are procrastinating in cracking down on corruption. I will go to the United States, and if there is a change in the situation in Iran and the groundwork has been laid for reforms to begin, I will return; otherwise I will resign from there”.