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[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:] Karzar

[Date:] 14 Shahrivar 1334 [6 September 1955]

[Issue No.:] 397

 

Increasing Number of Baha’is at Public Offices, and Illegitimacy of Their Wives and Children

It has been ascertained that the number of Baha’is employed by the government exceeds two thousand. Moreover, approximately two thousand individuals are working at the oil company and other organisations, making a total of four thousand Baha’is who are employed at public departments and ministries.

As enjoined by Ayatollah Borujerdi, and in accordance with the government orders, it is planned to ask these people about their religion. If they introduce themselves as Baha’is, they will be dismissed; otherwise they will be retained. Currently, the Baha’is are caught in the middle; if they say they are Baha’is, they will be unable to put food on the table, and if they do not introduce themselves as such, they will be punished by their Assembly, and according to the Baha’i religion, their wives and children will be considered illegitimate.