This Day in Jewish History / Acclaimed Russian-Jewish writer Isaac Babel sentenced to death in Moscow
The author of 'Odessa Tales,’ often cited as one of the finest stylists of the 20th century, fell foul of Soviet authorities in the 1930s.
January 26, 1940 is the date on which Russian-Jewish writer Isaac Babel, widely considered one of the finest stylists of the 20th century, was tried and convicted on a variety of trumped-up charges, in a Soviet legal proceeding that lasted all of 20 minutes. He was executed the next day in Moscow by firing squad.
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