This Day in Jewish History Death of Zigzagging Soviet-Jewish Writer Ilya Ehrenburg

Opinion divided on whether Ehrenburg was a dissident or suck-up – or both – as he survived the Stalin era.

On August 31, 1967, Ilya Ehrenburg, the Soviet-Jewish writer who through much of his career straddled a line dividing political dissident and political toady, and in so doing, survived the reign of Stalin and beyond, died at the age of 76.