This day in Jewish history / A Stalin-sanctioned murder staged to look like an accident
In the early years of Soviet Communism, Yiddish actor and community leader Solomon Mikhoels proved threatening enough for Stalin to get rid of him.
January 13, 1948, is the day that the Russian Yiddish actor Solomon Mikhoels was murdered by Joseph Stalin’s secret police, in an incident that was meant to resemble a road accident. Mikhoels, who was artistic director of the Moscow State Yiddish Theater, was more than a beloved artistic figure – he was also perceived as a leader of what was an extremely insecure Jewish community in the early...
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