This Day in Jewish History 1952: Russia Kills a Yiddish Writer Who Loved Her

David Bergelson strongly supported idea of creating a Jewish homeland in Birobidzhan, never mind that Russia's Jews couldn't farm.

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August 12 is the date of both the birth, in 1884, and death, in 1952, of David Bergelson, one of the greats of modern Yiddish literature, who strongly supported Stalin's short-lived idea of creating a Jewish...