This Day in Jewish History 1974: A Violinist Who Survived Stalin’s Purges Dies on Tour

It isn’t that the gentle virtuoso David Oistrakh outwitted the system: he seems not to have noticed it.

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On October 24, 1974, the great Russian-Jewish violinist David Oistrakh died at the age of 66. Oistrakh is recognized as one of the 20th century’s finest violinists, but he is remembered for being that rare...