Stalin's Secret Pogrom: The Postwar Inquisition of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee

Stalin's Secret Pogrom: The Postwar Inquisition of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee

by Joshua Rubenstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300104529

ISBN-13: 9780300104523

Pub. Date: 10/20/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press

In the spring and summer of 1952, fifteen Soviet Jews, including five prominent Yiddish writers and poets, were secretly tried and convicted; multiple executions soon followed in the basement of Moscow’s Lubyanka prison. The defendants were falsely charged with treason and espionage because of their involvement in the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee, and

Overview

In the spring and summer of 1952, fifteen Soviet Jews, including five prominent Yiddish writers and poets, were secretly tried and convicted; multiple executions soon followed in the basement of Moscow’s Lubyanka prison. The defendants were falsely charged with treason and espionage because of their involvement in the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee, and because of their heartfelt response as Jews to Nazi atrocities on occupied Soviet territory. Stalin had created the committee to rally support for the Soviet Union during World War II, but he then disbanded it after the war as his paranoia mounted about Soviet Jews.
For many years, a host of myths surrounded the case against the committee. Now this book, which presents an abridged version of the long-suppressed transcript of the trial, reveals the Kremlin’s machinery of destruction. Joshua Rubenstein provides annotations about the players and events surrounding the case. In a long introduction, drawing on newly released documents in Moscow archives and on interviews with relatives of the defendants in Israel, Russia, and the United States, Rubenstein also sets the trial in historical and political context and offers a vivid account of Stalin’s anti-Semitic campaign.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300104523
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/20/2005
Series:
Annals of Communism Series
Edition description:
Abridged Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxxi
Note on the Translationxxiv
Chronologyxxvi
Introduction. Night of the Murdered Poets1
Part 1Court Record of the Military Collegium of the USSR Supreme Court, May 8-July 18, 195265
Testimony by the Defendants75
Isaac Fefer78
Emilia Teumin109
Peretz Markish119
David Bergelson144
Leyb Kvitko159
David Hofshteyn185
Joseph Yuzefovich202
Solomon Lozovsky218
Boris Shimeliovich286
Solomon Bregman311
Statements by Isaac Fefer and Joseph Yuzefovich in Closed Judicial Session324
Testimony by the Defendants326
Solomon Bregman Continued326
Leon Talmy333
Ilya Vatenberg352
Khayke Vatenber G-Ostrovskaya371
Benjamin Zuskin381
Lina Shtern400
Experts' Testimony in Closed Judicial Session, June 26417
Experts' Testimony in Closed Judicial Session, June 27421
Experts' Testimony in Closed Judicial Session, June 28424
Determination Regarding the Defendants' Petitions428
Testimony by the Defendants429
Lina Shtern Continued429
Additional Testimony430
Determination to Separate Solomon Bregman's Case469
Statement by Isaac Fefer in Closed Judicial Session470
The Defendants' Final Statements472
The Sentence482
Part 2The Resolution: Post-Trial Documents495
Certificate That the Sentence Was Carried Out, August 12, 1952495
Death Certificate for Solomon Bregman, January 23, 1953496
Determination to Cease Solomon Bregman's Prosecution, June 3, 1953497
Determination to Annul the Sentence and Terminate the Case of Lozovsky et al., November 22, 1955499
Notes507
Index517

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