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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-09-06

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tion, was dissolved. Its members were
arrested, as were hundreds of Jewish
Fifty years after their execution on
authors, artists, actors and journalists.
trumped-up treason charges, 13 Soviet
Jewish books were removed from book-
Jews, including several prominent
and libraries. Jewish theaters were
writers, recently were honored on two
closed. Jews were systematically dismissed
"The Night of the Murdered Poets," as from leading positions in many sectors of
society, from government, the army,
the events of Aug. 12, 1952, are known,
media, universities and the legal system.
was part of a wave of postwar anti-
The hunt culminated in the execu-
Semitic repression orchestrated by Stalin.
of the leadership of the Jewish
Events in Moscow and Washington
Committee in the base-
commemorated the 50th anniversary
ment of Moscow's Lubyanka Prison
of that tragic day.
and the infamous Doctors' Plot —
In Moscow, hundreds gathered at
when nine doctors, six of them Jews,
the Donskoi cemetery to pay homage
were arrested in early 1953 on charges
to the slain Jews.
In Washington, the NCSJ: Advocates of plotting to murder Soviet leaders
and of connections to the American
on Behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine,
Joint -Distribution Committee.
the Baltic States and Eurasia (formerly
The doctors' lives were spared after
known as the National Conference on
Stalin's death in March of that year
Soviet Jewry) presented the Russian
ended the anti-Semitic campaign.
ambassador to the United States with a
Speakers at the Moscow ceremony
commemorative booklet of readings
emphasized the importance of having
that was first printed 30 years ago.
a memorial to the murdered poets —
"As we build a foundation for a
of whom are believed to be
democratic Russia,
we have to remem-
"Stalin's Secret Pogrom":
ber also the dark
A chronicle of Stalin's
pages of our histo-
anti-Semitic campaign.
ry," Russia's ambas-
S r it A
sador to the United
A memorial sign at
States, Yuri Ushakov,
10 Prechistenka Street -
said at the
Moscow that housed
Washington event.
the offices of the Jewish
The years follow-
Anti-Fascist Committee.
ing the Allies' victo-
The inscription reads:
ry over Nazi
"Remember. Here in
Germany were
worked the
marked in the Soviet
Union by growing
Committee. On Aug.
nationalism and
12, 1952, members of
anti-Western cam-
the committee fell victims
paigns, part of the
of Stalin's terror."
emerging Cold War.
Stalin was increas-
ingly suspicious
about the loyalty of
Soviet Jews, many of
whom had relatives
in the United States
or felt sympathy
toward the newborn
State of Israel, which
didn't match Stalin's
dream for a Soviet
stronghold in the
Middle East.
Beginning in
November 1948,
Soviet authorities
launched a cam-
paign to liquidate
what was left of
Jewish culture.
The Jewish Anti-
Fascist Committee, a
wartime organiza-

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