Stalin’s Last Days, and His Plans for Soviet Jews

In The Last Days of Stalin, Joshua Rubenstein tells the story of the end of the Soviet dictator’s reign and his death in March 1953, a period marked by intensely anti-Semitic policies and actions. In his review, David Mikics recounts some of the grislier episodes, including the so-called Doctors Plot, while noting that Rubenstein casts doubt on one hypothesis about the anti-Semitic project:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Golda Meir, History & Ideas, Joseph Stalin, Soviet Jewry

Thoughts on Yitzhak Rabin’s Assassination, a Quarter-Century On

On the Jewish calendar, today is the 25th anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzḥak Rabin’s assassination at the hands of a fellow Jewish Israeli. Rabin, after a long and impressive career in the military and in politics, had not long beforehand signed the Oslo Accords, and was murdered by a zealous opponent of that decision. Reflecting on the occasion, David Horovitz writes:

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More about: Israeli politics, Oslo Accords, Yitzhak Rabin