The Night of the Murdered Yiddish Poets

In 1952, the last year of Stalin’s life, 15 Soviet Jews, including five prominent Yiddish writers and poets, were secretly tried and convicted of capital offenses, including treason, espionage, and bourgeois nationalism. They were targeted because of their involvement in the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee and because of their heartfelt response as Jews to Nazi atrocities in occupied Soviet territory.

On the night of August 12, 13 were secretly executed, a date remembered as the “Night of the Murdered Yiddish Poets.”
Books and articles on August 12, 1952: “The Night of the Murdered Yiddish Poets”

anon. The Soviet-Yiddish writers – in remembrance [1982: New York – Education Dept. of the Workmen’s Circle]

Brent, Jonathan and Vladimir Naumov. Stalin’s Last Crime: The Plot Against the Jewish Doctors, 1948-1953 [2003: New York – HarperCollins]

Cang, Joel. The Silent Millions: A History of Jews in the Soviet Union [1970: New York – Taplinger]

Cohen, Richard, ed. Let My People Go [1971 – New York – Popular Library]

Gilboa, Yehoshua. The Black Years of Soviet Jewry [1971: Boston – Little, Brown and Company]

Gitelman, Zvi, A Century of Ambivalence: The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1881 to the Present [2001: Bloomington – Indiana University Press]

Graubart, Judah. “The Night of the Murdered Poets,” [unpub. manuscript]

Howe, Irving, and Eliezer Greenberg, ed., Ashes Out of Hope: Fiction by Soviet-Yiddish Writers [1987: New York – Schocken Books]

Kerler, Joseph. “Poems of Protest” [n.d.: New York – Workmen’s Circle]

Kochan, Lionel. The Jews in Soviet Russia Since 1917 [1970: New York – Oxford University Press]

Kostyrchenko, Gennadii. Out of the Red Shadows: Anti-Semitism in Stalin’s Russia [1995: Amherst, NY – Prometheus Books]

Levin, Nora. Jews in the Soviet Union since 1917 [1990: New York – New York University Press]

Lustiger, Arno. Stalin and the Jews – The Red Book: The Tragedy of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee and the Soviet Jews [2002: New York – Enigma Books]

Pinkus, Benjamin. The Soviet Government and the Jews, 1948-1967: a documented study [1984: Cambridge – New York – Cambridge University Press]

Rapoport, Louis. Stalin’s war against the Jews: the Doctors’ Plot and the Soviet Solution [1990: New York – Free Press]

Rapoport, Yakov. Doctors’ Plot of Nineteen Fifty-Three [1991: Cambridge – Harvard University Press]

Rashkin, Alexander, Why Didn’t Stalin Murder All the Jews [2003: Liberty Publishing House]

Redlich, Shimon. Propaganda and nationalism in wartime Russia : the Jewish Antifascist Committee in the USSR, 1941-1948 [1982: Boulder, CO – East European Quarterly]

Redlich, Shimon, War, Holocaust and Stalinism: a documented study of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee in the USSR [1995: Luxembourg – Harwood Academic Publishers]

Ro’i, Yaacov, ed., Jews and Jewish Life in Russia and the Soviet Union [1995: Ilford,UK – Frank Cass]

Ro’i, Yaakov and Avi Becker, eds. Jewish Culture and Identity in the Soviet Union [1991: New York – New York University Press]

Rubenstein, Joshua and Vladimir P. Naumov, eds., Stalin’s Secret Pogrom: The Postwar Inquisition of the Jewish Anti-fascist Committee [2001: Yale University Press in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum]

Schroeter, Leonard. “The Night of the Murdered Poets,” Jerusalem Post Magazine, August 13, 1971

Schwartz, Solomon. The Jews in the Soviet Union [1972: Syracuse, NY – Syracuse University Press (revised ed’n.)]

Shaffer, Harry G. The Soviet Treatment of Jews [1974: New York – Praeger Publishers]

Shmeruk, Chone. “The Destruction of a Literature,” in Judaism, Vol. 21, no. 2, 1972

Sicher, Efraim. Jews in Russian literature after the October Revolution : writers and artists between hope and apostasy [1995: Cambridge & New York – Cambridge University Press]

Smolar, Boris. Soviet Jewry Today and Tomorrow [1971: New York – MacMillan]

Vaksberg, Arkady, Stalin Against the Jews [1994: New York – Knopf / 1995 New York – Random House]

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