Moscow Publishes Sholem Asch in Russian; Book on Mikhoels Issued

The Soviet Government Publishing House for Belles Lettres has announced publication of 50, 000 copies of a volume by Sholem Asch, the noted Jewish writer, in a Russian translation. The volume includes several of Asch’ longer short stories. The prospectus called the writer “one of the great novelists of our time.”

A book commemorating the life and work of Solomon Mikhoels, the Russian-Jewish actor who was murdered by members of Stalin’s secret police, was published in Moscow by the Isskustvo Publishing House, according to reports received here. The work is in Russian and no Yiddish version has appeared despite the fact that Mikhoels was a Yiddish actor.

The book contains critical studies of Mikhoel’s portrayals of Shakespeare’s King Lear and Sholom Aleichem’s Tevye the Milkman as well as excerpts of anti-Nazi speeches Mikhoels delivered during the second world war contributors include the Russian actors Zawadski and Kozlowski as well as Mikhoel’s widow Potozkaya. There is no mention in the book of the manner in which the noted actor met his death.

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