New Soviet Edition on Mikhoels

Natalia and Nina Mikhoels, daughters of the late Shlomo Mikhoels, the famous Russian Yiddish actor murdered on the direct orders of Stalin nearly 30 years ago, have received a copy of a new edition of a Russian book on their father.

The first edition of “Mikhoels” was published in 1965. No reason has been given for the sudden publication of a new edition, with many photographs to accompany the series of articles on Mikhoels life and artistic career as director and leading actor of the Moscow Yiddish Theater.

But Russian immigrants to Israel believe it is an attempt on the part of the Soviet authorities to prove to Western critics that the Soviet Union is not anti-Jewish. Mikhoels’ daughters said the editor of the official Russian book had hand-written a cordial dedication and greetings to them.

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