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Tel Aviv to Name Square for Mikhoels; Actor Was Killed by Stalin

August 15, 1962
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The late Shlomo Mikhoels, famous Soviet Jewish actor and founder of the Yiddish Art Theatre in Moscow, who was killed in Stalin’s anti-Jewish drive in 1948, will be honored here by the naming of a city square in his memory, Tel Aviv municipal authorities announced today.

The announcement was made in observance of the tenth anniversary of the execution, under Stalin’s orders, of a group of other Jewish cultural leaders and Yiddish intellectuals who were murdered in the Soviet Union in 1952. Mikhoels’ death, four years earlier, had marked the beginning of Stalin’s postwar purge directed against the top personalities in Russian Jewish culture.

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