Stalin's Last Crime by Jonathan Brent
The Plot Against the Jewish Doctors, 1948-1953

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A new investigation, based on previously unseen KGB documents, reveals the startling truth behind Stalin's last great conspiracy.

On January 13, 1953, a stunned world learned that a vast conspiracy had been unmasked among Jewish doctors in the USSR to murder Kremlin leaders. Mass arrests quickly followed. The Doctors' Plot, as this alleged scheme came to be called, was Stalin's last crime.

In the fifty years since Stalin's death many myths have grown up about the Doctors' Plot. Did Stalin himself invent the conspiracy against the Jewish doctors or was it engineered by subordinates who wished to eliminate Kremlin rivals? Did Stalin intend a purge of all Jews from Moscow, Leningrad, and other major cities, which might lead to a Soviet Holocaust? How was this plot related to the cold war then dividing Europe, and the hot war in Korea? Finally, was the Doctors' Plot connected with Stalin's fortuitous death?

Brent and Naumov have explored an astounding arra of previously unknown, top-secret documents from the KGB, the presidential archives, and other state and party archives in order to probe the mechanism of on of Stalin's greatest intrigues -- and to tell for the first time the incredible full story of the Doctors' Plot.

 

About Jonathan Brent

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Jonathan Brent, editorial director of Yale University Pr Jonathan Brent, editorial director of Yale University Press and founder of its distinguished Annals of Communism seress and founder of its distinguished Annals of Communism series, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is wriies, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is writing a biography of the Soviet Jewish writer Isaac Babel. ting a biography of the Soviet Jewish writer Isaac Babel. Naumov is executive secretary of the Presidential Commission of the Russian Federation on the Rehabilitation of Victims of Political Repression.
 
Published June 2, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 420 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Just as clearly, he possesses the blend of scholarship and entrepreneurship that characterizes a good university-press editor, and any aspiring publisher will find much to learn by following his acquisition of the last tsaritsa’s personal diary and his wranglings with various hands-out souls (“Jo...

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Though the Great Terror of the late 1930s is widely viewed as the height of Stalin's purges, the number of arrests actually peaked in the early 1950s, and Stalin was planning hundreds of thousands more on the eve of his death in 1953.

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The Sunday Times

“Nothing impressed me so much as the doctor story,” wrote Winston Churchill to President Eisenhower just after Stalin’s death in 1953.

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