The purges and The Doctor's Plot

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A particularly notable part of the post-war terror was anti-Semitism

  • There was a broadly anti-Semitic culture, particularly within the army, where Jews found promotion difficult
  • Despite anti-Semitism being offically banned, the growth of Russian nationalism during the war allowed for the return of traditional insults against the Jews
  • This became most prominent in 1948, when Solomon Mikhoels, a playwright and spokesman for the Jewish Art-Fascist Committee, which had formed during the war, was murdered in Minsk by the local Party boss; the official version was that he had been murdered by the US Secret Service
  • Following the murder, a number of Jews were sacked or arrested; Stalin


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