Was Malenkov Behind the Anti-Semitic Plot?
The Doctors' Frame-up and Its Reversal
THE manner of the latest shift on anti-Semitism by the Soviet regime seems to confirm what a few close observers had alerted opinion to even prior to the Prague trial-that the key to the mystery of the intensification of official Communist anti-Semitism, both in Russia and the satellites, lay in the intrigue around the sudden death of Andrei Alexandrovitch Zhdanov on August 31, 1948.
It was immediately rumored that Zhdanov, regarded as Stalin’s heir apparent, had been murdered. Four and a half years later, on January 13, 1953, Moscow announced that nine doctors, six of them Jewish, had “confessed” to the crime, done-they said-on behalf of Zionism and at the orders of the American intelligence service. It was this news that gave the signal for the beginning of the furious anti-Semitic campaign-camouflaged as “anti-Zionism”-inside the USSR.
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