THEATER REVIEW: “The Twenty-Seventh Man”
I guess the event shouldn’t surprise us; it’s just that so few people know about it. In Stalin’s last purge, Soviet Jewish writers, editors and academics were rounded up and killed. The writers were poets, novelists, playwrights and journalists, arguably the best who ever wrote in Yiddish.
The roundup started in 1948; the last were murdered in 1952, just a few months before Stalin’s own death. It has been called the Night of the Murdered Poets. What died there was Yiddish literature.