Rafails Rozentāls : The “doctors’ plot”

 

“I remember that time, when there was the ‘doctors’ plot’ affair in late 1952. My father was in Moscow at the time. He came back from Moscow, completely cast down.

He said that if he hadn’t had children he would have committee suicide. He was afraid of the sequel. Personally I didn’t feel that way. I had a friend in my class, another Jew, we got on well with people, no one attacked us for it, or spoke to us about it. The whole thing was made up in the centre, when Stalin wanted to send all Jews to Birobidzhan. But that I didn’t know.

I just remember how my parents were affected. I just remember the day I came home from school, it was full of people.”

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Rafails Rozentāls in Riga, 11 june 2008
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