LIMMUD FSU Recharge Presenters 2022

What is Limmud? What are the Principles? Also, learn some of our History and more.

Joshua Rubenstein Longtime Associate Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies


Working as an independent scholar, Joshua Rubenstein has written or edited a number of pathbreaking books on Soviet-Jewish history, including biographies of Ilya Ehrenburg and Leon Trotsky; books on the Soviet human rights movement; and books on the Holocaust in German-occupied Soviet territory. The Last Days of Stalin is his tenth book.


The Last Days of Stalin

In 1952 no one could foresee an end to Joseph Stalin's murderous regime. The dictator was poised to challenge the newly elected US President Dwight Eisenhower, with armed force and was broadening a vicious campaign against Soviet Jews. Then in March 1953, Stalin suddenly collapsed and died. We will explore the contentious months leading up to Stalin's death, the American response to his passing, his heirs' disavowal of the Doctors' Plot, and why the dictator's death signaled a major turning point in the 20th century.