Solomon Mikhoels: Actor, Director, Playwright and Visionary


Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 4:30pm to 5:45pm


CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Tsai Auditorium

This panel discussion with two leading Jewish cultural historians examines the remarkable contributions and tragic death of the great actor, theater director, playwright, visionary of Yiddish culture, and Jewish activist Solomon (Shloyme) Mikhoels (1890–1948). Born Shloyme Vovsi in Dvinsk (now Daugavpils, Latvia), the genius actor Mikhoels became the chief director of the State Jewish Theater in Moscow. During World War II, he served as chairman of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee. Mikhoels’ assassination by Stalin’s secret police, although officially billed as an accident, augured the darkest years for Soviet Jewry. 

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