The Death of Stalin: The Untold Purim Story

Stalin planned to murder millions of Jews. Then the tables suddenly turned.

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(17) Anonymous, February 25, 2021 4:07 AM

The Miracle of Stalin's Death And the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s farbrengen

Here’s a link to an article about the Miracle of Stalin's Death And the Lubavitcher Rebbe

(16) AngelaC, February 23, 2021 7:57 PM

US Govt Equality Vote on Purim 2021

May God show His Hand in halting the passage of Pres Biden's "Equality Act" H.R.5 scheduled to be sent before US Congress House of Representatives....which is scheduled, coincidentally (I think not!) on Thursday, February 25, PURIM 2021.!

(15) Miriam Leiseroff, March 9, 2020 5:42 AM

Chag Purim Sameach!!!

What an incredible story! I will share this with all my congregants and friend.

(14) KH Ryesky, March 8, 2020 4:34 PM

One Purim, Many Hamans

One Purim, Many Hamans!

(13) Yoseph Barnett, March 4, 2020 11:39 AM


Lets hope this Purim Khameini is the one who leaves the world.

(12) Anonymous, March 2, 2020 5:11 PM

I heard the story directly from Rav Zilber, ZT"L. The way I remember it is that he said to those with him in jail, "We don't have a Megilla to read, but at least we can tell the contents over."
A fellow prisoner said something like, "What's the point? We're all going to be dead in a few hours."
Rav Zilber responded that everything is in HaShem's hands and he everything could change in a half hour. We all know it did.
But there is one more important part in what he told us. After arriving in Israel, he told this over to one of the Gedolim in Bnei Brak. He mentioned the name, but I'm afraid I no longer remember it.
The Gadol commanded him that in spite of his humbleness and total aversion to letting people know of his involvement Rav Zilber had to make the story known in order to to publicize that it was truly a miracle performed by HaShem.

(11) Anonymous, March 19, 2019 2:47 PM

Multiple contributing factors

In the winter of '52-53, the Soviet Union was already cracking down on Hungary and Jews were suffering teribly. On 7th Ador, the yortzait of R Isaac of Kalev, the first hassidic rebbe in Hungary, Jews flocked to his grave to pour out their hearts to be relieved of Stalin's persecution.

In Jerusalem, a Jew went around the shuln of Meah Shearim at mincha-time on the eve of Purim gathering a minyan to perform the 'pulsa d'nura' ritual - an especially lethal sort of herem - on Stalin.

Other such stories circulate, but these are two that I know of first-hand.

(10) Nalinaksha Mutsuddi, March 19, 2019 2:15 PM

My wrong belief

I used to think the communists hated only the capitalists. It's news to me that Stalin was a monster in killing Jews like Hitler

(9) Bobby5000, March 19, 2019 12:44 AM


Feel free to correct me, but recollection is that the vicious anti-Semitism came later, and there was not organized opposition to his initial vicious campaign to liquidate Ukranian farmers which involved hundreds of thousands of brutal deaths.

(8) Brian E Bertram, March 18, 2019 2:48 PM

Focus on all the truth

It has always amazed me how the focus has always been on what Hitler did but not Stalin. When I try to explain to younger people the history of Russia they look at me as if I'm crazy and try to put a new age PC title in me. People need to focus on ALL the truths no matter what country it is to include America now with some of the newest elected representatives that are as dangerous as those of the past. Call out evil no matter where it shows up and meet it head on!

H.E.Brown, March 19, 2019 1:00 PM

Hitler vs Stalin

I agree with you. It tends to make Stalin a good guy. They were both as evil as you can get.

Anonymous, February 28, 2021 6:45 PM

Jews from the USSR

I was with Jews from the USSR in ulpan in 1974-75. With our rudimentary Yivrit, they explained that Stalin was a bigger Hitler then Hitler. Only that the communists were better at covering up their tracks.

(7) Richard, March 18, 2019 8:14 AM

Missing Unsung Hero: Sophia Karpai

There is an unsung but critically important person in this modern day Purim story, highly deserving of posthumous recognition: Sophia Karpai. As described in 'Stalin's Last Crime: The Plot Against the Jewish Doctors 1948-1953' (Yale University Press), her heroic refusal to confess to imaginary crimes, even under intense torture, critically delayed Stalin's planned mass action against the Soviet Union's Jews. As the authors, Jonathan Brent and Vladimir P. Naumov put it, "the fate of the Jews of Russia may well have depended on this latter day, unknown Esther". Unfortunately, due to the conditions of her imprisonment, Karpai died shortly after her release from prison in March 1953..
The traditional Jewish dictum of 'Hakoras HaTov' fairly demands that Sophia Karpai's extraordinary heroism finally be widely publicized, and that she be given the recognition she so highly deserves.

(6) Yitzchak horvitz, March 18, 2019 1:35 AM

The Lubavitcher Rebbe and Stalin

There is a video about how the Rebbe caused the death of Stalin at a Purim ferbregen (chassidic gathering)

Shai M. Schwartz, March 25, 2019 3:42 AM

This is what I read about the story

AN eye witness account which forms the basis for the story:

"At the Purim farbrengen, took place that year on a Sunday. A large crowd had gathered as Purim ended to be with the Rebbe. Dozens of men present were Jews from Russia who had left the country just several years prior. Some of them had sat in jail for long periods of time.
The farbrengen went on for many hours, during which time the Rebbe delivered eleven talks. The hours flew by. Towards morning, the Rebbe related the following story:
“During the Russian Revolution, after the fall of the Czar, the Rebbe Rashab Rabbi Shalom DovBer Tzl, told the Chassidim to take part in the elections. There was a Chassid who went to vote but was so completely removed from matters of this world, that he knew nothing about what was occurring in the country. He went to vote solely because the Rebbe had said to do so. Naturally, he did this after immersing in a mikvah and fastening his gartel, as one should while fulfilling the Rebbe Rashab’s instruction.
"After he voted, he saw people standing and proclaiming, ‘Hoora,’ and he stood there too and proclaimed, ‘Hoo-ra (he is evil), hoo-ra, hoo-ra.’”As he related this, the Rebbe imitated what the Chassid did. With a big smile on his face he put his hands together in the shape of a triangle and proclaimed “hoo-ra” three times."
When the Rebbe finished recounting the story, he turned to his right and repeated the story and once again put his hands together and said “hoo-ra” three times. Then he turned to his left and repeated it again, doing as the same.

Several days later, the Soviets announced the wicked Stalin was dead, an outpouring of grief gripped Russia. "

(5) Gabriele Klein, March 17, 2019 10:17 PM

Impact of books on politics and the course of history ...

In his book "In Defense of Faith" D. Brog points to the positive impact certain books had on the course of history, using the example of Uncle Toms Cabin The same may perhaps be true with respect to the antisemitism of the Left and Islam,as well as the Middle East Conflict. In a lecture on Purim Rabbi A. Tatz noted that the reason for Amaleks hatred may well be due to his feeling threatened by the Jewish notion of seeing life as a mere "journey" instead of an endpoint, an idea that deprived Amalek of the materialistic "home" he had established in the here and now. Regardless of whether you call Amaleks dream a home or a lie ( as I would do). This "home" or "lie" denying death (1) warrants the attention of good psychologically trained authors on antisemitism and the middle east conflict. For, if Rabbi Tatz is right, and I fear he is, then the latter conflict and the suffering caused by antisemitism will not end unless we change the perspective entirely and examine these problems from a theological perspective and the psychological impact of one religion upon another. Such analysis might perhaps help to turn the ongoing political discourse about "land" into one about religion thus leading to summits on religion rather than land which isn't the issue. Such a shift in perspective propelled by a good book may also lead to a revision of certain passages in the holy books of islam that call for genocide .Before a problem may be solved one needs to know what it is since it may masquerade as else. As aspirin won't help the headache of a suffering hysteric,, so no concession of land will meet the needs of a neighbour suffering from the lack of meaning he denies. As Uncle Toms Cabin helped end slavery, so a good analysis of the psychological underpinnings of the need for "land" and shift in perspective might help end antisemitism and the middle east conflilct. (1) See Ernest Becker The Denial of Death

(4) Kócsi Nándor, March 17, 2019 9:27 PM


putting an "equal sign" between Hitler and Stalin is realy a big mistake. For young Jews in America just an information, the Red Army led by Stalin has liberate 2/3 part of Europe in WW2 from fashism and nazizm and as well concentration camps? Why would he do that if he would antisemitic?
By the way in the video at 1.09 is a photo with a czechoslovak wagon. There is 'CSD' which means 'Ceskoslovenské dráhy' - Czechoslovak Railwais and the soldier standing in the midle of screen is not wearing soviet uniform.

Anonymous, March 19, 2019 3:05 PM

Misleading Argument

Stalin liberated Eastern Europe because he wished to impose communist rule over as much territory as he could. The Russians have historically claimed that they represent, and therefore have the right to rule over, all Slavic nations. He also sought to get as much revenge from the Germans as possible. By the way, his military successes were greatly assisted by British naval convoys transporting food to Russia, and US airborne supplies into Eastern Siberia.
His conquests had nothing to do with being anti-semitic or not.
The USSR was the first nation to recognise the state of Israel - because they hoped to gain a socialist ally in the region (Russian speaking Israeli diplomats and politicians lobbied hard for that support). When the Israelis turned to the USA, Stalin was furious and used Jews a hostages to threaten the Israelis.

(3) Anonymous, March 17, 2019 8:25 PM

In every generation there is always someone/nation, standing to destroy us.
והקדש ברוך הואמצילנו מידם!

(2) Frank Adam, March 17, 2019 4:53 PM

Nasty fathering creats nasty tyrants

The common factor in: Stalin, Hitler Mussolinii Franco and Sadam Hussein was that they were all bullied roughly by a drunken or/ and disillusioned father/guardian uncle. What do we have on Mao's upbringing besides Pol Pot and the Kim family? As for relying on miracles the biggest is that the Jewish people have survived these two centuries in spite of rabbinical failures to involve and interest so many of their flock by disdaining modern knowledge and failing to match it up with traditions of faith. Fiddling with mitzvot is not enough in an age when the bulk of Jews are as educated in their trades and professions as the Yeshiva crowd in their texts.

(1) Anonymous, March 13, 2019 4:32 PM


What are the sources/proofs of Stalin's plan to kill the 3 million Jews?

Anonymous, March 14, 2019 10:24 PM

In response

Google is your friend. If you are sincerely interested in knowing the truth. None are so blind as those who wish not to see..

Sheldon, March 17, 2019 5:29 PM

Jews & Stalin

Read Davita's Harp by Chaim Potok. You will see that American Jews of the 1930's were enamored with Stalin.

Anonymous, March 19, 2019 3:43 PM

Proof of Nothing

The book is a novel, for goodness' sake. You would better spend your time researching the powerful socialist groups that terrorised - yes terrorised - New York Jewry during that period. No wonder they were enamored with Stalin.


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