March 22nd, 2013
The regular meeting of the Club “Unknown Holocaust” took place on March 21st. An author of many works on history of state anti-Semitism, a leading researcher of the Institute of Russian History, a board member of the Russian Holocaust Center Dr. Gennadi Kostyrchenko delivered the lecture “Was Nikita Khrushchev an anti-Semite?” This was also the first presentation of the author’s new book “Khrushchev’s secret politics. Power, intelligentsia, Jewish issue” (Moscow: “International Relations”, 2012).
The lecturer built his presentation on the comparison of anti-Jewish statements and actions of Stalin and Khrushchev. While recognizing pragmatic nature of Stalin’s attitude toward the Jewish and Israel, Dr. Kostyrhcenko also highlighted Khrushchev’s impulsiveness and anti-Semitism.