Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee
The Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee (JAC) was a Soviet-Jewish organization created during WWII in order to influence international public opinion and organize political and material support for the Soviet Union, particularly from the West.
Notably Ilya Ehrenburg produced vehement anti-German propaganda that has been argued to have contributed to Soviet mass atrocities against Germans.
One project of the organization and members of the American Jewish community was The Black Book of Soviet Jewry. The book was not allowed to be published in the Soviet Union upon the conclusion of war. Its insistence on the uniqueness of Jewish suffering – above and beyond the rest of Soviet citizenry – was denounced by the Central Committee as anti-Soviet.
"JAK traveled extensively in the USA and collected many millions of dollars from Soviet sympathizers in press and radio, Hollywood, and the labor unions. As its heritage, it left behind an intellectual Fifth Column. After the war, this valuable service rendered to Stalin cost almost the entire JAK membership their lives. On October 12, 1946, the Ministry for State Security (MGB) presented the Central Committee a dossier on anti-Soviet activities of the JAK. A secret investigation of JAK activities came to the conclusion that they had greatly exaggerated their contribution to the achievements of the USSR in their coverage of the lives of Soviet Jews. This was all the more true since this coverage had appeared in the foreign, that is to say, American media. The Politburo decided to dissolve JAK on November 20, 1948. For Mikhoels, the MGB engineered a fatal automobile accident in Minsk, while JAK functionaries Feffer, Suskin and Gofshtein were arrested at the end of 1948."
In 1952, as part of the persecution of Jews in the last year part of Stalin's regime (for example, the "Doctors' plot"), most prominent members of the JAC were executed.
- Allied psychological warfare
- The Black Book of Polish Jewry - Another text criticized by Holocaust revisionists.
- Extraordinary State Commission - More general Soviet organization claiming German crimes.
- Holocaust uniqueness
- Ilya Ehrenburg
- Jews and Communism
- The Strange Life of Ilya Ehrenburg
- Strategy of Decimation, The Nazi Crime against the Jewish People", New York 1946