When it was announced the other day that Jewish doctors in Russia had been arrested on charges of poisoning leading Bolsheviks by the deliberate employment of harmful medical treatment, a deafening scream of horror went up from World Jewry at the very idea that Jews would do such things. But it has all happened before. Our opinion, given in Gothic Ripples,No. 97, that Stalin himself gave instructions to Dr. Mikhoels for the poisoning of Zhdanov and others, which Mikhoels passed on to other Jew doctors, seems to have been correct, judging from what happened in 1933 in another case, well described in The Great Conspiracy, written in 1947 by two Stalinites, Michael Sayers and Albert E. Kahn.
It was then Henry Yagoda, a Trotskyite, who gave similar orders to Soviet doctors; Yagoda was a Jew, born Herschel, and had just been made Chairman of the OGPU or secret police. Yagoda got a certain Jew doctor,Dr. Leo Levin, of the Kremlin medical staff, into a position in which the latter could be blackmailed, and instructed him to put certain Soviet leaders out of the way. This Levin then directed Dr. Ignaty N. Kazakov, to finish off the ex-Ogpu Chief Menzhinsky, who was a patient of Dr. Kazakov,accompanying his orders with threats as to how Yagoda would ruin Kazakov if the latter refused to carry them out Actually, Yagoda found it necessary personally to threaten Kazakov, after which Kazakov killed off Menzhinsky who had angina pectoris and bronchial asthma. Menzhinsky died 10th May 1934.