|born on||30 June 1894 Jul.Cal. (12 July 1894 greg.)|
|Place||Odessa, Ukraine, 46n28, 30e44|
|Timezone||LST m30e45 (is standard time)|
Russian language journalist, playwright, literary translator, and short story writer. He is best known as the author of Red Cavalry, Story of My Dovecote, and Tales of Odessa, all of which are considered masterpieces of Russian literature. Babel has also been acclaimed as "the greatest prose writer of Russian Jewry". Loyal to, but not uncritical of, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Babel fell victim to Joseph Stalin's Great Purge as the result of his long-term affair with the wife of NKVD chief Nikolai Yezhov. Babel was arrested by the NKVD at Peredelkino on the night of 15 May 1939. After confessing under interrogation to being a Trotskyist terrorist and foreign spy, he was shot on 27 January 1940.
Starkman quotes Russian Wikipedia for date:
"There is a difference in a variety of sources about the exact date of the birth of the writer. The Short Literary Encyclopedia gave1 July old style. However, in the register of the Odessa rabbinate the date of birth was registered as 30 June. The same birthday Babel himself indicated in the handwritten autobiography of 1915, preserved in the documents of the Kiev Commercial Institute.
Birth time unknown. Starkman rectified to 02.03 LT Asc 18Gem04'
- Passions : Criminal Victim : Terrorism victim
- Vocation : Writers : Fiction