Bella Subbotovskaya

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Bella Abramovna Subbotovskaya (b. 1938[1] - d. 23 September 1982) was a Soviet mathematician who founded the short-lived Jewish People's University (1978–1983) in Moscow.[2][3] The school's purpose was to offer free education to those affected by structured anti-Semitism within the Soviet educational system. Its existence was outside Soviet authority and it was investigated by the KGB. Subbotovskaya herself was interrogated a number of times by the KGB and shortly thereafter was hit by a truck and died, in what has been speculated was a assassination.[2][4]


  1. ^ "Remembering Math Heroine Bella Abramovna Subbotovskaya". Math in the News. Mathematical Association of America. 12 November 2007. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Szpiro, G. (2007) Bella Abramovna Subbotovskaya and the Jewish People's University, NAMS 54(10), 1326–1330.
  3. ^ Zelevinsky, A. (2005) "Remembering Bella Abramovna" in You Failed Your Math Test Comrade Einstein (M. Shifman, ed.), World Scientific, 191–195.
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