Mikhail Kaganovich
Historical Figure
Nationality: Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (born in the Russian Empire)
Date of Birth: 1888
Date of Death: 1941
Cause of Death: Suicide by firearm
Religion: Atheist (born into Judaism)
Occupation: Revolutionary, Politician, Soldier
Relatives: Lazar (brother)
Military Branch: Red Army (Russian Civil War)
Political Party: Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Fictional Appearances:
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Novel
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference (as "Kagan")
Nationality: United States (born in the Russian Empire)
Occupation: Tailor

Mikhail Moiseyevich Kaganovich (16 October 1888 – 1 July 1941) was a Soviet politician. He was the older brother of Lazar Kaganovich. He joined the Bolsheviks in 1905. During the Russian Civil War, he participated on the side of the Red Army. He was People's Commissar of Defense Industry from 1937 to 1939, and People's Comissar of Aviation Industry from 1939 to 1940. In February 1941, Kaganovich was threatened with expulsion from the Communist Party of the Soviet Union at the 18th Conference. He committed suicide by shooting himself.

Mikhail Kaganovich in Joe Steele[]

Lazar Kagan's brother was a tailor in Bakersfield, California. The Kagan brothers rarely saw eye to eye. In 1934, Lazar Kagan discussed this aspect of his brother with Charlie Sullivan, whose brother Mike was considered a problem by the Joe Steele administration.[1]


  1. Joe Steele, p. 70.