Victor E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-200) interviewed by Laurel Vlock
- New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1982
- Interview Date
- November 24, 1982.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Victor E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-200). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Victor E. who was born in Petrograd in 1914. His parents were Sophia Dubnow Erlich, Russian poet and daughter of Simon Dubnow, and Henryk Ehrlich, Menshevik leader. He recounts his father's protest against the Bolsheviks; his family's emigration to Poland in 1917; staying in Lublin with his paternal grandparents; moving to Warsaw; and his father becoming a leader in the Polish Bund. He recalls visiting Simon Dubnow in Berlin in 1921 and discusses the political situation, and Dubnow's emigration from Berlin to Rīga due to the Nazis. He relates the family leaving Warsaw for Pinsk at the outbreak of war; his father's arrest by the Soviets in Brest-Litovsk; and the family's travel to Vilna where his fiancee joined them. He recalls fleeing the Soviets, arriving in Kovno (Kaunas), going to Vladivostok and to Japan in February 1941, then settling in Montreal and learning of the death of Simon Dubnow at the hands of the Nazis in Rīga. He also remembers learning that Henryk Ehrlich had been executed by the Soviets with Victor Alter, another Polish Bundist, in Kuybyshev. Mr. E. remarks on two family members being murdered by the "unholy alliance of Hitler and Stalin."