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Jewish RadicalsA Documentary History$
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Tony Michels

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757437

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757437.001.0001

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The Murder of Ehrlich and Alter (1943)

The Murder of Ehrlich and Alter (1943)

(p.264) 51 The Murder of Ehrlich and Alter (1943)
Jewish Radicals

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This chapter discusses the details of the executions of Henryk Ehrlich and Victor Alter, both leaders of the Bund in Poland, by Stalin. Ehrlich and Alter were both arrested by the GPU when the Red Army invaded Poland, who would later execute them in secret as agents of Hitler's Gestapo. The chapter explains that, despite the fact that both men were fairly small-time socialists who operated within a localized setting, quite out international bounds, their attempts to organize resistance in Warsaw to the German invader and their general anti-fascist activity in the period leading to their arrest, led to their incarceration by the GPU. In addition, the chapter looks at certain inconsistencies discovered within Stalinist reports of their deaths, and considers further implications regarding their execution.

Keywords:   GPU, Henryk Ehrlich, Victor Alter, execution, Red Army, Gestapo, anti-fascist activity, Joseph Stalin

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