Artifact of the month for June

1st prize, Norwegian Championship Speedway,1955

Erik Koritzinsky (f. 1933)


Erik Koritzinsky is the son of the Jewish doctor Ephraim Wolff Koritzinsky (1883-1942), whose father, Abraham Joseph Koritzinsky became a merchant in Christiania already in 1885. Ephraim Koritzinsky took Norwegian matriculation in 1901 and medical degree in 1909. During World War I he served as a physician and researcher at the University Clinic in Bonn and received the Iron Cross of the German emperor for his work as a military doctor. From 1920 to 1932 he was superintendent at Kristiansand hospital, then director of Trondheim hospital from 1933. Ephraim Wolff Koritzinsky died of cancer in 1942 after serving several months in Falstad prison camp.

Erik Koritzinsky (b. 1933) was a major player on the Norwegian speedway scene during the 1950s. In 1955 and 56 he drove a Matchless 350 cc, 4 stroke with top vents that he had trimmed himself. In 1957 he drove a Velocette 350 cc KTT 4-Stroke TT bike with overhead camshaft he had built for the long trek. During those years, he won numerous awards including 1st prize in the Norway Championship in Klosterskogen in Skien in 1955.

Read more about Erik Koritzinsky speedway career in our new exhibition “Integration and the joy of sports”.