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Hans Frank private motion pictures

Film Collection | Accession Number: 2016.519

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    Collection Summary
    Hans Frank was a lawyer and major figure in the Nazi Party. In October 1939, Hitler named Frank Governor-General of occupied Poland. He was responsible for the exploitation of the civilian population (both Jews and non-Jews), the plundering of Polish cultural treasures for his personal benefit, and the deportation and execution of Jews. After the war, Frank was tried, convicted, and hanged by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. One of the private 16mm film reels illustrates the everyday life of the Frank family at work and home and on vacation. The other, in color and black and white, was probably shot by someone in the Frank family or a very close member of his staff. It includes relaxed and informal scenes of the Frank family at Wawel Castle and in the Polish countryside, Nazi officials visiting Frank, and a rare color view of Jews in the Krakow ghetto. Hans Frank’s films and diary came into the possession of Walter Stein, an American intelligence officer who interrogated Frank, at the end of the war and remained in the US until the early 21st century. After much negotiation, the films were donated to USHMM in June 2016 by Hans Frank's son Niklas Frank, who has been vocal in his criticism of his father and the Nazi regime.
    Credit
    US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Niklas Frank and Erika Noebel

    Physical Details

    B&W / Color
    Black & White

    Administrative Notes

    Film Source
    Niklas Frank
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    Train station and sights in Krakow; Nazi motorcade

    Film | Accession Number: 2016.519 | RG Number: RG-60.1415 | Film ID: 2980

    Date
    Event:  late 1939-1940?

    Frank's headquarters at Wawel castle

    Film | Accession Number: 2016.519 | RG Number: RG-60.1416 | Film ID: 2980

    Date
    Event:  April-July 1940

    Nazi officials dining; January 1940 document

    Film | Accession Number: 2016.519 | RG Number: RG-60.1417 | Film ID: 2980

    Date
    Event:  1940-1941?

    Frank family at an estate and visiting the Polish countryside

    Film | Accession Number: 2016.519 | RG Number: RG-60.1418 | Film ID: 2980

    Date
    Event:  1940-1941?

    Nazi officials tour Polish countryside

    Film | Accession Number: 2016.519 | RG Number: RG-60.1419 | Film ID: 2980

    Date
    Event:  1940-1941?

    Posters; Nazi officials visit Tatra mountain region

    Film | Accession Number: 2016.519 | RG Number: RG-60.1420 | Film ID: 2980

    Date
    Event:  1939-1941?

    Jews in Kazimierz in 1940 before the establishment of the ghetto

    Film | Accession Number: 2016.519 | RG Number: RG-60.1421 | Film ID: 2980

    Date
    Event:  May 1940

    Wawel castle; Zakopane carriages

    Film | Accession Number: 2016.519 | RG Number: RG-60.1422 | Film ID: 2980

    Date
    Event:  1940?

    Frank family at Kressendorf; high-ranking official visits Wawel castle

    Film | Accession Number: 2016.519 | RG Number: RG-60.1423 | Film ID: 2980

    Date
    Event:  1940-1941?

    Hans Frank's newborn son

    Film | Accession Number: 2016.519 | RG Number: RG-60.1741 | Film ID: 4135

    Date
    Event:  1939

    Frank family relaxes at Schoberhof

    Film | Accession Number: 2016.519 | RG Number: RG-60.1742 | Film ID: 4135

    Date
    Event:  1940-1943?

    The Frank family celebrates Christmas; children ski; baby

    Film | Accession Number: 2016.519 | RG Number: RG-60.1743 | Film ID: 4135

    Date
    Event:  1937-1939?

    Newborn child welcomed into the Frank family

    Film | Accession Number: 2016.519 | RG Number: RG-60.1744 | Film ID: 4135

    Date
    Event:  1935?

    The Frank family at Schoberhof

    Film | Accession Number: 2016.519 | RG Number: RG-60.1745 | Film ID: 4135

    Date
    Event:  1940-1943?

    Hans Frank and the children at Schoberhof

    Film | Accession Number: 2016.519 | RG Number: RG-60.1746 | Film ID: 4135

    Date
    Event:  1940-1943?
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    2022-07-28 22:00:53
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