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Hans Frank private motion pictures

Film Collection | Accession Number: 2016.519
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
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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

Event Date
late 1939-1940?

Frank's headquarters at Wawel castle

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

Event Date
April-July 1940

Nazi officials dining; January 1940 document

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

Event Date
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

Event Date
1940-1941?

Nazi officials tour Polish countryside

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

Event Date
1940-1941?

Posters; Nazi officials visit Tatra mountain region

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

Event Date
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

Event Date
May 1940

Wawel castle; Zakopane carriages

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

Event Date
1940?

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

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

Event Date
1940-1941?

Hans Frank's newborn son

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

Event Date
1939

Frank family relaxes at Schoberhof

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

Event Date
1940-1943?

The Frank family celebrates Christmas; children ski; baby

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

Event Date
1937-1939?

Newborn child welcomed into the Frank family

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

Event Date
1935?

The Frank family at Schoberhof

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

Event Date
1940-1943?

Hans Frank and the children at Schoberhof

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

Event Date
1940-1943?
 
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