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Nazi officials tour Polish countryside

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

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    Nazi officials tour Polish countryside

    Overview

    Description
    German military truck with diamond insignia on city street. License plate reads: WH 701975. Women in luxurious coats and Nazi officials tour Poland, maybe the Tatra mountains with its park headquarters in Zakopane. Frank's wife, Brigitte, wears a fur coat and headscarf. Hans Frank and Brigitte sit indoors and listen to someone speak about a natural spring or flame encircled with iron railing. 01:12:34 Pan of the Polish landscape and a spa village. A friend chases a goat. 01:13:17 Group of Nazi officials (men and women, including Hans and Brigitte Frank) tour outdoors. The man in uniform is unidentified. Another view of some kind of spring or well. The group climbs stairs of a building with the sign PATRIA. Hans Frank, in the white coat, and other Nazi officials and their wives leave the building. They shake hands and salute. The group walks along a sidewalk toward the camera. CU of a Polish child. Pan of building (PATRIA?) with distinctive railings seen earlier. 01:14:31 A Nazi official jumps over a wooden hurdle inside a stadium in slow motion. CUs, the man laughs and poses for the camera. 01:14:48 Dark shots of Germans touring the Polish countryside.
    Duration
    00:02:48
    Date
    Event:  1940-1941?
    Locale
    Zakopane, Poland
    Poland
    Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Niklas Frank and Erika Noebel
    Contributor
    Subject: Hans Frank
    Biography
    Hans Frank (1900-1946) was Governor-General of Poland and Hitler's personal attorney. Frank joined a Freikorps unit to fight the Communists, after serving just one year in World War I. In 1919 Frank joined the Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, which was later absorbed into the NSDAP. In 1923 he participated in the Beer Hall Putsch as a stormtrooper. In 1926 he passed the bar exam and soon became a star lawyer for the NSDAP, successfully defending Hitler on more than one hundred occasions. He was rewarded with high positions such as Reich Minister of Justice, President of the Academy of German Law, and President of the International Chamber of Law. Frank also became head of the NSDAP legal office and took charge of the research to prove Hitler was not a Jew. In October 1939, soon after the outbreak of World War II, he was named 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. He was never included in Hitler's inner circle because Hitler mistrusted lawyers and rejected his middle-class background. In 1942, in a lecture to university students, Frank called for a return to constitutional law, a statement which led to his demise. He was stripped of all party honors and legal positions, except for Governor-General of Poland, because Hitler considered it the worst possible job. After the war Frank converted to Catholicism and confessed his guilt before the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg. He accused Hitler of deceiving the German people, but he was not spared from a death sentence on three counts of war crimes and four counts of crimes against humanity. He was executed on October 16, 1946.

    On April 2, 1925, Hans Frank married Brigitte Herbst (December 25, 1895-March 9, 1959). They had five children: Sigrid Frank (March 13, 1927-1973 by suicide); Norman Frank (June 3, 1928- 2010); Brigitte Frank (January 13,1935-1981); Michael Frank (February 15, 1937-1990); and Niklas Frank (March 9, 1939- ).

    Physical Details

    Language
    Silent
    Genre/Form
    Amateur.
    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Good
    Time Code
    01:12:23:00 to 01:15:11:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2980 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w and color - acetate - camera original - Perutz - AGFA
      Master 2980 Digital: ProRes HD HQ 422 - color - HD
      Master 2980 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w and color - acetate - camera original - Perutz - AGFA
      Master 2980 Digital: ProRes HD HQ 422 - color - HD
      Master 2980 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w and color - acetate - camera original - Perutz - AGFA
      Master 2980 Digital: ProRes HD HQ 422 - color - HD
      Master 2980 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w and color - acetate - camera original - Perutz - AGFA
      Master 2980 Digital: ProRes HD HQ 422 - color - HD

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Copyright
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Conditions on Use
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum places no restrictions on use of this material. You do not require further permission from the Museum to reproduce or use this film footage.

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    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    This film was captured in 1945 (probably at the same time as Hans Frank's diary in May 1945) by the U.S. intelligence officer Walter Stein who later interrogated Mr. Frank. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum obtained a digital copy of the film from Mr. Stein's niece, Erika Noebel, in Fall 2012. The original 16mm film and rights were donated to the Museum in June 2016 by Hans Frank's son, Niklas.
    Note
    This sequence of film (the reel 2980) contains a mix of color (Perutz non-flammable film) and black and white (AGFA Sicherheitsfilm) stock as well as several original splices and projection scratches. Refer to SSFVA files for detailed information.
    Film Source
    Niklas Frank
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 5639
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:06:59
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