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Frank family relaxes at Schoberhof

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

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    Frank family relaxes at Schoberhof


    In summer, the Frank children and mother Brigitte relax at their vacation home at Schoberhof. Brigitte consoles her son, Michael. Nanny reads book to the child Brigitte. Young Niklas in checkered-trim smokes a cigarette. Short scene where young women don furs on the porch with a uniformed German. These are two friends of Brigitte, including a Hungarian countess (Noell?) on the right.

    02:04:47 The Frank children and others from the neighborhood wear traditional German attire and pose for the camera. Boys dress as "Cowboys and Indians" possibly for Fasching [could relate to a later scene at 02:24:15]
    Event:  1940-1943?
    Schoberhof, Germany
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Niklas Frank
    Subject: Niklas Frank
    Subject: Hans Frank
    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

    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Time Code
    02:02:48:00 to 02:06:05:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 4135 Film: negative - 16 mm - color - internegative
      Master 4135 Digital: ProRes HD HQ 422 - HD
      Master 4135 Film: negative - 16 mm - color - internegative
      Master 4135 Digital: ProRes HD HQ 422 - HD
      Master 4135 Film: negative - 16 mm - color - internegative
      Master 4135 Digital: ProRes HD HQ 422 - HD
      Master 4135 Film: negative - 16 mm - color - internegative
      Master 4135 Digital: ProRes HD HQ 422 - HD

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    The Museum does not own the copyright for this material and does not have authority to authorize third party use. For permission, please contact the rights holder, Mr. Niklas Frank.

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    Film Provenance
    A digital copy of the original 16mm film was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in June 2016 by Hans Frank's son, Niklas.
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    Niklas Frank
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 5999
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:03:02
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