BLT Autumn 2014 - Nik Frank

05-Nov-2014 - 9:00pm

My Father - The Nazi

It is difficult to imagine what it’s like to have a father who was synonymous with the killing of Jews in Nazi Germany. To experience this together with the arrest and eventual hanging of his father, for me was inconceivable. He grew up hating and despising his father and despite these barriers, he was able to devote his time to write publically in Germany of the atrocities his father committed creating many enemies (and death threats) along the way. As he says, he is still here to tell people ‘the truth’ about his father, Hans Frank. Niklas (Nik as he calls himself), spoke candidly of his experiences to an audience of around 150 last week in Bushey shul at the BLT community event.

Niklas Frank was born in 1939 in Munich. He grew up in Upper Bavaria and in Krakow, where his father Hans Frank was Hitler’s Governor General during the occupation of Poland between 1939 and 1945. As a deputy of Hitler, he was politically responsible for all the extermination camps on Polish soil including Belzec, Majdanek and Sobibor. Therefore he was responsible for the death of millions of Jews. After the war, he was tried in Nuremberg and hanged on 16th October 1946. Even though Frank confessed to some of the charges and expressed remorse on the witness stand, showing penitence for his crimes, it is unlikely that he genuinely felt this. Niklas, now retired, was a journalist, writing for Stern Magazine, the biggest German weekly magazine.

Hans Frank, his wife Brigitte and son Niklas

Hans Frank, his wife Brigitte and son Niklas

To hear the touching, honest and at time horrific interview, se the YouTube video below and listen to Rabbi Yossi Richards interviewing Niklas Frank and hear his first-hand account of what it is like to be the son of a Nazi General and Hitler’s lawyer.

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