Dr Hans Frank was born in 1900
Germany. In June 1918
he was conscripted into the army. He has seen no action by
the time the war ended in November 1918
, but remained in service for another year.
On leaving army service, he joined the "Freikorps Epp
". He belonged to the "Thule Gesellschaft
a Bavarian group of racists who acted against the Soviet rulers of
. In addition, he became a member of the
" (German Workerís Party), a small organisation just beginning to become active in
politics. Despite his personal engagement in these fringe organisations,
Frank resumed his studies in law and political economy. Attending the
universities of München
, he received his Ph.D. 1924
. His studies were temporarily interrupted when
he had to flee the country to escape the fall-out of the
Putsch of 1923
Frankís position in the Nazi Party was unique as he was one
of the very few who had a long-term association with Hitler
at the commencement of his rise to power.
Frank married in 1925
, subsequently having five children. In 1926
he passed the state law examinations and joined his fatherís law practice in
He later superseded his father due to inappropriate accounting problems within the firm.
|At the Office
|Frank's Residence near Krakow
Frank joined the Nazi Party in 1926
but left in the following year after
a disagreement with Hitler
et al., on their policy concerning South Tyrol.
Strongly influenced by the charisma of Hitler
, he returned to the Party
in 1928 whereupon he formed the "National Socialist Jurist Association" with himself as leader. In
appointed him director of the headquarters
legal department of the Nazi Party. He won an election to the Reichstag
(German parliament) as a National
Socialist representative in 1930
and shared his experience with
. In 1931
accolades upon him by designating him as a Reichsleiter
(high Party official). By 1933
when the National Socialists came to power, Frank was a leading protagonist
of the New Order by being appointed Bavarian Minister of Justice, Reich Commissioner and
reformer of the Nazi state legal system. In 1934
, he aspired to Reichsminister
portfolio, the high point of his political career as from then on, others
, Göring, Goebbels
et al.), were
ally vying for Hitler
ís personal recognition and favours.
Frank was never subservient when it came to the interpretation of the
law and because of this, he had many fallings out over the draconian measures being introduced.
, because of Frankís legal contribution to the Führerstaat
made him president of the German Academy of Law.
From this point on, Frankís political career veered off course when he
came into direct confrontation with Himmler
and his SS, including
Friedrich Wilhelm Krüger
His hitherto special relationship with Hitler
protected him up to a
point but finally even Hitler
lost patience and dismissed one of his
longest serving disciples from office.
After the war Frank was hanged after being found guilty at the
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