Hans Michael Frank (23 May 1900 – 16 October 1946) was a German lawyer, who worked for the NSDAP and later was an official in National Socialist Germany. After the occupation of Poland, Frank became Governor-General of the General Government, the remaining Polish territory not annexed by National Socialist Germany and the Soviet Union. After the war, he was a defendant at the International Military Tribunal and was executed in 1946.
Hans Frank and the Holocaust
Statements made by Hans Frank during the war are sometimes cited as evidence for the politically correct Holocaust version, which have been criticized by Holocaust revisionists.
One example is that "On October 7, 1940, Frank stated in a speech to a Nazi assembly: “I could not eliminate [ausrotten] all lice and Jews in only one year. But in the course of time, and if you help me, this end will be attained (p.186).” [...] Rahavam Zeevi, Israel’s minister of Tourism, was recently quoted as saying: “They [the Palestinians living illegally in Israel] arrived here and are trying to become citizens because they want social security and welfare payments…We should get rid of the ones who are not Israeli citizens the same way you get rid of lice. We have to stop this cancer from spreading within us.” [...] What the Zeevi quote shows is that one can refer to human beings as “lice” that “have to be eliminated” without literally meaning that said people are to be exterminated. In other words, Zeevi’s words cannot be interpreted in a literal manner; he didn’t mean the Israelis should physically exterminate the Palestinians. He simply meant he wants them deported. By the same token, Frank’s words cannot be understood in a literal manner. He simply meant that he wanted to deport the Jews in a brutal manner."
See also Meanings and translations of German words and Holocaust revisionism on "ausrotten" (a verb form of "Ausrottung"; literally "rooting out") not necessarily meaning "extermination". Furthermore, even politically correct history do not allege an extermination policy at this date.
Another example is that anti-revisionists frequently cite a speech made on 16 December 1941 (often misdated to 13 December 1941). In this speech, Frank used words which anti-revisionists argue mean "exterminate" and which revisionist argue refer to deportations (see Meanings and translations of German words and Holocaust revisionism). However, Frank also explicitly stated that "We cannot shoot 3.5 million Jews, we cannot poison them" and "I have initiated negotiations for the purpose of deporting them to the east."
The revisionist Germar Rudolf has written that "Interestingly, his diaries encompassing 43 volumes, which are full of grandiloquent verbosity, contain no hint that he knew anything about extermination measures. Even from his interrogation during the IMT (Vol. 12, pp. 7-45) it can be concluded that the governor of Poland had either not been informed at all in this regard, or that such measures simply hadn’t existed. He even claimed to have conducted his own inquiries about the camps at Majdanek, Belzec and Auschwitz, because he had found out about rumors spread by enemy media. Yet his investigations did not confirm the rumors (ibid., pp. 17ff.)."
Regarding the Wannsee Conference which was mentioned in Frank's diary and to which Frank sent a representative, see Wannsee Conference: Hans Frank's diary and Josef Bühler's postwar testimony.
Regarding his postwar statements, see also Posen speeches: Hans Frank. Germar Rudolf has written that "the former general governor of Poland, Hans Frank, was also tortured by the British at Minden, Germany (Butler 1986, pp. 238f.).".
Regarding other statements by Frank and revisionist views on his statements, see the "External links" section.
- Lectures on the Holocaust—Controversial Issues Cross Examined - The section 4.1 "Confessions of NS Leaders during the War"
- Auschwitz Lies—Legends, Lies, and Prejudices on the Holocaust - The chapter "Denying Evidence, The Phony “Holocaust” “Convergence of Evidence”", section 3.7.1 "Hans Frank"
- Auschwitz: A Judge Looks at the Evidence - "Chapter Two": "Contemporaneous Documents: Speeches and Other Public Statements by Political Leaders of the Third Reich": "Hans Frank"
- NOT GUILTY AT NUREMBERG: The German Defense Case - detailed descriptions and criticisms of the alleged evidence against each of the accused at the IMT
- In Defense of Holocaust Revisionism: A Response to Shermer and Grobman's Denying History http://www.vho.org/tr/2002/1/tr09denyhist.html
- Holocaust Handbooks, Volume 15: Germar Rudolf: Lectures on the Holocaust—Controversial Issues Cross Examined. Third edition. http://holocausthandbooks.com/index.php?page_id=15