Hans Frank, Lebensraum and the Final Solution

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  • Format: Trade Book
  • Copyright: 2004-02-07
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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On the outbreak of WWII Hans Frank was appointed governor general of Poland. Heinrich Himmler was responsible for the extermination camps and Frank claimed he did not become aware of the mass killings until late in the war. Frank was captured in May 1945 and was accused of crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial. He said at his trial: "I myself have never installed an extermination camp for Jews, or promoted the existence of such camps; but if Adolf Hitler personally has laid that dreadful responsibility on his people, then it is mine too, for we have fought against Jewry for years; and we have indulged in the most horrible utterances."Hans Frank was found guilty and executed on October 1, 1946. This scholarly study from Martyn Housden examines Frank's career and complex character to shed light upon the Lebensraum project in the East and the carrying out of the Final Solution.

Author Biography

Martyn Houden is with the Department of European Studies, University of Bradford.

Table of Contents

Preface viii
Introduction: Hans Frank and the Biographer's Trade 1(193)
1 Fighter of Mind and Fist
2 Spirit of the Age
3 The Wrong Sort of Nazi
4 Contours of Empire
5 Hitler's Manager
6 Murder as Social Policy
7 Restructuring Europe's Population
8 Loyal Opponent
9 Transitions
10 Utilitarianism and the Appearance of Morality 194(23)
11 Re-living the Past 217(26)
Conclusion: Personality, Management and the Vanity of Evil 243(16)
Notes 259(48)
Primary Sources 307(4)
Index 311

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