Nuremberg, Germany: International Military Tribunal, 1945-09-06
Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Law Library
Subdivision 31 / Frank
31.03 (Frank transcript, 6 Sept. 1945) AM.
English; the interpreter is Herbert Sherman, OUSCC.,
R. R. Kerry; Hitler; Roder; Rosenberg; Nietzsche; von Epp; Guertner; Himmler; Heydrich; Goering; Goebbels; Streicher; Frick; Ribbentrop; Roehm; Heydrich; Daleuge; Lammers; Ley; Hindenburg; Hess; von Papen; Schacht; Chamberlain; Buhler
31 December 1934; December 1939
This document is a transcript of an interrogation of the witness conducted on the noted date. The Interrogation Division Summary of this interrogation appears earlier in this volume of the Donovan Archive. Besides reiterating the distinction between how Hitler achieved power (legally, in Frank's opinion) and how he exercised power (illegally), Frank provides a sense of Hitler's appeal to German youth in the 1920s. Franks attributes the invention of the concentration camps to the inner circle that surrounded Hitler, particularly Goering, Himmler, Bormann, Goebbels, and "especially Heydrich" (p. 18), and cites this development, not specifically foretold in Mein Kampf, as the first instance of Hitler's having broken faith with the German people. The document is a typewritten carbon copy of adequate to good quality on thin, browning paper.