In The Shadow Of The Reich

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In The Shadow Of The Reich

By Niklas Frank
Knopf, 1991
371 pp. $23.00
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Hans Frank was an early Nazi, a cultivated lawyer and judge, who became Nazi governor general of that part of Poland not annexed by Germany. For his horrible crimes he was hanged at Nuremberg. Some 40 years later his son, seven years old at his father's death, writes a bitter, taunting indictment of his brutal, lying, sentimental father, interspersing it with excerpts from the father's notebooks. The son, born in 1939, a journalist in the old Federal Republic, is scathing also about the West German willingness to allow other high Nazis, including judges, to retain their posts. Strong medicine.

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