Defendant Hans Frank, former Governor General of occupied Poland, in his cell at the Nuremberg prison. November 24, 1945.
National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.
Hans Frank (1900-1946) was an early supporter of the Nazi party. He studied law and eventually became the personal legal advisor to Adolf Hitler. After the outbreak of World War II, Frank was appointed Governor General of occupied Poland. In this capacity, Frank was responsible for the exploitation and murder of hundreds of thousands of Polish civilians, as well as the deportation and murder of Polish Jews. He was found guilty on counts three and four (war crimes and crimes against humanity) and sentenced to death. Frank was executed on October 16, 1946.