Nuremberg's Voice of Doom

The Autobiography of the Chief Interpreter at History's Greatest Trials

Wolfe Frank

The memoirs of Wolfe Frank, which lay hidden in an attic for twenty-five years, are a unique and highly moving behind-the-scenes account of what happened at Nuremberg - ‘the greatest trial in history' - seen through the eyes of a witness to the whole proceedings. They include important historical information never previously revealed.
Date Published :
November 2018
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Editor :
Paul Hooley
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781526737519
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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$34.95

Overview
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The memoirs of Wolfe Frank, which lay hidden in an attic for twenty-five years, are a unique and highly moving behind-the-scenes account of what happened at Nuremberg – ‘the greatest trial in history’ – seen through the eyes of a witness to the whole proceedings. They include important historical information never previously revealed. In an extraordinarily explicit life story, Frank includes his personal encounters, inside and outside the courtroom, with all the war criminals, particularly Hermann Goering. This, therefore, is a unique record that adds substantially to what is already publicly known about the trials and the defendants.

Involved in proceedings from day one, Frank translated the first piece of evidence, interpreted the judges’ opening statements, and concluded the trials by announcing the sentences to the defendants (and several hundred million radio listeners) – which earned him the soubriquet ‘Voice of Doom’.

Prior to the war, Frank, who was of Jewish descent, was a Bavarian playboy, an engineer, a resistance worker, a smuggler (of money and Jews out of Germany) and was declared to be ‘an enemy of the State to be shot on sight’. Having escaped to Britain, he was interned at the outbreak of war but successfully campaigned for his release and eventually allowed to enlist in the British Army – in which he rose to the rank of Captain. Unable to speak English prior to his arrival, by the time of the Nuremberg trials he was described as the ‘finest interpreter in the world’.

A unique character of extreme contrasts Frank was a playboy, a risk taker and an opportunist. Yet he was also a man of immense courage, charm, good manners, integrity and ability. He undertook the toughest assignment imaginable at Nuremberg to a level that was ‘satisfactory alike to the bench, the defence and the prosecution’ and he played a major role in materially shortening the ‘enormously difficult procedures’ by an estimated three years.

About The Author
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Born on St Valentine’s Day 1913 and a strikingly handsome man, Wolfe Frank was irresistible to women. Married five times he had a multitude of affairs many of which he graphically describes in his candid autobiography "Nuremberg’s Voice of Doom" (published by Frontline Books). In a packed lifetime other than being a gifted linguist he was also, at various times, a businessman, racing driver, skier, theatre impresario, actor, television and radio presenter, journalist, salesman, financier, restaurateur, and property developer.

REVIEWS
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"Nuremberg's Voice of Doom vividly brings to life the character of Wolfe Frank: refugee, soldier, playboy, Nazi hunter and Chief Interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials. Historian Paul Hooley has done a magnificent job compiling Frank's papers to create a startling posthumous autobiography of the man who literally pronounced judgement on some of the most evil men in history. Readers will be astonished at the sheer charisma of Wolfe Frank whose sparkling personality leaps off the page in a historically important war memoir like no other. A must read to uncover a complex but wrongfully forgotten hero of the 20th Century."

- History of War Magazine

"The extraordinary memoirs of the chief interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials have come to light after they lay hidden in an attic for more than 25 years, revealing for the first time some of the final thoughts of defeated Nazi leaders.

Frank's memoirs, which offer a haunting window in the past, have been released as a book, revealing the acceptance and defiance of some of history's most evil men as they prepared for the hangman's noose
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- Mail Online

"A fascinating new book Nuremberg's Voice of Doom, the autobiography of Wolfe Frank, chief interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials, edited by Paul Hooley, looks at the man who was so instrumental in the trials and possibly the only person to get the most intricate details of all that went on – it is a truly remarkable story – you really don't want to miss what this book has to say."

- Jewish Views

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