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The Undercover Nazi Hunter (Hardback)

Unmasking Evil in Post-War Germany

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By Wolfe Frank, Edited by Paul Hooley
Frontline Books
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781526738738
Published: 31st March 2019

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Wolfe Frank was Chief Interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials where he was dubbed ‘The Voice of Doom’. A playboy turned resistance worker he had fled Germany for England in 1937 having been branded an ‘enemy of the state – to be shot on sight’. Initially interned as an ‘enemy alien’, he was later released and allowed to join the British Army – where he rose to the rank of Captain. Unable to speak English when he arrived in England, by the time of the trials he was considered to be the finest interpreter in the world.

In the months following his service at ‘history’s greatest trials’, Frank became increasingly alarmed at the misinformation coming out of Germany so in 1949, backed by the New York Herald Tribune, he risked his life again by returning to the country of his birth to make an ‘undercover’ survey of the main facets of post-war German life and viewpoints. During this enterprise he worked as a German alongside Germans in factories, on the docks, in a refugee camp and elsewhere. Equipped with false papers he sought objective answers to many questions including: the refugee crisis; anti-Semitism; morality, de-Nazification; religion; and nationalism.

The result was an acclaimed series of articles that appeared under the generic title of ‘Hangover After Hitler’. The NYHT said at the time: ‘A fresh appraisal of the German question could only be obtained by a German and Mr Frank had all the exceptional qualifications necessary. We believe the result of his “undercover” work told in human, factual terms, is an important contribution to one of the great key problems of the post-war world – and incidentally it contains some unexpected revelations and dramatic surprises’. The greatest of those surprises was Frank single handedly tracking down and arresting the SS General ranked ‘fourth’ on the Allies ‘most wanted’ list and personally taking and transcribing the confession of the Nazi who Heinrich Himmler had decided would be Head of the SS in Great Britain if Germany had won the war.

The Undercover Nazi Hunter not only reproduces Frank’s published series of articles (as he wrote them) and a translation of the full confession – a hugely important historical document which, until now, has never been seen in the public domain – it also reveals the fascinating behind- the-scenes story of a great American newspaper agonizing over how best to deal with this unique opportunity and these important exposés.

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About Wolfe Frank

Born on St Valentine’s Day 1913, WOLFE FRANK was a strikingly handsome man and one of the twentieth century’s most charismatic figures. He was married five times – to a German Baroness, an American actress, a suspected Russian spy, an Italian hostess and an Austrian interpreter – and he had countless affairs. In a packed lifetime he was, at various times, a linguist, financial advisor, racing driver, theatre impresario, broadcaster, journalist, salesman, businessman, restaurateur, skier, and property developer. In 1949 he risked his life again by going undercover, on forged papers, to write an acclaimed series of articles (exposing the subterfuge and uncovering evil in post-war Germany) for the New York Herald Tribune, during which time he single-handedly tracked down, apprehended and took the confession of one of the ‘most wanted’ missing Nazi war criminals.


About Paul Hooley

PAUL HOOLEY was born and educated in Surrey. He founded a design and printing company that grew to be ranked amongst the industry’s top 1%. He has also been a director of a building society, a private hospital and companies involved in advertising, entertainment, publishing, finance, building, transport, property and engineering. He retired from business in 1990 since when he has devoted much of his time to studying, writing and lecturing on a wide range of historical and military subjects. A former town and district councillor, he was Mayor of Bedford in 1978. Amongst other involvements he has been a magistrate, a tax commissioner and a prison visitor. He has been married to Helen for over fifty years, has three children and now lives in Dorset. He was appointed a MBE in 2003.

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