The Undercover Nazi Hunter (Hardback)
Exposing Subterfuge and Unmasking Evil in Post-War Germany
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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 Waldemar Wappenhans ranked 4th on the Allies ‘wanted’ list and taking and transcribing the Confession of the Nazi who Himmler had decided would be Head of SS in Great Britain if Germany won the war.
Leaving aside the undeniable atrocities of the Nazi regime, the Confession, and Frank’s assessment of Wappenhans shows him to have been a brave, often honourable, warrior who devoted his life to serving his country with the highest distinction – on land and in the air – throughout some of the greatest battles of both world wars.
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.
In 1949, German born Frank Wolfe was Chief Interpreter at the Nuremberg war trials of Nazi generals and Leaders. Earlier, in 1937, branded as an enemy of the state because of his resistance work, he fled Germany. and at he outbreak of WW11, he joined the British Army.Richard Gough, Military Author and Historian
Following his service at Nuremberg he returned to Germany, undercover, to write a series of articles for the New York Herald and Tribune. He found the cities in ruins, he describes the chaos in Germany following its defeat by the Allied Powers. The country had been bombed and fought-over, and with his false papers he was able to meet German workers. Fortuitously he discovered the whereabouts and arrest of SS General Waldemar Wappenhans, listed fourth on the allies wanted list. He transcribed the SS General's confession and this, together with his articles for the New York Herald Tribune, provides the reader with a fresh look a nation in defeat.
Click here to listen to author interviewBBC Radio Wiltshire with presenter Graham Rogers, 3rd April 2019
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Article: 'Second book on Mere's Nuremberg interpreter' as featured byGillingham and Shaftesbury News, April 2019
Article: 'Memoirs of a war trial interpreter unleashed' as featured byValley News, April 2019
Article: 'More Wolfe Frank memoirs' as featured byBlackmore Vale Magazine, 29th March 2019
Interview article 'Translating evil' as featured byHistory of War, issue 65 - words by Tom Garner
As featured inThe Bookseller Buyers Guide
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 all that happened at Nuremberg – ‘the greatest trial in history’ – as seen through the eyes of a witness to the entire 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 Goering, Ribbentrop, Keitel, Ley, Speer, Hess, et al. This book therefore is a unique record that adds substantially to what…By Wolfe Frank, Paul Hooley
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