Annihilation of Poles revealed as Nazi aim

January 10 1946
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NUREMBERG, Jan. 10, 1946 (UP) -- Hans Frank, Nazi governor of Poland, carried out a calculated policy designated to wipe out the whole Polish people, the war crimes tribunal was told today.

Lieut. Col. William H. Baldwin, Detroit, Mich., assistant prosecutor, presented the case against Frank. He read extracts from Frank's diary in which the Nazi declared "once we have won the war then for all I care mincemeat can be made of the Poles and Ukrainians and all others who run around here."

An entry from Frank's diary in October, 1939, disclosed that at a conference of Frank, Adolf Hitler and Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel it was decided that "it is not the task of the administration to make Poland a model province or put it on a sound economic and financial basis.

"The standard of living is to remain low. We only want to draw labor forces from there. The accomplishment of this task will involve a hard racial struggle which will not permit legal restrictions. The government general will give to the Polish nation only bare living conditions and maintain a basis of military security."

In a report to Hitler in June, 1943, Frank listed German measures which had led "to the deterioration of the attitude of the entire Polish people." He listed lack of food, confiscation of property, mass arrests and executions.

Frank issued orders in August, 1942, that still larger shipments of food must be made from Poland to Germany despite extreme undernourishment of the Poles.

"Before the German people experience starvation," Frank noted, "the occupied territories and their people shall be exposed to starvation."

In another diary passage Frank wrote: "Everything revealing itself as a Polish power or leadership must be destroyed again and again with ruthless energy. This does not have to be shouted abroad-it will happen silently.

In a pep talk to his staff in January, 1943, Frank said:

"We are now in duty bound to hold together. We must remember we who are gathered here figure on Mr. Roosevelt's list of war criminals. I have the honor of being No. 1. We have, so to speak, become accomplices in the world historic sense."

Frank's remark indicated a more exalted opinion of his "war criminal" status than the Allied indictment at Nuernberg, which lists him as No. 6 instead of No. 1.

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