Hans Frank on the Need to Remove the Jews from Cracow

(April 12, 1940)


...If the authority of the National-Socialist Reich is to be upheld, then it is unacceptable that representatives of the Reich should be obliged to meet Jews when they enter or leave the house, and are in this way liable to infection with epidemics. He [Frank] therefore intends to clear the city of Cracow of Jews, as far as at all possible, by November 1, 1940. There will be a major operation to move the Jews, on the grounds that it is absolutely intolerable that thousands upon thousands of Jews should go slinking around and occupy apartments in the city which the Fuehrer has granted the great honor of becoming the seat of a high Reich Authority....

Source: H. Frank, Das Diensttagebuch des deutschen Generalgouverneurs in Polen 1939-1945 ("The Official Diary of the German Governor General of Poland, 1939-1945"), Stuttgart, 1975, p. 165.


Source: Yad Vashem