Josef Frank (politician)


Josef Frank (25 February 1909, Prostějov - 3 December 1952, Prague) was a Czechoslovakian Communist politician.

Josef Frank speaking at the third congress of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany, 1950

Between 1939 and 1945 he was imprisoned in Buchenwald concentration camp.[1]

In 1952 he was expelled from the party. He was subsequently arrested and sentenced to death by hanging in the Slánský trial, a show trial orchestrated from Moscow.[2] In 1968 he was made a Hero of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic in memoriam.[3]

Frank is the central character of Howard Brenton's 1976 play Weapons of Happiness, in which he is imagined not dead, but rather living in exile.[4]


  1. ^ "Buchenwald Concentration Camp 1937-1945" (A Guide to the Permanent Historical Exhibition) by Harry Stein, Wallstein, 2005. ISBN 978-3-89244-695-8
  2. ^ Czechoslovak Rehabilitations Analysis, Blinken Open Society Archives Retrieved on 5 Oct 2009
  3. ^ "Czechoslovak orders and medals" Retrieved on 5 Oct 2009
  4. ^ "Literary Encyclopedia: Weapons of Happiness" Retrieved on 5 Oct 2009