Klaus Frank grew up in Dortmund, Germany. In 1934, the Nazis arrested his father, Richard, a World War I veteran, because he was an election overseer for the Social Democratic party in Dortmund. “They let him go,” says Klaus, “but that was when we should have left.” Talented in art, he worked for three years as a department store decorator after completing his schooling. On Kristallnacht, the Gestapo arrested Klaus and his father and sent them to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Released after five weeks thanks to a bribe, the family fled to Copenhagen and then to the Dominican Republic. In Santo Domingo, Klaus worked as a political cartoonist for the newspapers and met Eva, whom he married in 1946. They came to America in 1947.
Of Blessed Memory
1921 – 2005
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