Heinrich Fraenkel

Heinrich Fraenkel (28 September 1897 – May 1986) was an author and Hollywood writer most notable for his biographies of Nazi war criminals published in the 1960s and 1970s.

Heinrich Fraenkel
Born(1897-09-28)28 September 1897
Lissa, Poland
Died1 May 1986(1986-05-01) (aged 88)
Ealing, London, United Kingdom
OccupationBiographer, Hollywood writer, political author, activist
GenreFilm, Nazi war crime, anti-Nazi, essays


Fraenkel was born in Lissa, Poland (then Province of Posen, Germany), into a Jewish family.[1] He emigrated from Nazi Germany and lived in Britain.

His works include:

Under the pseudonym "Assiac", Fraenkel edited a chess column in the New Statesman and published several chess books, among them Adventures in Chess (1951, the American edition was published as The Pleasures of Chess, and on pp. 183–184 of that book, Fraenkel explained that "Assiac" is "Caïssa", the goddess of chess, spelled backwards).

He died in Ealing, England.

Selected filmography


  1. William D. Rubinstein, Michael Jolles, Hilary L. Rubinstein, The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History, Palgrave Macmillan (2011), p. 288
  • University of New Mexico, "Inventory of the Heinrich Fraenkel Papers, 1915–1973", Rocky Mountain Online Archive, 2000, Accessed 20 August 2009
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