Paul Frank (diplomat)

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Paul Frank (born July 4, 1918 in Hilzingen im Hegau ; † April 16, 2011 in Allschwil ) was a German diplomat .


Paul Frank passed his Abitur in 1937 in Singen. He then did military service until 1945 , most recently as a lieutenant in the tank troops. He then studied economics and political science in Freiburg im Breisgau, Zurich and Friborg / Switzerland. He completed a degree in political science (Dr. pol.) In Zurich and Freiburg in Switzerland.

From 1950 to 1974 Frank was a member of the Foreign Office . Initially, he was the personal advisor to the art writer Wilhelm Hausenstein . He was the first German consul general in Paris after the Second World War .

After posting abroad in Paris and New York , Frank worked from June 1, 1970 as State Secretary of the Foreign Office under Foreign Minister Walter Scheel and Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt . He was one of the most important contributors to the negotiations on the Eastern Treaties with the Soviet Union and Poland in 1970 and with Czechoslovakia in 1973. The negotiations in 1970 led to the Moscow Treaty of August 12, 1970, negotiated by Egon Bahr , and the Warsaw Treaty of December 7, 1970, negotiated by Frank's predecessor Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz . The negotiations with Czechoslovakia resulted in the Prague Treaty of December 11, 1973.

In 1974 Frank left the Foreign Office and took over the post of State Secretary and Head of the Federal President's Office on July 1, during the term of office of Walter Scheel , which he held until July 1, 1979. His successor for the post of State Secretary of the Foreign Office was the UN Ambassador Walter Gehlhoff , who was appointed on May 29, 1974.

Frank's memoirs appeared in 1981 under the title Decrypted Message - A Diplomat takes an inventory , in which Frank gave himself the pseudonym Caspar Hilzinger after his hometown .


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Obituary notice in the Süddeutsche Zeitung
  2. ^ Advertisement in the Süddeutsche Zeitung of April 30, 2011
  3. : Entry on May 29, 1974. Accessed November 14, 2009.
  4. ^ Zeit Online : An advisor with his own opinion - balance sheet of a diplomatic life . Retrieved June 14, 2009.
  5. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB)
  6. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB)
  7. Announcement of awards of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In: Federal Gazette . Vol. 25, No. 43, March 9, 1973.

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