Gerhard Frank, portrait photo from around 1920.

(Nuremberg City Archives, C21/VII No. 41)

Gerhard Frank, portrait photo from around 1930.

(Nuremberg City Archives, C21/VII No. 41)

Elsa Frank, portrait photo from around 1920.

(Nuremberg City Archives, C21/VII No. 41)

Elsa Frank, portrait photo from around 1930.

(Nuremberg City Archives, C21/VII No. 41)

View of Rollnerstrasse looking northwards. The house with the number 35 is one of the last buildings on the left-hand side of the street. Picture postcard from around 1920.

(Uwe von Poblocki Collection)

Rollnerstrasse 35 is circled in red. It is located directly on the corner with Meuschelstrasse. At the bottom of the picture, parallel to Meuschelstrasse, Pirckheimerstrasse can be seen running from east to west (from right to left in the photo). In the middle of the picture, in Löbleinstrasse, is the Hans Sachs Grammar School, the former Kreisoberrealschule (district high school). Aerial photo 1927.

(Nuremberg City Archives, A 97 No. 235)

Gerhard, Elsa, Raoul and Trudy Frank

Location of stone: Rollnerstrasse 35 District: Maxfeld
Sponsor: Nathalie Frank Laying of stone: 16 July 2020

Biographies

On 16 July 2020 Gunter Demnig laid four stumbling stones – for Gerhard and Ilse Frank and their children Raoul and Trudy. The family emigrated to France and survived the German occupation there. Raoul’s granddaughter Nathalie Frank sponsored the laying of the stones.

Gerhard Frank was born on 27 February 1886 in Zeilitzheim, in the southern adminstrative district of Schweinfurt. The son of Raphael und Bertha (née Kohn), he worked as a trader.

In March 1921 he married Elise (Elsa) Schick, originally from Husseren near Colmar in Alsace. She was born on 27 September 1894. From 1871 until 1919 Alsace was part of the German Reich. Elsa’s parents were the butcher Abraham Schick and his wife Bertha (née Zivi).

Following their marriage, the couple moved to Nuremberg, where their two children were born: Rolf (born 16 May 1922) and Herta Gertrud (born 24 April 1925).

After the National Socialists came to power the family no longer felt safe in the German Reich. They decided to emigrate to Elsa’s home country: on 14 June 1933 they deregistered in Nuremberg and moved to Gebweiler in Alsace. From then on, Rolf called himself Raoul and Gertrud called herself Trudy.

- Nuremberg City Archives, C 21/X Nr. 2 registration cards.