David Frankfurter

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David Frankfurter

  • Birth 9 Jul 1909 Croatia
  • Death 19 Jul 1982 Bern, Verwaltungskreis Bern-Mittelland, Bern, Switzerland
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 39869433

Struggling Jewish medical student who assassinated Swiss Nazi leader - Wilhelm Gustloff on February 4th, 1936 in Davos, Switzerland. Frankfurter willingly admitted to the deed, and after a brief trial was incarcerated for the duration of the war.

As the tides of war changed, he was pardoned and released at the end of World War II. He relocated to Palestine, where he eventually gained employment with the Ministry of Defense when the state of Israel was created.

In his youth, Frankfurter was afflicted with tuberculosis of the bone (osteomyelitis). Between the ages of six and twenty-three, he had five operations - one leaving him with a large pit behind one of his ears as a treatment for for mastoid disease. Ironically, years later his health would dramatically improve during time spent in a Swiss prison for the murder of Gustloff.

While a young man, he aspired to be a doctor and studied sporadically in medicine at numerous educational institutions. The last school he attended was Bern University, where he hoped to write his doctoral thesis on cancer. Health matters, internal strife, and his continuing alarm over the Nazi menace compromised his efforts and ability to focus on his studies.

David Frankfurter died in 1982 of natural causes at the age of seventy-three, leaving a wife and two children.


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  • Created by: ron
  • Added: 25 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39869433
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Frankfurter (9 Jul 1909–19 Jul 1982), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39869433, ; Maintained by ron (contributor 46863311) Unknown.