Herbert Frank, the younger brother of Otto Frank, was born #onthisday
in 1891. He was called Herbi and he turned out to be the “problem child” in the family. Alice Frank worried about him her whole life and when she felt close to dying, she gave her daughter, Leni, the responsibility for continuing to take care of him. Herbert was a cheerful, warmhearted person, uncomplicated and optimistic, though sometimes a little cynical. Anne called him ‘uncle blue dot’ after she discovered a tiny birthmark to one side of his nose. . During world war 1, Herbert was in the army. “Herbi really has had the worst luck and is in by far the worst situation of the three of us. I feel tremendously sorry for him, poor guy, but of course that doesn’t do much good in these terrible times.” (Otto Frank in a letter to Leni Frank, December 1916) . Herbert survived the First World War. In 1922, against the wishes of his family, he married a non-Jewish American woman, Hortense Schott. The marriage ended in divorce in 1932. Herbert and his brothers took over the directorship over the family bank. He was arrested in April 1932, because he had offered to act as an agent to a stockbroker from Karlsruhe who had over one million reichsmark of foreign shares in German industrial companies to sell. This was illegal, but Herbert acting in good faith. He was released in May 1932 and moved to Paris. During the Second World War, he was arrested and imprisoned in the camp at Gurs, but managed to survived. He spent part of the war in Switzerland before returning to Paris. He died in Basel in 1987. . Photo: 1) Robert, Otto, Herbert and Leni Frank, ca 1895-96 2) Herbert (right) this his siblings, 1907 3) Herbert (middle) with Otto, Leni and Erich Elias (left), 1965.