Wilhelm Frick was born in Germany in 1877. A police officer in Munich, he joined the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP) and took part in the Beer Hall Putsch. Along with Adolf Hitler was found guilty and was imprisoned for his role in the attempted putsch.
In 1924 Frick was elected to the Reichstag where he associated with the NSDAP radicals led by Gregor Strasser. He became the first Nazi to hold high office when he was appointed as Minister of the Interior in the state of Thuringia.
When Adolf Hitler became Chancellor in 1933 he appointed Frick as his Minister of the Interior and was responsible for operating the Enabling Act. He also drafted the Nuremberg Laws, that began the persecution of the Jews in Germany.
Frick was involved in a struggle with Heinrich Himmler and the Schutzstaffel (SS) and in 1943 lost his job as Minister of the Interior. Adolf Hitler now appointed him the Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, a post he held until the end of the Second World War.
Frick was accused of crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial. At his trial Frick argued that he had never intended the Nuremberg Laws to be used for mass murder, although he accepted that this is what happened. Wilhelm Frick was found guilty and executed on 1st October, 1946.