# Original proof of the existence of Seifert surfaces

I read on Wikipedia that Frankl and Prontrjagin were the first to prove that a link $\mathbb{R}^3$ bounds a surface. A few years later Seifert published a proof using the "Seifert algorithm" which seems to be the proof preferred in text books on knot theory. I was wondering if anyone knows an English reference for the original proof or any information about its flavor. Thank you for your time.

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You ask for an English translation of the 1930 paper in German by Frankl and Prontrjagin. There are many such translation requests on MO, so as an experiment, I tried the following: I found a high-quality scan of the paper, OCR'd it and gave it to Google Translate. No editing on my part. Here is the resulting text. Together with the original text for the formulas, it seems workable to me. What do you think?

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