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Old 15-11-2018, 04:08 PM   #28
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Deterding, Shell and Hitler

The information in this post comes from (the site of) John Donovan, writer of the book “Sir Henry Deterding and the Nazi history of Royal Dutch Shell”.
Donovan has compiled evidence that Royal Dutch Shell, owned 50-50 by Dutch and British capital, supported the Nazis from 1924 to the 1940s.
In 2007, Shell hired a group of eminent mostly Dutch “independent” historians, to author a history of Royal Dutch Shell that for some officially denied its ties to Nazi Germany.

On 16 March 1939, it was reported that Shell chairman Henri Deterding gave 7 ½ million marks to Hitler in 1929.

In 1931, Deterding’s agent George Bell attended meetings of Ukrainian Patriots in Paris “as joint delegate of Hitler and Deterding”. Deterding continued to support Adolf Hitler with large sums of money in the 1930s (which were channelled through Dr. George Bell).
Naturalised German Dr. Alfred Rosenberg became Hitler’s Foreign Adviser, George Bell, a naturalised German of Scotch birth, acted as intermediary with Deterding.

In 1932, the Dutch press reported that Henri Deterding had donated 4 million guilder to the NSDAP, which wasn’t denied.
After Hitler and the Nazis took power, in 1933, Rosenberg returned to Britain for his second visit, when he visited Henry Deterding at his Ascot home.

Pre-WW2 Dutch cartoons, confirm that it was believed that Henri Deterding was a major financier of Hitler’s Nazi regime. In the following 2 cartoons, Deterding hands over a bag of money to the Nazis with 100,000,000 in unspecified currency.

In December 1934, the recent visit of Henry Deterding to Berlin was associated with stories that Royal Dutch Shell offered the German Government a loan of 40 million Dutch guilders.
In January 1935, Berlin insiders said that Henry Deterding offered the German government a $250 million credit for oil purchases, over several years.

On 19 October 1945, the New York Times published on IG Farben report by the Gestapo:
Standard Oil and the Anglo-Netherland Royal Dutch Shell group also aided I. G. Farben in 1934 and 1935 to purchase large quantities of mineral-oil products, the report said. These products, including airplane benzine and lubricants, were bought for a market price of $20,000,000 and stored as reserve stocks.
The Dutch press reported that Deterding had given Hitler about 4 million guilders.
In 1931, Deterding made a 20 million pound loan to Hitler. In the 1930s, Deterding was secretly negotiating with to provide the German military with oil on credit:
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See the German road map published by Shell in Nazi Germany after Hitler came to power in January 1933. Shell boasted about its contribution to the German economy starting in 1924.
Since 1924 exports of products from our German plants have given the German economy foreign currency earnings amounting to 127 million Reichsmarks to help the balance of payments.
Access to the worldwide activities of the SHELL Group has guaranteed Germany supplies of a considerable proportion of the material required by the Group in all parts of the world – to the value of 144 million Reichsmarks since 1924.

History falsifiers claim that in March 1933, “Deterding was turned down without further ado” when he requested a meeting with Hitler. Deterding himself stated that he met Hitler in November 1933...
On 25 October 1934, it was reported that Deterding was the guest of Hitler in Germany:
It is reported confidentially from Berlin that the object of Sir Henry Deterding’s recent visit to Chancellor Hitler at Berchtesgaden, where he stayed for four days, was to discuss the conditions for granting a monopoly to the Royal Dutch and Shell Companies of petrol distribution in Germany for a long period of years. Chancellor Hitler’s terms were unsatisfactory and the negotiations have broken down temporarily.

In 1932, Henry Deterding met Director of the Bank of England Montagu Norman in the USA when they “discussed subsidies for the Führer and possible ways of aiding him if he came to power”.
In May 1933, Hitler’s envoy Alfred Rosenberg was a guest at Deterding’s Buckhurst Park Home in England.

On 28 April 1945, Lieutenant-Colonel Werner Baumbach arrived at the country house in Mecklenburg that had been owned by Deterding for a meeting with head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler.
A Hitler portrait contained the following inscription:
Sir Henry Deterding – in the name of the German people, for your noble donation of a million reichs-marks.
Adolf Hitler
Another portrait of Commander in Chief of the Luftwaffe Herman Göring, was signed:
To my dear Deterding, in gratitude for your noble gift of Rominten Hunting Lodge.
Your Hermann Göring
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In June 1935, Henri Deterding married the 38-year-old German Nazi Charlotte-Minna Knaack. In 1936, Deterding paid Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands 1,050,000 Reich marks for the Castle Dobbin estate, Mecklenburg, north of Berlin, where he lived with his much younger wife.
Sir Henri’s friend Hermann Göring, founder of the Gestapo, regularly visited Castle Dobbin to go hunting with him. Deterding generously gave Göring the Rominten Hunting Lodge in East Prussia.

In October 1936, 70-year-old Sir Henri Deterding (a naturalised Englishman, in 1920 he was knighted by the British King “for services rendered”) was succeeded as chairman of Shell by Dr. J.E.F. de Kok. Deterding remained influential as majority shareholder and remained on Shell’s board.
In December 1936, it was reported that Deterding donated 10,000,000 guilders (about $5,400,000) to buy products of Dutch farms for Germany. The Dutch Government cheered this “non-political and exclusively humanitarian” gift.

On 4 February 1939, Deterding died in St. Moritz, Switzerland, his fortune was estimated at $150 million to $200 million.
His “state funeral” on his estate at Dobbin, North Germany was attended by high German Nazis, which confirmed that he was one of the main financial backers of the Nazis.
The close relationship between Shell and the Nazis did not end with his retirement as chairman on 31 December 1936. Shell even got closer to the Nazi regime. Up to the end of December 1939, Shell made deliveries of oil products to Germany in fulfilment of its regular contracts.
Deterding’s successor as chairman of Shell, J.E.F. de Kok, who died in November 1940, financed the Rumanian “Iron Guard”.

Before, during, and after World War II, Royal Dutch Shell was the owner of companies located in Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe. Shell, with IG Farben and Standard Oil of New Jersey, was a partner in Deutsche Gasolin A.G..
In March 1938, Dr. Boeder of Shell’s German subsidiary Rhenania-Ossag, and Dr. Brunck of Deutsche Gasolin were involved in planning the annexation and occupation of Austria and Czechoslovakia. Shell authorised Rhenania-Ossag, to take over Shell operating companies in occupied Austria and Czechoslovakia.
Another subsidiary of the Royal Dutch Shell Group, Anglo-Saxon, had 7 large tankers built in Germany between 1935 and 1939, the largest number ordered outside the UK and the Netherlands during those years.

Royal Dutch Shell invested RM 27.5 million in the German “Politz” project with consortium partners Standard Oil and IG Farben. Shell “wanted at all costs” to hide its involvement in the Politz project, and because it didn’t want it “becoming public knowledge, two banks fronted as shareholders in Hydrierwerke Politz”.
In February 1939, the Dutch directors of Shell increased Rhenania-Ossag’s financial commitment to the Politz project, which came on stream in 1940.

In 1938, a year after the retirement of Deterding as chief executive, Royal Dutch Shell with IG Farben joined a consortium called Catalytic Research Associates (C.R.A.):
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