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Hitler sends wreath

Daily Express: Hitler sends wreath: Front Page: 11 February 1939

Hitler sends wreath

Daily Express Staff Reporter

BERLIN, Friday.- Hitler has sent a wreath with a red, white and black ribbon worded “Adolf Hitler,” to the funeral today of Sir Henri Deterding, multi-millionaire Dutch oil king, who died last Saturday.

The coffin of Royal Dutch Shell founder Sir Henri Deterding flanked by Nazi soldiers and the swastika flag

FEBRUARY 1939: The coffin of Sir Henri Deterding flanked by Nazi-soldiers and the swastika flag.

FEBRUARY 1939: The coffin of Royal Dutch Shell founder Sir Henri Deterding flanked by Nazi soldiers and the swastika flag.

Nazi officers at the Funeral of Sir Henri Deterding in Nazi Germany

Some of the senior Nazi officers seen attending the funeral in Nazi Germany of Sir Henri Deterding.

On 10 February 1939, a host of Royal Dutch Shell Group directors, senior Nazi officers, officials and members of the Nazi and Dutch governments, all attended the state funeral in Nazi Germany of Sir Henri Deterding conducted by Bishop Walther Schultz of Mecklenburg, an ardent supporter of Hitler and the Third Reich. Also a rabid anti-Semite. 

Ardent supporter

Raging anti-Semetic 

Raging anti-Semetic

funeral of Sir Henri Deterding, Nazi leader of the Royal Dutch Shell Group

Part of the long procession on 10 February 1939 at the funeral of Sir Henri Deterding, a founder of  the Royal Dutch Shell Group who became an ardent Nazi.

Part of the long procession on 10 February 1939 at the funeral of Sir Henri Deterding, a founder of the Royal Dutch Shell Group who financially supported the Nazis.

DETERDING BURIAL PLANS

DETERDING BURIAL PLANS

Oil Operator’s Body to Be Taken to His German Estate

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland, Feb. 6 (AP).–The family of Sir Henri Deterding gathered at the Swiss villa where he died unexpectedly Saturday to take the body of the 72-year-old Netherlands-born oil operator back to his estate at Dobbin, Mecklenburg, Germany, for burial.

His two sons came from England to join Lady Deterding who, friends said, is expecting the birth of a child next month.

Sir Henri, .who bad a personal fortune estimated at $150,000,000 or more and who retired in 1937 from the director generalship of the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company, also is survived by a daughter by his first marriage and two daughters by his second. His first wife died, the second marriage ended in a divorce and in 1936 he married a 38-year-old secretary.

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Oil king will be buried in Germany

Daily Express: Oil King will be buried in Germany: 7 February 1939 Page 11

Oil king will be buried in Germany

Daily Express Correspondent

GENEVA. Monday.- The two sons of Sit Henri Deterding, the oil magnate, who died on Saturday, were expected to fly to St. Moritz yesterday, but arrived tonight by train with other relatives.

After meeting Lady Deterding, they decided that their father should be buried on his estate at Dobbin, Mecklenburg, North Germany. The family will leave tomorrow morning.

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SIR HENRI DETERDING: An Oil Napoleon

THE CALGARY DAILY HERALD: 7 February 1939 Page 4

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FEW careers in modern times have been more strange and eventual that that of Sir Henri Deterding.

An inveterate enemy of Soviet rule in Russia because of confiscation of the rich Caucasus oil fields, he later swung over to the support of the Hitler movement in Germany and helped to finance it.

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OIL KING MOVED HIS MILLIONS

Daily Express 7 February 1939 page 11

Divorced, went to live in Germany

Daily Express Staff Reporter

SIR HENRI DETERDING, the oil king, once estimated to have a personal fortune of £25,000,000, has left practically nothing in England.

FULL ARTICLE: Daily Express 6 Feb 1939 Page11

Rockefeller of Europe, Sir Henry Deterding, Dies

THE OSHKOSH NORTHWESTERN, MONDAY FEBRUARY 6, 1939 Page 7

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Son of Sea Captain Rises in Meteoric Career in Fashion Comparable to Horatio Alger Tales – Strong Pro-Nazi and Bitter Russia Opponent Carves Way to Success.

He became an ardent nazi after Adolf Hitler attained power in Germany.

Deterding immediately saw the possibilities and set out to tie Royal Dutch and Shell together, the better to compete with Standard Oil.

A practical token of his admiration for the anticommunist regime of Hitler was given in 1937. He gave $5,000,000 with which to purchase Holland’s surplus food products. He stipulated that the proceeds should go to Germany’s “Winter Help Fund.”

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SIR H. DETERDING, 72 DIES IN SWISS HOME

The Montreal Gazette Monday 6 February 1939 Page 14

SIR HENRI DETERDING

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Netherlands – born Magnate Built Up Royal Dutch Petroleum Company

Was Ardent Hitler Supporter and Foe of Soviet

Sir Henri, who possesses a personal fortune estimated at between $150,000,000 and $200,000,000, retired from the direction of the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company.

He became an ardent Nazi after Adolf Hitler attained power in Germany.

A practical token of his admiration for the anti-Communist regime of Hitler was given in 1937. He gave $5,000,000 with which to purchase Holland’s surplus food products. He stipulated that the proceeds should go to Germany’s “Winter Help Fund.”

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Sir Henri Deterding: 9s.-a-Week to Millions

Daily Mirror: 9s.-a-Week to Millions: 6 February 1939 Page 7

Oil King Sir Henri Deterding, seventy two, who died at St. Moritz, Switzerland, began as a nine-shillings-a-week bank clerk and rose to riches so great that eventually he matched dollar for dollar with Rockefeller.

Sir Henri was a Dutchman. He was knighted by the British Government “for services rendered.”

Hitler is said to have received his financial support. He hated the Soviet Government, admired Mussolini and aided France.

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Deterding millions in Germany

Daily Express Front Page article 6 February 1939

Deterding millions in Germany

THE personal fortune of Sir Henri Deterding, multi-millionaire oil king, who died after a heart attack on Saturday, is believed to be in Germany, where he went to live after his divorce in 1936.

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Dutch Shell Head Dies In Holland

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS Dutch Shell Head Dies In Holland: Sunday 5 February 1939

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Sir Henri Wilhelm August Deterding was an outstanding figure in world financial affairs because of his role as guiding genius of the great Royal Dutch Petroleum Company, of which he remained a director after retiring from the post of director-general.

He was known as a bitter foe of Soviet Russia and was named at a Moscow trial as having aided in a plot against the Soviet government.

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