In the years in the run up to WW2, Royal Dutch Shell was a business partner both Internationally and in Germany with IG Farben, the notorious German chemical firm. Farben supplied Zyklon-B gas to the Nazi concentration camps, in which millions of innocent people including children, were murdered in the Holocaust.
IG Farben shared patent rights to synthetic oil and other products with Shell.
Royal Dutch Shell group was also a major partner with Farben in jointly owned companies, including Deutsche Gasolin A.G., which operated a refinery and gasoline service station network in Nazi Germany.
Shell was also a major partner in oil related cartels with I.G. Farben and Standard Oil.
A New York Times article published in October 1945 quoted from an I.G. Farben report to the Gestapo on how Germany had benefited from oil cartel agreements.
The report said that experience in the field of lubricants was of the “utmost importance in warfare” and enabled Germany to be “completely prepared from a technical point of view…”
The article went on to say:
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.
Further proof of massive Royal Dutch Shell support for the Nazis.