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Shell boasted about the money it pumped into Nazi Germany

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In 1933, the German subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, Rhenania, launched a series of motorist touring maps, which boasted that Shell was pumping money into the German economy i.e. into the coffers of the evil Hitler/Nazi regime.

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Die SHELL-Organisation in Deutschland stellt sich gleichzeitig in den Dienst richtig verstandener Nationalwirtschaft. Sie bemuht sich um weitere ErschlieBung deutscher Erdölvorkommen unter Ausnutzung der in weltumfassender Tatigkeit gesammelten Erfahrungen

The map is displayed on page 470 of “A History of Royal Dutch Shell” Vol 1: “From Challenger to Joint Industry Leader 1890 -1939” by Joost Jonker & Luiten van Zanden published in the UK in 2007 by Oxford University Press.

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Late in 1933 Rhenania set up an information office for motorist and launched a large series of motorists’ touring maps, emphasizing – despite some political doubts from The Hague – the importance of Shell as a contributor to the German economy.

We assume the maps provided clear directions to the Polish border. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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