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Royal Dutch Shell and the Nazis: Shell threatens legal proceedings

By John Donovan

Royal Dutch Shell has today threatened legal proceedings in relation to revelations published on this website about the funding of Hitler and the Nazi Party by Shell and Sir Henri Deterding.

The Shell email says that Shell “reserves its legal rights, including with respect to copyright.”

This means that Shell is threatening defamation and copyright proceedings. This would be interesting litigation to say the least, likely to generate significant global publicity.

Shell has checked with its paid historians responsible for “A History of Royal Dutch Shell” and says that “they convincingly refute with evidence what you claim in contradiction with A History of Royal Dutch Shell.”

A blanket denial yet not one example provided of any specific inaccuracy.

It therefore seems even more appropriate that we publish all of the relevant pages from “A History of Royal Dutch Shell”. The public will then be in a position to draw their own conclusions, taking into account all of the other evidence we have assembled.

Subject to any High Court injunction, we will publish the information on the Internet *later today along with the unedited related email correspondence, which includes Shell’s first statement on this highly controversial matter.

*Since we have sent a reply to Mr Michiel Brandjes, the Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate, we will hold off publication until Friday evening to give him a reasonable opportunity to make any further response or take any action.

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