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Royal Dutch Shell four day meeting directly with Hitler

By John Donovan (last updated 24 Sept 2012)

This posting provides a clarification to my recent article “Will Shell block Internet publication of its Nazi past?”.

It is in relation to the following paragraph.

Information in Shell’s own authorised history of the company confirms that Shell pumped funds into the Nazi in a variety of ways, was at times anti-Semitic, sold out its own Dutch Jewish employees to the Nazis and conspired directly with Hitler.

When I said “and conspired directly with Hitler” that was partly an informed assumption on my part.

A four day meeting between Sir Henri Deterding (right), the founder and dictatorial leader of Royal Dutch Shell Group and Adolf Hitler, the fascist German dictator and leader of the Nazis did take place in October 1934. There is no dispute about that fact.

The meeting held at Berchtesgaden – Hitler’s mountain top retreat known as the The Berghof and later as The Eagle’s Nest – was reported at the time in a New York Times article. The report was also printed in The Montreal Gazette on the same day. There was no later subsequent retraction by either publisher.

The Deterding/Hitler summit, in combination with the personal message sent by Hitler to the funeral of Sir Henri, provides an indication of the very special relationship between Hitler and Deterding, the undisputed boss of Royal Dutch Shell.

According to the New York Times article, the subject discussed during the summit was the prospect of Hitler granting a monopoly to “Royal Dutch and Shell Companies of petrol distribution in Germany.” It seems reasonable to assume. bearing in mind subsequent events, that other subjects of mutual interest were discussed e.g. Hitler and Deterding both shared an intense interest in Russia, not limited to the Russian oil fields.

The two tyrants must have got on well because Dr. Georg Bell, a mysterious individual said to be a German spy, had already acted as a joint agent for Hitler and Deterding. Bell was an intimate of the perverted Storm Troop Leader Capt. Ernst Röhm, and was reportedly involved with Deterding in a counterfeiting operation against the Russian Rouble.

Bell was murdered in Austria in April 1933 by a death squad of Nazi Storm Troopers and the SS after “making revelations about Deterding and the Nazis.” Bell apparently knew too much about sensitive matters the Nazis and their financiers wanted hushed up.

These historical events were entirely at variance with the picture painted in “A History of Royal Dutch Shell” by Shell’s paid historians of the Nazis repeatedly rebuffing all overtures from Deterding for an audience with Hitler, with the Nazis determined to keep him firmly at arms length. This entire defence was based on a false premise.

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