EXTRACT: “Shell was in a business partnership in Germany with the Nazi run company I.G. Farben, which manufactured and supplied the Zyklon-B gas to exterminate millions of people in the Holocaust. Under the circumstances, it can fairly be said that Deterding/Royal Dutch Shell contributed towards the gas bill.”
By John Donovan
The Sturmabteilung (SA) Stormtroopers, the paramilitary wing of the German Nazi Party, played an important role in Hitlers rise to power. SA men were known as “brownshirts.”
Sir Henri Deterding, the person most responsible for founding the Royal Dutch Shell global business empire, was linked to the SA.
Sir Henri was at the helm of the oil giant for over 30 years and at the height of his powers, was able to bind the Board of Shell without their knowledge and consent. Deterding and Royal Dutch Shell were one and the same.
Sir Henri was said to be the most powerful and richest man in the world.
Unfortunately, he became an ardent Nazi and there were many accounts published in the 1930s of his substantial financial support for Hitler and Nazi Germany. In 1936, Reuters confirmed with staff at the German residence of Deterding a £1,000,000 donation of food to Nazi Germany.
Deterding was an honored friend of Hitler and a personal friend of Field Marshall Göring.
Hitlers special envoy, Dr. Alfred Rosenberg, known as Hitlers mouthpiece was a house guest of Deterding in the UK. Deterding later spent 4 days as Hitlers guest at Berchtesgaden. It was said: Deterding Orders-Hitler acts.
There is no evidence that Deterding ever challenged newspaper reports of his financial backing of the Nazis.
He also secretly backed the SA in return for preferential treatment of Shell’s business interests in Germany. This revelation was made during the trial of Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg. Shell was in a business partnership in Germany with the Nazi run company I.G. Farben, which manufactured and supplied the Zyklon-B gas to exterminate millions of people in the Holocaust. Under the circumstances, it can be fairly said that Deterding/Royal Dutch Shell contributed towards the gas bill.
The following are extracts from “The Nuremberg Trial” by Joe J. Heydecker and Johannes Leeb, originally published in German and later translated into English by R. A. Downie. (“A HISTORY OF NAZI GERMANY AS REVEALED THROUGH THE TESTIMONY AT NUREMBERG”)
First an extract from the FOREWORD:
In concentrating almost completely on the factual contents of the Trial, the authors have attempted to present the history of the Trial itself in all its aspects, based on documents, depositions, records, and historical facts. They have left nothing to speculation or imagination; they have strictly avoided all romantic embellishment and additions. Thus everything in this book is historically accurate, every action and reaction of the protagonists is vouched for by eyewitnesses, every event provable, every quoted word was actually spoken.
Extracts from pages 110 & 111 covering The Reichstag Fire:
Thus, all those who had been in the know, and all who had unconsciously come upon the facts of the fire, had lost their lives.
Hanussen’s presumable informant, the engineer Georg Bell, who had his information from the highest Nazi circles, escaped to Austria, but before leaving he gave some secret Nazi papers to a Munich newspaper editor, Fritz Michael Gerlich. But his office was likely to be searched, and so those papers had to disappear as quickly as possible. The last to see them was the former State President of Wiirttemberg, Eugen Anton Bolz. Gerlich’s secretary, Miss Breit, clearly remembered the contents of the documents. They contained: detailed facts about the Reichstag fire; an agreement between the Nazi Party and the British oil millionaire, Deterding, concerning the secret backing of the SA in return for preferential treatment of his German interests; a list of witnesses to the fact that Hitler had murdered his niece Geli Raubal; plans for discrediting the Church; plans of SA Chief of Staff Roehm for getting rid of Hitler after the Nazis’seizure of power. The men who had seen these dangerous documents had to die. Bell was ferreted out by SA unit commander Uhl in Austria and was there dispatched with six pistol shots.
Georg Bell was an agent who acted jointly for Deterding and Hitler. He 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 Deterding/Shell wanted hushed up.
Royal Dutch Shell maintained its business relationship/collaboration with the Nazis after the resignation of Sir Henri as Shell Director General and even after his death a few years later.
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