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Film of Royal Dutch Shell founder Sir Henri Deterding giving a Nazi salute

A SHELL EMPLOYEE SPORTING EVENT CELEBRATING THE BIRTHDAY OF ROYAL DUTCH SHELL LEGENDARY LEADER SIR HENRI DETERDING

BIRTHDAY BOY SIR HENRI DETERDING LOOKING DOWN ON THE EVENT

Royal Dutch Shell Founder Sir Henri Deterding exchanging Nazi salutes with a Shell employee during the award presentation at the conclusion of the event. Both with raised right arms. Several hundred Shell employees became ardent Nazis like Sir Henri. On the website ShellNaziHistory.com there are photographs of them in full Nazi regalia, waving Nazi banners as they meet in a hall and march in the streets outside.

Click on this link to watch the film and listen to the narration. Includes, at just over 47 mins, the segment showing Royal Dutch Shell founder Sir Henri Deterding giving a Heil Hitler salute at the sporting event for Shell employees celebrating his birthday. 

The screenshots are from a PBS TV Documentary adapted from Daniel Yergin’s book “The PRIZE: Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power. Published in 1992 by FREE PRESS ISBN 0-671-79932-0:

PBS Documentary ‘THE PRIZE’ Part 6 Power to the Producers

Extract from narration by Donald Sutherland:

Under Deterding’s leadership, Royal Dutch Shell expanded enormously. He had shaped a great global organisation. He had been the greatest oil man since Rockefeller. But Henri Deterding… Marcus Samuel’s old partner… had, in his old age, become a Nazi sympathiser…

Comments by Grandson, James Deterding:

“I think he was a supporter of Hitler when he saw how well Hitler was doing getting Germany out of a really thorough mess which it was in the early 30’s… And then there is some family talk about the fact that when he realised that he had backed the wrong horse when Hitler started really rampaging round Europe… this is possibly what killed him.”

EXTRACTS END

In fact, the invasion of Poland, which started World War 2, did not happen until September 1939. Deterding had passed away several months earlier on 10 February. 

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James Deterding, Grandson of Sir Henri Deterding (seen in the background portrait)

 SIR HENRI DETERDING 

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