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Royal Dutch Shell Corporate Collaboration with the Nazis

By John Donovan

From: “New Images of Nazi Germany”

Extract from the section “Corporate Collaboration” commencing page 203 running onto page 204

The connection of the Royal Dutch Shell Group to Nazi Germany centered on Sir Henri Deterding…

Variously described as the “most powerful man in the world” and the “Napoleon of Oil,” he was also an early admirer of both Hitler and Mussolini…

Deterding himself offered a plan in 1935 to provide a year’s worth of oil credit to Nazi Germany, in principle a war reserve.

When he died six months prior to the outbreak of World War II, Hitler and Goring sent lavish wreaths to his funeral…

… and then tried but failed to gain control over the Royal Dutch Shell Group…

ABOVE TEXT ALL SOURCED FROM “New Images of Nazi Germany: A Photographic Collection by Paul Garson” (2012-10-01). A Photographic Collection concerns the role of the camera as it relates to imagery and ideology in the Third Reich. Published in October 2012 by McFarland & Publishers. Page 204 displays a photograph of Nazi soldiers looking at a Shell Travel Service map, possibly seeking the best route to invade Poland.

ISBN 10: 0786469668  ISBN 13: 9780786469666

Publisher: McFarland & Co, 2012

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