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Evidence confirms that Shell fuelled the Nazi war machine

Another hammer blow for Shell. Evidence confirms that Shell fuelled the Nazi war machine

By John Donovan: 31 May 2021 (updated JULY 2021)

A new book by James Marriott and Terry Macalister reveals the extent to which the oil company Royal Dutch Shell played a key role in Hitler’s war effort.

James Marriott is a writer and activist with three decades of knowledge of the oil sector. Terry Macalister is a freelance journalist and former energy editor of the Guardian

As the author of the Kindle book published in 2016 –  Sir Henri Deterding and the Nazi History of Royal Dutch Shell – I welcome the fact that other parties have reached the same basic conclusions as I did after studying much of the same evidence.

Based on that evidence I lunched a petition several years ago demanding that Royal Dutch Shell should apologise for antisemitic conduct and Nazi support

Shell will find it more difficult to dismiss the independent findings in the new book, including from an award-winning journalist.

The following extracts are from a related article by opendemocracy.net headlined: Calls for Shell to apologise for ‘fuelling Nazi war machine’ EXTRACTS FROM THE RELATED ARTICLE BY Adam Ramsay

According to ‘Crude Britannia’, by James Marriott and Terry Macalister, at the outbreak of World War Two the Anglo-Dutch company “effectively divided into an Allied corporation and an Axis corporation”. The Nazi-supporting branch of Shell, called Rhenania-Ossag, “swung in behind the [German] government as the Nazi state began to invade other countries”.

Or as Shell’s official history states ‘Following Hilter’s annexation of Austria and Czechoslovakia, (Shell) Group managing directors sanctioned Rhenania-Ossag taking over Shell companies in those countries.’ The same process took place in Hungary, Yugoslavia and Greece after Germany took control of those states.

Shell’s German subsidiary, Rhenania-Ossag, fired all the Jewish members on its board in May and June 1933. The appointments to replace them included a member of the Nazi party. The official history states, “the far reaching changes to the Rhenania-Ossag board could not have taken place without the full consent of [Shell Central Offices… No questions of principle or moral judgements about the Hitler regime appear to have arisen.” Shell’s historians were not able to establish what happened next to these Jewish staff members.

Seven years later, after Germany invaded Holland, the Swastika flew outside Shell’s HQ in The Hague.

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I was originally tipped off about Shell’s concern over its past toxic history by Shell internal communications never meant for my eyes.

Shell had advance sight of my book and my website ShellNaziHistory.com. Despite aggressive threats, bluster and a global spying operation, Shell took no legal action. No multinational giant would want to draw attention to its past association with Hitler and the Nazis.

NEW BOOK: Crude Britannia: How Oil Shaped a Nation

Product details

  • ASIN: B095CND46T

  • Publisher: Pluto Press; 1st edition (20 May 2021)

Some of the information about Shell’s collaboration with the Nazis covered on pages 19, 20, 21, 22 of the main book, and pages 352, 353 and 354 from the Notes section of the book: read more

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Allseas Litigation: Top lawyer Mike Stubbs accused of relaying offer of £1m ‘bribe’ to police, say court transcripts

Allseas Litigation: Top lawyer Mike Stubbs accused of relaying offer of £1m ‘bribe’ to police, say court transcripts

By John Donovan

Shell contractor, Allseas, is a key player in a continuing story of mystery and intrigue surrounding criminal court proceedings.

Top lawyer Mike Stubbs acted for Allseas at the time when, according to court transcripts, he allegedly relayed a £1m bribe offer to UK police detectives.

Victims of £73 m fraud

In 2011, Allseas invested £73 million with investors led by a conman claiming to have links to the Vatican and Spanish nobility. More information can be found in articles such as the June 2018 FT story: “The ship tycoon, the con men and a €100m scam”. read more

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SHELL HIRED WORLD’S LARGEST SHIP NAMED IN HOMAGE TO A NAZI WAR CRIMINAL

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After a massive outcry from Jewish organizations, maritime unions,  the public and the UK government, and extensive negative coverage by the news media, all following a campaign led by John Donovan (above), the shipping company Allseas renamed its vessel. All of the businesses associated with the Pieter Schelte project, including its first client, Royal Dutch Shell, had previously turned a blind eye to the Nazi name. Shell reversed course in the face of the firestorm. read more

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THE BEST HISTORIANS SHELL COULD BUY

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By John Donovan

Shell commissioned a group of eminent “independent” historians (above) mostly Dutch, to author a history of Royal Dutch Shell to mark the Group’s centenary in 2007.  The introduction in Volume 1 pledged independent research and “a proper and even-handed assessment of Deterding.” Something went amiss because the “history,” as published in regard to his dealings with Hitler, is simply untrue.

Shell internal communications obtained under the UK Data Protection Act revealed pre-publication jitters at Shell prior to the publication of the four-volume history of the Royal Dutch Shell Group. read more

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Shell’s toxic Nazi history catching up with the energy giant

Shell’s toxic Nazi history catching up with the energy giant

By John Donovan

Information and evidence about Shell’s financial support for Hitler’s Nazi regime (and Shell’s anti-Semitism directed at its own employees), remained buried for decades in library books and newspaper archives gathering more and more dust.

Unfortunately for Royal Dutch Shell, it’s reputation, brand value (and shareholders), fast-evolving Internet technology, including digitalisation of newspaper archives, has transformed access, thereby making that toxic information instantly available everywhere. And spread by social media.  read more

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Sir Henri Deterding’s admiration and support for another fascist dictator, Mussolini

Sir Henri Deterding’s admiration and support for another fascist dictator, Mussolini

By John Donovan

I have already published an ebook and website focussed on Royal Dutch Shell leader Sir Henri Deterding and his admiration and support for the Nazi dictator, Adolf Hitler, who he met a number of times on behalf of Shell.

Hitler was not the only fascist dictator admired and supported by Deterding.

In his autobiography “AN INTERNATIONAL OILMAN” (pages 13 and 14) Sir Henri made plain his high regard for the Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini.

In Italy, not long ago, it fell to my lot to talk with Mussolini, a man who, regard him as you may, has shown a driving force almost unparalleled in running a country-though from such outward manifestations as are seen in the present-day world, I wouldn’t say that the running of a country was at all the same thing as the running of a business. Too often, the men who run countries have never run businesses, as the results of their government so painfully show. But that is by the way. read more

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The Group (Shell Group) Enemy No.1”

Non-professional translation (mainly by Google) of a whole page article authored by Christoph Giesen and published by the daily broadsheet German newspaper  Süddeutsche Zeitung (Munich). The article was published on 17 March 2012 under the headline: “Konzernfeind No.1” – translated as: “The Group (Shell Group) Enemy No.1”.

John Donovan has added some comments inserted in red text. 

A link to a pdf of the original article in German is provided at the foot of this page. 

Is Shell wishes to supply a professional translational, that will be substituted for the current version? read more

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Le Temps (Paris): Henri Deterding: 2 April 1939

Le Temps (Paris): Henri Deterding: 2 April 1939

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At the end of his life, he established his main residence in Germany, not only because he had founded his third home, but mainly because he saw in Hitler the most serious defense against invading Bolshevism. . His hatred of the Soviet regime, which had spoiled the Royal Dutch from its petroliferous lands in Russia, was the obsession of the last years of his life. His fortune has sometimes been estimated at 65 million pounds, or about 11 billion and a half francs.

Mr. Maurice Lewandowski reports a solemn circumstance in the life of Deterding: it was the visit that this one made to Pope Pius X1. Deterding was able to see Mussolini with the backseat of finding in Italy a fulcrum for his industrial and financial policy… read more

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Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (Berlin): Sir Henri Deterding

Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (Berlin): Sir Henri Deterding read more

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BERLIN NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ON THE DEATH OF SIR HENRI DETERDING

BERLIN NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ON THE DEATH OF SIR HENRI DETERDING read more

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Pester Lloyd (Budapest) article on the death of Sir Henri Deterding

Pester Lloyd (Budapest) article on the death of Sir Henri Deterding: 12 Feb 1939 read more

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Commercial and Financial Chronicle (New York): Death of Sir Henri Deterding, Oil Magnate

Commercial and Financial Chronicle (New York): Death of Sir Henri Deterding, Oil Magnate

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Berlin news report death of sir Henri Deterding: 11 Feb 1939 

Berlin news report death of sir Henri Deterding: 11 Feb 1939  read more

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The Times: SIR HENRI DETERDING’S FUNERAL

SIR HENRI DETERDING’S FUNERAL

FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT BERLIN, FEB 10

Herr Hitler and Field-Marshal Goring, and the Dutch Government, sent wreaths to the funeral to-day of Sir Henri Deterding at his estate at Dobbin, Mecklenburg.

A private memorial service in the house was followed by a public service and the interment.

Simultaneously memorial services were held in all offices in Germany of the Royal Dutch-Shell group.

It is announced that Sir Henri bequeathed the whole of his large estate at Dobbin-with the exception of the house and the immediately surrounding park-to the Friedrich-Heinrich Farming Institute, which he founded. read more

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Hamburg News: The death of Sir Henri Deterding: 10 Feb 1939

Hamburg News: The death of Sir Henri Deterding: 10 Feb 1939 read more

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