CHAPTER 15: Nazi connections relating to Shell

The Dutch royal family remains a major shareholder in Royal Dutch Shell Plc. Beatrix of the Netherlands (above) reigned as Queen of the Netherlands from 1980 until her abdication in April 2013. She is the eldest daughter of Prince Bernard, until 1934 a Nazi stormtrooper. He redeemed himself after switching sides and fighting against the Nazis in World War 2.

I have provided extensive verification evidence from reputable sources about Royal Dutch Shell’s connection with Hitler, including Deterding’s meetings with him.

A reference to Sir Henri was made in the publishers’ annotations of a translation into English of Mein Kampf – the infamous semi-autobiography written by Adolf Hitler, which set out his political ideology.

“Mein Kampf” by Adolf Hitler: Publisher: Reynal & Hitchcock. Place of Publication into English: New York, in 1939. A new version has recently been published. 1941 is the publication year of the edition quoted from below:

Extract from publishers annotation on page 184:

Rosenberg and others have been convinced that British support could be gained for any serious attempt to undermine the Russian system and therewith stamp out the Third International as a fomenter of world revolution. Two reasons for this conviction are usually advanced. The first is the support received by White Russian revolutionists from English sources, which support has occasionally been deflected to Hitler. The second is the feud long since in progress between certain British financiers and the Soviet system. Sir Henry Deterding, the oil magnate, is the most manifest of the partisans of Germany;

The above extract is evidence that at an early date, information was put into the public domain describing Sir Henri as the most prominent of Nazi Germany’s supporters.

The reference to a feud between “certain British financiers and the Soviet system” is almost certainly a further reference in part to Sir Henri Deterding.


Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands granted a royal charter to a small oil exploration company founded in 1890 by Jean Kessler, along with Henri Deterding and Hugo Loudon, which evolved into the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company.

Queen Wilhelmina was a shrewd investor and became the wealthiest woman in the world. At one time, the Dutch royals reportedly owned as much as 25% of the company.

Crown Princess Juliana, the only child of Queen Wilhelmina, married a Nazi Storm Trooper, Prince Bernhard.

Extracts from a Time Magazine article published on 18 January 1937:

“Marked was the vigor last week of the Knickerbocker aristocracy of Manhattan in observing the joyous marriage day of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Juliana of The Netherlands.”

“Prince Bernhard zu Lippe-Biesterfeld, at the time his engagement to Crown Princess Juliana was announced (TIME, Sept. 14), was a minor salaried employee of the great German chemical trust I. G. Farben-industrie Aktiengesellschaft, and a Nazi Storm Trooper.”

In March 2010, The Daily Telegraph published an article by Bruno Waterfield: Dutch Prince Bernhard ‘was member of Nazi party’:


Prince Bernhard, the father of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, was a member of the Nazi party, a new book has claimed, contradicting the German-born Dutch war hero’s life-long denials.

Annejet van der Zijl, a Dutch historian, has found membership documents in Berlin’s Humboldt University that prove Prince Bernhard, who studied there, had joined Deutsche Studentenschaft, a National Socialist student fraternity, as well as the Nazi NSDAP and its paramilitary wing, the Sturmabteilung.

As “Wing Commander Gibbs” – an honorary rank he held in the RAF – the prince later flew Allied bombing raids over occupied Europe before returning in 1944 as a Dutch war hero.

The Dutch royal family is still reportedly a major shareholder in Shell. Beatrix of the Netherlands reigned as Queen of the Netherlands from 1980 until her abdication in April 2013. She is the eldest daughter of Prince Bernard and is said to be a billionaire.

Extract from a article “How Much Is Queen Elizabeth Worth” published 26 June 2001:

“…in the Netherlands, Queen Beatrix, 63, and the rest of the royal House of Orange share a much more respectable fortune of $3.2 billion. Most of the wealth comes from the family’s longstanding stake in the U.K. and Netherlands-based oil company, the Royal Dutch/Shell Group. At one time, the royals reportedly owned as much as 25% of the oil company;”

Extract from a Sunday Times published on 21 March 2004 at the time of the scandal arising from the Royal Dutch Shell oil and gas reserves securities fraud:

Shell’s management will be further embarrassed by the revelation that the Dutch royal family has lost nearly £250m through the collapse in the company’s share price.

The family is one of the biggest single shareholders in Royal Dutch. The family’s spokesman said its stake was “not more than 5%”, a figure that would equate to a loss since January of £244m.

Queen Beatrix abdicated in April 2013 in favor of her son, King Willem-Alexander. His investiture ceremony was, according to an FT article marred by the arrest of antimonarchist protesters objecting to the Royal Family holdings in Royal Dutch Shell. Extract immediately below.

According to an April 2013 article in The Telegraph:

The Dutch monarchy is one of the wealthiest in the world, with Forbes magazine estimating that Queen Beatrix had a fortune in 2011 of £142 million, largely thanks to property and shares in Shell Oil.


Dr. Georg Bell, a German spy, whose name appears frequently in this book, was an agent of Sir Henri Deterding. He acted initially as an intermediary between Deterding and Adolf Hitler in forming an alliance between the oil titan and the Nazi leader. This was apparently done to hide what the public might consider to be an unsavory relationship.

Bell later acted as a joint agent/delegate of Hitler and Deterding.

Extract from page 313 of “The Most Powerful Man in the World: The Life of Sir Henri Deterding:”

“Bell had useful connections with business and politics, and it is reported by Johannes Steel that he had attended a number of meetings of the “Ukrainian Patriots” in Paris as joint delegate of Hitler and Deterding.”

Bell was an intimate of the perverted Storm Troop Leader Capt. Ernst Röhm and was said to be involved with Deterding in a counterfeiting operation against the Russian Ruble. 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.” (See page 99 of linked information). He apparently knew too much about sensitive matters involving Hitler and Deterding.


Alfred Rosenberg, an influential member of the Nazi Party, was a senior Nazi contact of Deterding. At Nuremberg, he was tried, found guilty, sentenced to death, and executed by hanging for war crimes.


Extract from Preface

Those who financed Hitler, both Germans and the foreigners, are just as responsible for his coming to power as the active Nazis who spread anti-Semitic propaganda or fought in the streets. Yet, because of their influence and the power of money, few of them were prosecuted at Nuremberg.

Page 319 contains a reference to a weekend spent by Alfred Rosenberg as a guest at Sir Henri’s “palatial country home” at Buckhurst Park, near Windsor Castle.

Extract from a reference on page 319 to Reynolds Illustrated News, which published a news report about the meeting:

In the light of the present European situation, this private talk between Hitler’s foreign advisor and the dominant figure in European ‘oil politics’ is of profound interest. It supports the suggestion current in well-informed political circles that the big oil interests have kept closely in touch with the Nazi Party in Germany.

Information from page 322:

Indicates that a court case took place in the 1930’s known as the ”chervonetz forgery trial. Georg Bell and Sir Henri Deterding were among a number of people allegedly implicated in a currency counterfeiting conspiracy.  It was said to have the ultimate objective of creating an uprising to break Ukraine away from Russia.

Extract from the same page:

Georg Bell, a mysterious German of Scottish origin… was said to be an agent of Deterding. He had attended a number of the ”Ukrainian Patriots” meetings in Paris as a representative of both Hitler and Deterding.


Continuing extracts from the Who Financed Hitler book, this time from page 323:

Johannes Steel, a German writer and former agent of the German Economic Intelligence Service, gave evidence at the Inquiry into the Reichstag Fire that Sir Henri Deterding was giving money to the Nazis.

With regards to the forgery trial, the following is an extract from an article published by The Daily Express on 13 January 1930, under the headline:

“Mystery Document in German Forgery Trial”


The second denial comes from Sir Henri Deterding, who is at present at St. Moritz. The oil magnate interviewed by telephone, declared that he had never heard of the conspiracy against Russia until he read reports of the trial in the German newspapers and found to his amazement that his name had been dragged into it. “The first I knew of this case was when I saw reports in certain of the German newspapers,” Sir Henri said. “I was naturally astounded. I read the names of the accused and searched my mind in and out if I had ever met them. I can’t recall a single one. I am not connected with this case in any shape or form.”



Somewhat bizarrely, given the subject of this book, in terms of degrees of separation, I am but one step away from Hitler. A favorite aunt of mine, born in Germany, Gisela Donovan, shook hands with Hitler when he visited her school. She married my namesake, John Donovan, an officer in the Parachute Regiment who broke a leg during a parachute landing at Arnhem during Operation Market Garden.

“Jack” Donovan, my father and their two brothers, Saunders and Bob, all served in the British army in WW2. Their mother (my grandmother) Jessie Donovan, drove an ambulance in London during the blitz.


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