1930’s German Newspaper Clippings about Sir Henri Deterding

NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS ABOUT HENRI DETERDING FROM 20th CENTURY PRESS ARCHIVES OF THE GERMAN NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ECONOMICS – MULTIPLE LANGUAGES, BUT MOSTLY GERMAN. SOME DOC NUMBERS ARE MISSING BECAUSE FOR LEGAL REASONS THEY DO NOT APPEAR ON THE 20th CENTURY PRESS ARCHIVE WEBSITE. THERE IS SOME OVERLAPPING OF TEXT ON SCREENSHOTS. CLICK ON AN IMAGE TO ENLARGE THAT IMAGE. IN DUE COURSE WE WILL TRANSLATE SOME OF THE INFORMATION AND ANY SUCH TRANSLATED TEXT WILL BE ADDED. 

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27 Jan 1931

Frankfurter Zeitung (Frankfurt am Main)

In connection with the arrival of Deterding, the President of the Koninklijke-Shell, in Hamburg rumours are reported in Berliner Blatters, according to which Deterding on Tuesday with the Reich government because of a monopoly on gasoline against a loan of Doll. 150 million will negotiate. This information is described as unbelievable in Berlin. Deterding himself has explained to the WTB trading service in Hamburg that, contrary to divergent reports, his stay in Germany was almost exclusively a private matter, and related financial transactions were out of the blue.

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Berliner Tageblatt

19 Sept 1934

Deterding and the Soviets

The claims of the Royal Shell – Deterding expects to reclaim the seized oilfields

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According to a report by Agence Economique et Financiere, Sir Henry Deterding, President of Royal Shell, has moved to Berlin. The “Maasbode” has inquired at the appropriate place in the Hague of the Berlin trip Sir Henry Deterding; In doing so, it was explained to him (and, of course, the editors) that nothing was known about a visit by the President of the Shell Group to Berlin.

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30 June 1936

Berliner Tageblatt

Demented resignation rumours about Sir Henry Deterding

AMSTERDAM, June 30th.

The “Amsterdam Standard” announces that Sir Henry Deterding, the director of Royal Dutch, intends to resign from his post and settle in Holland. Sir Henry Deterding recently bought the country home of the Kroller family in Wassenaar.

London. June 30th. Upon request, the Shell Trade and Shipping Co., the English trading company of the Royal Dutch group, pull Sir Henry Deterding out of active business life without any basis.

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16 July 1936

Deutsche Bergwerks-Zeitung (Dusseldorf)

German Mine newspaper (Dusseldorf

Personal and memorial days

Deterding’s 40th anniversary in the service of the Royal Shell

Amsterdam, 15, July. (Wire) from the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Sir Henry Deterding in the service of the Royal Shell was the subject of many honors.

Deterding’s significance lies in the fact that he has been able to bring the Dutch-Indian archipelago as a production center for the Eastern Petroleum market to the same importance as Rockefeller conquered the basin of Pennsylvania in the world market. Deterding is not fond of theories in his approach, but exclusively guided by practical considerations. He realized what a waste was to be found in the fact that the eastern markets were supplied with American oil, which first came over the Cape, and was later made much more expensive by the high freight, while in India itself rich oil supplies were available. The idea was obvious to deduce from the possession of these oil deposits a monopoly for the Eastern markets. Under the same conditions of production, the Indian oil on the markets east of Suez was considerably cheaper than the American one. Deterding succeeded in bringing Indian companies together in a single organization, including the most important Russian producers in this combination. In 1903, Shell, Royal Dutch and Rothschild, the main Russian producer, merged to form the Asiatic Petroleum Company. Deterding took over the management of the company. The Asiatic became the sales center for all non-American petroleum products exported to the Eastern markets. It then came to the fierce competition between the Asiatic and the standard group. If the Standard tried in the early years to beat the Asiatic by price undercutting, Deterding responded to these measures with the tactic of severely restricting its production and allowing the competition to work at a loss.

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Sir Deterding, Professor Dr C. Gerretson publishes the second part of his History of the Royal Dutch, which thoroughly examines the man and his work. mb

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Translated Extract

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

Mr. Maurice Lewandowski reports a solemn circumstance in the life of Deterding: this was the visit that he made to Pope Pius XI. Deterding went to see Mussolini with the ulterior motive of finding in Italy a fulcrum for his industrial and financial policy. But what could be the motive for a visit to the pope for a Protestant religious businessman? Deterding, king of the petroleum, wanted to see what, in his intense life, had not yet met: a moral power.

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