8 thoughts on “Dutch nazi Ms Rost van Tonningen dies

  1. Black Widow wings her way to Valhalla

    Searchlight – May 2007

    On 24 March, one of Europe’s most unpleasant specimens of Nazism, Florrie Rost van Tonningen died, aged 92, in Waasmunster, Belgium.

    Out of fear of a commemoration rally by latter-day nazis, the city council in Rheden – where Rost van Tonningen bought a burial plot a decade ago – insisted that her funeral should not be a public event. Despite this, the death of the women known as the “Black Widow” attracted huge media attention in the Netherlands.

    For most Dutch people, Florrie Rost van Tonningen was the incarnation of evil and a living link between the collaboration with the German occupation and today’s fascists. Her home was always open to young nazis, but her role and position in the postwar nazi movement should not be exaggerated.

    During the war, she was a relatively insignificant figure, giving birth to three children, the core business of a Third Reich wife. Her fascination with racial purity had already led her to join the Dutch Nazi Party (NSB), having been active in the 1930s recruiting youngsters for the Hitlerite youth outfit, Nationale Jeugdstorm.

    In 1939, she met Dutch Nazi MP Meinoud Rost van Tonningen and became so popular in top Nazi circles that their wedding, in December 1940, was personally approved by SS leader Heinrich Himmler and the couple were placed on Hitler’s Christmas presents list.

    Meinoud Rost van Tonningen opposed the less radical NSB leader Anton Mussert and, in September 1940, was appointed deputy leader of the party. His star still in the ascendant, Hitler’s satrap, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, made him president of the Dutch Bank and secretary-general of the Ministry of Finance in March 1941.

    During the war, Rost van Tonningen gained a reputation as a factionalist, quarreling with Mussert and later losing his popularity with the Germans. Joining the SS in 1944, he was captured by Canadian troops and, in 1945, committed suicide in prison in Scheveningen.

    Florrie Rost van Tonningen, after returning from Germany in 1948 and convicted for collaboration, claimed her husband was murdered by the Allies and demanded an investigation but her pleas were rejected. However, this did not stop her propagating Nazism. From 1969 onwards, when she emerged into the gaze of national publicity in a documentary on Mussert, she steadfastly expressed her fawning admiration for Hitler. In 1986, she hit the headlines when journalists uncovered the fact that she was she receiving a state pension, because her husband had been an MP. Despite protests and a trial by former resistance fighters, she continued to receive the cash.

    The Black Widow never showed any remorse about the horrific crimes of the Nazis, claiming only that Hitler should have solved the so-called “Jewish issue” differently by giving the Jews country of their own. In 1991, however, she was fined 2.400 Euro for insulting Jews in her autobiography, In Search of My Wedding Ring.

    In an interview in 1999, she denied the Holocaust by claiming: “In fact, no Jew was murdered. In Auschwitz, there were also non-Jews detained. If you check the Polish files, you’ll see that a little over 800,000 people have died. Normal, by natural causes. It’s not a hotel, such a camp. Auschwitz was no five star accommodation.”

    In her dotage, she was frequently visited by old Nazis and new nazis like Constant Kusters, chairman of the Dutch People’s Union (NVU), Hitler lookalike Stefan Wijkamp and Joop Glimmerveen, the NVU’s former frontman. But other hardcore nazi’s, such as BNP-member Steward Mordaunt had his nose full of the parties at her place; then they had to jump over fires, just as the nazi’s did and thought it was ridicolous.

    Also, Hans Janmaat, former leader of the fascist Centrum Democrats, sought her advice but when, in parliament, he distanced himself from the Black Widow, she terminated contact with him.

    While Rost van Tonningen organised parties, she did not finance any organisation except her own pet project, the Consortium De Levensboom, which distributed nazi literature with titles as ‘The Auschwitz-lie’ and ‘6 Million?’, organised meetings and tried to promote the formation of a new fascist party in the Netherlands.

    When she had to leave her villa in Velp (near Arnhem), she could not find a house in the Netherlands and moved to Belgium, spending her last years giving lectures in Germany and Flanders.

    She was interred on 30 March in Rheden. Around thirty people from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany attended the ceremony and the NVU has announced that it will stage a march in Rheden to commemorate her.

    Jeroen Bosch for Alert! and Antifa-Net

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  2. Nazi commemoration at graveyard

    Searchlight – July 2007

    On 2 June the Dutch People’s Union (NVU) organised “a march of mourning” for the deceased Nazi widow, Florrie Rost van Tonningen, in the small town of Rheden.

    NVU boss Constant Kusters claimed that he had been asked by the “Black Widow” herself to honour her memory with a march for the whole nazi movement and that he was told to take the lead in organising the march, because “almost nobody has the experience and expertise to organise such an event and to challenge a probable ban”.

    In the days before the march, however, this reasoning came under challenge from Joop Glimmerveen, the “grand old man” of the Dutch national socialist movement. Glimmerveen, who was leader of the NVU in the 1970s and 1980s, is a convinced nazi and known for his sharp pen. In 1996, after years of inactivity, he approached Kusters and Elite Homan to urge them to revive the NVU. Some years later, though, Glimmerveen admitted his mistake in involving them and attacked Kusters for his stupidity, blaming him for the demise of the party.

    In the week before the march, Glimmerveen stepped up his attack on Kusters by posting his views on the fora of the National Alliance with which he more or less sympathises – at least with the leader Jan Teijn – and Stormfront.

    Glimmerveen accused Kusters of lying about what Van Tonningen had really wanted and stated that she thought that Kusters was a moron. The Black Widow evidently thought that Kuster’s “biography” (he is 36, but thinks he will be executed in the future!) was a shameful copycat pamphlet. Glimmerveen also laid into Kusters for plagiarising his work and passing it off as written by him.

    The main issue between the two feuding nazis, however is Rost van Tonningen’s legacy: which of the two did she love more?

    Meanwhile, the major of Rheden was banging his head on the wall over the march. Immediately after the death of Rost van Tonningen, he organised meetings for the population and the people living in the vicinity of the graveyard, assuring them that the city council would do everything to prevent the grave from becoming a place of pilgrimage for nazis.

    However, because he knew that banning events like the mourning march is well-nigh impossible, he called for a state of emergency and laid down tough conditions for the event.

    For example, he banned such symbols and signs as the swastika, SS runes, the Wolfsangel, C18, Blood & Honour and the 14/88 code. Only black flags were allowed and no banners. All this rules were a farce in the circumstances, because this time the NVU did not need a slogan like “Against the casino capitalism” to hide behind. On the contrary, this march was a glorification of national socialism in itself, for a woman who never let Adolf Hitler down and always publicly displayed her loyalty to Nazism.

    No ban was issued and thus the march could become one of the first legal and public displays of national socialism in the Netherlands since the German occupation.

    At the end of May, Glimmerveen called for a boycott of the march. Florrie Rost van Tonningen, claims Glimmerveen, thought Kusters was only a nazi for his own glory and thought he was a wimp who brought shame to the national socialist movement. She was also afraid that her grave and remains would be attacked or removed when attention was drawn to it by a demonstration. The C18-group Aktion Front calls off its participation in the march after Glimmerveen’s statement.

    In the end around 80 nazis gathered for a silent walk lasting thirty minutes, with the Dead March on the drum and music from Richard Wagner from loudspeakers. At the cemetery, they laid down three wreaths, one with the slogan Deine Ehre Hie§ Treue! signed by the Racial Volunteer Force and their youth wing Youth Storm Holland (JSN). The grave itself, still without a headstone, was shut off by big plastic barriers.

    In his closing speech, Kusters declared his love for the Great German Empire and shouted in German that “Florrie Rost van Tonningen has gone to look for our Führer in Valhalla! Heil! Heil! Heil!”

    Jeroen Bosch for Alert! and Antifa-Net

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  3. Guns case trial begins

    Searchlight – August 2007 Short news

    The first hearing in the case against Arris de Bruin, the Combat 18/Racial Volunteer Force member arrested in March for illegal possession of several guns, ammunition, bulletproof vests and homemade nail bombs, took place at the end of June.

    From early proceedings it appears that the prosecutor has no idea that the case involves the activities of an extreme right-wing organisation. Also, although Maarten van Mil, the man who sold the guns to De Bruin, was arrested together with a soldier who delivered the bulletproof vests, the prosecutor has seemingly opted to ignore the need to investigate the political background or membership of the accused men.

    At the hearing, his lawyer complained that De Bruin had lost his job and could no longer pay his mortgage. But the public prosecutor stated that as De Bruin was financial supported by Combat 18, there was no need to worry. The judge, meanwhile, has ruled that De Bruin must remain banged up because of the danger that he could buy weapons again. The nazi Dutch People’s Union (NVU) is gathering money for De Bruin despite having stated officially that he was not member of the party. Money collected at a recent fascist demonstration in Oss has reportedly already been transferred to him.

    Meanwhile, the internal affairs and justice minister has had to face questions by parliamentarians about Blood&Honour. The answers were most reassuring: the Dutch government is not monitoring the number of visitors to right-wing websites; there is no concrete evidence from these organizations that violence is being incited or prepared and there is insufficient evidence to launch moves to ban Blood&Honour in The Netherlands. As always, it is left to anti-fascists to expose the danger of right wing exremist organisations and campaign against them.

    Jeroen Bosch for Alert! and Antifa-Net

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