Swedish queen’s father was a nazi


This series of YouTube videos, in German with English subtitles, says about itself:

16 May 2010 — The Quandt family is the silent might behind one of the world’s largest and most profitable automakers, BMW. Yet the family has a dark past. Its businesses profited from forced labour during the Third Reich, and the patriarchs, who were intimately involved with the Nazi regime, managed to escape prosecution and keep those profits when the war ended. This documentary shows the victims, and asks the question, “Why are the Quandts silent?”

It is my hope that, by making this excellent German documentary available to English-speaking people, the resulting public pressure will help to move the Quandts to acknowledge the family’s role, apologise, and take active steps to make reparations to the victims.

As far as I know, only Parts 1 and 2 of 7 are on YouTube yet.

Not just nazi connections in the British royal family … and in the Danish royal family … in the German ex-imperial family … in the Dutch royal family

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Queen’s dad ‘got rich making guns for nazis

Thursday 02 December 2010

Swedish Queen Silvia‘s late father made a killing producing armaments for the nazi war machine in a factory stolen from Jewish people, according to a documentary aired on Swedish TV this week.

TV4’s Kalla Fakta programme uncovered documents showing that her German father Walter Sommerlath was a Nazi Party member who took over a firm owned by Efim Wechsler under “Aryanisation” laws.

Under Mr Sommerlath the company churned out anti-aircraft guns, tank parts and other materiel for the Wehrmacht.

Queen Silvia has insisted that her father was not “politically active” and that the factory produced toy trains and hairdryers.

Swedish investigative journalist Bosse Schon said: “The truth is that he joined Hitler‘s Nazi Party on December 1 1934.

“Also, Queen Silvia’s father worked during his time in Brazil for the German company Acos-Buderus-do Brasil-Ltda, which used wartime prisoners as slave labour in nazi Germany.

8 thoughts on “Swedish queen’s father was a nazi

  1. 15/05/2011 17:06

    Koningin van Zweden laat nazi-banden van haar vader onderzoeken

    (Belga) De Zweedse koningin Silvia, van origine een Duitse, heeft een onderzoek laten openen naar de juiste aard van de controversiële banden die haar vader, Walter Sommerlath, met het nazi-regime had. Dat heeft het Zweedse koninklijke hof zondag meegedeeld. In een communiqué wordt gezegd dat feitenmateriaal zal worden verzameld rond de activiteiten van Sommerlath “in de jaren ’30 en ’40 in Brazilië en Duitsland”. Het hof hoopt in het najaar de conclusies van het onderzoek te kunnen voorleggen.

    De voorbije jaren pakten de Zweedse media regelmatig uit met beschuldigingen aan het adres van de in 1990 overleden Sommerlath. De nu 67-jarige vorstin heeft steeds gesteld dat haar vader wel lid was van de nazipartij, maar “politiek niet actief” was. Vorig jaar had de private zender TV4 nog opgespit dat Walther Sommerlath in 1939, in het kader van de ‘Arianisering’, een Duits bedrijf dat aan een Jood toebehoorde, had overgenomen. Silvia Sommerlath is koningin van Zweden sinds haar huwelijk, in 1976, met koning Karel XVI Gustaaf. Het paar had elkaar op de Olympische Spelen van München leren kennen. Ten tijde van het huwelijk ontkende Walter Sommerlath nog ten stelligste dat hij lid van de NSDAP is geweest, een bewering die pas in 2002 definitief werd gelogenstraft. (ROJ)

    http://www.metrotime.be/nlnewsbelga.html?telexid=62043642

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