The Dutch Royal household is haunted by a previous that received’t keep hidden ceaselessly.
Now, the invention of a ‘Nazi membership card’ within the identify of late Dutch Prince Bernhard, a German grandfather to the Dutch King, revived calls on Friday for an inquiry into his ties to Adolf Hitler’s get together.
Because the claims that lengthy dogged the prince have been confirmed, the nation’s main Jewish group in addition to opposition politicians, are up in arms.
“Prince Bernhard, the grandfather of Dutch King Willem Alexander, died in 2004. He persistently denied having been a Nazi though he did acknowledge membership of a number of Nazi navy items, saying it was widespread for males of his age on the time.”
There at all times was suspicion that the prince had been a Nazi get together member, which he at all times denied.
Netherland’s Heart for Info and Documentation Israel (CIDI), mentioned on Friday that the invention of Prince Bernhard’s unique NSDAP membership card ‘is a brand new a part of a painful chapter in Dutch historical past’.
“‘That Bernhard was a member will not be a lot what brought on the shock: most Dutch individuals had anticipated that by now. However that he continued to disclaim it till his loss of life weighs rather more closely for individuals’, the CIDI mentioned in a press release.
In interviews with De Volkskrant newspaper shortly earlier than his loss of life, Bernhard had repeated his denial: ‘I can state with one hand on the Bible, I used to be by no means a Nazi’, he mentioned.”
Many have been puzzled that the Prince, after a long time denying the existence of the membership card, had stored it.
“As early as 1996 Dutch journalists printed a e-book containing a replica of an NSDAP membership card in Bernhard’s identify that was present in U.S. archives, together with correspondence displaying that he stop the get together in 1936 when he turned engaged to Juliana, the Dutch princess who later turned queen.”
A minor German prince, Bernhard von Lippe-Biesterfeld married Crown Princess Juliana after assembly her in 1936 on the Winter Olympic Video games in Bavaria.
The Guardian reported:
“Bernhard, who was prince consort till 1980, adamantly denied being a Nazi. ‘I can swear with my hand on the Bible: I’ve by no means been a Nazi’, Bernhard, then 93, advised the nationwide day by day newspaper De Volkskrant in an interview shortly earlier than his loss of life in 2004. ‘I by no means paid for get together membership. I by no means had a membership card’.
Earlier this week, the previous head of the palace archives, Flip Maarschalkerweerd, advised the media outlet NRC that he had come throughout the cardboard whereas he was cataloguing the prince’s belongings. The royal family confirmed to AFP that the 1933 card was real.
[…] King Willem-Alexander additionally sought to handle the difficulty. ‘I think about that the information has a significant impression and that it prompts a whole lot of emotion, particularly within the Jewish group’, he advised reporters.
‘We’ve to see the previous as it’s, together with the much less good elements’, he added.”