Sunday, March 7, 2010

Father of Queen was Member of Nazi Party

In a doctoral thesis titled “Bernhard: A Hidden History,” Annejet van der Zijl concludes that the pre-war sympathy of the Queen Beatrix’s late father Prince Bernhard for German national socialist organizations was much greater than he ever admitted. During her research Van der Zijl found a membership card for the student organization Deutsch Studentenschaft, signed by Bernhard. This was a Nazi group, outlawed in 1945 by the Allied forces. The card shows Bernhard’s membership in the National Socialist Party NSDAP. Bernhard had always denied that he was a member of this organization or that he was sympathetic to the Nazi regime.

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