Sunday, January 24, 2010

Dutch Wartime Government Knew About Queen’s Father’s SS Membership

The Dutch wartime government in London knew that Queen Beatrix’s father Prince Bernhard had been a member of the SS before he married her mother, the late Queen Juliana. This was discovered when new parts of the Dutch national archives were opened recently. The historian Cees Fasseur, who specializes in the monarchy, says that the then Queen Wilhelmina and Juliana were probably told about this only after the Second World War. In an interview which appeared only after his death in 2004, Prince Bernhard admitted his SS membership for the first time.

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