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Getting in Dutch: The Third Reich and the Royal Family of the Netherlands (“A Prince Too Far”)

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Chameleon: Prince Bernhard in Allied Uniform

COMMENT: Pop conspiracy theory has focused on the Bilderberg Group [2] in recent years, mistakenly identifying this important element of the power elite as comprising a “Masters of the Universe” entity, subsuming all other considerations and elements beneath its mantle.

Analysis of the Bilderbergers fails to include the deep historical and economic foundation underlying their creation. In particular, the pop conspiracy crowd does not deal in depth with the background of Prince Bernhard [3], the founder of the group (named, not incidentally, after the hotel outside of Arnhem, Holland, in which the group first met and formed. The Battle of Arnhem in September of 1944 and Prince Bernhard’s probable role as “the Traitor of Arnhem” are discussed below.)

In turn, Prince Bernhard cannot be understood absent analysis of his background and the aristocratic, political and economic legacy he has left behind. In addition to the record of his service in the SS and an I.G. Farben espionage office, the available evidence suggests strongly that Bernhard was a double agent for the Axis.

Furthermore, the record of his family through the decades is suggestive of involvement with the Underground Reich and the Bormann capital network.

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Fly in the Ointment: Field Marshal Montgomery (center) and Prince Bernhard (right)

Prince Bernhard zu Lippe von Bisterfeld was a German noble, member of the SS and operative of the Berlin N.W. 7 [5] office of I.G. Farben, the German chemical cartel. The latter comprised an international espionage office, operated under the I.G. mantle. (See links and excerpts at the bottom of this post.)

Many of the books available for download [6] for free on this site will give interested readers/listeners a great deal of depth on the decisively important “IG.”

After marrying Princess Juliana of the Netherlands, Bernhard fled with Juliana to the United Kingdom following the Third Reich’s conquest of that country. Bernhard then became head of the Dutch military infrastructure in exile, including the Dutch resistance!

(Bernhard has been lionized as an Allied hero, a viewpoint we feel is badly mistaken. Evidence suggests Bernhard was, in fact, a double agent for the Axis, not exactly a difficult deduction in light of his background.) 

In what passes for scholarship on the Second World War, military historians have ruminated about the possible reason for the devastating damage inflicted on the Dutch resistance by the Gestapo. 

We would suggest that having a member of the SS and I.G. Farben spy as head of an anti-Nazi resistance cadre is a very poor formula for success!

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Bernhard's Handiwork? British paratrooper's grave at Arnhem

Of particular interest to us is the story of the betrayal of Operation Market Garden [8], which resulted in the Battle of Arnhem, popularized in a major motion picture (based on a book by Cornelius Ryan) “A Bridge Too Far.”  [9]

British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery envisioned the operation as a way to quickly bring the war to a conclusion. By dropping large numbers of airborne forces behind German lines to seize key bridges and facilitating the Allied advance, the plan was seen as a way to avoid a great number of casualties.

In the event, the operation was a disaster, with German forces slaughtering the paratroopers, many of them before they even landed. Postwar analysis has featured the probable betrayal of the battle plan to the Germans, often pinned on a Dutch resistance fighter named Christian Lindemans, code-named “King Kong.” 

In a book titled Betrayal at Arnhem [10], author Anne Laurens set forth information suggesting that King Kong was really “Lee Harvey Lindemans.” A celebrated resistance fighter, Lindemans was ordered to pose as a double agent, ostensibly betraying the resistance to the Germans, while retaining allegiance to the resistance as a “triple agent.”

Lindemans was then “left out in the cold” by his control structure, betrayed and labeled as a turncoat to the Gestapo and blamed for betraying the plans for Operation Market Garden to the enemy. He died in a psychiatric ward after the war.

Author Laurens points out that the German units that slaughtered the Allied forces were moving into position before Lindemans was ordered to ostensibly “go over to the enemy” and that he could not have been the agent of betrayal.

The actual “Traitor of Arnhem” had to have been someone else–in these quarters we feel that Bernhard is the most probable candidate.

In this context, we should note that the Third Reich plans for the postwar entailed continuing the war until the wealth of the Reich could be secreted abroad in the 750 corporate fronts set up by Martin Bormann after the war. Had Operation Market Garden succeeded, the Bormann flight capital plan would have been cut short!

EXCERPT: . . . . Three times, at least, [Dutch resistance fighter] Kas de Graaf summoned Krist [Lindemans] to the Prince’s headquarters for official questioning, which was merely presented as a rough precis after the event and which was held in a most irregular way. Offically, Christaan Lindemans was simply informed that he was only being asked to report on his past missions before new ones were assigned him. But one would hagve had to be made of stone not to sense the atmosphere of these sessions. The word, therefore, passed round rapidly that it was only a front, that they were trying to make Christiaan responsible for a certain number of disasters and “accidents,” the most important of which was the betrayal of Arnhem. . . (Betrayal at Arnhem by Anne Laurens; Charter Books [SC]; copyright 1969 by Anne Laurens; pp. 153-153.)

. . . . When he summoned Christaan to his office in Anvers, he was told by the Prince’s HQ that if his “suspect” was unable to come, it would be because he had left on a mission. [British intelligence officer Oreste] Pinto was furious. As he had rather strained relations with the headquarters of Prince Bernhard, he immediately held him responsible for this crime of “high treason,” stating that although he knew of the suspected treachery of Christaan Lindemans, Prince Bernhard preferred to shut his eyes to it, rather than admit that this war hero was really a hired enemy agent. After this, Pinto swore that he would not rest until he had proved the allegations that he had really only thrown at random under the influence of his jealous temper.

Unfortunately for Christaan, Pinto was not the only one who who felt vindictive towards him. At the Chateau Rubens, the HQ of Prince Bernhard (who later transferred his HQ to the Chateau Wittouck), where a conflict was developing among the members of the different Dutch information services, it was decided to sacrifice Christaan Lindemans. It was merely a question of waiting the right time. . . . (Ibid.; pp. 149-150.)

. . . . At the beginning of September, there had been only a few scattered units of German troops in Holland. On September 8, these were joined by four divisions equipped with tanks and mobile guns–some of these mounted on the undercarriages of Panther tanks. These forces included the 9th and 10th Divisions of the II SS Panzer Corps. Until diverted to Arnhem, one of these had been scheduled to return to Germany from France; the other was preparing to leave Denmark. On the day of the Arnhem drop, [General Wilhelm “Willi”] Bittrich was to command all these forces–with the backing of Berlin and over the opposition of Model and Student.

What had alerted Bittrich–long before Christaan Lindemans arrived at Abwehr headquarters in Dreibergen–to Allied plans when they must still have been in their infancy? How was he able to form a formidable armored force in Holland without the intelligence service of SHAEF–Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary forces–being alerted?

Of all the reasons for the debacle at Arnhem, the most important was the loss of the element of surprise. Somebody had betrayed the Allies’ plans to the Germans. But the betrayer could not have been Christaan Lindemans. By the time he had entered the picture, everything had been already set in motion.

Was it possible that he had been used as a scapegoat? Had Christaan Lindemans betrayed his country, or was he an innocent victim, sacrificed to cover up for the real traitor? . . . (Ibid.; p. 17.)

In Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile [11], Paul Manning discusses this strategic decision, arrived at during the afternoon conference in Strasbourg, 8/6/1944–just over a month before the Battle of Arnhem.

EXCERPT: “. . . A smaller conference in the afternoon was presided over by Dr. Bosse of the German Armaments Ministry. It was attended only by representatives of Hecko, Krupp, and Rochling. Dr. Bosse restated Bormann’s belief that the war was all but lost, but that it would be continued by Germany until certain goals to insure the economic resurgence of Germany after the war had been achieved. He added that German industrialists must be prepared to finance the continuation of the Nazi Party, which would be forced to go underground, just as had the Maquis in France. . . .” (Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile; Lyle Stuart [HC]; Copyright 1981 by Paul Manning; p.26.)

COMMENT: There is reason to suspect Bernhard of actively aiding the Nazi flight capital program and obscuring the Western corporate links to the Third Reich.  Author John Loftus has fingered Prince Bernhard for his role in helping to obscure the link between the Bush family and the Thyssens. (That relationship is discussed at length in numerous For The Record programs, including FTR #’s 361 [12], 370 [13], 435 [14].)

EXCERPT: “. . . . According to Gowen’s source, Prince Bernhard commanded a unit of Dutch intelligence, which dug up the incriminating corporate papers in 1945 and brought them back to the “neutral” bank in Rotterdam. The pretext was that the Nazis had stolen the crown jewels of his wife, Princess Juliana, and the Russians gave the Dutch permission to dig up the vault and retrieve them. Operation Juliana was a Dutch fraud on the Allies who searched high and low for the missing pieces of the Thyssen fortune. . . “ (The Dutch Connection: How a Famous American Family Made its Fortune from the Nazis by John Loftus.) [15]

COMMENT: Worth noting in this context is the goal of the Bilderbergers–the economic unification of Europe. Essentially, this is what the Third Reich envisioned as a goal [16] of their military campaign, now realized in the form of the EU/EMU! Fiat’s Gianni Agnelli articulated these goals. Agnelli belonged to the Knights of Malta and was also very close to the P-2 milieu of Licio Gelli.

EXCERPT: . . . European integration is our goal and where the politicians have failed, we industrialists hope to succeed. . . . (Bilderberg; Sourcewatch) [2]

Prince Bernhard’s descendants and and in-laws appear to have maintained his political lineage, with curricula vitae  suggestive of Underground Reich activities and affiliations. Some thoughts and reflections in this regard:

“Cabinet Knew of Prince Bernhard’s SS Past”; Radio Netherlands Worldwide; 1/23/2010. [33]

EXCERPT: The Dutch government knew of the SS membership of the late Prince Bernhard as early as 1944, according to NRC Handelsblad.

The newspaper bases its finding on documents released by the National Archive in The Hague earlier this year. One of the documents refers to a coded telegram, dated September 1944, from Foreign Minister Eelco van Kleffens. The telegram reveals the cabinet knew Prince Bernhard had briefly joined the SS. . . . In the telegram, the foreign minister instructs the Dutch ambassador in the United States not to refute claims, made by American media as of 1941, that Prince Bernhard had been a member of the SS. . . .

. . . For many years Prince Bernhard remained evasive on his links with the Nazi NSDAP party and related organisations. In an interview with De Volkskrant, published shortly after his death in December 2004, the prince admitted to his SS membership for the first time. . . .

“Chapter Two: The Empire of I.G. Farben” [Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler by Anthony Sutton]; reformed-theology.org. [34]

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. . . The Berlin N.W. 7 office of I.G. Farben was the key Nazi overseas espionage center. The unit operated under Farben director Max Ilgner, nephew of I.G. Farben president Hermann Schmitz. Max Ilgner and Hermann Schmitz were on the board of American I.G., with fellow directors Henry Ford of Ford Motor Company, Paul Warburg of Bank of Manhattan, and Charles E. Mitchell of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

At the outbreak o£ war in 1939 VOWI employees were ordered into the Wehrmacht but in fact continued to perform the same work as when nominally under I.G. Farben. One of the more prominent of these Farben intelligence workers in N.W. 7 was Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, who joined Farben in the early 1930s after completion of an 18-month period of service in the black-uniformed S.S.8

The U.S. arm of the VOWI intelligence network was Chemnyco, Inc. According to the War Department,
Utilizing normal business contacts Chemnyco was able to transmit to Germany tremendous amounts of material ranging from photographs and blueprints to detailed descriptions of whole industrial plants.9

Chemnyco’s vice president in New York was Rudolph Ilgner, an American citizen and brother of American I, G. Farben director Max Ilgner. In brief, Farben operated VOWI, the Nazi foreign intelligence operation, before World War II and the VOWI operation was associated with prominent members of the Wall Street Establishment through American I.G. and Chemnyco. . .

8. Bernhard is today better known for his role as chairman of the secretive, so-called Bilderberger meetings. See U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, Special Committee on Un-American Activities, Investigation of Nazi Propaganda Activities and Investigation of Certain other Propaganda Activities. 73rd Congress, 2nd Session, Hearings No. 73-DC-4. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1934), Volume VIII, p. 7525. . .