Dutch Prince Nazi history – level 3

12-10-2023 07:00

The recent finding of a Nazi membership card in the name of late Dutch Prince Bernhard has sparked renewed demands for an investigation into his connections with Adolf Hitler’s party.

Prince Bernhard, who married into the Dutch royal family in the 1930s, had consistently denied being a Nazi but acknowledged his membership in Nazi military units, attributing it to the common practice of his generation at the time. The discovery of his original NSDAP membership card has raised concerns, with calls for an inquiry by the Center for Information and Documentation Israel (CIDI) and the Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies (NIOD).

While suspicions about his Nazi affiliations had persisted, the fact that he denied it until his death has drawn criticism. The Dutch government confirmed the card’s discovery but has resisted calls for an investigation.

Difficult words: acknowledge (to accept or admit the existence of something), affiliation (connection with a particular group or organization).

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