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British Tabloid Publishes Disturbing Images of Young Queen Elizabeth Giving the Nazi Salute

British Tabloid The Sun Say the Bombshell Video Has Been Released for “Public Interest”

queen-1  British Tabloid Publishes Disturbing Images of Young Queen Elizabeth Giving the Nazi Salute queen 1The Sun’s decision to publish footage of the Queen at six or seven years old performing a Nazi salute, held in the royal archives and hitherto unavailable for public viewing, has triggered concerns that the palace has for years sought to suppress the release of damaging material confirming the links between leading royals and the Third Reich. [1] The headline on the story read: “Their Royal Heilnesses” — a reference to the “Heil Hitler” greeting used in Nazi Germany.  The Sun was subjected to a backlash on social media, after publishing 80-year-old home movie footage from the grounds of Balmoral Castle, in which a laughing Elizabeth, her mother, Prince Edward (later Edward VIII) and Princess Margaret, were shown making Nazi salutes. Like most people already know, their uncle Prince Edward, Prince of Wales was a sympathiser towards Hitler’s Nazi Germany and became King Edward VIII. [15]  The precise nature of Edward’s links to the Nazis are still debated in Britain, with some historians accusing him of being sympathetic to Adolf Hitler’s regime.  [17] The 20-second cine film reveals Edward, who once gave a Nazi salute to Hitler and claimed he was “not a bad chap”, larking around with his sister-in-law the Queen Mother and her young children in the grounds of Balmoral.  The Queen, in tartan kilt or skirt, is aged around seven while Margaret is three. The clip opens with a playful Elizabeth grabbing one of the royal corgis and pushing the dog across the lawn. [15]  “It is disappointing that film shot eight decades ago and apparently from HM’s (her majesty’s) personal family archive has been obtained and exploited in this manner,” a spokesman for Buckingham Palace said in a statement.  While a royal source insisted that the queen would not have known the significance of the gesture at such a young age, the images threaten to cause deep embarrassment for the 89-year-old monarch. [17]

The Royal Family is Furious

elizard-beth  British Tabloid Publishes Disturbing Images of Young Queen Elizabeth Giving the Nazi Salute elizard bethBuckingham Palace is furious after footage from the 1933 family movie showing the then Princess Elizabeth perform the salute was made public online by The Sun at the weekend. [10]   On the surface, Queen Elizabeth seems to stuck to the same philosophy that has been a hallmark of her 63-year reign: Keep calm and carry on.  [12] But you wouldn’t be surprised to know that below the surface an urgent investigation has been lauched to discover exactly how the private film ended up in the hands of the newspaper.   A massive hunt is under way to find the ­culprit who leaked footage of the six-year-old future Queen doing a Nazi salute.  The grainy black-and-white cine camera footage was stored in Her Majesty’s private archive which is ­usually available to just relatives, close friends and trusted researchers.  But the 20-second clip of a home movie made eight decades ago was secretly copied and released to The Sun newspaper, horrifying the 89-year-old monarch and sparking an international furore. [16]  But it has emerged that an edited clip showing Princess Elizabeth and her sister Margaret talking seconds after the incident featured in an exhibition at Buckingham Palace last year. [10] Royal sources revealed the Queen was livid when courtiers broke the news that pictures of her childish game were being shown around the world, linking her name to Nazi mass murder. She demanded to know: “Who could have done this?”  And Her Majesty is said to feel ­betrayed by what is seen as deliberate mischief-making.  But the Queen is most hurt that the scenes also showed her beloved Queen Mum joining in the spoof saluting in the grounds of Balmoral Castle, Scotland, in 1933-34 when Hitler’s party was seizing power in Germany.  One insider told the Sunday People: “The Queen was devoted to her mother and knows that she, more than anyone, despised Hitler and inspired the country to stand firm against the Nazis.” “She wants to know who leaked this film, how they got it, but most of all she wants to know WHY they did this?”

The Royals are Now Pressed to Open Their Archives

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Karina Urbach

The well-documented relationship between Western powers and Nazi Germany should render the leaked royal video unsurprising. The detailed documentation of these relationships can be found in various books and publications.  [6] Unlike the National Archives, the royal archives, which are known to contain large volumes of correspondence between members of the royal family and Nazi politicians and aristocrats, are not compelled to release material on a regular basis. Now, as that relationship becomes the subject of global debate, historians and MPs have called for the archives to be opened up so that the correspondence can be put into context.  “The royal family can’t suppress their own history for ever,” said Karina Urbach of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. “This is censorship. Censorship is not a democratic value. They have to face their past. I’m coming from a country, Germany, where we all have to face our past.” [4]

There is More to the Story than Meets the Eye

nazi-royals  British Tabloid Publishes Disturbing Images of Young Queen Elizabeth Giving the Nazi Salute nazi royalsThis is a headline that is shocking to some and unsurprising to others, but regardless, attracts instant, widespread attention. Unfortunately, the leaked video merely scratches the surface of insidious Western ties to the notoriously fascist regime—specifically, economic powers in the United States. American connections to Nazi Germany shatter the mainstream historical narrative and reveal a great deal about the underlying connections between nations at war.   [6] For example, IBM recorded the victims of the Holocaust for Germany. IG Farben—the chemical company that would become Bayer Pharmaceuticals—worked with the Nazi regime from the beginning and was connected to prominent American industrialists.  Prescott Bush (Presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s Grandfather) and other American industrialists, magnates, and Wall Street bankers engaged in extensive economic activity with Nazi Germany throughout the war.   Though this information is better sourced through books written on the topic, in 2004 the Guardian reported that

George Bush’s grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany. The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism. His business dealings, which continued until his company’s assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave labourers at Auschwitz… [7]

The Bank of International Settlements (BIS), self-described as “an international organization of central banks which fosters international monetary and financial cooperation and serves as a bank for central banks,” supported Nazi Germany as if there was no war.  These little-known connections paint a vastly different perspective of the powers’ relationships with each other and reveal that money is a more potent force than any armed conflict where leaders send their citizens to die. For those seeking more information, the free PDF bookWall Street and the Rise of Hitler by Antony C. Sutton is a worthwhile, well-sourced read that documents the connections between economic powers and Nazi Germany. [6]

[1]  Jamie Doward and Tracy McVeigh, Royals told: open archives on family ties to Nazi regime, The Guardian, Saturday 18 July 2015 19.09 BST
[2] Josh Halliday and Louise Osborne, Queen’s Nazi salute footage raises pressure on royals to open archives, The Guardian, Monday 20 July 2015 07.42 BST
[3] Karina Urbach, Behind the infant Queen’s gesture lies a dark history of aristocratic Nazi links, The Guardian, Sunday 19 July 2015 00.08 BST
[4] Geoffrey Grider, British Royal Family Urged To Release Material Confirming 1930’s Nazi Connections, Now the End Begins, July 19, 2015
[5] Max Foster, Should footage of young Elizabeth’s ‘Nazi salute’ have been released?, CNN, 1:00 PM ET, Tue July 21, 2015
[7] Ben Aris and Duncan Campbell, How Bush’s grandfather helped Hitler’s rise to power, The Guardian, Saturday 25 September 2004 23.59 BST
[13] Ollie Gillman, Imogen Calderwood, Elaine O’flynn, Emily Davies, and Harriet Sime, ‘The Sun has sunk to a new low’: British public reacts with fury after tabloid publishes 80-year-old pictures of the seven-year-old Queen and the Queen Mother being taught a Nazi salute, Daily Mail, 22:13 GMT, 17 July 2015
[16] Rachael Bletchly , Keir Mudie, Who leaked footage of Queen’s Nazi salute? Major hunt to find culprit who released home movie clip, The Mirror, 21:21, 18 July 2015
[18] Kathryn Snowdon, Russell Brand Calls The Queen A Nazi… People Are Furious, The Huffington Post UK,  21/07/2015 22:50 BST


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