Discovery of Dutch prince\u0027s Nazi membership card revives calls for inquiry

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SaltWire's Atlantic regional weather forecast for October 6, 2023 | SaltWireAMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The discovery of a Nazi membership card in the name of late Dutch Prince Bernhard, a German who married into the Dutch royal family in the 1930s, revived calls on Friday for an inquiry into his ties to Adolf Hitler's party.

While there always was suspicion that he was a Nazi party member,"the discovery of Prince Bernhard's original NSDAP membership card is a new part of a painful chapter in Dutch history," the Center for Information and Documentation Israel (CIDI), said on Friday."That Bernhard was a member is not so much what caused the shock: most Dutch people had expected that by now.

The card, which showed Bernhard first joined in 1933, was found by historian Flip Maarschalkerweerd, the Royal Information Service said. Maarschalkerweerd told national broadcaster NOS he was surprised that the prince had saved the card he had denied having. As early as 1996 Dutch journalists published a book containing a copy of an NSDAP membership card in Bernhard's name that was found in U.S. archives, along with correspondence showing that he quit the party in 1936 when he became engaged to Juliana, the Dutch princess who later became queen.

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