Over the weekend, a video was leaked that shows Queen Elizabeth and her family proudly displaying the Nazi salute. The video shows “…Queen Elizabeth II performing a Nazi salute as a child with her mother, sister and uncle at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The video was most likely filmed between 1933 and 1934, after Hitler’s rise to power in Germany,” RT reported.
A spokesman for the royal family said, “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.” The family is reportedly seeking to prosecute whoever leaked the video.
This 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.
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…”
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.
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.
On another note, some view the sudden release of the video as a distraction from more important issues. Is this revelation of little or great practical significance to our era in history?
In any case, it may serve as a perfect vehicle to convey this information.
Because of the historical perspective revealed with this topic, please share this with as many people as possible.
For those seeking more information, the free PDF book, Wall 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.
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