Friday, August 12, 2011

Swedish Queen's Grandfather Was a Nazi, But Might Have Been a Good One

An Ainvestigation launched by Sweden’s Queen Silvia into alleged ties between her grandfather and the Nazis show evidence that not only was he not an active Nazi, but he may have even helped a Jewish friend escape from Germany. But some Holocaust survivor groups are not buying it.

"I wasn't afraid of what I would find when I started searching in the archives. I knew there was no reason to worry," German-born Queen Silvia said.

However, Elan Steinberg, vice president of The American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants on Tuesday said the report's findings were "self-serving" and lacked credibility.

"The report was not an independent inquiry - it was commissioned by the queen with the participation of her cousin, a Brazilian lawyer. Such a probe can only raise suspicions of a whitewash," Steinberg said on the group's website.

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