Bernhard von Biesterfeld

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Person.png Bernhard von Biesterfeld   Powerbase SourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(Soldier, Pilot, Arms dealer, deep politician)
Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld 1976.jpg
BornBernhard Friedrich Eberhard Leopold Julius Kurt Carl Gottfried Peter Graf von Biesterfeld
1911-06-29
Jena, Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, German Empire
Died1 December 2004 (Age 93)
University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
NationalityNetherlands
ReligionProtestant Church in the Netherlands
SpouseJuliana of the Netherlands
Founder ofThe 1001 Club, World Wildlife Fund
Member ofBilderberg/Steering committee
Nazi arms dealer

Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld (later Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands; German: Bernhard Friedrich Eberhard Leopold Julius Kurt Carl Gottfried Peter Graf von Biesterfeld; 29 June 1911 – 1 December 2004) was the consort of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and father of her four children, including the former Queen of the Netherlands, Princess Beatrix.

Activities

Bernhard repeatedly denied being a member of the Nazi Party, but a 2014 article in the Daily Mirror claimed that "membership documents were found in Berlin's Humboldt University by historian Annejet van der Zijl, proving he was in the party until 1934."[1]

Bernhard appeared to have been part of bodyguard-unit of Hitler and/or a associate during the 1930s. Multiple national and international newspapers reported incidents that were resolved with intervention with Bernhard, named an SS-member multiple times mentioned in diplomatic telegrams and NSDAP member. Bernhard has never denied to not have been a part of the SA or SS or to been part of the Night of the Long Knives although the Dutch official narrative maintains Bernhard's SS-division was more of a "motor-club".[2][3]

Bernhard allegedly send a secret letter to Adolf Hitler requesting to become "Head of State under the German Reich" if the Germans would - after discussing it with the British - pull out of the Netherlands in 1942, even having the CIA involved after their formation when this rumour was still heard of in the 1970s according to a French secret agent working for a well-known Dutch newspaper. [4]

Groups

He started the 1001 Club and co-founded the Bilderberg meeting. He also helped found the World Wildlife Fund (later renamed World Wide Fund for Nature).

Arms dealing

Cercle visitor, Frans Otten may have assisted his arms dealing.[5]

Lockheed/Bribery scandals

Full article: Lockheed/Bribery scandals

Prince Bernhard publicly denied wrongdoing during his lifetime, but but two days after his death, interviews were published showing that he admitted taking a $1.1 million bribe from Lockheed to ensure the Lockheed F-104 would win out over the Mirage 5 for the purchase contract. He said: "I have accepted that the word Lockheed will be carved on my tombstone."[6]

 

Events Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)Description
Bilderberg/1955 March18 March 195520 March 1955France
Barbizon
The second Bilderberg meeting, held in France
Bilderberg/1955 September23 September 195525 September 1955Germany
Garmisch-Partenkirchen
The third Bilderberg, in West Germany. The subject of a report by Der Spiegel which inspired a heavy blackout of subsequent meetings.
Bilderberg/195611 May 195613 May 1956Denmark
Fredensborg
The 4th Bilderberg meeting and the first in Denmark.
Bilderberg/1957 February15 February 195717 February 1957US
St Simons Island
Georgia (State)
The earliest ever Bilderberg in the year, number 5, was also first one outside Europe.
Bilderberg/1957 October4 October 19576 October 1957Italy
Fiuggi
The 6th Bilderberg meeting, the latest ever in the year and the first one in Italy.
Bilderberg/195813 September 195815 September 1958Buxton
England
The 7th Bilderberg and the first one in the UK
Bilderberg/195918 September 195920 September 1959Turkey
Yesilkoy
Bilderberg/196028 May 196029 May 1960Switzerland
Bürgenstock
Bilderberg/196121 April 196123 April 1961Canada
Quebec
St-Castin
Bilderberg/196218 May 196220 May 1962Sweden
Saltsjöbaden
Bilderberg/196329 March 196331 March 1963France
Cannes
Hotel Martinez
Bilderberg/19652 April 19654 April 1965Italy
Villa d'Este
Bilderberg/196625 March 196627 March 1966Germany
Wiesbaden
Hotel Nassauer Hof
Bilderberg/196731 March 19672 April 1967St John's College (Cambridge)
UK
England
Bilderberg/196826 April 196828 April 1968Canada
Mont Tremblant
Bilderberg/19699 May 196911 May 1969Denmark
Hotel Marienlyst
Elsinore
Bilderberg/197017 April 197019 April 1970Switzerland
Hotel Quellenhof
Bad Ragaz
Bilderberg/197123 April 197125 April 1971US
Vermont
Woodstock
Woodstock Inn
Bilderberg/197221 April 197223 April 1972Belgium
Hotel La Reserve
Knokke
Bilderberg/197311 May 197313 May 1973Sweden
Saltsjöbaden
The meeting at which the 1973 oil crisis appears to have been planned.
Bilderberg/197419 April 197421 April 1974France
Cannes
Hotel Martinez
Bilderberg/197525 April 197527 April 1975Turkey
Golden Dolphin Hotel
Cesme


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