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Old 09-28-2013, 12:11 PM
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Johan Åsard releases on 7th October his book "Drottningens hemlighet" (The Queen's Secret) about the Queen and her father's past and about how the royals control the image of themselves.
"Queen's secret uncovers a world hitherto unknown to the Swedish people. It's a world where the royals are acting in secret and use their status to control the public image of themselves"
Drottningens hemlighet - Johan Åsard - Bok (9789170377334) Bokus bokhandel
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Old 10-10-2013, 12:07 AM
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Today Johan Åsard releases today his book "Drottningens hemlighet"

New book accuses Silvia for falsification of history
Now starts the next round in the dramatic deal about Queen Silvia's father's Nazi past.
On Thursday the book "Drottningens hemlighet ("The Queen's secret") will be released, it is said to reveal new information about Walther Sommerlath and how the Queen personally through her secret network should have tried to influence critical voices.
- Her own investigation is verging on the falsification of history, says the book's author Johan Åsard, former director of "Kalla Fakta" that led television program review of the case.
Åsard describes also how the queen tried to exert pressure with the help of influential contacts, both in Sweden and abroad. She wrote to people in her network. For example, to Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil, about the Brazilian scholar Eva Blay who expressed criticism of her father in "Kalla Fakta".
"I was very glad to get your e-mail and that you have tried to talk to Mrs Blay, thank you so much!" Silvia writes in an email to Cardoso, quoted in the book.
According to Eva Blay several other people tried to "push" her on behalf of Silvia. Among them, James Wolfensohn, former head of the World Bank, and a former mayor of Rio de Janeiro.
Åsard notes that before "Kalla Fakta" examination in 2010 it was very quiet in the Swedish media about Walther Sommerlaths background. He denied in 1976 on direct question from Expressen's Ulf Nilson that he had been a member of the Nazi party. Only in 2002 could the historian Mats Deland reveal in the newspaper Arbetaren that the queen's father had joined the German Nazi party in 1934 and gained membership card number 3592030.
Expressen's Diamant Salihu met last night Queen Silvia when she attended the Childhood Autumn Dinner at Confidencen. But the Queen refused to comment on the allegations in Johan Åsards book. Bertil Ternert came five minutes before the Queen to answer questions.
Ny bok anklagar Silvia för historieförfalskning Nyheter Expressen Senaste nytt - Nyheter Sport Nöje TV
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The queen accused of wanting to silence critics
Drottningen anklagas för att vilja tysta kritiker - DN
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How she tried to whitewash her dad
Queen Silvia has devoted years to exonerate her father's dark Nazi history.
In a new book reveals journalist Johan Åsard how the Queen sent letters to ex-president in Brazil and around 20 business leaders.
- The aim was to put pressure and get sympathies to her father's favor, saying Åsard.
The book also disclosed that she contacted several peaks of Swedish businesses, including Carl -Johan Bonnier, Chairman of the Bonnier Group. When Aftonbladet took a contact to Bonnier he chooses not to comment on the issue.
- The letters show how the Queen acted secretly to spread her own image of her dad. She wants sympathy, influence and exerts pressure on various people, says Johan Åsard.
Så försökte hon rentvå sin pappa Nyheter Aftonbladet
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:27 AM
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Its a shame that the Queen feels the need to conceal details about her father's past. It would have been unusual if he hadn't joined the Nazi party since it was more than common to do so back then. Especially as a businessman. Only a small percentage of the population hadn't joined and joining in 1934 meant that nobody knew what was happening / going to happen to full extent. It was more a case of 'everybody did it'. And if she is not proud of his dealings afterwards she should accept it and move on. Its not her business, its her fathers.

And then, Queen Silvia is not responsible for her father's actions and she should not hold herself accountable for what he did or trying to whitewash his past. He remains her father, with all his baggage, and this is where it should end.

I find the try to whitewash much worse than the fact that WS was a member of Nazi party. What he did was his own responsibiltiy, not his daughter's.
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History will in a certain way always be falsificated because it is mainly based on personal conceptions of facts.
We always learned at school that the spanish war (80 years war between the Dutch and Spaniards) was because of freedom of religion.
In fact it was of course a fact of money.

Queen Silvia probably had a fantastic youth with a fantastic father (her hero) never knowing anything about his past. People did not speak about that war after that war.
I can imagine that she was schocked about these revelations
For children, even when they are adults, it is allways painfull to discover that your parents are human beings with their good and wrong choices in life.
As a child you will always try to defend your parents.

As a queen, it would have been wise to confine herself to a declaration that her father will always be her father but that she strongly condemns the Nazi-regime.

Though Queen Maxima strongly comdemned the regime, her father served, some still think that she is the daughter of a dictatorship-supporter.

Anyway today children of people from the "wrong side" are certainly not proud about it and certainly don't show it of.
I work with war victims and their children and I can imagine that they hate regimes that made/make them suffer, but the children "from the other side" are in a way victims too
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Queen's older brother Ralf de Toledo Sommerlath reacts sharply when he heard about the new book.
- It is terrible! I do not know how one can do such a thing to my poor sister. She was not even born at the time. All that stands in her investigation is true. I know, it is proved that our father was helping a Jew. Our father was a very proper man, everything went correctly when he bought the factory.
Ralf de Toledo Sommerlath defends his father.
- Yes, my father joined the Nazi party, as so did many others. When you're young you do mistakes. But he was never political active. He was not a Nazi.
Silvias bror rasar mot de nya anklagelserna Nyheter Expressen Senaste nytt - Nyheter Sport Nöje TV
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