Story from Huffington Post, December 3, 2010:
Sweden’s controversy-plagued royal family has been hit with yet another scandal, with sources alleging that Queen Silvia’s father had ties to the Nazi party.
According to the Indepedent, Queen Silvia’s late father Walther Sommerlath was been exposed by Sweden’s ‘Kalla fakta’ (or “Cold Facts”) TV program as a Nazi party member who ran an armaments factory that had been confiscated from its Jewish owners during World War II.
The revelations reportedly contradict the 67-year-old Queen Silvia’s claims earlier this year that her father was not “politically active.” She had also denied he had taken over the factory — which she claimed produced toy trains and hairdryers — from its Jewish owners.
The documentary now claims Sommerlath took over the firm from Efim Wechsler, a Jewish man, as part of the so-called ‘Ayranization’ of local businesses in the wake of Hitler’s Nuremberg Laws, which stripped Jews of their rights and property.
A statement released by the royal palace seemed to subtly confirm the allegations, Sifyreports:
Concerning the discussions about Walther Sommerlath in the media, which deal with events which took place before the Queen was born, the Queen has no reason to comment on the content of the program. The Queen first got knowledge of his membership in adulthood, and she never had the opportunity to discuss this with her father.
The Nazi allegations come on the heels of The Reluctant Monarch, which topped Sweden’s bestseller lists after its release last month. The new warts-and-all memoir reportedly claims Silvia’s husband King Carl XVI Gustav attended orgies in Stockholm nightclubs and had a steamy affair with a local pop singer.