Florrie Rost van Tonningen, ‘black widow’ from Nazi era

Florrie Rost van Tonningen, ‘black widow’ from Nazi era

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – The wife of one the most prominent Dutch collaborators during the Netherlands’ occupation by Germany in World War II has died aged 92, her son said in a statement on Saturday.

Florrie Rost van Tonningen was a supporter of the Nazi party in the Netherlands during the 1930s, and her husband Meinoud – the second highest-ranking member of the Dutch Nazi Party – ran the Netherlands’ national bank during the occupation. He was killed or committed suicide in jail while awaiting trial after the war.Florrie soon earned the epithet ‘the black widow’ because of her continued adherence to Nazi ideology and involvement in Dutch white supremacist circles after the war.She was convicted several times for spreading Nazi literature, made anti-Semitic remarks in her memoirs and held meetings for neo-Nazis in her home.As recently as in a 2000 she discussed the value of having “white skin” in a television interview.She is survived by three sons, who reject her ideology.”My mother, whose courage, dedication and perseverance could not be denied, alas, always remained loyal to her national-socialist ideology,” her son, Grimbert, wrote on his Web site.”Surrounded by a small group of followers, she continued to cling stubbornly to the idea that Hitler and his supporters were right.In that sense, she caused much pain to the Dutch people, Jews, and many others, as well as her own family.”Nampa-APHe was killed or committed suicide in jail while awaiting trial after the war.Florrie soon earned the epithet ‘the black widow’ because of her continued adherence to Nazi ideology and involvement in Dutch white supremacist circles after the war.She was convicted several times for spreading Nazi literature, made anti-Semitic remarks in her memoirs and held meetings for neo-Nazis in her home.As recently as in a 2000 she discussed the value of having “white skin” in a television interview.She is survived by three sons, who reject her ideology.”My mother, whose courage, dedication and perseverance could not be denied, alas, always remained loyal to her national-socialist ideology,” her son, Grimbert, wrote on his Web site.”Surrounded by a small group of followers, she continued to cling stubbornly to the idea that Hitler and his supporters were right.In that sense, she caused much pain to the Dutch people, Jews, and many others, as well as her own family.”Nampa-AP

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