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Ethics in an Age of Terror and GenocideIdentity and Moral Choice$
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Kristen Renwick Monroe

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151373

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151373.001.0001

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Florentine: Unrepentant Political Nazi

Florentine: Unrepentant Political Nazi

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(p.160) Chapter 7 Florentine: Unrepentant Political Nazi
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Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide
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Kristen Renwick Monroe

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151373.003.0007

This chapter tells the story of Florentine, widow of Meinoud Rost van Tonningen, one of the two top Dutch Nazis during the Hitler period. Florentine's husband served as the Dutch plenipotentiary to the League of Nations during the 1930s and as head of the Dutch National Bank during World War II. Offered the chance to be secreted to South America after the war by the Nazi leadership, Florentine and her husband elected to stay in Holland to “tell people the truth” about the war. Florentine remained an unrepentant Nazi until her death in 2007, traveling as much as her health permitted to speak in favor of the Nazi cause. She was extremely proud of her job as former leader of the Dutch Nazi Youth Movement for Women and was devoted to the memory of her husband.

Keywords:   Florentine van Tonningen, Dutch Nazis, Nazi Party, political Nazi, unrepentant, Meinoud Rost van Tonningen, Dutch plenipotentiary

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