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Re: Grand Duchess Charlotte
What the king referred to was the fact that in her much praised radio broadcasts from London and after the war Wilhelmina never spoke of the horrendous fate of the Jewish population in the Netherlands. So the survivors felt left out and by now questioning that decision of his great-grandmother the king has gained respect and hopefully given those left the feeling they are no longer left out.
Wilhelmina being in exile has not been an issue. Neither has her relentless effort to get her country freed. But she was informed what was happening with the Jewish population in her country and for some reason she did not bring it up.
Like I've said time and again, what Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands did was no different from what Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg did: flee her country, rather than surrender to the Nazis. She was caught between two evils, and chose to do good by leading the resistance from abroad, during years of exile. Hindsight leads us to question her choice (as there were questions raised at the time); but for the most part, history backs her decision.
But if Wilhelmina needs to be criticized or questioned, why hasn't Charlotte gotten the same treatment? Why was opinion unanimous in supporting her decision to leave her country, and not be accused of *abandoning* them? Why weren't questions raised about her choice, and why was her reception by her countrymen uniformly enthusiastic at the end of the war and return? What kind of Jewish population did Luxembourg have, and did any of them criticize her similarly? Or perhaps she did more for them?
I have similar questions about King Haakon VII of Norway ...