Following revelations earlier this year that the queen's father, Walther Sommerlath, was a member of the German Nazi party, the Queen Silvia announced an investigation of the family's ties to National Socialism.
Now it is finished, writes daily Göteborgs-Posten, who has interviewed the Queen.
“I have searched in the Brazilian and German archives and found that my father and Efim Wechsler made an agreement about the factory in Berlin and the coffee plantation in Brazil,” says the Queen of Sweden to the newspaper.
According to the Queen, it was Sommerlath’s transfer in 1939 of the plantation, and three sites in São Paulo, that made it possible for the Jewish businessman Wechsler to move to Brazil. Already in 1938 Wechsler had been asked by the authorities to leave Germany.
"All this has come as a complete surprise to me and my brothers. Our father never told anything about this time and we kids did not ask either,” says the Queen.
After six months in his new homeland, Wechsler reversed the transfer of the coffee plantation to a brother of Walther Sommerlath’s wife.
The Queen has received assistance in the investigation by a cousin in Brazil and a former archivist at the Swedish National Archive.