FAQ: Did Masons suffer at the hands of the Nazis?

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    Did Masons suffer at the hands of the Nazis?

    Yes. The exact numbers are unknown. Lt. Col. David Boyd wrote that
    85,000 German Masons were killed by the Nazis, though other research
    has found that this number may be off by as much as a third. This
    figure does not include any of the nations the Nazis occupied.

    Regardless of the actual number killed, it is clear that Hitler viewed
    Masonry, which exalts truth, toleration, brotherly love, and free
    thought, to be dangerous and a threat to his regime. Ironically, in
    his last days in his bunker in Berlin, Hitler had a painting of
    Frederick the Great in his chambers. Frederick the Great was a Mason.
     
  2. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Very true.
     
  3. acjohnson53

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    To add to that, that is where the flower "forget me nots" were used to identify the German Brothers from one another......
     
  4. Glen Cook

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    Afraid that is a fable
     
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    Yep. Here's the best treatment of the story that I've found, by highly-regarded Masonic researcher Alain Bernheim, who lived through the occupation of Paris. http://www.freemasons-freemasonry.com/bernheim3.html
     
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    So the story behind "forget me not" is a fable ?
     
  8. Glen Cook

    Glen Cook G A Cook Site Benefactor

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    See Mark Robbins' link, above
     
  9. acjohnson53

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    I knew by virture of what I was told, from one brother to another that I would I would stir up a little something on the topic...Teach me more...

    Bro Albert C. Johnson
    Philomathean Lodge #2
    MWPHGLCA
    AASR Valley of Vilseck
     
  10. acjohnson53

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    Well I was almost right go to the Masonic Network Blog. Type in "The Story Behind The Forget Me Not", might give a little insight on the issue...some good stuff
     
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  12. acjohnson53

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    Ain't this Internet wonderful???:):):)
     
  13. Elexir

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    Masons also was prosecuted in the countries wich the nazis occupied and most masons did flee.
    In Denmark they actully occupied Freemasons hall i Copenhagen and used it as hedquarters for the Danish SS corps.
     
  14. SørenSweR(I)

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    When occupation was imminent, a couple of clever and quick-thinking brothers grabbed their actual masonic gear and walled off our most precious relics in secret, where they could be salvaged once the occupation ended.
     
  15. Warrior1256

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    Interesting info!
     

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