Like all dictatorial regimes, the Nazis were terrified of what the Craft (Freemasonry) represented – for much of its history membership of the Craft was an admission of being a champion of human dignity, political freedom and democracy. This was best stated when in 1938, Hitler’s publishing house issued Freemasonry, Its World View (Weltanschaung), Organization and Policies, by Dieter Schwarz, with a preface by Reinhard Heydrich, second in command of the Gestapo. To demonstrate why every new Nazi member must confirm, by his word of honour that he does not belong to a Masonic lodge, it says:
Masonic lodges are … associations of men who, closely bound together in a union employing symbolical usages, represent a supra-national spiritual movement, the idea of Humanity … a general association of mankind, without distinction of races, peoples, religions, social and political convictions.
This is perhaps one of the greatest backhanded compliments ever paid to the Craft.
Authored by United Masters Lodge no 167, Lodge of Research in Aukland, New Zealand. Shared with their kind permission.
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