Freemasons-the forgotten Holocaust victims.

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One group of Holocaust victims which is often forgotten , is the Freemasons. For a part this is due to the secrecy of the group. This is something that puzzled me because they were(and still are) so secretive how were the members discovered by the Nazi regime?

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is the world’s oldest fraternal, non-political, non-sectarian society. It is concerned with high moral and spiritual values and is open to men of integrity, of any religion, who believe in a Supreme Being.

Freemasons are expected to adhere to three principles:

Brotherly Love – Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding towards his fellow human beings.

Relief – Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care, not only for their own members, but for the community as a whole, by both charitable giving and by voluntary effort.

Truth – Freemasonry strives for truth and requires high moral standards of its member

The Freemasons date back to the medieval times and its members often were influential people, it is estimated that 14 US Presidents were Freemasons.

Because many of the Freemasons who were arrested were also Jews or members of the political opposition, it is not clear how many members were placed in Nazi concentration camps or were targeted only because they were Freemasons.

In Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler wrote that Freemasonry has succumbed to the Jews and has become an excellent instrument to fight for their aims and to use their strings to pull the upper strata of society into their designs. The Nazis also blamed the Freemasons for Germany’s defeat in WWI.

Although the numbers can’t be verified the estimation are of 80,000 and 200,000 Freemasons who were murdered by the Nazi regime.

Despite the secrecy of the organisation the Freemasons were targeted via propaganda in most of Nazi occupied countries.

The most famous piece of Anti Free Mason propaganda was the French movie “Forces occultes”

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It was the last film to be directed by Paul Riche (the pseudonym of Jean Mamy).

The film was commissioned in 1942 by the Propaganda Abteilung, a delegation of Nazi Germany’s propaganda ministry within occupied France by the ex-Mason Mamy.

It represents Vichy France’s most determined effort at nazi propaganda.

The film depicts the rise of a young MP who, to further his career, joins the French Freemasons. He subsequently starts to believe that along with the Jews, they deliberately want to push France into a war against Germany.

After the war Riche aka Marmy was sentenced to death and executed on 29 March 1949.

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Sources

Lodge St Patrick

IMDb

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Wikipedia

 

 

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