Nazi Archive in Poland Sheds Light on Anti-Masonic History #poland #records

Jan Meisels Allen

Poland has a vast archive of items that shed light on the history

of Freemasonry in Europe JANEK SKARZYNSKI AFP


An old university library in western Poland—UAM in Poznan, is sheding light on works including women’s Masonic ledges and musical scores used in closed ceremonies.  There are 80,000 items dating from the 17th century to pre World War ll period. Fine prints, copies of speeches and membership lists of Masonic lodges in Germany and beyond feature in the archive. Some documents still bear Nazi stamps.


“Initially tolerated by the Nazis, Freemasons became the subject of regime conspiracy theories in the 1930s, seen as liberal intellectuals whose secretive circles could become centres of opposition.


Lodges were broken up and their members imprisoned and killed both in Germany and elsewhere as Nazi troops advanced during WWII.


The collection was put together under the orders of top Nazi henchman and SS chief Heinrich Himmler and is composed of many smaller archives from European Masonic lodges that were seized by the Nazis.”


During the war as Allied bombing intensified, the collection was moved from Germany for safekeeping and broken up into three parts -- two were taken to what is now Poland and one to the Czech Republic. The section left in the town of Slawa Slaska in Poland was seized by Polish authorities in 1945, while the others were taken by the Red Army.


In 1959, the Polish Masonic collection was formally established as an archive and curators began studying it -- at that time, Freemasonry was banned in the country under Communism.


The collection is open to researchers and other visitors.



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Hello Geners

This is indeed re-writing of history. Conspiration theories made up by radical polish nationalists together with main stream Catholic newspapers (and several important Church figures), were behind the strong and wide anti-Semitism that existed in Poland during the first half of the 20th century. These theories described how Polish Jews and international Jewry, together with the Freemasons, managed to cause the partition and subjugation of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth at the end of the 18th century, and were continuously working to ruin the Polish Republic in the present (i.e. 20th century).  You may find all about it in an article entitled : “A Polish School of Jewish History: From Clerical Judeophobia, through late Nineteenth Century Racial Antisemitism to Revisionist Polish-Jewish Historiography” It was published in the online version of the periodical “Polin”. Anybody interested is welcome to write to me and shall email her/ him the PDF version.

Prof. Isak Gath