Prussian Freemasons Defend Aryan Reputation Against Ludendorf Attack

The frequent association of “Freemasons and Jews” often found in the rabid anti-Semitic literature of Germany, caused a section of German Freemasonry to renounce any such association.

At a mass meeting of the Wandsbeck Freemasons called for the purpose of defending themselves against the agitation carried on by the former war, lord, von Ludendorf, one of the speakers, a teacher, declared in behalf of three old Prussian lodges that they are “one hundred per cent free of Jews.” Other lodges which engage in humanitarian work admit a three percent Jewish membership, he stated. “We, too, consider the international Jewish finance as a sore on the people’s body,” he declared, adding that before the war there was not a single Jewish officer in the Prussian regiments, and that the only regiment where there was a baptized Jewish officer was known as the “Cohen regiment.” “We ask every applicant for membership in our order whether he is aware that he has Jewish blood in his veins.”

This action of the three Prussian lodges caused a stir in the democratic German press. The newspapers urge the old Prussian lodges to publicly state whether they identify themselves

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with the anti-semitic doctrine of the Voelkische ###.The police authorities as W### refused the local Haken-kre### organization permission to hold a public demonstration in connection with the forthcoming medical congress which is to take place there.

Several hundred ### physicians are expected to attend the sessions. The Hake### took this occasion to demand that Wies### be closed to Jewish visitors.

Sympathy for all the German anti Semines because after all ther### too, are a part of the German nation was demanded of German Jews in an article Published in the official ### of the national German Jewish Association.

Max Ne### writing in the paper, ##ges German Jews to have “understanding and a feeling of justice in their attitude towards ex-Kaiser Wil###, although he was a lifelong anti-Semites, because the anti-Semites, too are our German occupa###.

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