WW2 Hitler & Freemasons:
Germany invades Poland on September 1, 1939 = UK declares war on Germany.
Soviet Union invades Poland on September 17, 1939 = no problem.
In early 1934, the chief of the Nazi Party Court System ruled that Masons who did not leave their lodges prior to January 30, 1933, could not join the Nazi Party. That same month, Prussian Minister of the Interior Hermann Goering issued a decree calling upon the lodges to "voluntarily" dissolve, but requiring such voluntary actions to be submitted to him for approval. In addition, lodges and their branches in various cities throughout Germany were exposed to arbitrary violence from local SS and SA units, though this terror does not appear to have been centrally directed.
On October 28, 1934, Reich Minister of the Interior Wilhelm Frick issued a decree defining the lodges as "hostile to the state" and hence subject to having their assets confiscated. Finally, on August 17, 1935, citing the authority of the Reichstag Fire Decree, Frick ordered all remaining lodges and branches dissolved and their assets confiscated.
Churchill was a Freemason:
Winston Churchill was initiated into Studholme Lodge 1591 in May 1901, at the age of 26.
He completed his second degree two months later and was made a Master Mason on 5th March 1902. It is said that Churchill was motivated to join the lodge because he had many friends and family members who were Masons, and Freemasonry at the time was an incredibly popular and well-respected institution for men of good social standing.
Freemasonry was enjoying a boom in popularity at the end of the nineteenth century thanks to the election of Edward Prince of Wales as Grand Master in 1875. And it is likely that such a high-profile appointment inspired a politically ambitious Churchill to join the Craft.
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