On June 14, 1940 the German army swept into Paris. One of the first actions that they took was to seize all the Masonic buildings in Paris, and ship all the records and archives to Berlin. Why did they do this? Were they afraid of Freemasons? Or were they trying to discover Masonic secrets that they could use as a source of power? Then, when the war was lost, and the Russians occupied Berlin, one of the first things the Communists did was to seize those same archives and take them to Moscow. Again, why? What was in them that was so important to both the Nazis and the Communists?
The 27,000 dossiers that have become to be known as the “Moscow archives” shed a light on the life of European lodges for more than two centuries. During this period, the continent experienced tumult and change, as society adjusted to the ideals of the Enlightenment. Pierre Mollier, the director of the library, archives, and museum for the Grand Orient of France will speak to these topics and more during this full-day immersion into the Moscow archives.
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