As soon as Hitler came to power in Germany on January 30,1933 he ordered that several anti-Masonic pamphlets be printed by the government and circulated among the citizenry. Among these official Nazi documents were: “Annhilation of Freemasonry”, “Freemasonry, Marxism, and Judaism: The Cause of War”, and the “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion”.
On April 7, 1933 Hermann Goering, one of Hitler’s top deputies (who had once considered becoming a Freemason) held an interview with Grand Master von Heeringen of the “Land Grand Lodge of Germany” and told him “there is no place for Freemasonry in Nazi Germany.”
According to Coil’s Masonic Encyclopedia, there were 638 Masonic Lodges in Germany in 1933 with 80,000 members, working under authority of 10 Grand Lodges. The largest of these were the Grand Lodge of the Three Globes, the National Grand Lodge of all German Freemasons, and the Grand Lodge Royal York of Friendship.
The Enabling Act (Ermächtigungsgesetz in German) was passed by Germany’s parliament (the Reichstag) on March 23, 1933. Using the Act, on January 8, 1934, the German Ministry of the Interior ordered the disbandment of Freemasonry, and confiscation of the property of all Lodges (including all libraries and Masonic artifacts) ; stating that those who had been members of Lodges when Hitler came to power, in January 1933, were prohibited from holding office in the Nazi party or its paramilitary arms, and were ineligible for appointment in public service.
In 1934, Hermann Goering, as Premier of Prussia, ordered the dissolution of the three Masonic Grand Lodges in Prussia, the oldest and most influential in Germany. They were the Christian Grand Lodges, The Grand Lodge of the Three Globes, All German Freemasons, and Royal York of Friendship.
On August 8, 1935, as Führer and Chancellor, Adolf Hitler signed a decree demanding the immediate arrest and imprisonment of all persons who had not resigned from Masonic societies. All who were suspected of being Masonic leaders were executed, while mere members were jailed. The same evening of Aug 8, 1935 Hitler had announced in the Nazi Party newspaper, Voelkischer Beobachter, the dissolution of all Masonic Lodges in Germany. The article accused the Fraternity and World Jewry of conspiracy in seeking to create a “World Republic” (New World Order).
“I believe today that I am acting in the name of the Almighty Creator. By warding off the Jews I’m fighting for the Lords work.” – Adolf Hitler – March 15, 1936
“Last week armed German police smashed their way into Berlin’s B’nai B’rith lodge, arrested the members, and cleared out the premises… ” – Time Magazine – May 3, 1937
In 1937 Joseph Goebbels inaugurated an “Anti-Masonic Exposition” to display objects seized by the state… Anti-Masonic Museums and displays were publicly opened in all countries under Nazi regime. Freemasonry was banned by edict in all countries that were either allied with the Nazis or under Nazi control, including Norway and France. Anti-Masonic exhibitions were held in many occupied countries.
“To strengthen his (the Jew) political position, he tries to break down the racial and civil barriers which still restrict him wherever he goes and which hamper his advancement. For this goal, he fights with all his native stubbornness to champion religious tolerance. Freemasonry has fallen entirely into his hands and through it, he has found an excellent instrument to fight for his purposes openly or gain them by secrecy. Governing circles, as well as the higher levels of the political and economic privileged class, have fallen into his Masonic trap without them even realizing it.” – Adolf Hitler – Mien Kampf (Ford Translation) – Ch. 11 (p. 209)