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Freemasonry and Judaism

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The relations between Freemasonry, Judaism, Jews, and Freemasons have attracted the attention of many buffs, bigots, and conspiracy theorists, and as a result the vast majority of information on the topic is pernicious and delusional drivel. This chapter offers some solid ground amidst the quicksand by means of a very quick overview of the religious and social aspects of these real or imagined ties while providing a more substantial discussion of the political and apocalyptic aspects. The fantasy of a political conspiracy between Jews and Freemasons had evolved in the Third Republic, but was to have its catastrophic culmination in the Third Reich. Within the nineteenth-century discourse about the conspiracy between Jews and Freemasons apocalyptic elements had been present. German Freemasons had become during the nineteenth century increasingly conservative. The idea of a Judeo-masonic conspiracy had been politically useful in France.

Keywords: apocalyptic aspect; Freemasonry; Judaism; Judeo-masonic conspiracy; political aspect; religious aspect; social aspect

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