Few people are aware that Freemasons suffered at the hands of the
Nazis following Hitler's rise to power in 1933. This is probably
because numerically Freemasons were a much small group than any of
the others which also suffered.
Essentially, Hitler's argument was that Freemasons and Jews had
colluded in taking over Germany and had brought the country to its
knees - politically, culturally and economically. History tells, if
we are prepared to listen and learn, that there is nothing new under
the sun. Hitler's belief that the Jews and Freemasons were
responsible for all the ills of Germany after the end of the First
World War led him to believe that by eliminating them Germany's
problems would be resolved.
A few may be aware of the persecution of Freemasons by Hitler, but
very few know that they were also hunted down and executed by Franco
(Spain), Stalin (USSR) and Mussolini (Italy). When one is aware that
Freemasons were also executed, and their property stolen, in
countries invaded and occupied by the Nazis (e.g. Norway, Denmark,
Holland, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Poland, Czechoslovakia,
Hungary, Greece, Austria, Romania, etc.) then one begins to wonder
exactly what was the total death toll of Freemasons.
It is not possible to now determine how many Freemasons were executed
just because they were Freemasons, but a conservative estimate has
suggested that the number of German Freemasons who died in
concentration camps numbered 80,000.