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Das Vergissmeinnicht - The Forget Me Not

The story behind this beloved emblem of the Craft in Germany

As early as the year 1934, soon after Hitler rose to power, it became apparent that Freemasonry was in danger. In the same year, the German Grand Lodge of the Sun in Bayreuth (one of the pre-war German Grand Lodges), realised the imminent problems facing them and elected to wear a little blue flower, the Forget-Me-Not, in lieu of the traditional Square and Compasses, as a mark of identity for Masons. It was felt the new symbol would not attract attention from the Nazis who were in the process of confiscating and appropriating Masonic Lodges and their property. Masonry had gone underground and it was necessary that the brethren have some readily recognisable means of identification.

Throughout the entire Nazi era, a little blue flower worn in the lapel marked a Brother. In the concentration camps and the cities, a little blue Forget-Me-Not distinguished the lapels of those who refused to allow the Light of Freemasonry to be extinguished.

In 1947, when the Grand Lodge of the Sun was reopened in Bayreuth by Past Master Beyer, a little blue pin, in the shape of a Forget-Me-Not, was proposed and adopted as the official emblem of the first annual convention of those who survived the bitter years of semi-darkness, bringing the Light of Freemasonry once again into the temples.

At the first annual convention of the United Grand Lodges of Germany, AF & AM, in 1948, the pin was adopted as an official Masonic emblem honouring those valiant Brethren who carried on with their work under adverse conditions. At the Grand Masters Conference in the United States, Dr Theodore Vogel, the Grand Master of the newly-formed VGLvD, AF & AM, presented one of the pins to each of the representatives of the Grand Jurisdictions of which the VGLvD, AF & AM enjoyed fraternal relations.

Thus did a simple flower blossom forth into a meaningful emblem of the Fraternity and became perhaps the most widely worn pin among Freemasons in Germany. In most Lodges, the Forget-Me-Not is presented to new Master Masons, at which time it's history is briefly explained.


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