The Forget-Me-Not

 

The following article was in the possession of the late Brother David Lang PM 1432 and discovered recently by his daughter, Mrs. Patricia Campbell(nee Lang), PGL Office Clerkess. Brother Lang was a Prisoner of War in Germany having been taken prisoner at St Valery in 1940.


"The True Story Behind This Beloved Emblem of the Craft in Germany"


As early as the year 1934, soon after Hitler's rise 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 the attention fom the Nazis, who were in the process of confiscating and appropriating Masonic Lodged and 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 in a lapel marked a Brother. In the Concentration Camps and in the cities a little blue Forget Me Not distinguished the lapels of those who refused to allow the Light of masonry to be extinguished. 

In 1947, when the Grand Lodge of the Sun was reopened in Bayreuth by Past Grand 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 Masonry once again into the Temples. 

                                                                                                                                                                    At the first Annual Convention of the United Grand Lodges of Germany, AF & AM, in 1948 the pin wasadopted as an official Masonic Emblem honouring those valiant Brethren who carried their work on under adverse conditions. At the Grand Masters' Conference in the United States, Dr Theoder 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 with which the VGLvD, AF & AM, enjoyed Fraternal relations.                               

Thus did a simple flower blossom into a meaningful emblem of the Fraternity and became perhaps the most widely worn pin among Freemasons in germany. In most of our Lodges, the Forget-Me-Notis presented to new Mastermasons, at which time its history is briefly explained."


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