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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Canonbury Masonic Research Centre 10/30-31: KGB archives reveal secret masonic history

Catching up on messages since returning from vacation. I received this press release from the Canonbury Masonic Research Centre in London:

KGB archives reveal secret masonic history

New revelations about the secret history of Freemasonry will be revealed at an international academic conference due to take place in London on 30-31 of October. The conference, which is being organised by the North-London based educational charity, the Canonbury Masonic Research Centre (CMRC), will include at least two speakers who will cast light on their recent forays into the former KGB archives in Moscow, archives that still contain millions of masonic documents originally stolen by the Nazis.

One speaker, Dr. Patricia Kennedy Grimsted of Harvard University, an expert of international renown in this highly specialised field, will deliver a keynote lecture entitled, ‘War on the Freemasons: the fate of Nazi and Soviet seized books and archives’, which will provide an overview of how these vast archives were stolen by the Gestapo and other branches of the Third Reich’s security and intelligence apparatus during the 1930s and 40s, to how they were subsequently shepherded back to the Soviet Union by the NKVD, the forerunner of the KGB . While another speaker, Dr. José Ferrer Benimeli, a recently retired Professor of modern history at the University of Zaragoza, will cast light on General Franco’s hatred and brutal suppression of Freemasonry in Spain.

Other revelations due to be unveiled for the first time will include recently deciphered diplomatic correspondence from the close of the eighteenth century which provides a fresh insight to mindset of British Prime Minister Pitt the Younger and his attempts to thwart the activities of Freemasonry and various kindred societies one year after the United Irishmen’s rebellion of 1798.

One keynote lecturer will expound upon the infamous Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a notorious forgery which tragically helped to pave the way for the Holocaust. And several speakers will also explore the phenomenon of anti-masonry during the era of the European Fascist regimes, as well as in Turkey and the Arab world.

Delegates will also be able to view a rare screening of anti-masonic feature film made in wartime occupied France called Les Forces Occultes The film - which went on general release in French cinemas in 1943 and which has only been shown once before in the UK - will be screened at University College London during the evening of Friday 29 October.

Further information, including a downloadable programme of the conference and full details of how to register, can be found on the CMRC’s website at:
http://www.canonbury.ac.uk/ Student reductions are available on request.

Tickets for the conference are £100. Price includes entrance to the film screening of Les Forces Occultes during the evening of Friday 29 October at University College London and a wine reception, as well as two buffet luncheons over the conference weekend. Tickets for the Saturday evening conference dinner are an additional £40.

Cheques should be made payable to the 'CMRC' and sent to: Canonbury Masonic Research Centre, Canonbury Tower, Canonbury Place, London N1 2NQ. Please be sure to include your name and full contact details (including phone number and email address) with your payment and state if you have any special dietary requirements. Please also note that the CMRC does not accept credit card payment.

For further information please contact conference organiser, Matthew Scanlan, on: Tel: 020 7226 6256 Email: conference@canonbury.ac.uk Website:

The complete program can be seen here.

The film Les Forces Occultes was made in 1943 by two "former Masons", Jean Marques-Riviere and Jean Mamy. Both men were Vichey supporters and collaborated with the Nazis to produce anti-Semitic and anti-Masonic propaganda. When the war ended, Mamy was sentenced to death for his work with the Gestapo, and was shot in March 1949. Marques-Riviere escaped prosecution, and was condemned to death in absentia. He died in 2000.

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