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Nazi persecution of Freemasons, Jersey


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 884

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Nazi persecution of Freemasons, Jersey

Date(s): 1941-1942

Level of description: collection

Extent: 1 folder

Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Jersey's Masonic Temple was sacked by the Nazis, 27 Jan 1941 and the Jersey Masonic Temple Co (1920) was forcibly liquidated by the Occupying Powers.


Scope and content/abstract:

Copies of papers, 1941-1942, documenting Nazi fascination for and persecution of Freemasonry on the island of Jersey, Channel Islands, in the immediate aftermath of the looting of Jersey's Masonic Temple in 1941, comprising memorandum by Dr Bottner entitled 'Exploitation of the Lodge material of the Channel Islands Jersey and Guernsey', 1 Feb 1941, with covering letter addressed to Martin Bormann, probably written by Alfred Rosenberg, 4 Feb 1941; memorandum from Hermann Göring to Alfred Rosenberg issuing instructions that the latter should be given every assistance in the search for further material; English translation of the Adolf Hitler's decree authorising Reichsleiter Alfred Rosenberg to search libraries, archives and other cultural institutions in order to conduct the 'systematic spiritual fight against the ideological opponents of National Socialism', 1 Mar 1942 and supplement to an article entitled 'The Sack of the Masonic Temple in Jersey by the Nazis in 1941' by W. Bro. Dennis G. Perrin containing a detailed description of the context and significance of the above documents.


Language/scripts of material: German and English

System of arrangement:

Original order

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

Finding aids:

Detailed description on the Wiener Library's online catalogue



Archival history:

The papers were found amongst the possessions of W. Bro. F. S. Morrison, formerly caretaker and caterer at the Masonic Temple, Jersey, by his wife. The originals were deposited at the library of the above temple and copies were sent to the depositor by W. Bro. Dennis G. Perrin, curator of the above library, who was researching into the persecution of Freemasons by Nazis on Jersey.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received Sep 1990



Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Mar 2008

Occupied territories | Humanitarian law
Third Reich | Nazism | Totalitarianism | Political doctrines

Personal names
Goering | Hermann Wilhelm | 1893-1946 | Nazi politico-miltary leader and Reichsmarshall
Rosenberg | Alfred | 1893-1946 | Nazi

Corporate names

Guernsey | Channel Islands | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Jersey | Channel Islands | UK | Western Europe | Europe
London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe