The conference will include at least two speakers who will cast light on their researches into the former KGB archives in Moscow that contain millions of masonic documents stolen by the Nazis during the Second World War.
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 archive.
She will provide an overview of how these vast archives were first stolen by the Gestapo and other branches of the Third Reich’s security and intelligence services between 1939-1945, and how they were subsequently shepherded back to Russia by the Soviet NKVD, the forerunner of the KGB – now the FSB.
Other revelations to be unveiled for the first time at the conference will include recently deciphered diplomatic correspondence from the close of the eighteenth century which provides fresh insight to the mind of Prime Minister Pitt the Younger and his attitude towards Freemasonry and various kindred societies of the day.
Other speakers will explore the phenomenon of anti-masonry in Turkey and the Arab world as well as under the Fascist dictatorships of twentieth-century Europe. One keynote lecturer will expound upon the infamous Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a notorious forgery that tragically helped to pave the way for the Holocaust.
CMRC Conference organiser Matthew Scanlan explained: ‘The conference promises to be one of the most interesting the CMRC has organised and I feel that this subject, perhaps more than most, will demonstrate the importance and relevance of the study of Freemasonry to mainstream history’.
The conference will take place on 30-31 October and further information and full details of how to register can be found on the CMRC’s website: www.canonbury.ac.uk