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I'm by no means an advocate of Adolf Hitler regardless if the Nazis didn't like the Freemasons, but this audiobook does call some things into question. I've been been researching Freemasonry for years (most of the websites and books on the subject by conspiracy theorists are filled with nonsense) but the Nazis being against Freemasons is not something I've ever come across...except maybe on a an actual Freemason website where they're crying about the few times in history the leaders of some country didn't tolerate their "harmless" little "club."
I found the book enlightening but now I want to know more about the subject. Was this simply a case of Hitler feeling his power was threatened by the Freemasons? Napoleon also supposedly had a problem with Freemasonry...eventually anyway. I don't think the Nazis made the case against Freemasonry strong enough in this book...or where the Nazis really just that quick to round people up if they were holding secret meetings and engaging in goofy rituals?
Well, I liked the audiobook but sadly it's just leading me deeper down the old rabbit hole. Don't let that deter you from getting it though, it was a good listen, and there's always going to be more questions to ask. I think the whole truth is much more complex than most people could ever imagine.
I found this title particularly interesting because both groups are portrayed by truth seekers as evil. National Socialism was, of course, short lived (unless you believe that the Nazis just set up shop in the United States), but Freemasonry has been around for centuries. Hitler's Third Reich was apparently so evil that half the world united to destroy it. The same cannot be said for Freemasonry, which is tolerated everywhere. Only now are we seeing widespread condemnation of Freemasonry, but it's certainly not as popular as the vilification of Nazism. Did the Freemasons help win the war against Hitler? When people say, "The victors write the history books," should Freemasons be included in the word "victors"? This audiobook poses a lot of questions worth contemplating. . .if one is interested in the truth. If not, go back to sleep.
I think the narrator did a good job on this, of course, I don't know German, so I don't know if he got the few German words that weren't translated right, but it sounded authentic to my ears. :)
I will say that there was a little too much focus on the weird Freemason rituals. I think that most people that look into Freemasonry know that they perform a bunch of strange rituals. I want to know more about their secret agendas, which was covered, but I just would have liked there to have been more focus on that.
Overall I recommend this audiobook as it's not your typical look at Freemasonry.