The Forget-Me-Not
(Das Vergissmeinnicht)


By Right Worshipful Brother H. Selke (D.P.G.M.)
First published in August 1988
In the Provincial Grand Lodge (Southern Division) Spring Ball magazine




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 attention from the Nazis, who were in the process of confiscating and appropriating Masonic Lodges 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 re-opened 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 Convent of the United Grand Lodge of Germany, AF & AM, in 1948, the pin was adopted as an official Masonic emblem honouring those valiant Brethren who carried their work on under adverse conditions.


Thus did a simple flower blossom forth into a meaningful emblem of the Fraternity and become perhaps the most widely worn pin among Freemasons in Germany. In most German Lodges, the Forget-Me-Not is presented to new Master Masons.



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