Carl Wilhelm Farwerck (1892-1964)

Franz’ brother, Carl Wilhelm, or Willy, is frustrating to investigate. He followed his brother on several adventures, but remained so much in Franz’ shadow that he is hardly ever mentioned.

What I found out is that he was born in 1892 in Amsterdam. On December 7th 1920 he married Johanna Borrius. The couple had three sons. Otto Hans, 1922, Willem Arnoud, 1925 and Kees Jan 1930. The latter married “mrs. Farwerck“. Willem Arnoud moved to France (and became a horse rider), the other two sons stayed in the Netherlands.

Willy’s and Franz’ father (also called Franz just as his father before him) was born in Schöppingen, Germany. He married in 1888, received the Dutch nationality in 1904 and lived in Amsterdam at the time. Like his son Franz, F.O.H.R. Farwerck died in Hilversum. The family appears to have moved there late 1913 or early 1914. In april 1914 they lived at the Emmastraat 58.

Willy has long been a member of the “Amstelodamum Society”, a group investigating the history of Amsterdam. They had a monthly periodical and published year-books. Many of these year-books can be found online and they list their members and donators with address. This allows me to follow Willy Farwerck’s ‘movements’ a little.

He joined Amstelodamum in 1920 and a year later he is listed as living at the Pieter de Hoochstraat 18 in Amsterdam. If this is the same building today, I think the newly-weds lived in an appartment. (Strangely enough, in 1917 he lived at the Viottastraat according to another source.)

In 1923 Willy is listed as living at the Keizersgracht 98 in Amsterdam. By then they had one son. The house is quite impressive and imagine having to buy a building at the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam today! It is only a few doors away from where the Ritman Library is nowadays by the way.
This address is also the one that Willy used in his Masonic function (see later).

From 1929 on Willy is listed with Viottastraat 40 as address. Strange if that was his address in 1917 too. Perhaps the former house of his parents?

In a newspaper announcement from 1943 it says that C.W. Farwerck moved from Amsterdam to the Emmastraat 58. This could fit the story about Franz’ brother replacing the personell in the garden house during the war.

In a phonebook from 1950 in I ran into a listing in which both C.W. and F.E. Farwerck are listed at Emmastraat 60 in Hilversum! Would that be the address of the garden house behind Emmastraat 58 that Franz Farwerck has used for his address almost all his life? The brothers’ mother had passed away in 1920 and their father in 1930, so that can’t be a reason for them living in the garden house. Maybe the two addresses belonged together and were mixed up sometimes.

In a newspaper from 1933 Willy is said to have bought a piece of ground at the Bussummerweg in Blaricum. His son Kees Jan and his wife “mrs. Farwerck” have lived in Blaricum, so my guess it this was for them.

Freemasonry

Back in time. Carl Wilhelm was initiated into the Le Droit Humain lodge Christiaan Rosenkreutz on April 29th 1917, address Viottastraat in Amsterdam, quite a drive. He seems to have been initiated by his own brother. That the drive was too long is suggested by the fact that Willy, Franz and Willy’s wife Johanna (initiated 1921) started one of two short-lived lodges in Amsterdam in 1925. Of course there will be other reasons for starting a new lodge. When Willy resigned from his lodge, only this new lodge is mentioned, so it indeed seems that he switched lodges closer to home.

Willy was to reach the 32º and besides that he has been in charge of the real estate of Le Droit Humain for some time. He also was Grand Secretary (secretary of the Dutch federation) for several years. He also had that function in his lodge(s).
Besides a few reports, announcements and letters in his functions, I know of only one article by Carl Wilhelm. It was published in the 4th Bouwsteenen of 1929 and is about the Rosicross. A well-written article which reminds of the style and content of his brother, were it not that C.W. does not shy to refer to Blavatsky. The text is also listed as a brochure in some advertisements of the publisher. I have never found a copy of it though.

That Willy Farwerck had ‘spiritual interests’ shows by a correspondence between him and “parapsychologist” Georges Zorab that is kept in the Royal Library in The Hague.

NSB

Carl Wilhelm followed Franz in another way: he also joined the National Socialist Movement. What is strange in this story is that Franz joined the NSB in 1932 and left Le Droit Humain. Willy, on the other hand, only requested to be let go (together with Meerdijk and his wife) from Le Droit Humain on 14 juni 1940. By that time his brother was almost removed from the NSB and I can’t imagine that in that summer Willy wouldn’t have known about the storm that Franz has landed in. Still Willy seems to have strongly supported the new regime as we will see.

It seems unlikely that Willy joined the NSB shortly after Franz, but also remained a Freemason. His brother didn’t find these two memberships compatible. Besides, Willy’s brothers and sisters probably wouldn’t have found the two memberships compatible, since Franz was also already put under pressure to resign.

Willy seems to have tried to influence Freemasonry in ‘an NSB direction’ from within. In their request for resignation, the two Meerdijks and Willy Farwerck say that definite changes are happening which they compare to “1789” (the French revolution I asume) and not a short period of change.
In this new situation there is no place for Freemasonry, so the three (later five other members of their lodge Hiram Abiff left as well) tried to have the Dutch federation dismantled. When the council didn’t comply, the Meerdijks and Farwerck resigned.

So in a way, Willy was perhaps even more radical than his brother (who later in his life tried to become a member again), at least, he took action to reach his goals.

This membership list seems evidence enough that Willy and one of his sons have been members of the NSB but when we compare the time-line to that of his brother, the situation remains somewhat strange.

End

Where Farwerck’s ‘civil career’ is good to follow, of Willy I have found only one hint. There is an advertisement of 1921 from a factory called Durit in which C.W. Farwerck is listed with his Keizersgracht address. The next line mentions a representative. This suggest that C.W. may have been director, but where his brother reached the papers a director of his carpet and glass factories several times, I haven’t found anything more with Carl Wilhelm.

I haven’t found a picture of Carl Wilhelm Farwerck, but photos of his wife and his first two sons can be found online.

And that is it for now. C.W.’s life-story reminds of that of F.E., but with less noticeable heights and therefor ‘less limelight’.

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