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Lost writings

In the bibliography I mention titles that appear to be lost and writings that never saw the light of day. Lost books? Farwerck was active in a local archaeological group. He even was one of the founders. In 1979 in the annual report (1), the group lists “literature”, “List of books of the society.” See below. Five titles by Farwerck are mentioned, none I know! Another founder of the same group, Siem Pos (1916-2001), is said to have been a long time friend of Farwerck. It could be that not the group, but rather Pos, was the owner of these titles. Pos’ library supposedly scattered after his passing (as did Farwerck’s). Even though the head says “books”, the titles actually suggest articles. “Vries I en II” (1 and 2) and “Volksgebruiken I, II en III” (1, 2 and 3) could be essays planned to be printed in two and three issues of, for example, the periodical Westerheem that the local archaeological group published since 1952 (2). Then again, Farwerck published only one text in Westerheem in 1954. Why would he have five (or even eight when you count the separate parts) texts ready in the year after his death and… Read More »Lost writings

Letter to 1927 International Convent

The National Archive of France in Paris contains (a part of) the archives of the French federation of Le Droit Humain. In this archive there is a letter of Farwerck who, since 1923, was the representative of the Dutch federation of this international organisation. At the time of the convent he was even Vice-President of the Supreme Council. I had hoped that the letter would make clear why Farwerck (or seemingly any Dutch representative) was not present at that convent. Instead, the letter turned out to be a 16 page printed and stapled booklet with both in French and in English. Farwerck gives his personal view on the future of Le Droit Humain. He strongly warns against Theosophical influences in spite of the fact that it was Theosophy who led himself to co-Masonry. The lengthy letter is perhaps the only text in English of Farwerck that I know (or French). It shows again how he wants to work for mankind, how strongly he opposed (certain) influences on Theosophy of Le Droit Humain and why and how he hoped to strengthen the international Masonic movement. TO THE MEMBERS OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL AND THE DEPUTIES FOR THE CONVENT OF 1927 OF… Read More »Letter to 1927 International Convent

Nederlandsch Ario-Germaansch Genootschap

I have been looking through newspaper and magazine archives hoping to find a clue why Farwerck and a few others left so soon. I have not found a definitive answer yet, but perhaps painting the history of the organisation as portrayed by these sources could be helpful. As we saw, the society was founded in November 1931 in Utrecht as announced in different newspapers. 9 Days after the announcement of the foundation, Farwerck and a few other founders left. In the newspaper Barchem bladen in 1931 an author quotes an invitation that he received concerning the first meeting of the society. Only an organic (aristocratical-patriarchical-hierarchical) common living to the Divine Law – Ara Rita, supported by free Aryan (=nobel) people will lead a people to its highest education, to culture. Also a focus on Christianity shines through. In advertisements -seemingly from the society itself- it is mentioned that the group is aligned to the “Guido von List-Gesellschaft” and the “Edda-Gesellschaft”. Of course this can mean that the people behind the society were inspired by these organisations or simply used the names to boast their own, but it could also mean that they connected themselves to Ariosophic thinking. In a magazine… Read More »Nederlandsch Ario-Germaansch Genootschap

Ariosophy (in the Netherlands)

Armanism and Ariosophy are esoteric ideological systems that were largely developed by Guido von List and Jörg Lanz von Liebenfels respectively, in Austria between 1890 and 1930. The term ‘Ariosophy’, which means the wisdom of the Aryans, was invented by Lanz von Liebenfels in 1915, and during the 1920s, it became the name of his doctrine. […] the term ‘Ariosophy’ is generically used to describe the Aryan/esoteric theories which constituted a subset of the ‘Völkische Bewegung’. (1) Thus says Wikipedia. The current was there before the World Wars. Perhaps it can be seen as a somewhat more Western version of Blavatsky’s “Theosophy”, but of course the term “Aryan” refers to Indo-European culture, so Ariosophy is not entirely Western. There is more focus on Western elements such as runes and Norse mythology, but as it comes to the runes, the (in)famous “rune-Yoga” of Von List is -of course- not a very Western thing. The first organisation for Ariosophy (very broadly used) seems to be the “Guido von List Society” from 1908. According to the German Wikipedia (2) (translated): In 1908, friends and followers of List founded the Guido von List Gesellschaft to promote his “research” and publications, members included the industrialist… Read More »Ariosophy (in the Netherlands)

Eklektischer Bund

I don’t have a very clear picture of Farwerck’s Masonic network. I know that in the Netherlands he was acquainted with Freemasons outside his own organisation, most notably Denier van der Gon and probably Raemaekers. Farwerck was also involved in the foundation of lodges abroad, but in the cases of the Goethe lodge in Frankfurt and the Dubrovsky lodge in Prague, Dutch fellow-Esperantist brother Faulhaber was involved. In Frankfurt the fellow-Esperantist Schwalhaber who would later come to lecture in the Netherlands was involved as well. Once there were foreign lodges, these were involved in the foundation of other lodges, also in other countries, and Farwerck, initially in his capacity of representative for the foreign lodges and later as Grand Master of the Dutch federation of Le Droit Humain, was directly and indirectly involved with these lodges.

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Two new photos

A fellow investigator found two new photos. One is from Farwerck’s N.S.B. time, the other is more interesting, it shows Farwerck as a 33 year old when a Masonic lodge was founded in Frankfurt in Germany. Click on the photos for more info.

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Esperanto Triumfonta

A brilliant finding of a fellow Farwerck investigator. In the 29 January 1922 edition of the Esperanto newspaper Esperanto Triumfonta there is photo of the founders of the first German Le Droit Humain lodge “Goethe Zum Flammenden Stern” (‘Goethe to the blazing star’). This photo includes Farwerck! This is not only the second non-military photo of Farwerck that I know, but also predates the oldest photo that I know of him by eight years. So here we have Farwerck as a young(er) man, 33 years of age.

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Farwerck donated his photo collection

After all these years of looking for Farwerck information there are still people who point me to new information which again leads to new information. This time I was directed towards a book on Google Books that you can’t read, but you can see snippets of it. It is a book from 1969 concerning a report of a museum director. The report says that Farwerck donated his photo collection!

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Beethovenlaan 11

On the cover of ‘The symbol of death and rebirth’ (1953) you can see Beethovenlaan 11 as address for the publisher Thule. In most other cases the address is Farwerck’s Emmastraat 58. One other Thule book from the same year, also has Beethovenlaan. I also have a letter that Farwerck sent to a reader of Nehalennia on which he replaced the address Beethovenlaan by Emmastraat. More about that below. There are no issues of Nehalennia with Beethovenlaan as editorial address.

My guess was that somebody lived on Beethovenlaan 11 who cooperated with Farwerck. Years ago I wrote a text called “Who was mrs. Farwerck?” I found that name in combination with this address. Long searching made me conclude that “Mrs. Farwerck” had to be a daughter in law of Willy Farwerck. Now I find another ‘version’ of the “Mrs. Farwerck ad” which makes me doubt about that conclusion.

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De Opmarsch

On a search for possible new information, I ran into a texts in a local newspaper. De Limburger of 31 May 1935 announced a new magazine called De Opmarsch which means “The Advancement”. In Dutch there is more stress on the “mars” part which in English would be “march(ing)”. Given the time, the title is a reference to advancing troupes in war, but you could also use the expression to say that a soccer team is doing well. Or of course a political party.

In any case, De Opmarsch was initially a pamphlet for the political party “R.K. Staatspartij” or “Roman Catholic State Party”. They published De Opmarsch for their campaign, but it immediately became a bi-weekly newsletter of 8 or so pages.

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