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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

New photo

I ran into a photo of Farwerck and Mussert that I didn’t know on the website oorlogsspullen.nl. Farwerck looks young, but since it’s a photo with Mussert, it must be from around 1933 when Farwerck was 44.

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)

Nederlanders welkom

Omdat er al jaren een (weinig informatieve) Nederlandse Wikipedia was over Farwerck en er andere boeken en artikelen in het Nederlands verschenen en omdat de man natuurlijk zelf ook in het Nederlands schreef, had ik vanaf het begin het idee dat ik over Farwerck wilde schrijven in het Engels om ook niet Nederlands sprekende mensen kennis te laten maken met de man. Vanaf 2019 was deze website dus volledig in het Engels. Ik ben altijd erg tevreden geweest over het online publiceren. Ik loop nog regelmatig tegen nieuwe informatie en een website is zo bijgewerkt. Toch ontstond in februari 2023 het idee om eens te kijken naar de mogelijkheid om de informatie ook in boekvorm aan te bieden. Daar wilde ik dan wel een Nederlandse versie van, want ik verwacht niet dat een Engelstalig boek over een onbekende Nederlander heel goed zal verkopen, terwijl het me in de jaren duidelijk is geworden dat er in het Nederlands taalgebied toch best wel mensen interesse hebben in de man Farwerck en zijn werk. Zo gezegd, zo gedaan. Ik heb diverse teksten van de website naar Word gekopieerd, er wat structuur in proberen te krijgen, herlezen en herschreven en daarna helemaal opnieuw vertaald… Read More »Nederlanders welkom

Farwerck books

I have been asked why I didn’t publish a book about Farwerck several times. The biography isn’t all that long, so it would be a very little book. Also there is still information I’m hunting for. When I find something new, I can easily edit the website, but I can’t edit a book as easily. Still, at some point it dawned on my that I wanted to look at the possibilities. Should it come to a book, I had a few wishes. I want to have control, so not somebody looking over my shoulder saying: “I would do it this way.” Also I wanted it to be printing on demand. There are a several good points about printing on demand. First, I don’t have to pre fund the printing of books that may never be sold. Second, there are no books printed which are not sold, so no waste. Third, it is easier to edit a book should that be needed. Possible fourth, in a big company, the copies printed could even be printed as close to the buyer as possible, so less shipping is needed. Last, but certainly not least, I wanted the book to be available in print… Read More »Farwerck books

Franz Farwerck over overblijfselen van mannenbonden (NL)

In al het voorgaande heb je veel gelezen over de man Farwerck, maar nog weinig over zijn ideeën. Daarom heb ik een artikel vertaald dat ik in 2013/4 schreef voor een publicatie die nooit verscheen. Nederlandstaligen kunnen natuurlijk ook gewoon de boeken van Farwerck zelf lezen, maar mocht dit boekje je introductie zijn tot Farwerck, dan krijg je hier een idee van zijn theorieën. Toen de kerstening der Germaanse stammen, althans naar het uiterlijke, voltooid was, werden de werkzaamheden der mannenbonden voorshands nog voortgezet. Deze waren in twee groepen te verdelen, de inwijdingsriten, die min of meer geheim waren en de openbare handelingen, die hun ontstaan dankten aan de opvattingen, die in de inwijdingsriten waren vastgelegd. Van deze inwijdingsriten […] treffen wij in latere tijden nog slechts sporen aan, voldoende echter om het bestaan er van vast te stellen. De openbare handelingen kennen wij vooral uit de kerkelijke verboden, maar ook uit de vele overblijfselen, die in de vorm van volksgebruiken blijven voortbestaan.[1] In zijn gigantische werk Noordeuropese Mysteriën En Hun Sporen Tot Heden beschrijft Franz Eduard Farwerck (1889-1969) hoe elementen van het voorchristelijke Noordelijke Europa voortleven in de tegenwoordige cultuur. Hij gaat zo ver te stellen dat de ‘onderliggende… Read More »Franz Farwerck over overblijfselen van mannenbonden (NL)