Georges Pêtre

Georges Pêtre

War dead  Male  Born 1874  Died 31/12/1942

Burgomaster of St Josse. Lawyer, freemason.
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"When the Germans invaded Belgium they found an existing anti-Masonic sentiment. A movement called L'Epuration (the Purification) had been conceived two years earlier and had denounced the democratic regime as Judo-Masonry. In September 1940 it began the work of liquidating Freemasonry. According to Coil, lists of Masons were drawn up and delivered to the German officials (but Belgian Masons today point out that these lists were so inaccurate as to be useless), an anti-Masonic exhibit was opened in Brussels in January 1941 which was visited by 38-86,000 and which was displayed in other Belgian cities as well. (Belgian Masons even now feel these exhibits had a lasting effect on the Belgian public, causing an anti-Masonic feeling long after the war.) On August 26, 1941 the Germans ordered Masonic lodges dissolved immediately. The Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite, Georges Petre, and other high Masonic officials, F.E. Lartigue and F.E. Sasse, were shot in their homes December 1942 through February 1943. The entire library of the Scottish Rite in Belgium was sent to Berlin."

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