George Weifert (1850-1937) is arguably the most distinguished promoter of
Serbian Freemasonry . His Masonic career, spanning forty seven years (
1890-1937), is the story of the beginnings of Serbian and Yugoslavian
Freemasonry, of its
growth and of the turbulent times in which it existed.
the first Master of one of the original Lodges in Serbia,
Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council of Serbia,
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Serbs , Croats and Slovenians
-Yugoslavia (or Velika Loza Srba, Hrvata i Slovenaca - Jugoslavija),
from its founding in 1919 till 1933 , and a Sovereign Grand Commander of
the Supreme Council of Yugoslavia AASR from 1919 till 1937.
the time of Brother Weifert , the Balkan Peninsula was a hotbed of religious
, ethnic , and political conflicts , as it still is today , and everybody
seemed to be involved . Many members of the Craft held eminent positions in
the political , economical and cultural life . Some of them often failed to
distinguish between their professional obligations , patriotic duty and
masonic activity. This made Freemasonry in Serbia an easy target for
antimasonic propaganda. George Weifert recognized this problem early on. As
a leader of Serbian Freemasons , he always insisted on keeping religion and
politics away from the Craft and out of the lodge rooms . This proved to be
an almost impossible task .
will examine the history of this brother and see that George Weifert was a
true builder , a man with a vision , an example of a Freemason ‘living what
he taught’ , and a real pillar of Freemasonry.
George Weifert was the First Worshipful Master of the Lodge ‘Pobratim’ in
Belgrade from 1891 till 1899.
George Weifert was the Sovereign Commander of the Supreme Council of Serbia
from 1912 to 1919.
Grand Lodge of Serbs , Croats and Slovenians - Yugoslavia , changed its name
into the Grand Lodge of Yugoslavia in 1929.
Supreme Council of Serbia changed its name into the Supreme Council of
Yugoslavia in 1919. At the same time Valleys were formed in many cities