Reference: F.U.D.O.S.I. by Milko Bogaard.
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The FUDOSI or FUDOESI (Federation Universelle Des Ordres et Societes Initiatiques in French, Federatio Universalis Dirigens Ordines Societatesque Initiationis in Latin), founded on August 14, 1934 in Brussels, Belgium, was a federation of autonomous esoteric orders and societies.
The FUDOSI was an attempt to create a federation of all true mystical orders and protect themselves and the people from frauds. Its mission was "to protect the sacred liturgies, rites and doctrines of the traditional initiatory Orders from being appropriated and profaned by clandestine organizations" (FUDOSI journal, November 1946).
It is well known that Harvey-Spencer Lewis of A.M.O.R.C. always favoured the autocratic systems above the liberal, democratic model. On the other hand, he associated himself with an ultra-nationalistic association in the United States. He even wins the confidence of Mussolini, who already banned masonry in Italy in 1925, who receives Lewis with open arms as "a friend of the family" as early as 1931. The Imperator compliments the dictator on "the absence of beggars in the streets, the impressive architecture, the punctuality of the trains" etc. Lewis returns once more to Italy in 1937. To this occasion, Mussolini gives a speech in which he promises a radiant future for A.M.O.R.C.
Many prominent F.U.D.O.S.I. members did not believe that Harvey Spencer Lewis was initiated in (or near by) Toulouse in 1909. Here's a translation from a letter written by Jean Mallinger, in which Mallinger refers to their disbelief. The letter is addressed to August Reichel, dated: July 1935.
“Without denying the extraordinary activity of Lewis' A.M.O.R.C., it is a well known fact, if one speaks about A.M.O.R.C. in a circle which is not well informed, the audience will only refer to Spencer Lewis and his methods. But I can tell you this, no serious initiate will accept the American methods, and no serious initiate will believe the "Toulouse-adventure" of Spencer Lewis. This is the formal opinion of F.Sjalung from Copenhagen, of Probst, and of Mikael ….. letter continues "
The letter is addressed to August Reichel of the ORDRE ANCIEN ET MYSTIQUE DE LA ROSE+CROIX and the CONFRERIE DES FRERES ILLUMINES DE LA ROSE+CROIX, and deals with the abbreviation "A.M.O.R.C". which was used by several organisations, in one way or another. The "Ordre Ancien et Mystique de la Rose-Croix" from Switzerland probably did not use the Lewis-teachings at the time. Up to 1937 A.M.O.R.C.-Switzerland was an independent organization, not affiliated to A.M.O.R.C. On an official document, dated August 14 (the first congress) 1934, the Swiss organization is called ORDRE R+C de SUISSE. The document is signed by Marc Lanval.
Another indication that the "Toulouse-Adventure" is an invention of Harvey Spencer Lewis is a document, which belongs to the files of the F.U.D.O.S.I., in which Harvey Spencer Lewis states that the whole story of his initiation in Toulouse is an invention of Lewis himself. This document is in the hands of the successor of Jean Mallinger.
Another interesting article: THE SUN, June 19, 1918. In this article (concerning Lewis' arrest) H. Spencer Lewis states that he never claimed to be operating a R+C branch affiliated to the French Rosicrucians:
GRAND IMPERATOR, GRIEVED AT ARREST, SPENT NIGHT IN A CELL
"Half a dozen detectives attached to the District Attorney's office were examining effects, meaning sateen sashes, robes and other regalia - taken in the raid of the headquarters of the so-called American Order of the Rosae Crucis….
Grand Imperator Lewis was arrested on Monday night in a spectacular raid on the headquarters of his organisation in the old Lily Langtry house at 361 West Twenty-Third Street…
From his home in Flushing last night Lewis told a reporter for The Sun that at no time had his organization - the Ancient and Mystical Order of Rosae Crucis - ever claimed to be operating as a branch of the Rosae Crucis organization in France. 'We have never claimed to hold any warrant, charter, patent or authority from any foreign country,' he said over the telephone….
Among the papers seized in Lewis' desk on Monday night is a piece of parchment headed 'Pronuziamento R.F.R.C. No. 987,601. The document is adorned with a number of crude seals, dated Toulouse, France, September 20, 1916, and signed by one Jean Jordain. After the signature follow a series of hieroglyphics. In the body of the document addressed to Le Secretaire General, Thos. Kiimalehto, appears the announcement that a separate jurisdiction of the Rosae Crucis has been established in America …"
The files on the F.U.D.O.S.I. belonging to Leon Lelarge (Sar Agni, secretary of Emile Dantinne) were discovered in 1982 by Serge Caillet. The file consisted of many documents concerning the activities of the F.U.D.O.S.I. and Emile Dantinne. Without these documents a lot of information on this forum would not be published. Serge Caillet used these documents to write a book called:
"SAR HIERONYMUS et la F.U.D.O.S.I.”, published in 1986 by Cariscript – Paris.