Excerpt fromUnder The Sign of the Scorpion:
Mr. Leiba Bronstein became a freemason in 1897 and later a high-ranking Illuminatus through his friend Alexander Parvus. He also maintained contacts with B'nai B'rith, a Jewish Masonic order, which had previously aided Jewish "revolutionaries" in Russia.
Jacob Schiff, chairman of the banking house Kuhn, Loeb & Co. and a minion of the Rothschilds, took care of the contacts between the "revolutionary movement in Russia" and B'nai B'rith. (Gerald B. Winrod, "Adam Weishaupt - A Human Devil", p. 47.)
Leiba Bronstein began to study freemasonry and the history of the secret societies seriously in 1898, and continued these studies during the two years he spent in prison in Odessa. He took notes amounting to over 1000 pages. "Internationaler Freimaurer-Lexikon" (Vienna/Munich, 1932, p. 204) reluctantly admits that Leiba Bronstein-Trotsky came to Bolshevism through this study of freemasonry.
As a People's Commissary for Military Affairs, Trotsky introduced the
pentagram - the five-pointed star - as the symbol of the Red Army. The
Cabbalists had taken
over this symbol of black magic from the witches in ancient Chaldea. With the aid of Alexander Parvus, Trotsky reached the conclusion that the true purpose of freemasonry was to eliminate the nation states and their cultures and to introduce a Judaised world state.
This is also stated in "The Secret Initiation into the 33rd Degree": "Freemasonry is nothing more and nothing less than revolution in action, continuous conspiracy." Bronstein became a convinced internationalist who, through Parvus, learned that the Jewish people were their own collective Messiah and would reach domination over all peoples through the mixing of the other races and elimination of national boundaries.
An international republic was to be created, where the Jews would be the ruling element, since no others would be able to understand and control the masses. Leiba Bronstein became a member of the French Masonic lodge Art et Travail, to which Lenin also belonged, but in addition joined B'nai B'rith, according to the political scientist Karl Steinhauser ("EG - Die Super-UdSSR von morgen" / "EU - the Super Soviet Union of Tomorrow", Vienna, 1992, p. 162).
Leon Trotsky became a member of the Jewish Masonic order B'nai B'rith in New York, in January 1917. (Yuri Begunov, Secret Forces in the History of Russia, St. Petersburg, 1995, pp. 138-139.) He was already a member of the Misraim-Memphis freemasonry.
Winston Churchill confirmed in 1920 that Trotsky was also an Illuminatus.
(Illustrated Sunday Herald, 8 February 1920.) Trotsky eventually reached a very
high position within freemasonry, since he belonged to the Shriner Lodge, which
only freemasons of the 32nd degree and higher were allowed to join. Franklin
Delano Roosevelt, Alexander Kerensky, Béla Kun, and other leading politicians
have also been among these select few. (Professor Johan von Leers, The Power
behind the President, Stockholm, 1941, p. 148.)
(Under the Sign of the Scorpion, Stockholm, 2002.)