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Grand Hailing Sign
Saving a Child's Life
Bob Borden, who is now Master of Home Lodge No. 721 in California, learned this true story at a local school while conducting the Masonic Public School Program.
Just before the
outbreak of WW II, Nadia, aged 14, lived with her sister,
mother and Mason father in a
prestigious neighbor- hood in Egypt. At the beginning of the war the family
lost all their money and possessions. Being Jewish in this place and time
was very dangerous. Her mother and sister were able to come to America and
settle in California. Nadia was so upset at being left behind that she
decided to join the Hagannah and run guns to what was then Palestine.
day when Nadia was out running guns, the Egyptian Chief of Police came to
their home to arrest both Nadia and her father. The police chief recognized
the father as a classmate from years before and decided that this must be a
mistake, so they sat down to a nice cup of tea, after which he left. When
Nadia returned, her father told her of the 'visit' from the police
chief. Nadia then confessed her illegal activity to her father and showed
him the guns that she had stored in her bedroom.
immediately took her to the town square and started to give the Grand
Hailing Sign. A Mason he did not know stopped to help, and gave Nadia to
someone else with instructions to get her out of the country now. She was
successfully smuggled out of Egypt, and eventually wound up in France. After
the war, Nadia was reunited with her father, and both immigrated to Israel.
Some time later, she came to America, where she lived for another 50 years.
She died last year in California.
life was saved because of one very brave Mason who took his vows very
seriously. Had he been caught, he would have been arrested and probably
executed, even though he did not know either Nadia or her father.
that brotherly love and relief are more than just words. These are
principles to live by.
Masonic Public School Program conducted by Home Lodge No. 721 provides
annual scholarships and recognition to students from local schools who show
exemplary moral character and the desire to help others. Similar programs
are held at other Masonic lodges.
Monthly Bulletin article by Bob Borden, Home Lodge No. 721, May 2010; published online by Sanford Holst on www.MasonicSourcebook.com, 18 May 2010.
The photo above shows Teresita Tapia receiving her scholarship from, at right, Bob Borden, Junior Warden, and Steve Eberhardt, Worshipful Master.
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