The Swiss Century-scholar Hans (Johannes) Bauder was born in
Basel on February 27, 1879. He died in Basel
on January 28, 1954. His father,
born in 1838 and deceased in 1916, was a municipal missionary.
It is not clear if Bauder has been married. The registry
of the city of Basel contains a note, which reads that probably he was
married and that his wife lived in the United States. In his letter of
October 6, 1953 to dr. René Clavel-Simonius, to whom he sent some of
his new manuscripts, he adressed himself to Clavel-Simonius and his
wife, but in case of himself he did not mention a partner.
According to the
text on the front flap of the cover of Patient Fröhlich,
a humorous Century-comment which Bauder wrote in 1944, using the
pseudonym "Meditator", he was a world-famous Swiss citizen,
known in the United States for his solving of political problems,
whereas in Switzerland he was considered to be somebody who was fallen a
prey to insanity. The study upon which this article is based,
showed that Bauder's reputation in the United States and Switzerland was
quite different than the one, described in the notes in Patient Fröhlich.
In 1908, Bauder, a wealthy man, was director of the Bauder und Co AG Bankgeschäft
in Basel and Zürich. In the United States, he opened a branch office,
named Bauder and Company. In Chicago, he became director of a
branch office of the Austin
Manhatten Consolidating Mining Company, seated in Austin, Nevada. Later, he
also would become director of the International
In Switzerland, Bauder issued circular letters and prospecti in the period
1908-1911. In the prospectus Wie man
sein eigenes Vermögen aufbauen kann (1908) people were offered to
buy preference shares with an output of eight percent. He was
discredited for this kind of activity. Frequently, he was attacked in
the press, also in 1911, when his brochure Der Charakter eines Franken (Internationale Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft für
Kapitalanlagen, Hans Bauder, Bankgeschäft, Zürich) came into
circulation. In his turn, Bauder replied to his critics, stating
that they falsely accused him.
When Bauder in 1911 in his capacity of director of the Austin
Manhatten Consolidating Mining Company sold shares of this company
in Switzerland and Vorarlberg, things went wrong. An investigation by
order of the Swiss government showed that these shares were completely
worthless. Bauder was accused of swindling Swiss citizens for a total
amount of almost $500.000. In the press it was furnished that many
people had believed his prospecti without hesitation because he was the
son of a well-known missionary and that across the border he was helped
by religious persons, On request of the Swiss government, he was
arrested in Chicago on February 21, 1913, and imprisoned on Ellis
Island, a frontier office for immigrants in the New York Harbour.
According to the New
York Times of September 27, 1913, American immigration authorities
considered the accusation of swindling to be founded insufficiently.
Nevertheless, it was decided on September 26, 1913, that he was not
allowed to stay in the United States any longer. This was founded upon
the argument that once in 1910, the authorities denied him admittance to
the United States since he illegally and with immoral purposes tried to
bring a woman, who was not his wife, in the United States.
In 1913, after his extradition in 1913 to Switzerland, he had to appear
before court. On June 12, 1915, he was convicted for swindling a great number
of little-wealthy Swiss citizens who he persuaded by means of incorrect
information to invest money in shares of American companies which looked
to be lucrative. Many of them lost their savings. According to the Basler
Chronik of November 2, 1915, Bauder's appeal resulted in a
reduction of the imprisonment to six years, including the period of he
detention under remand. Further, for a period of ten years, he was not
allowed to exercise his active civil rights.
In 1936, Bauder tried to rehabilitate himself in his brochure Im
Kampf um Wahrheit und Gerechtigkeit. He addressed himself to his
compatriots with the opening words An
das Schweizervolk! Eine Aufklärung.
publishers, Basel, 1953
In his later life, Bauder became an author. There are no indications
that he still was involved in some kind of criminal activity. As an
author, he managed to have a social position.
The most important subjects
about which Bauder wrote were destination and future, witness his numerous Century-comments,
his book which dealt with the Apocalypse and his book about the future of
the United States according to the vision of general George Washington
in the winter of 1777-1778 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
Bauder's first book,
des Nostradamus - ins Deutsche übersetzt, erläutert und
zeitlich geordnet von MEDITATOR, was published by
Gaiser & Haldimann publishers in Basel, a publishing company which in
World War II published Christian literature, books on music and
travelling and who pursued her activities until at least 1960.
From 1943, Bauder's books were published by Neuzeit publishers, seated
in Basel on 45 Sankt Johannsring. This publishing company, founded on
February 6, 1943 and existing until at least 1957, was a cooperative,
presided by Wilhelm Widmer, with the aim to improve the mental health of
her members by publishing good and price worthy books and magazines,
written by Swiss authors who were member of the cooperative. Mathilde
Maurer, who in the fifties contributed to a number of Bauder's Century-comments,
was the secretary of this cooperative. Under the pseudonym "Treu",
she is supposed to have contributed to Bauder's three-volume series Schicksal
der Fürsten und Völker nach Nostradamus (Basel, 1944-1949). As far
as I know, no Century-comments carrying the name of Maurer were
published after Bauder's decease in 1954, in any case not in the form of
Bauder used several pseudonyms: "Meditator", "Froh"
"professor John Doe".
The books fo Bauder, published by Neuzeit publishers, only contain advertisements
for books which he had written. It is quite likely that the readers
assumed that different authors were at stake, considering Bauder's
variety of pseudonyms. In the online-catalogues of libraries, only one title can be found of a
book, published by Neuzeit publishers, which Bauder did not write: Maifahrt
- Erzählungen. Ein Buch für die reifende Jugend und ihre Freunde. This
book was written by Paul Hedinger - Henrici. In 1946, the second,
revised edition was published. The
question is if after the decease of Bauder, Neuzeit publishers published
Some of Bauder's books and Century-comments were part of the
Bücher für jedermann, a series of books, meant for relaxation.
During his life, Bauder gave copies of his publications to the Basel University Library, as well as a collection of documents, dating from
the period in which he was a banker.
attitude towards the Centuries
are a continuous series in which he constantly elaborated his findings.
Some of his comments are founded upon comments of e.g. Loog and Krafft,
some other comments were the result of his own findings
letter of October 6, 1953 to Clavel-Simonius shows that Bauder was
convinced that the Centuries had predictional value and that his
research had a serious nature. This letter accompanied manuscripts of
Bauder in which, as he wrote, future events were described in connection
with England, the British queen Elizabeth, Germany, Russia and the
United States. There was no need to worry about what would happen in
Switzerland. As long as Clavel-Simonius, his wife and Bauder would live,
the Swiss balance would not be disturbed by events which from a
political point of view would be unfavourable for Switzerland.
written under the name Johannes Bauder
Leben voll Liebe – aus der “Notizbüchlein”
von J. Bauder Lehrer und Missionär, 1838-1916. Basel, serie Bücher für jedermann.
With illustrations by the author.
Publications, written under the pseudonym Meditator
des Nostradamus - ins Deutsche übersetzt, erläutert und
zeitlich geordnet von MEDITATOR. Basel.
oder Irrsinn? Weltereignisse der Jahre 1939-1944. Basel, series Bücher für jedermann.
# 1 Patiënt Fröhlich: Dichtung und Wahrheit.
# 2 Meister Fröhlich: Dichtung und Wahrheit.
# 3 Sieger Fröhlich: Dichtung und Wahrheit.
# 4 Das Schicksal Italiens.
Publications, written under the pseudonym professor John Doe
Macht der Gedanken von Prof. John Doe. Basel.
Weltuhr – Erklärungen zur Offenbarung Johannis /
zusammengestellt von Prof. John Doe. Basel.
Publications, written under the pseudonym Froh und Treu
der Fürsten und Völker nach Nostradamus. Basel.
# 1 Das Mittelalter – Europa. 1900-1939.
# 2 Der zweite Weltkrieg 1939-1944.
# 3 Friedensjahre und weitere Zukunft.
Publications and manuscripts, written under the name Hans Bauder
man sein eigenes Vermögen aufbauen kann: erster Bestellbrief
für 8% Vorzugs-Anteile.
10.000 Belohnung zahle ich für jede einzelne Unwahrheit...
Charakter eines Franken. Zürich.
Verläumdung über Bankier Hans Bauder. Basel.
Kampf um Wahrheit und Gerechtigkeit. Basel.
apokalyptischen Reiter und das tausendjährige Friedensreich
nach Nostradamus. Basel.
Schicksal der Vereinigten Staaten nach der Vision des Generals
Washington – Manuskript und Erklärungen. Basel.
Sehergabe des Nostradamus – Manuskript und Erklärungen.
nach Nostradamus – Manuskript und Erklärungen. Basel.
der Weltgeschichte nach Nostradamus: Das Schicksal Europas
vorausgesagt im 16. Jahrhundert. Manuskript und Erklärungen. Basel,
Voraussagungen – Nach Nostradamus – Manuskript und Erklärungen.
Publicaties en manuscripten, geschreven onder de namen Hans Bauder
& Mathilde Maurer
dem Weltgeschehen nach Nostradamus: Die westliche Hälfte der
Schweiz in der Gefahren-Zone. England und Frankreich als
Schicksal der Schweiz in den nächsten 50 Jahren nach
Nostradamus – Manuskript und Erklärungen. Basel.
Schicksal Europas 1951 bis 2012, nach Nostradamus. Basel.
Schicksal nach Nostradamus: Manuskript und Erklärungen. Basel.
||Englands Schicksal nach Nostradamus
– Manuskript und Erklärungen. Basel.
der Königin Elisabeth II. von England, nach Nostradamus –
Manuskript und Erklärungen.
Leben voll Liebe
der Fürsten und Völker
De Meern, the Netherlands, October 25,
T.W.M. van Berkel
expresses his gratitude to Wilhelm Zannoth for sending some of Bauder's Century-comments
and the Staatsarchiv des Kantons Basel-Stadt
- Wirtschafts- und Sozialdepartement and the Hauptbibliothek Universität Zürich
for information on
to Clavel-Simonius, October 6, 1953, Staatsarchiv des Kantons
Basel-Stadt, PA 836B.
In 1955, René Clavel-Simonius (1886-1969), textile chemist, had a
Roman house built by his own financial means. After completion, he
gave it th the foundation Pro Augusta Raurica. This Roman
house (Römerhaus, Domus Romana), which exists until today,
is meant to be a lively museum in which the visitor feels that he is
in a different world and constantly is surprised. [text]
the passenger's list of the Kronprinzessin
Cecilie, with which he arrived on Ellis Island on July 12, 1910, it
was written that Bauder was an American citizen, that his profession
was a broker and that he had lived in Chicago in 1211 Manhattan
Building (www.ellisisland.org). [text]
England and the United States, the name John Doe indicates an
anonymous person. [text]