NOSTRADAMUS, ASTROLOGY AND THE BIBLE
SUBSTUDY "WORLD WAR II"
Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus 
(Informations-Schriften #18, Berlin, 1940)

- T.W.M. van Berkel -

Nederlandse versie

 
See also:

 

Cover Brochure-18-DEIn 1940-1941, the Deutsche Informationsstelle, a section of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, located on 27 Rauchstraße, Berlin-W35, produced a series of anonymous propaganda brochures, which consisted of 48 volumes. These brochures were brought into circulation in ten languages. The German series was entitled Informations-Schriften. In 1940, the volumes 1 - 37 were published.[1] 
Volume 18 in the series Informations-Schriften, on this website indicated with Brochure-18-DE, was entitled Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus. This brochure had nothing to do with a similar entitled article by Elisabeth Noelle, published on June 16, 1940 in the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung.
The most recent dated fact in Brochure-18-DE was the capitulation of Paris on June 14, 1940. This capitulation was linked to quatrain 05-30. The propaganda message of Brochure-18-DE was that Nostradamus, who back in the 16th century predicted the outbreak of the war in 1939-1940 and the defeat of France, also predicted that England's decline was at hand, that there would be severe famine, that Hitler would walk upon England's shores and that Germany would win the war.
In this article, several themes are discussed, such as the question when Brochure-18-DE was compiled, the people who were involved and the source material which the compilers used.

 

The origin history of Brochure-18-DE
From 1936 to 1944, professor Friedrich Berber (1898-1984), judge on nations and state philosopher, was second in command of the Institut für auswärtige Politik in Hamburg and leader of the Deutschen Instituts für außenpolitische Forschung. He also was in charge of the Information section of the German ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On July 23, 1940, Berber wrote to dr. Rahn, who also was in charge of the Information section of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that the Deutsche Informationsstelle would have compiled a small brochure on Nostradamus, which would be published as part of the series Informations-Schriften and only would be used abroad.[2] In the next paragraphs, it will be explained that this remark refers to Brochure-18-DE. It has no connection with Der Seher von Salon, volume 38 in the series Informations-Schriften. This volume was published in 1941.[3]

 

The source material

a. The cover
The upper rectangular frame on the cover of Brochure-18-DE contains the words Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus, the title of this brochure. The lower rectangular fram contains the words Informations-Schriften Nr. 18, Europa Verlag 1940. The name Europa Verlag is a fictitious name.
The cover of Brochure-18-DE contains, from the lower left to the upper right direction, complete French texts or parts of French texts of the quatrains 01-47, 02-100, 03-24, 03-35, 03-53, 03-57, 05-94, 06-34, 08-37, 09-16, 09-52, 09-55, 09-83, 10-22 and 10-89. Above the first line, quatrain numbers are given in Roman notation. The quatrains 02-100, 03-57, 05-94, 08-37 and 09-83 are discussed in the text. 
Research of the German Century-scholar Wilhelm Zannoth showed that the quatrain texts on the cover of Brochure-18-DE most likely originate from the photocopy, made by the Swiss astrologer Karl Ernst Krafft of a 1568-B.Rigaud-edition of the Centuries.[4] From January 1940, Krafft was involved in the production of national-socialist propaganda, based upon the Centuries and/or Century-comments. 

b. An opening poem
Brochure-18-DE opens with a six-line poem which, according to this brochure, preceeded the text of the first volume of Hundertschaften und Prophetien (Lyon, 1555). The text of this poem reads as follows:

Ich gebe in dem Spiel von tausend dunklen Reimen,
Entdeckend und verbergend, was Zukunft will entkeimen.
An Hauptereignissen der größten Potentaten,
Der Neugier eine Folter, wenn sie es will erraten;
Denn eine lange Reih' von Vorfäll'n ist verzeichnet,
Die man erst dann erkennt, wenn sich die Tat ereignet.

According to Brochure-18-DE, this poem was written by Nostradamus. Actually, its original version was written by Edouard Roesch, whose translation of the Centuries - the first complete translation into German - was published in 1850. This translation was entitled Die erstaunlichen Bücher des Grossen Artztes, Sehers und Schicksals-Propheten Nostradamus in’s Deutsche übertragen und dem Verständnisse aufgeschlossen. The poem can be found in the chapter Nostradamus Leben in volume I, p.23. With some minor differences, it has been incorporated in Mysterien von Sonne und Seele (dr. H.-H. Kritzinger, Berlin, 1922 [1921], p.129), Das Schicksalsbuch der Weltgeschichte (a revised edition by dr. W. Faber of Roesch-1850, Berlin, 1922, p.9-10) and Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte von 1547 bis gegen 3000 (Berlin, 1928, p.28). 
The text of the poem in Brochure-18-DE matches most perfectly with the text in Noah-1928. In Roesch-1850, Kritzinger-1922 and Faber-1922, the text of the fourth line reads: Der Neugier eine Folter, die sie nicht erraten. In Noah-1928 and Brochure-18-DE, the text of this line reads: Der Neugier eine Folter, wenn sie es will erraten. Further, the third line of this poem in Noah-1928 and Brochure-18-DE (and in Roesch-1850) contains the word größten, whereas in Kritzinger-1922 and Faber-1922 it reads grossen. This leads us to the supposition that the poem in Brochure-18-DE was copied from Noah-1928, a supposition which is enforced by the fact that in Noah-1928, this poem came next to the Epistle to Henry II, which Epistle, according to the 1668-Ribou-edition Noah used, preceeded the Centuries. In other words: in connection with the arrangement of texts in Noah-1928 (Epistle to Henry II, poem, Centuries), the compilers of Brochure-18-DE drew the conclusion that the quatrains were preceded by a six-line poem, and described the contents of the Centuries according to that conclusion.

c. Century-comments
Brochure-18-DE only contains German Century-texts, no French Century-texts. The compilers of this brochure translated a number of Century-texts from French into German and edited them. They also copied German Century-texts which already existed and edited them in a number of cases.
In Brochure-18-DE, twenty quatrains were discussed. In the case of 18 quatrains, the source of the discussions could be ascertained. The publications which the compilers most frequently consulted, were Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas (Krafft, 1940c) and Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? (Den Haag, 1940), one of the translations of a text, written in November-December 1939 by three managers of the German Ministry of Propaganda: Hans-Wolfgang Herwarth von Bittenfeld, prof. dr. Karl Bömer and Leopold Gutterer. With one minor change, the text of quatrain 02-05 was copied from Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang... (dr. Bruno Winkler, Leipzig, 1940, p.33).

1. Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas
In his letter from July 23, 1940, professor Berber wrote that during the compilation of the Nostradamus brochure, the manuscript would be used about which he made some remarks in his letter; he also wrote that dr. Willmanns, head of the
Information IV section of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, owned a copy. This manuscript was entitled Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas bedoeld. In May-August 1940, Krafft wrote this manuscript by order of Wilmanns.
A comparison between the order of the quatrains in Brochure-18-DE and the order in Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas shows that Krafft's manuscript has been used during the compilation of Brochure-18-DE. The text in Brochure-18-DE of the quatrains 02-100, 03-71, 04-37, 05-30, 09-52 and 09-83 matches quite good the texts in Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas. The comments in Brochure-18-DE on these quatrains can be traced back to the comments in Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas.
An undated typescript of Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas, owned by the German Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene e.V. (Freiburg in Breisgau, DE, file nr 20/9 181) contains on p.42-43 the translation of and the comment on quatrain 05-30, which is more or less the same as the quatrain text and the comment in Brochure-18-DE.[5] Like in its translations, the fourth line of quatrain 05-30 is not included in Brochure-18-DE.

Quatrain 05-30

Brochure-18-DE, p.9 Krafft-1940c, p.42-43

Überall im ganzen großen Land werden
In Stadt und Land die Soldaten ihre Quartiere beziehen.
Nachdem Rom zur Beteiligung veranlaßt wurde,
Wird Befehl gegeben, Paris überraschend zu besetzen.

Und wenige Tage nach Italiens Eintritt in den Krieg wurde ja auch in der Tat Paris kampflos besetzt.

 

"Überall um die grosse Metropole werden Soldaten ihre Quartiere beziehen in Land und Stadt. Nachdem Rom veranlasst wurde (zur Beteiligung) wird (der Befehl) gegeben, Paris überraschend zu besetzen. Auf der Brücke wird es zu einer grossen Anhäufung kommen".

[...] Wann aber hätte je ein so "überraschendes Hinzuspringen auf Paris" stattgefunden wie bei der unerwartet schnellen Besetzung vom 14.Juni 1940 durch die deutschen Truppen? So sind wir geneigt, in diesem Vierzeiler eine Voraussage für die gegenwärtigen Ereignisse zu erblicken. Letzte Zweifel aber verstummen angesichts der Feststellung, dass paris überraxchend besetzt wird, "Rome incité", d.h. wörtlich: "Nachdem Rom zum Handeln veranlasst worden ist". Die überraschende Besetzung von Paris wird alsi stattfinden, wenn Italien durch den Gang der Ereignisse zum Handeln, zum Eintrit in den Krieg veranlasst worde.


The link in Brochure-18-DE of quatrain 09-83 (Sol vingt de taurus...) to May 10, the day upon which the Germans started their offensive, can be traced back to the comment on p.39-40 in Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas. The link of quatrain 04-37 to the progress of the German invasion in France can be traced back to the comment on this quatrain on p.41 in Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas.
Quatrain 08-37 has not been copied from Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas. In Brochure-18-DE, this quatrain was linked to the beheading in 1649 of the British king Charles I, a link which is also present in Loogs Die Weissagungen des Nostradamus (Pfullingen in Württemberg, 1921 [1920]) and in Noah-1928. Krafft linked this quatrain to the coming defeat of England in the war which began in 1939.
The text in Brochure-18-DE of the quatrains 01-01, 01-02, 08-37 and 09-52 are composed according to the rhyme scheme a-b-a-b-. The source of the quatrains 01-01 and 01-02 is Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?; in Brochure-18-DE, the Dutch text of these quatrains is translated into German. For the moment, the source of the texts of the quatrains 08-37 and 09-52 is unclear.
The comment in Brochure-18-DE on quatrain 03-57 contains a reference to the description of the Bastarnians, given by Tacitus: a German tribe, living near the Vistule river. This reference can be traced back to Loog-1921. In Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas, Krafft wrote nothing about Tacitus' description of the Bastarnians.
In many cases in Brochure-18-DE, the quatrain texts are edited. The text of quatrain 05-30 for example raises the impression that it is the result of translating all four lines of this quatrain. Actually, the fourth line was not translated or discussed at all. The text of quatrain 04-37 only has three lines, copied from Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas. In the German text of quatrain 03-57, the original France non point was not translated. The word Latine in the fourth line of quatrain 02-05 was translated into "Latium", the land, conquered by Aeneas. This fact was linked to quatrain 05-74. The German text of the first two lines of this quatrain read:  aus Troerblut wird ein deutsches Herz geboren, das zu sehr hoher Macht gelangen wird. In the comment, Hitler was presented as the German Aeneas.

2. Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?
From a remark on p.7 in Brochure-18-DE, it can be derived that the compilers used one of the translations, published in 1940, of the text, written by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. in November-December 1939:

Noch ausführlicher beschäftigt ihn die französische Revolution und die auf sie folgende Zeit Napoleons I, dem er rund ein Dutzend Strofen gewidmet hat.

In Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, it reads on p.18:

Daar wij ons nu toch bij Napoleon Bonaparte bevinden, verdient het wel de aandacht dat Nostradamus aan hem ongeveer een dozijn van zijn vierregelige verzen heeft gewijd. Het eene is in zijn raakheid nog verbluffender - en bewonderenswaardiger - dan het andere.[6]

Neither Loog, nor Faber, Wöllner, Noah, or Dennert explicitly wrote the number of quatrains which, according to them, could be linked to Nostradamus. In Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert (dr. B. Winkler, Görlitz, 1939 [1938]), such a number also was not given. However, on p.27, after the discussion of the quatrains which according to Winkler deal with Napoleon Bonaparte, it reads:

Die Vorhersagen über Napoleon I. gehören mit zu den klarsten der Zenturien. Sie sind leicht zu übersetzen und ihre Deutung macht kaum Schwierigkeiten.
Von den Vierzeilern, die sich auf Napoleon III. beziehen, es sind etwa ein Dutzend, seien hier diejenigen mitgeteilt, die von der Schlacht bei Sedan und von seinem Tode handeln.

As far as I can see, Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. consciously or unconsciously wrongly copied the quoted lines from Winkler-1939, with the result that the number of about a dozen of quatrains was linked to Napoleon Bonaparte instead of to Napoleon III. This link re-occurred in Brochure-18-DE.
The quatrains 01-01 and 01-02 in Brochure-18-DE and the description of Nostradamus' study room in his house in Salon-de-Provence are also present in the translations of the text by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. The reference to Tacitus is also present in these translations.
Maichle reports that on April 12, 1940, Krafft ordered four copies of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? From the Netherlands, these copies were sent to him on April 29, 1940.[7] the question is why Krafft ordered these copies and what he did with them. Perhaps, a copy of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? was handed over to the compilers of Brochure-18-DE

Concluding, the source material of Brochure-18-DE most probably contained:

  • Krafft, K.E.: Les Propheties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus, Bildgetreuer, vergrösserter Abdruck einer Ausgabe der "Prophéties", erschienen bei Benoist RIGAUD Lyon unter dem Datum 1568. Frankfurt am Main.

  • Krafft, K.E.: Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas.

  • Loog, C.: Die Weissagungen des Nostradamus: erstmalige Auffindung des Chiffreschlüssels und Enthüllung der Prophezeiungen über Europas Zukunft und Frankreichs Glück und Niedergang, 1555-2200. Pfullingen in Württemberg, 1921 (1920).

  • Noah, B: Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte von 1547 bis gegen 3000. Berlin, 1928.

  • "Pasteur": Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? een belangwekkende en actueele beschouwing op grond der voorspellingen van Michel Nostradamus gegeven in "Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties"; samengesteld uit de nagelaten geschriften van Jean François Pasteur. The Hague, 1940, or one of the other versions of the text, written by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s.[8]

  • Winkler, dr. B.: Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang nach den Prophezeiungen des großen französischen Sehers Michel Nostradamus aus den Jahren 1555 und 1558. Leipzig, 1940.

 

The compilers of Brochure-18-DE
In this article, it has been explained that according to Berber's letter to Rahn from July 23, 1940, the Deutsche Informationsstelle planned to have a brochure on Nostradamus compiled as part of the propaganda series Informations-Schriften and that Krafft's Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas, probably the copy, owned by Wilmanns, would be consulted. In this article, the name of Krafft is mentioned more than once. His name is not only mentioned in connection with Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas, but also in connection with the photocopy he made of a 1568-B.Rigaud-edition of the Centuries, from which material was copied for the cover of Brochure-18-DE, and in connection with his order of April 12, 1940, of four copies of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? Perhaps one of these copies was used during the compilation of Brochure-18-DE.
Berber's letter does not show that Krafft was the author of Brochure-18-DE. It also does not show that Krafft played an active part in supplying material; the copy of Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas which was used, was owned by Wilmanns. By the end of June 1940, when he wrote a memo about the impact of the Nostradamus-propaganda, Wilmanns added a copy of Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?, the French version of the text by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s., which in April 1940 was brought into circulation in Geneva[9] Whether or not Wilmanns was involved in the compilation of Brochure-18-DE or a certain mr. Wilhelm, whose name was also mentioned by Berber in connection with Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas and who later edited Kritzinger's text of Der Seher von Salon, is something which further research has to point out.

 

A list of discussed quatrains in Brochure-18-DE

Page

Quatrain

Link Source

4

01-01

Method of  Nostradamus "Pasteur", p.13
4 01-02 Method of  Nostradamus "Pasteur", p.13
4 08-76 Rise of Cromwell Krafft-1940c, p.16

6

08-37

Beheading of Charles I ?

8

09-52

Molotov - Von Ribbentrop pact, German attack on France, 1940 Krafft-1940c, p.37
8 09-83 Beginning of the Westfeldzug, May 10, 1940 Krafft-1940c, p.39

9

04-37

Progress of the German invasion in France, May-June 1940 Krafft-1940c, p.41
9 05-30 Italy starts to participate in the war, capitulation of Paris Krafft-1940c, p.42
9 03-57 1939: German invasion in Poland which brings England into a crisis Krafft-1940c, p.47; "Pasteur", p.29
10 10-100 Announcement of the end of the 300-year supremacy of England, which started in 1603 Krafft-1940c, p.49-50
10 02-100 Chaos in England Krafft-1940c, p.52

11

03-71

Famine in England Krafft-1940c, p.51

11

02-75 Air raids on England, famine Pasteur, p.30
11 02-83 Famine in England by a German blockade Pasteur, p.31
12 02-05 England will be attacked on the sea Winkler-1940, p.33
12 05-74 Hitler will walk upon England's shores Krafft-1940c, p.58
13 05-94 Großdeutschland: the victorious Westfeldzug Krafft-1940c, p.62
13 03-58 Birth of Hitler "Pasteur", p.34
13 03-67 Rise of national-socialism

14

10-31 German victory and supremacy "Pasteur", p.35

 

The fortune of Brochure-18-DE
Page 9 of the first number of the year 1941 of the national-socialist weekly Märkische Adler, the official NSDAP-magazine for the Ostmark, published on January 3, 1941, contains the article Gibt es Propheten?. In this article, the contents of Brochure-18-DE are summarized. The article contains the German texts of the quatrains 09-83, 05-30, 03-57, 02-75, 05-94 and 03-67. These texts originated from Brochure-18-DE
In Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... (De Tombre, Arnhem, 1941, the Dutch translation of a national-socialist brochure by dr. phil. Alexander Max Centgraf), the search for a key to the Centuries is discussed on p.23. There, it reads:

"Veeleer heeft Nostradamus, naar hij zelf in zijn proloog zegt, in een spel van "duizend duistere rijmen" de volkeren en de menschen in onzekerheid willen laten [...]". 

The words in zijn proloog (tr.: in his preface) can be linked to the remark in Brochure-18-DE that the six-line poem preceded the text of the first volume of Hundertschaften und Prophetien (Lyon, 1555). In other words: Brochure-18-DE is one of the sources Centgraf consulted while compiling the German source text of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn...

 

Expression of thanks
The author wishes to thank Jacques Halbronn D.Litt for sending photocopies of Brochure-18-DE and Brochure-18-FR, and Wilhelm Zannoth, for his research on French quatrain texts on the cover of these brochures

 

De Meern, the Netherlands, January 8, 2007
T.W.M. van Berkel

updated on August 13, 2007

 

Notes
The titles, places and year of issue of the mentioned authors are listed in the bibliography.

  1. Van Berkel: Information on the Informations-Schriften (a national-socialistis series of propaganda brochures, Berlin, 1940-1941). [text]

  2. Maichle: Die Nostradamus-Propaganda der Nazis 1939-1942, PA AA 66711, July 23, 1940. [text]

  3. Maichle: Die Nostradamus-Propaganda der Nazis 1939-1942, PA AA R 66658, January 17, 1941 and January 28, 1941. [text]

  4. Zannoth to Van Berkel, April 18, 2004. [text]

  5. In Comment Nostradamus a-t-il entrevu..., the parallel text can be found on p.99. In Einführung zu den Prophéties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus, a brochure which Krafft completed medio August 1940 and which was published in October 1940 as a supplement to a photocopy of a 1568- B.Rigaud edition of the Centuries, it reads on p. XVIII: Rome incité (V.30), - 'nachdem Rom (zur Beteiligung) veranlaßt worden war'. On p.XIX, it reads: Dann heißt "assaut"(V.30) nicht mehr 'Sturm' sondern ad-saltus - 'der hinzu-Sprung, die überraschende Besetzung'.[text]

  6. Parallel texts: "Belgrade": p.8 (PA AA R 66658); "Norab"-1940a: p.21; "Rossier"-1940b: p.3 (PA AA R 66658). [text]

  7. Maichle: Die Nostradamus-Propaganda der Nazis 1939-1942, PA AA R 66726. [text]

  8. The name Jean François Pasteur is a fictitious name. [text]

  9. Maichle: Die Nostradamus-Propaganda der Nazis 1939-1942, PA AA R 66658 "Nostradamus-Propaganda". [text]

 

© Politischen Archiv Auswärtigen Amt, Berlin
In connection with this article, photocopies have been studied of the brochures Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? (Genève, 1940, on this website indicated with "Rossier"-1940b) and its Serbian pendant (Sta nam donosi 1940?, Belgrade, 1940, on this website indicated with "Belgrade"). 
The original documents are owned by the Politischen Archiv Auswärtigen Amt (ref: PA AA R 66658). 
Every copy, print, multiplification or other use of parts of the contents of these brochures, published on www.nostradamusresearch.org, requires a written permission of the Politischen Archiv Auswärtigen Amt, D-11013 Berlin.

 
 

 
Home (EN)
New articles
Updated articles
Nostradamus
Research results
Analysis quatrains
World War II 
Debate platform
Publications
Lectures
Interviews/reviews
French research
Web links
Contact
Free newsletter
Privacy / cookies
Editorial

 
top

© T.W.M. van Berkel, De Meern, NL
alle rechten voorbehouden / all rights reserved

top