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Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? La réponse est donnée par: Les vrayes centuries et prophéties de Maître Michel Nostradamus
(Prédictions, Edition: "ANT", Geneva, 1940)

- T.W.M. van Berkel -

Nederlandse versie
 

Page 1 "Rossier"-1940b
Page 1 of the brochure Que se passera-t-il...
("Rossier"-1940b)

Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels, minister of Propaganda in Nazi-Germany from 1933 to 1945, wrote in his diary in connection with March 25, 1940, that he placed Nostradamus in a number of neutral countries; they would also be spread in France. In connection with April 24, 1940, he noted that in Switzerland and the Netherlands, the "Nostradamus-brochure" was brought into circulation, they were quite sensational.[1] On this website, it is assumed that with the brochure which would be spread in France and the brochure which was brought into circulation in Switzerland, Goebbels meant the French version of Was bringt das Jahr 1940? Die Antwort geben uns  Les vrayes Centuries et Propheties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus", a national-socialist text on Nostradamus, written in November - December 1939 by Hans-Wolfgang Herwarth von Bittenfeld, prof. dr. Karl Bömer and Leopold Gutterer, managers, working at the Ministry of Propaganda.[2] In this version, entitled Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? La réponse est donnée par: Les vrayes centuries et prophéties de Maître Michel Nostradamus, the year of issue is not given. In a note which dates from most probably the end of June, 1940, dr. Werner Wilmanns, head of the IV Inf section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and involved in the production of national-socialist propaganda, based upon the Centuries and/or Century-comments, referred to a Nostradamus-brochure, which recently was brought into circulation in Geneva. One of the enclosures was a copy of Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?.[3] In an untitled epilogue on page 6 of this brochure, not only the Swiss readers, but also the Belgian and French readers were offered the possibility to subscribe to the series in which this brochure was published. This points towards the possibility that Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? not only was spread in Switzerland, but also in Belgium and France and perhaps also in Luxembourg.
According to a report by dr. Ernst Brauweiler, head of the Ausland section of the Ministry of Propaganda, about the activities of his section in the period January 1 - August 31 1940, 20.000 copies were printed of a French edition of a Nostradamus-text, written in eight languages with a total circulation number of 83.000.[4] On this website, it is assumed that Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? was the French edition to which Brauweiler referred.

 

Design and contents
In the series of published versions of the text, written by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s., Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? is an extraordinary brochure. In contrast with theCroation, Dutch, English, Italian, Serbian and Swedish version, this brochure had not the design of a small book, but of a folder, consisting of three pages, printed on both sides. Another difference with these versions is that Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? contains an advertisement in which the possibility of ordering year horoscopes for the period 1940-1941 at Ant. Rossier's, who is presented as the author of this brochure, is brought to the attention of the readers. Further, on p.6 it is announced that by transfering a small donation to Rossier's bank account, the readers can subscribe to new issues of brochures in the series Editions "ANT", in which Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? occurred. The Dutch, English, Italian, Serbian and Swedish translations do not contain such advertisements.
Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? does not contain pictures. In the title, the publication Les vrayes centuries et prophéties de Maître Michel Nostradamus is mentioned. This is, as is written in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, the Dutch translation, a reference to the photocopy which the Frenchman P.V. Piobb in 1938 made of the 1668-Amsterdam-edition of the Centuries, which was entitled Les vrayes centuries et prophéties de Maîstre Michel Nostradamus.
[5] Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. copied a number of French quatrain texts from the 1938-Piobb-copy in order to raise the impression that they studied these quatrains. In Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?, the 1938-Piobb-copy is not mentioned. A footnote on p.4 refers to Les prophéties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus. Expliquées et commentées (Dr. de Fontbrune, Sarlat, 1939, fifth edition). From this book, Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. quoted a number of French quatrain texts and comments, in order to demonstrate that England's fall was at hand.
In Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, the text is divided in two parts: an untitled part about the life and work of Nostradamus and predictions in the Centuries which are fulfilled, and a part, entitled Gegenwart und Zukunft, in which predictions in the Centuries are discussed which deal with the actual situation and the future. In Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?, the text is divided in eleven chapters and an untitled epilogue, which contains an advertisement of Rossier. This untitled epilogue is not part of Was bringt das Jahr 1940?.
Except for the untitled epilogue, the text divsion in Que se passera-t-il entre le printems 1940 et le printemps 1941? is maintained in
Što se dogadjalo i što će se dogoditi ("Zagreb"), the Croatian version of Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, which is a translation of Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?.

"Berlijn"

"Rossier"-1940b

"Zagreb"

ongetiteld deel

Une mort prophétisée

Un maitre dans le royaume de la magie

Ses prophéties et leurs particularités

L'avenir dévoilé

De Napoléon Bonaparte au roi Humbert

Prophéties sur la Guerre Mondiale de 1914-18

Prorokovana smrt

Majstor u oblasti magije

Njegova prorocanstva i njihove osebnosti

Razotkrivena buducnost

Od Napoleona Bonaparta do kralja Humberta

Prorocanstva o svjetskom ratu 1914-18

Gegenwart und Zukunft

Un coup d'oeuil vers l'avenir

Les sept changements de l'Angleterre

La France ne sera pas touchée

Autour de la grande liquidation

Et le sort de l'Allemagne?

Pogled u budocnost

Sedam promjena Engleske

Francuska ne ce biti pogodjena

Oko velike lividacije

A subina Njemacke?

Untitled epilogue

 


Une mort prophétisée (p.1)
Nostradamus predicted the decease in 1559 of Henry II.
Corresponding texts:
"Belgrade" p.3-4 Prediction of the death of a king
"Berlin" p.1-3
"Genoa" p.5-6 Un terrible evento
"Norab"-1940a p.7-9 ch. II: Nostradamus debut
"Norab"-1940b p.6-8 ch. II: A Dramatic Accident
"Pasteur" p.9-11 Verleden, heden en toekomst op wonderbaarlijke wijze voorspeld door den Franschman Michel Nostradamus in zijn "Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties"
"Zagreb" p.1-2 Prorokovana smrt


Un maître dans le royaume de la magie (p.2)
Short description of the life of Nostradamus.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.4-5 King of magic
"Berlin" p.3-4
"Genoa" p.6-8 Un maestro nel regno della magia
"Norab"-1940a p.11-12 ch. III: Fjårrskadaren utvecklas
"Norab"-1940b p.9-12 ch. lII: Some dates
ch. IV: Nostradamus develops his Gift of Prophecy
"Pasteur" p.11-13 Verleden, heden en toekomst op wonderbaarlijke wijze voorspeld door den Franschman Michel Nostradamus in zijn "Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties"
"Zagreb" p.2-3 Majstor u oblasti magije


Ses prophéties et leurs particularités (p.2)
Under the roof of his house, Nostradamus made a room in which he wrote the Centuries. The origins of his "visions". Kings visiting his tomb in the Minor Friar church in Salon.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.5-6 His predictions and their features
"Berlin" p.4-6
"Genoa" p.8-10 Le profezie die Nostradamus e le loro caratteristische
"Norab"-1940a p.12-16 ch. III: Fjårrskadaren utvecklas
ch. IV: Hur kommo ingivelserna?
"Norab"-1940b p.12-18 ch. IV: Nostradamus develops his Gift of Prophecy
ch. V: the "Voices" from Heaven
"Pasteur" p.13-15 Verleden, heden en toekomst op wonderbaarlijke wijze voorspeld door den Franschman Michel Nostradamus in zijn "Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties"
"Zagreb" p.3-5 Njegova prorocanstva i njehove osebnosti


L'avenir dévoilé (p.2-3)
Nostradamus predicts in detail: in one of the quatrains in the 9th century, he gave the names of general Montmorency and the soldier who executed him in 1632 in Toulouse. Further, he predicted the arrest in 1792 of Louis XVI, the invention of the air balloon and matters concerning pope Pius VI.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.6-8 Unveiling the future
"Berlin" p.6-10
"Genoa" p.10-12 L'Avvenire svelato
"Norab"-1940a p.17-21 ch. V: Fyra hundra års erfarenheter
ch. VI: Spådomen om Ludvig XVI
ch. VII: Profetior om Napoleon
"Norab"-1940b p.19-27 ch. VI: A Prediction made Four Hundred Years before the Event
ch. VII: The Tragedy of Louis XVI
"Norab"-1940b p.19-20 ch. VI: A Prediction made Four Hundred Years before the Event
"Pasteur" p.15-18 Verleden, heden en toekomst op wonderbaarlijke wijze voorspeld door den Franschman Michel Nostradamus in zijn "Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties"
"Zagreb" p.5-7 Razotkrivena buducnost


De Napoleon Bonaparte au roi Humbert (p.3)
Nostradamus wrote more or less a dozen quatrains about Napoleon Bonaparte. Further, he predicted the way in which Napoleon III would die in London and the way in which the Italian king Umberto would die because of an attempt.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.8-9 From Napoleon to Umberto
"Berlin" p.10-12
"Genoa" p.12-14 Da Napoleone Bonaparte a Re Umberto
"Norab"-1940a p.21-23 ch. VII: Profetior om Napoleon
ch. VIII: Kung Umberto
"Norab"-1940b p.28-39 ch. VIII: Astonishing Prophecies about Napoleon
NB: in this brochure, the fortune of king Umberto is not discussed
"Pasteur" p.18-21 Verleden, heden en toekomst op wonderbaarlijke wijze voorspeld door den Franschman Michel Nostradamus in zijn "Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties"
"Zagreb" p.7-8 Od Napoleona Bonaparta do kralja Humberta


Prophéties sur la Guerre Mondiale de 1914-18 (p.4)
Predictions about World War I, the failure of the League of Nations and the rise of Mussolini.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.9-10 The World War 1914-1918
"Berlin" p.12-14
"Genoa" p.14-15 Dalla guerra mondiala alla S.d.N. all'impresa etiopica
"Norab"-1940a p.25-26 ch. IX: Nostradamus om vårldskriget
"Norab"-1940b missing
"Pasteur" p.21-23 Verleden, heden en toekomst op wonderbaarlijke wijze voorspeld door den Franschman Michel Nostradamus in zijn "Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties"
"Zagreb" p.8-9 Prorocanstva o svjetskom ratu 1914-18


Un coup d'oeil vers l'avenir (p.4-5)
Introduction to the actual situation, caused by the new war, and the uncertain fate which is connected with this. Quotes regarding England, taken from De Fontbrune's Les prophéties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus. Expliquées et commentées  (1939 [1938], fifth edition).
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.10-11 The present and the future
"Berlin" p.14-16 Gegenwart und Zukunft
"Genoa" p.16-18 Sguardo sul presente e sull'avvenire
"Norab"-1940a p.27-32 ch. X: Vad skall hånda i morgon?
ch. XI: Englands fall
"Norab"-1940b p.44-46 hdst. X: The present and the future
"Pasteur" p.24-26 Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? Een antwoord op de vele belangrijke vraagstukken die ons bezighouden gegeven door "Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties de maistre Michel Nostradamus"
"Zagreb" p.9-11 Pogled u buducnost


Les sept changements de l'Angleterre (p.5)
Discussion of quatrain 03-57 because of the coming fall of England and the German invasion in Poland.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.11-12 The present and the future
"Berlin" p.16-19 Gegenwart und Zukunft
"Genoa" p.18-20 Le sette metamorfosi dell'Inghilterra
"Norab"-1940a p.33-35 ch. XII: Bekräftelser på britternas nederlag
"Norab"-1940b p.47-51 England's fateful Hour
"Pasteur" p.26-29 Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? Een antwoord op de vele belangrijke vraagstukken die ons bezighouden gegeven door "Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties de maistre Michel Nostradamus"
"Zagreb" p.11-13 Sedam promjena Engleske

La France ne sera pas touchée (p.5)
The backgrounds of the link between quatrain 03-57 and the German invasion in Poland in 1939. Further: discussion of the quatrains 02-75 and 02-100.
Corresponding texts:
"Belgrade" p.12-13 The present and the future
"Berlin" p.19-21 Gegenwart und Zukunft
"Genoa" p.20-21 Le sette metamorfosi dell'Inghilterra
"Norab"-1940a p.35-38 ch. XII: Bekräftelser på britternas nederlag;
ch. XIII: Än mer om England
"Norab"-1940b p.52 ch. XII: The far-reaching consequences of the current War
"Pasteur" p.29-31 Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? Een antwoord op de vele belangrijke vraagstukken die ons bezighouden gegeven door "Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties de maistre Michel Nostradamus"
"Zagreb" p.13-14 Francuska ne ci biti pogodjena


Autour de la grande liquidation (p.5-6)
Other predictions which show the coming fall of England.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.13-15 The present and the future
"Berlin" p.21-23 Gegenwart und Zukunft
"Genoa" p.22-23 Attorno alla liquidazione della grande questione
"Norab"-1940a p.38-39 ch. XIII: Än mer om England
"Norab"-1940b p.56 ch. XII: The far-reaching consequences of the current War
"Pasteur" p.32-34 Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? Een antwoord op de vele belangrijke vraagstukken die ons bezighouden gegeven door "Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties de maistre Michel Nostradamus"
"Zagreb" p.14-15 Oko velike likvidacije

Et le sort de l'Allemagne? (p.6)
Birth and rise of Hitler. The "Holy Empire" comes to Germany when England lost all of its support in the world. Nostradamus predicted the Molotov - Von Ribbentrop pact.
Corresponding texts:
"Belgrade" p.15-16 The present and the future
"Berlin" p.23-26 Gegenwart und Zukunft
"Genoa" p.23-24 E la sorte della Germania?
Conclusione
"Norab"-1940a p.41-46 ch. XIV: Tysklands triumf
ch. XV: Den tysk-ryska pakten
ch. XVI: Vår tids profet
"Norab"-1940b p.60-63  ch. XIV: Germany victorious in the gigantic Struggle
"Pasteur" p.34-37 Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? Een antwoord op de vele belangrijke vraagstukken die ons bezighouden gegeven door "Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties de maistre Michel Nostradamus"
"Zagreb" p.15-16 A sudbina Njemacke?


Untitled epilogue (p.6)
In the epilogue, it was argued that humanity would be more happy if the great laws of fate were discovered; this would mean that humanity would be able to have a hold on the impacts of fate. In connection with this, Rossier offers the Swiss readers to transfer a donation of 30 centimes to his bank account in order to receive new issues in the series Edition "ANT". Belgian and French readers can transfer the amount of 2 French Francs to a bank account of Rossier in Lyon-Montbrison (Loire).
Corresponding texts: none.

 

Quatrain texts
Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? contains 21 French quatrain texts. Some of them are copied from the 1938-Piobb-copy, some of them are copied from De Fontbrune's Les prophéties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus. Expliquées et commentées. All these texts were not commented bluntly. In a number of cases, the comment was preceded by a free translation, which actually was copied from a German text. This can bee seen for example in the free translation of quatrain 08-60 on p.4 of Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?. On page 13 of Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. copied the "free translation" of quatrain 08-60 from Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert (dr. B. Winkler, Görlitz, 1939 [1938]) and elaborated it. In Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, Winkler's translation in the first line of the word Romanie in Italien returns. The word Paris is in Was bringt das Jahr 1940? replaced by the word Franzosen. The words wie durch ein Wunder are a find of Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. As a result, the French version of quatrain 08-60 in Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? is entirely different from the French text in the 1938-Piobb-copy, but this remained unnoticed, since that text was not given in Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?:
 

Quatrain 08-60

1938-Piobb-copy 
(in: "Pasteur", p.42)
Winkler-1939, p.34 "Berlin", p.13 "Rossier"-1940b, p.4
Premier en Gaule, premier en Romanie,
Par mer et terre aux Anglois & Paris
Merveilleux faits par celle grand mesnie
Violant, Terax perdra de NORLARIS
Der erste in Gallien, der erste in Italien, zu Wasser und zu Lande, gegenüber den Engländern und Paris, mit wunderbaren Taten durch großartigen Führung verliert der Stürmische trotzdem das lothringer Land. Der erste in Gallien, der erste in Italien, zu Wasser und zu Lande, gegenüber den Engländern und Franzosen unbesiegt, mit wunderbaren Taten dank grossartiger Führung, verliert der Stürmische wie durch ein Wunder Lothringen. Le premier dans les Gaules, le premier en Italie, sur l'eau et sur terre non vaincu par les Anglais et les Français, grâce à ses prouesses, l'impétueux perdra la Lorraine comme par miracle.

 

Fate and free will 
The paragraph Un coup d'oeil vers l'avenir contains lines which do not occur in the corresponding Dutch and Serbian text. Words of the same meaning can be found in the corresponding Swedish text. Perhaps these lines were part of the German source text by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s.[6] 
These lines contain a discussion about humanity, always trying to unveil the future. Prophets and oracles were present in all ages. People consulted the stars, the priests and priestesses and started to practice phrenology, chiromancy and card-reading. The knowledge of the past is not sufficient to control the future; in time, circumstances changed. The question is if predestination is a given fact or if we are able to give direction to our lives by our force, our will or our shortages. The answer is that not one force in the world completely can change our destiny. To some extent, the human will might influence fate, for better or worse. The Bible, in which in the last part prophecies can be found, also writes about the fate of humanity. Every Christian knows that his fate is in the hands of God. The Church is founded upon the dogma of predestination. Only some persons, like Nostradamus, can look beyond the boundaries of his existence.
With the propaganda, based upon the Centuries and/or Century-comments, Goebbels wanted, as he wrote in his diary, to trip the adversaries by taking advantage of superstition.[7] In this paragraph in Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? and the surrounding text, the reader's feelings of uncertainty and fear because of the war are exploited. The (propagandistic) solution by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. is that the German victory is at hand, something which was predicted long ago in the Centuries by Nostradamus, whose predictions again and again have turned out to be reliable.
In the untitled epilogue, the theme of "fate and free will" was discussed again. There, Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? was presented as an issue in the series Edition "ANT", dealing with research on the laws of fate. These issues would be a platform, enabling the readers to exchange experiences. Therefore, the readers were encouraged to transfer a small amount of money in order to receive new issues of the series Edition "ANT".

 

Demoralization of France
In most cases, the links in Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? between quatrains and past events or expectations about the future, correspond with the links in the corresponding Dutch, English, Serbian and Swedish texts. Regarding the fate of France, a remarkable propagandistic manoeuvre has been made in Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?. One of its paragraph titles reads: La France ne sera pas touchée (tr.: France remains unharmed). This can also be read in the introduction line La France indemne, l'Angleterre ruinée, quel est le sort de l'Allemagne, leur adversaire dans le conflit actuel? (tr.: France unharmed, England ruined, what is the fate of Germany, their adversary in the present conflict?) in the paragraph Et le sort de l'Allemagne?. The comment which deals with the fate of France can be found in the paragraph Autour de la grande liquidation, i.e. the comment on quatrain 08-37, in which is written that France will seize power, and the comment on quatrain 02-85, in which is written that a dictator will rule France.
In September 1939, as a reaction to the German invasion in Poland, France declared war to Germany. The French army was mobilized. A brochure which lays emphasis on the "prophetic" expectation by the Oracle of France that France will not suffer from battles, can work out in a demoralizing way. Basing oneself upon this "prophetic" outlook, one can turn oneself against the defence policy of the government.
In a secret daily propaganda conference in November or December 1939, Martin Henry Sommerfeldt, communication officer at the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht and in the function of press spokesman attending these conferences, made some notes which he later included in his memoirs. He noted a.o. Goebbels' ideas about the propagandistic value of the Centuries. Goebbels ordered that a chain letter would be accompanied by a verbal explanation which should contain the remark that France only temporarily would be occupied. This sheer nonsense, as Goebbels called it, also had to be broadcasted in France by the secret German radio transmitter.[8] This also can be seen as an attemps to demoralize the French. The eventual impact of this campaign was that in May-June 1940 a part of the French people turned against the government and was persecuted as being a Sixth Column.[9]
In the comment on quatrain 08-37 in What will happen in the near future?, the English version, baron L.F.W. Staël von Holstein explicitly stated that the French government would fell into the hands of the Germans, a change in the text, compared with the other versions. Elsewhere in What will happen in the near future?, France was presented as one of the parties which would lose the war, in contrast with the other versions.

 

Ant. Rossier, publisher of Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? and A. Mayor, printer
According to Que passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?, the text of this brochure was written by Ant. Rossier. Underneath the title on page 1, it is printed that he made a new interpretation of the Centuries. It is also mentioned that in the magazine Prédictions, he predicted the revolutions in China in March-April 1940 and in Europe in April-May 1940. On page 3, he advertises with year horoscopes. On page 6, his name is printed in the right column, underneath the closing line Qui vivra, verra!. On this page, his profession (graphologist) is also mentioned. Nothing is written about his astrological activities. In all cases, his name is given as Ant. Rossier.

Page 1 "Rossier"-1940a
Page 1 Prédictions, February 22, 1940
("Rossier"-1940a)

Rossier was born on September 17, 1913 and died in 1995.[10] He was the founder, editor and publisher of the monthly Prédictions: revue expérimentale de psychologie appliquée et de prédictions, paraissant chaque mois. According to the online-catalogue of the Swiss Federal Archive, this monthly was published from 1940 to 1946.[11]
The first issue of Prédictions was published on February 22, 1940. This issue had the same format and size as Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?: a folder of six pages, printed double-sided. In other words: for Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?, the format and size of Prédictions was maintained as well as the header. However, Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? was presented as a brochure in a new series: Editions "ANT", and not as issue 2 of the monthly Prédictions.
The price of a copy of Prédictions was 30 centimes, the same price as the price of a copy of Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?. The editorial address of Prédictions was 114, rue des Eaux-Vives in Geneva, its phone number was 4.61.64 and its bank account
I.5074. All this was also mentioned on the first page and in the advertisements in Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?.
Prédictions contained three graphics and one voucher. There were no advertisements. 
In the first issue of Prédictions, which was divided in a political section, a psychological section and a graphological section, the next articles were published, all written by Rossier:

  • Politics: Mai 1940
    - 1940 et m. Hitler
    - La France en 1940
    - Le conflit anglo-franco-allemand
    - 1940 pour le Duce
    - Et l'U.R.S.S. en 1940
    - 1940 pour la grande Finlande
    - La Belgique, la Hollande
    - La guerre sino-japonaise

  • Psychology:
    - Les porte-bonheur ont-ils un pouvoir?
    - Croyez-vous aux astrologues?
    - Courrier du lecteur
    - Une cartomancienne a reçu plus de 100 clients en un jour...
    - Météorologie en mars

  • Graphology:
    - Dévoiler la nature coléreuse et violente d'une personne que l'on rencontre pour la première fois?

  • Courbe des influences magnétiques pour Mars 1940

The predictions about the changes in China and Europa, to which is referred in Que sera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?, were published in the article Mai 1940, which took two and a half page. In Mai 1940, Rossier discussed the course of events in the world, basing himself upon magnetic curves he had calculated. May 1940 would turn out to be a decisive turning point in the history of Europe. According to Rossier, peace or peace negotiations were presented in 75% of other predictions, whereas in 25% the beginning in May 1940 of a total war was predicted, which would last more than six years. 
Rossier wrote about Hitler that his most important period would be between April 1940 and March 1943, next he would disappear from the course of history and perhaps would die because of illness. In April-May 1940, he would play his trunk cards. The escalations especially would take place in the northern seas. According to Rossier, there would come a tremendous struggle between the ancient world and the national-socialist doctrine. Rossier did not want to say which party would win the war, but he stated that the Allies would have a chance of 75% to win. Germany's chance was 25%, despite its deplourable armament. The graphic of Hitler, which was also the graphic of Germany, showed danger in May 1940, like in the period 1917-1919. Between April 20 and May 19, Hitler better should take care of his health and of his politics, otherwise there would be no more luck.
For France and its prime-minister Edouard Daladier, 1940 would turn out to be turbulent, but eventually successful. For France, the graphic was in contrast with the graphic for Germany. According to Rossier, this did not imply a French victory, but rather that France in the end would prove to be superior to Germany.
In June 1940, the English-French-German conflict would reach its highest point. In May 1940, Mussolini would be in danger. In the summer of 1940, fortune would be at the side of the Soviet-Union, which country might made peace with Finland, its great neighbour. In May 1940, Belgium and the Netherlands also would be involved in the conflict. Regarding the Chinese-Japanese conflict, April 1940 would be a turning point, with 75% chances for peace.
The perspectives in Mai 1940 differ from the perspectives in Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?, in which in a paragraph title is stated that France would remained unharmed, but in which, in contrast with Mai 1940, is stated that England would lose her supremacy and that Germany would be the main ruling power in Europe. These differences are logical, since Mai 1940 was written by Rossier, while Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? was a translation of a national-socialist propaganda text. However, those who did not know the contents of the political predictions in the first issue of Prédictions, draw the false conclusion that the predictions in Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? are a continuation of the ones in Prédictions, which has been used to enforce the foundations of
Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?.
For the moment, it is not clear if Rossier translated the German source text, written by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s., into French. In his report about the activities of his section in the period January - August 1940, Brauweiler wrote that the Nostradamus-brochures were printed, published and traded outside Germany. This suggests that the translations of the text, written by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s., were made in Germany.
Anyway, it is clear that it was Rossier who published Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?, in the same form and  size as his own monthly.
Only the first issue of Prédictions has been preserved. It is not known if there were any other issues of this monthly.


Cover third edition of 
Traité de rhytmologie

After World War II, Rossier was known as an esteemed graphologist, well-respected internationally. In his daily practice, he was assisted by Antoinette Evard. Today, a number of graphologists still practice his method, known as graphologie réflexométrique (in Prédictions, the graphology method was called graphologie psychométrique). In 1964, this method was deposited at the Lausanne University.
In 1967, Rossier founded the "Ecole suisse de graphologie réflexometrique".
In 1979, his graphological method was awarded with the gold medal and the Cross of Merit by the Academy of Sciences in Rome. In 1980, this method was awarded by the Acadamie Universelle in Lausanne with the red medal.

Regarding the activities of Rossier after World War II, the following can be noted.
In 1945, K. Neidhart & Cie in Zürich published his novel Les larmes noires. In January 1954, Ere Nouvelle publishers in Lausanne published the first of three three editions of Traité de Rhytmologie - La Prévision scientifique de la Destinée - avec 20 schémas, 80 graphiques et les éphémérides rythmologiques de 1890 à 1960, written by "Ant. Rossier, professeur de rythmologie et de graphologie reflexo-métrique".
Also in 1954, Rossi publishers in Bolzane published
Le basi scientifiche nella comparazione di scritti contestati. Guida indispensabile a: magistrati, avvocati, notai, ufficiali di polizia giudiziaria e istituti bancari. Messaggio inedito di D'Annunzio su Capodistria, written by Tèseo Rossi, with a preface by Rossier.
In 1955, Imprimerie de la Palud in Lausanne published a brochure of twelve pages, entitled La rythmologie : prévoir l'avenir pour mieux réussir / une découverte d'Antoine Rossier.
In 1963, Evard publishers in Lausanne published Rossier's Prévisions de la destinée à la portée de tous par la coordinatrice rythmologique - éphémerides rythmologiques, 1961-1970. In 1967, Evard publishers published a graphology lexicon, compiled by Rossier, entitled
Coordinatrice graphologique: analyse instantanée du caractère par l'écriture: Dictionnaire Graphologique Moderne. This book consisted of 103 pages. The revised edition, published by Evard in 1987, consisted of 279 pages.
InCalculer les influences magnétiques, dated on July 27, 2009, Rossier was characterized as a passionate man who was entirely devoted for his "science" and who was convinced that the fate of man was directed by cycles as well as by his environment, behaviour, intelligence and education. The systems he developed were meant to be an aid in making important decisions in everyday life.[12]
Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? was printed, as is shown on page  6, by A. Mayor in Geneva. Mayor also printed the monthly Prédictions, as is shown on page 6 of the first issue. Mayor continued his company until after the war and printed the thesis Le véto legislatif du chef de l'Etat: étude du droit constitutionnel comparé (Maurice Maier, Georg publishers, Geneva, 1947) and Le Printemps - l'Hécatombe à Diane (Agrippa Daubigné, series Textes Litteraires Français, Librairie Droz SA, Geneva, 1948).

 

The fortune of Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?
In #4 of the minutes of the secret daily propaganda conference of May 24, 1940, it is noted that Goebbels ordered that the Nostradamus-brochure should be used in the propaganda, broadcasted by the secret radio transmitter, something which also seems to be indicated in # 1 of the minutes of May 26, 1940.[13] In this article, it is assumed that these remarks deals with the use of Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?
Cover "Zagreb"
In the National and University Library of Slovenia (NUK) in Ljubljana, a copy is preserved of the Croatian version of the German source text of Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. This Croation version is entitled Što se dogadjalo i što će se dogoditi. Odgovor u centurijama i proročanstvima Maestra Mihaela Nostradamusa. Interpretacija Antuna Rossier-a koji je u reviji "Predictions" predkazao sudbinu Kine i Evrope u prvoj polovini 1940. Godine. This brochure is in octo-format, consists of 16 pages, is written in Croatian and printed in 1940 by Zadruzna in Zagreb. In 1940, its price was 2 Dinar.
According to its title, this brochure is a Croatian translation of Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941. This can be derived from the fact that in the title, the name of Ant. Rossier is mentioned, the name of his monthly Prédictions and the fact that in Prédictions, he predicted the revolutions which took place in 1940 in China and Europe. According to the report about the activities of the Ausland section of the Ministry of Propaganda in the period January 1 - August 31, 1940, 25.000 copies of this brochure were produced; the largest number of copies of a version of the German source text by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s.

                                                                                                                                                             

Dr. de Fontbrune
In their propaganda about the imminent downfall of England, Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. frequently quoted from De Fontbrune's Les prophéties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus - Expliquées et commentées (Sarlat, fifth edition, 1939 [1938]). On page 4 in Que se passera-t-il... his name is mentioned, the title of his book, its publisher and the fact that the quotes originated from the fifth edition. I do not know if De Fontbrune at any moment in 1940 knew about the fact that his book was quoted extensively in Que se passera-t-il... and what his reply to this has been.

 

The discussed quatrains in Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940? et le printemps 1941? versus Was bringt das Jahr 1940?
Except for quatrain 02-83, all quatrains in Was bringt das Jahr 1940? are also discussed in Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?. The comments in Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?are identical with the comments in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?. Compared with Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, no quatrains are added to Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?.

 

The discussed quatrains in Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?

Une mort prophétisée
01-35
01-36
decease Henry II
end of the House of Valois
Un maître dans le royaume de la magie 
no quatrains discussed 
Ses prophéties et leurs particularités
01-01
01-02
method Nostradamus
method Nostradamus
L'avenir dévoilé
09-18
09-34
05-57
beheading Montmorency
siege of the Tuileries, August 10, 1792
De Montgolfier; Napoleon Bonaparte vs. Pius VI
De Napoleon Bonaparte au roi Humbert
03-35
01-60
07-13
04-82
10-24
06-22
05-28
birth Napoleon on Corsica
birth Napoleon on Corsica
Napoleon: the "shaven head"; duration Napoleonic Empire
Moscow destroyed by Napoleon
Napoleon's return from Elba; defeat
decease Napoleon III in London
fatal attempt on king Umberto [a]
Prophéties sur la Guerre Mondiale de 1914-18
03-13: 
02-68: 
08-60: 
01-47: 
06-20: 
World War I: submarines
World War I: England free of destructions
World War I: end
League of Nations
short existence League of Nations; rise of Mussolini
Un coup d'oeil vers l'avenir
no quatrains discussed 
Les sept changements de l'Angleterre
10-100
03-57
from 1603, England is supreme for more than 300 years
1939: crises in England and Poland
La France ne sera pas touchée
02-75
02-100
air raids on England
position neutral countries
Autour de la grande liquidation
08-37
02-78
03-32
03-71
08-97
02-85
capitulation of London, new government in France
fall of England
battle in the Genovese Gulf
England will fall
battle in the Genovese Gulf
England threatened by France
Et le sort de l'Allemagne?
03-58
10-31
01-99
birth and rise of Hitler [b]
the Holy Empire comes to Germany
the Molotov - Von Ribbentrop pact
untitled epilogue
no quatrains discussed 

Notes to the quatrains

  1. Quatrain 05-28 is erroneously numbered as quatrain 05-26. [text]
  2. Quatrain 03-58 is erroneously numbered as quatrain 02-58. [text]

 

 

De Meern, the Netherlands, January 21, 2007
T.W.M. van Berkel
updated on May 17, 2012

 

The author wishes to thank the Bibliothèque publique et universitaire in Geneva for sending a copy of the first issue of the first volume of Prédictions.

 


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

  1. Fröhlich, p.368; Richter, p.72. [text]

  2. Van Berkel: Was bringt das Jahr 1940? T. [text]

  3. Maichle: Die Nostradamus-Propaganda der Nazis, 1939-1942, PA AA R.66658 (document 8). [text]

  4. Maichle: Die Nostradamus-Propaganda der Nazis, 1939-1942 BArch – R 55/409, Mikrofiche 2; Boelcke-1966, p.304 and Boelcke-1989 (1967), p.28. The question is whether or not copies of this brochure were still printed after August, 1940. [text]

  5. "Pasteur", p.41. [text]

  6. "Belgrade", p.11; "Norab"-1940a, p27-28; "Pasteur", p.24; "Rossier"-1940b, p.4. [text]

  7. Fröhlich, p.208-209. [text]

  8. Sommerfeldt, p.57; Van Berkel: Das Oberkommando der Wehrmacht gibt bekannt (M.H. Sommerfeldt, Frankfurt am Main, 1952) [text]

  9. Van Berkel: Die Kolonne des Nostradamus (dr. Th.Fr. Böttiger, Berlin, 1940). [text]

  10. René Vaucher to Van Berkel, May 9, 2012. His website (Bienvenue sur ReneSens) contains an interview, published in the issue of March 21, 1996 in Le nouveau quotidien, which contains a.o. details about the "Ecole suisse de graphologie réflexometrique" and the international awards. [text]

  11. Swiss Federal Archive, file nr E4320B#1991/69#207*. [text]

  12. Danny Maur: http://www.sciencehumaine.info/arts-divinatoires/calculer-les-influences-magnetiques. [text]

  13. Boelcke-1966, p.363 and 365. [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? (Geneva, 1940, on this website indicated with "Rossier"-1940b) and its Serbian pendant (Sta nam donosi 1940?, Belgrade, 1940, on this website indicated with "Belgrade"). 
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