NOSTRADAMUS, ASTROLOGY AND THE BIBLE
SUBSTUDY "WORLD WAR II"
Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558 (Genoa, 1940)
- T.W.M. van Berkel -

Nederlandse versie
 

cover "Genova"
Cover of the brochure 
Le profezie del Maestro 
Michele Nostradamus 
anno 1558

In a report on the activities of the Ausland section of Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda in the period January 1 - August 31, 1940, dr. Ernst Brauweiler, in charge of this section, wrote that 10.000 copies were printed of the Italian version of a Nostradamus brochure which was published in eight languages with a total of 83.000 printed copies.[1] On this website, it assumed that Brauweiler referred to the brochure Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558. This brochure is the Italian 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] 
Neither the Goebbels diaries nor the minutes of the secret daily propaganda conferences in Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda contain notes regarding the Italian Nostradamus brochure.
Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558 is a softcover brochure, printed and published by Goffi, seated in Genoa, Via Gradisca 6. On the title page, not only Goffi's address was given, but also his telephone number: 56.631.
In contrast with the Croatian, Dutch, English, French and Serbian version of the text, written by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. in November - December 1939, there is no reference in the title of Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558 to Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties, the photocopy of the 1668-Amsterdam-edition, made by the Frenchman P.V. Piobb in 1927, from which Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. copied French quatrain texts in order to raise the impression that they translated these texts and studied them. The year 1558, mentioned in the title, might refer to the Epistle to Henry II, which is dated on June 27, 1558.

 

Design and contents
Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558 consists of 24 pages. There are two illustrations. Page 3 contains a picture of the engraving of the cover of the 1668-Amsterdam-edition. This picture can also be found in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, the Dutch version. In Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, the Swedish version, the lower half of this engraving is depicted. Page 4 in Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558 contains a picture of the first page of Century 01. The Swedish version and What will happen in the near future?, the English version, contain a cut-out of this page. Both the engraving of the cover of the 1668-Amsterdam-edition and the first page of Century 01 are copied from the 1938-Piobb-copy.

Tekstindeling
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 Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558, the text is divided in eleven chapters. The titles of the first ten chapters and the text division are corresponding with the titles of the corresponding chapters and the text division in Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? ("Rossier"-1940b), the French version of this brochure, and Što se dogadjalo i što će se dogoditi ("Zagreb"), which actually is a translation of Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?. There are also correspondences with the chapter titles and the text division of the first six chapters in Sta nam donosi 1940? ("Belgrade"), the Serb version of this brochure.

"Berlin"

"Genoa"

untitled chapter

Une terrible evento

Un maestro del regno della magia

Le profezie di Nostradamus et le loro caratteristiche

L'Avvenire svelato

De Napoleone Bonaparte a Re Umberto

Dalla guerra mondiale alle S.d.N. all'impresa etiopica

Gegenwart und Zukunft

Sguardo sul presente e sull'avvenire

Le sette metamorfosi dell'Inghilterra

Attorno alle liquidazione della grande questione

E la sorte della Germania?

Conclusione


The survey underneath contains short summaries of the contents of the chapters in Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558. Further, the corresponding texts are given of Sta nam donosi 1940? ("Belgrade"), Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? ("Pasteur"), Nostradamus spådomar om kriget ("Norab"-1940a), What will happen in the near future? ("Norab"-1940b), Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? ("Rossier"-1940b) and Što se dogadjalo i što će se dogoditi ("Zagreb").


Un terrible evento (p.5-6)
Nostradamus predicted the decease in 1559 of Henry II.
Corresponding texts:
"Belgrade" p.5-6 Prediction of the death of a king
"Berlin" p.1-3
"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"
"Rossier"-1940b p.1 Une mort prophétisée
"Zagreb" p.1-2 Prorokovana smrt


Un maestro nel regno della magia (p.6-8)
Short description of the life of Nostradamus.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.6-8 King of magic
"Berlin" p.3-4
"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"
"Rossier"-1940b p.2 Un maître dans le royaume de la magie
"Zagreb" p.2-3 Majstor u oblasti magije


Le profezie di Nostradamus e le loro caratteristiche (p.8-10)
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.8-10 His predictions and their features
"Berlin" p.4-6
"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"
"Rossier"-1940b p.2 Ses prophéties et leurs particularités
"Zagreb" p.3-5 Njegova prorocanstva i njehove osebnosti


L'Avvenire svelato (p.10-12)
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.10-12 Unveiling the future
"Berlin" p.6-10
"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 
"Pasteur" p.15-18 Verleden, heden en toekomst op wonderbaarlijke wijze voorspeld door den Franschman Michel Nostradamus in zijn "Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties"
"Rossier"-1940b p.2-3 L'avenir dévoilé
"Zagreb" p.5-7 Razotkrivena buducnost


Da Napoleone Bonaparte a Re Umberto (p.12-14)
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.12-14 From Napoleon to Umberto
"Berlin" p.10-12
"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
"Norab"-1940b p.28-39 ch. VIII: Astonishing Prophecies about Napoleon  
"Pasteur" p.18-21 Verleden, heden en toekomst op wonderbaarlijke wijze voorspeld door den Franschman Michel Nostradamus in zijn "Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties"
"Rossier"-1940b p.3 De Napoleon Bonaparte au roi Humbert
"Zagreb" p.7-8 Od Napoleona Bonaparta do kralja Humberta


Dalla guerra mondiale alla S.d.N. all'impresa etiopica (p.14-16)
Predictions about World War I, the failure of the League of Nations, the rise of Mussolini and the invasion of Abyssinia.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.14-15 The World War 1914-1918
"Berlin" p.12-14
"Norab"-1940a p.25-26 ch. IX: Nostradamus om vårldskriget
"Norab"-1940b p.40-43 ch. IX: The Great War
"Pasteur" p.21-23 Verleden, heden en toekomst op wonderbaarlijke wijze voorspeld door den Franschman Michel Nostradamus in zijn "Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties"
"Rossier"-1940b p.4 Prophéties sur la Guerre Mondiale de 1914-18
"Zagreb" p.8-9 Prorocanstva o svjetskom ratu 1914-18


Sguardo sul presente e sull'avvenire (p.16-18)
I
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
"Norab"-1940a p.27-28 ch. X: Vad skall hånda i morgon?
"Norab"-1940b p.44-46 ch. 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"
"Rossier"-1940b p.4-6 Un coup d'oeil sur l'avenir
"Zagreb" p.9-11 Pogled u buducnost


Le sette metamorfosi dell'Inghilterra (p.18-21)
Discussion of quatrain 03-57 because of the coming fall of England and the German invasion in Poland. 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.11-13 The present and the future
"Berlin" p.16-21 Gegenwart und Zukunft
"Norab"-1940a p.29-37 ch. XI: Englands fall
ch. XII: Bekräftelser på britternas nederlag
"Norab"-1940b p.47-51 ch. XI: England's fateful hour
"Pasteur" p.26-31 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"
"Rossier"-1940b p.5 Les sept changements de l'Angleterre
La France ne sera pas touchée
"Zagreb" p.11-14 Sedam promjena Engleske
Francuska ne ce biti pogodjena


Attorno alle liquidazione della grande questione (p.22-23)
Discussion of 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
"Norab"-1940a p.38-40 ch. XIII: Än mer om England
"Norab"-1940b p.52-57 ch. XII: The far-reaching consequences of the current War
"Pasteur" p.31-33 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"
"Rossier"-1940b p.5-6 Autour de la grande liquidation
"Zagreb" p.14-15 Oko velike likvidacije


E la sorte della Germania? (p.23-24)
Birth and rise of Hitler. Nostradamus predicted the Molotov - Von Ribbentrop pact.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.15-16 The present and the future
"Berlin" p.25-26 Gegenwart und Zukunft
"Norab"-1940a p.41-44 ch. XIV: Tysklands triumf
ch. XV: Den tysk-ryska pakten
"Norab"-1940b p.60-62 ch. XIV: Germany victorious in the gigantic Struggle
"Pasteur" p.34-36 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"
"Rossier"-1940b p.6 Et le sort de l'Allemagne?
"Zagreb" p.15-16 A sudbina Njemacke?


Conclusione (p.24)
In the epilogue, it is argued that the prophecies of Nostradamus are very important and can be understood very easily. Millions of people consulted them in the past, among who great persons like Napoleon. The question is if Nostradamus also this time will have predicted correctly. The readers are able to verify this by themselves.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.16 Untitled epilogue
"Berlin" p.25-26 Gegenwart und Zukunft
"Norab"-1940a p.45-46 ch. XVI: Vår tids profet
"Norab"-1940b p.62-63 ch. XIV: Germany victorious in the gigantic Struggle
"Pasteur" p.36-37 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"
"Rossier"-1940b p.6 Et le sort de l'Allemagne?
"Zagreb" p.15-16 A sudbina Njemacke?

 

The propaganda message 
Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558 had to tell the readers that England's fall was at hand and that her leading role in the world would be taken over by Germany, something which centuries ago was predicted by Nostradamus. The credibility of this message had to be clear by the description of predictions of Nostradamus which already became fulfilled. 
The chapter Dalla guerra mondiale alla S.d.N. all'impresa etiopica did not cover World War I, the failure of the League of Nations and the rise of Mussolini, as did the corresponding texts in the other versions, but closed with quatrain 02-64, which was linked to the problems of Abyssinia, when Italy invaded Abyssinia in 1935 and in 1936 conquered the capital Addis Abbeba; the annexation in 1936 of Abyssinia was de jure approved by 28 members of the League of Nations. In no other version, quatrain 02-64 was discussed. In the comment on page 15 on quatrain 06-20, the rise of Mussolini was not presented as a given fact, but by means of a rhetorical question.
In Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558, the quatrains 08-37 (in the other versions, except for the English version, linked to the coming capitulation of London and a new government in France), 08-97 (in the other versions linked to a coming navy battle in the Genovese Gulf), 02-85 (France threatening England) and 10-31 (de coming of the Holy Empire to Germany) are not included. The reason these quatrains were not included, is not clear. Perhaps, they were left out because of tactical reasons, perhaps, they were left out because the number of pages was limited.
In contrast to the English version, there is no allusion in Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558 to the participation of Italy in the war. In the other versions, such an allusion is also not present. It looks as if Staël von Holstein, who translated the text, written by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s., in English, inserted the chapter
Italy's Participation in the War, pointing towards Italy's declaration of war to England and France on June 10, 1940.[3]
The question raises why the Italians had to read this propaganda, which was spread because of the Westfeldzug, since this military march was not directed against Italy, but against Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Perhaps, the spread of the Nostradamus brochure in Italy was related to the problems of the Germans who lived in Italy or in regions as Tirol which after World War I were assigned to Italy: these Germans had a hard time.

 

The discussed quatrains in Le profezie del Maestro Michel Nostradamus anno 1558 versus Was bringt das Jahr 1940?
Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558 contains 19 French quatrain texts: the texts of the quatrains 01-01, 01-02, 01-35, 01-36, 01-47, 01-60, 02-64, 02-68, 02-78, 02-100, 03-32, 03-57, 03-58, 03-71, 05-58 (erroneously numbered as V, 56), 07-13,  09-18, 09-34 and 10-100. In Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, the French texts of the quatrains 02-78, 03-32, 03-71 and 10-100 were copied from De Fontbrunes Les propheties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus. Expliquées et commentées (Sarlat, 1939 [1938], fifth edition; the title of this book is mentioned in a footnote on page 17 in Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558). The French texts of the other quatrains were copied from the 1938-Piobb-copy.
In Le profezie del Maestro Michel Nostradamus anno 1558, the quatrains 08-37, 08-97, 02-85 and 10-31 are, compared with Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, omitted. Quatrain 02-64 in Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558 is not present in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?. The comments upon the remaining quatrains in Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558 are identical with those in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?.

 

The discussed quatrains in Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558

Un terrible evento
01-35
01-36
decease Henry II
end of the House of Valois
Un maestro nel regno della magia 
no quatrains discussed 
Le profezie di Nostradamus e le loro caratteristiche
01-01
01-02
method Nostradamus
method Nostradamus
L'Avvenire svelato
09-18
09-34
05-57
beheading Montmorency
siege of the Tuileries, August 10, 1792
De Montgolfier; Napoleon Bonaparte vs. Pius VI [a]
Da Napoleone Bonaparte a Re Umberto
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
Dalla guerra mondiale alle S.d.N. all'impresa etiopica
03-13
02-68
08-60
01-47
06-20
02-64
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
the League of Nations and Abessynia (1936)
Squardo sul presetnte e sull'avvenire
no quatrains discussed
Le sette metamorfosi dell'Inghilterra
10-100
03-57
02-100
02-83
from 1603, England is supreme for more than 300 years
1939: crises in England and Poland
positions neutral countries
blockade of the trade with England, air raids
Attorno alle liquidazione della grande questione
02-78
03-32
03-71
fall of England
battle in the Genovese Gulf
England will fall
E la sorte della Germania?
03-58
01-99
birth and rise of Hitler
Molotov - Von Ribbentrop pact
Conclusione
no quatrains discussed

Notes to the quatrains

  1. Quatrain 05-57 is erroneously numbered as V,56. [text]

 

De Meern, the Netherlands, March 5, 2007
T.W.M. van Berkel
updated on May 17, 2012

 

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

  1. 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 if these brochures were still in print after August 1940. [text]

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

  3. "Norab"-1940b, p.58-59; Van Berkel: What will happen in the near future?. [text]

 

© Politischen Archiv Auswärtigen Amt, Berlijn
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"). 
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.

 
 

 
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