NOSTRADAMUS, ASTROLOGY AND THE BIBLE
SUBSTUDY "WORLD WAR II"
Nostradamus spådomar om kriget 
(baron dr. L.F.W. Staël von Holstein alias Norab, Stockholm, 1940)
- T.W.M. van Berkel -

Nederlandse versie
 

"Norab"-1940a
"Norab"-1940a

In connection with March 11, 1940, dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi-minister of Propaganda, wrote in his diary that it would be tried to place "Nostradamus" in Sweden. On this website, it is assumed that Goebbels meant the Swedish version of a national-socialist brochure on Nostradamus, of which, according to his diary, the German source text was finished on December 13, 1939.[1] In this Swedish version, entitled Nostradamus spådomar om kriget ("Norab"-1940a), most likely published by Neutrala Institutets Förlag, Stockholm, and printed by Stockholms bokindustri AB, 1940 was mentioned as the year of issue. Its price, one Swedish Crown, was printed on the back. The title Nostradamus spådomar om kriget means: Predictions of Nostradamus about the war.
On the title page of Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, the name "Norab" is mentioned as the author's name. According to the Svensk Bok-Katalog 1936-1940, this name, a quite common Swedish family name, is a pseudonym of the Swedish baron Lage Fabian Wilhelm Staël von Holstein (1886-1946), who has written a considerable number of national-socialist books and brochures.[2] Due to the origins of this brochure, it is supposed in this article that Staël von Holstein is considered not to be its author, but its translator and editor who added some chapters in order to make the text useful for propaganda in Sweden. In fact, he was the owner of Neutrala Institutets Förlag.[3] On p.50, he discussed the "Altmark-affair", when in the night between February 16  and February 17, 1940, in the harbour of Jössingfjord (Norway) , the crew of the British destroyer Cossack liberated British prisoners of war from the German navy ship Altmark. This means that the text of Nostradamus spådomar om kriget was finished between February 17, 1940, and March 11, 1940.

Cover "Norab"-1940b
"Norab"-1940b

According to a report of the Section Foreign activities of the Ministry of Propaganda, the number of copies of Nostradamus spådomar om kriget printed by the end of August 1940, was 5000. In 1940, Stockholms bokindustri AB also printed an English translation of this brochure, attributed to Norab, entitled What will happen in the near future? For an answer we must turn to "Les vrayes centuries et propheties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus" - The prophecies of the ancient French astrologer Michel Nostradamus and the present war - by Norab. This brochure consisted of 63 pages and was spread in the USA. By the end of August 1940, 3000 copies were printed. The cover title of this brochure was Nostradamus Prophecies about the War, which is the English translation of Nostradamus spådomar om kriget.[4] 
From 1940 to 1943, Neutrala Institutets Förlag in Stockholm published at least thirteen national-socialist brochures, among which texts, written by Staël von Holstein himself and translations of texts, written by Lord Lymington, Emanuel Moravec and Werner Picht.

 

Description
The brochure Nostradamus spådomar om kriget consists of 52 pages. On the cover, a burning globe is depicted. The sky is filled with stars; an allusion to Nostradamus in his quality of astrologer.
Nostradamus spådomar om kriget contains three illustrations. The first one is a portrait of Nostradamus, painted by his son Cesar. This illustration  can also be found in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, the Dutch version of the German source text which was finished on December 13, 1939. The second illustration is a photocopy of the upper part of the first page of the first century in the 1668-Amsterdam-edition.  The third illustration is the lower part of the cover of the 1668-Amsterdam-edition, showing the great fire in London in 1666. All these illustrations were taken from the 1938-Piobb-copy.[5] Staël von Holstein included the cut-outs of the first page of 01 and of the frontispiece of the 1668-Amsterdam-edition also in What will happen in the near future? ("Norab"-1940b).

Portrait Nostradamus
Portrait of Nostradamus
("Norab"-1940a, p.3)
Century 01
First page century  01
("Norab"-1940a, p.10)
["Norab"-1940b, p.10]
Cut-out frontispiece 1668-Amsterdam
Cut-out frontispiece
1668-Amsterdam-edition
("Norab"-1940a, p.24)
["Norab"-1940b, p.22]

Nostradamus spådomar om kriget is divided in eighteen chapters. The contents of these chapters are described briefly. When applicable, the corresponding pages in Was bringt das Jahr 1940? ("Berlin", the German source text) and Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? ("Pasteur") are mentioned as well as the corresponding pages or chapters of Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558 ("Genoa"), What will happen in the near future? ("Norab"-1940b), Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? ("Rossier"), Sta nam donosi 1940? ("Belgrade") and Što se dogadjalo i što će se dogoditi ("Zagreb") are mentioned.

Text division "Berljn", "Norab"-1940a and "Norab"-1940b

"Berlin"

"Norab"-1940a

"Norab"-1940b

 

I. En profet genom tiderna

I. A Passage from Goethe's Faust

untitled

II. Nostradamus debut

III. Fjärrskådaren utvecklas

IV. Hur kommo ingivelserna?

V. Fyra hundra års erfarenheter

VI. Spådomen om Ludvig XVI

VII. Profetior om Napoleon

II. A Dramatic Accident

III. Some dates

IV. Nostradamus develops his Gift of Prophecy

V. The "Voices" from Heaven

VI. A Prediction made Four Hundred Years before the Event

VII. The Tragedy of Louis XVI

VIII. Astonishing Prophecies about Napoleon

IX. The Great War

VIII. Kung Umberto

IX. Nostradamus om världskriget

Gegenwart und Zukunft

X. Vad skall hända i morgon?

XI. Englands fall

XII. Bekräftelser på britternas nederlag

XIII. An mer om England

XIV. Tysklands triumf

XV. Den tysk-ryska pakten

XVI. Var tids profet

X. The Present and the Future

XI. England's fateful Hour

XII. The far-reaching Consequences of the current War

XIII. Italy's Participation in the War

XIV. Germany victorious in the gigantic Struggle

 

XVII. En dansk nyckel

XVIII. Den gula faran

 

Legend

 

Chapter, not included in this version

 

Chapter, only included in "Norab"-1940a

 

Chapter, only included in "Norab"-1940a and "Berlin"

 

Chapter, only included in "Norab"-1940b

 

I.  En profet genom tiderna (p.5-6)
Introduction chapter, in which the phenomenon of prophecy is presented. The events in the world which succeed one another at a quick rate, raise the question what tomorrow will bring. This question is asked in business cycles as well as in newspapers. In the exegesis of the Bible, people also deal with this question, witness G. Stromberg's discussions about the Revelation of St. John. Also, a certain Anton Johansson is mentioned, who foresaw World War I.[6] Theosophists and astrologers try to understand the signs of heaven in connection with the future.
Not one prophet is more well-known than Nostradamus, who wrote his predictions long ago, predictions which can be trusted. Many people felt themselves challenged to look for a key to decipher his gloomy statements. Topical questions are if the British Empire can stand a German attack and what the war will mean for the fate of people, races and continents. Like in the case of the rise and fall of Napoleon, Nostradamus devoted a number of quatrains to Hitler, the great leader of the German world.
Corresponding texts: none.
 

II.  Nostradamus debut (p.7-9)
Nostradamus predicted the decease in 1559 of Henry II.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.3-4 Prediction of the death of a king
"Berlin" p.1-2
"Genoa" p.5-6 Un terrible evento
"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


III.  Fjärrskådaran utvecklas (p.11-14)
A short description of the life of Nostradamus and how he, under the roof of his house, made a room in which he wrote the Centuries.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.4-5 King of magic
His predictions and their features
"Berlin" p.3-5
"Genoa" p.6-9 Un maestro nel regno della magia
Le profezie di Nostradamus et le loro caratteristiche
"Norab"-1940b p.9-16 ch. III: Some dates
ch. IV: Nostradamus develops his Gift of Prophecy
"Pasteur" p.11-14 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
Ses prophéties et leurs particularités
"Zagreb" p.2-3 Majstor u oblasti magije


IV.  Hur kommo ingivelserna? (p.15-16)
The origins of Nostradamus' inspiration. French kings visit his tomb in the church of the Minor Friars in Salon.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.6 His predictions and their features
"Berlijn" p.5-6
"Genoa" p.9-10 Le profezie di Nostradamus et le loro caratteristiche
"Norab"-1940b p.17-18 ch. V: The "Voices" from Heaven
"Pasteur" p.14-15 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


V.  Fyra hundra års erfarenheter (p.17-18)
Nostradamus predicts in detail; in a quatrain in the 9th century, he gave the names of general Montmorency and the soldier who executed him in 1632 in Toulouse.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.6-7 Unveiling the future
"Berlin" p.6-8
"Genoa" p.10-11 L'Avvenire svelato
"Norab"-1940b p.19-20 ch. VI: A Prediction made Four Hundred Years before the Event 
"Pasteur" p.16-17 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


VI.  Spådomen om Ludvig XVI (p.19-20)
Nostradamus predicted the arrest in 1792 of Louis XVI.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.7-8 Unveiling the future
"Berlin" p.8-9
"Genoa" p.11-12 L'Avvenire svelato
"Norab"-1940b p.21-27 ch. VII:The Tragedy of Louis XVI  
"Pasteur" p.17-18 Verleden, heden en toekomst op wonderbaarlijke wijze voorspeld door den Franschman Michel Nostradamus in zijn "Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties"
"Rossier"-1940b p.3 L'avenir dévoilé 
"Zagreb" p.5-7 Razotkrivena buducnost


VII.  Profetior om Napoleon (p.21-22)
Nostradamus predicted the invention of the air balloon and some matters regarding pope Pius VI. Further, he wrote a dozen of quatrains about Napoleon Bonaparte and predicted that Napoleon III would die in London.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.8-9 From Napoleon to Umberto
"Berlin" p.9-11
"Genoa" p.12-13 Da Napoleone Bonaparta a Re Umberto
"Norab"-1940b p.28-39 ch. VIII: Astonishing Prophecies about Napoleon  
"Pasteur" p.18-20 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 Napoléon Bonaparte au roi Humbert
"Zagreb" p.7-8 Od Napoleona Bonaparta do kralja Humberta


VIII.  Kung Umberto (p.23)
Nostradamus predicted the way in which the Italian king Umberto would die because of an attempt.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.9 From Napoleon to Umberto
"Berlijn" p.11-12
"Genoa" p.13-14 Da Napoleone Bonaparta a Re Umberto
"Norab"-1940b not discussed 
"Pasteur" p.14-15 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 Napoléon Bonaparte au roi Humbert
"Zagreb" p.7-8 Od Napoleona Bonaparta do kralja Humberta


IX.  Nostradamus om världskriget (p.25-26)
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.11-14
"Genoa" p.14-15 Dalla guerra mondiale alla S.d.N. all'impresa etiopica
"Norab"-1940b p.40-43 ch. IX: The Great War (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"
"Rossier"-1940b p.4 Prophéties sur la Guerre Mondiale de 1914-18
"Zagreb" p.8-9 Prorocanstva o svjetskom ratu 1914-18


X.  Vad skall hända i morgon? (p,27-28)
Introduction to the actuality of the new war and the uncertain fate which is connected with it.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.10-11 The present and the future
"Berlin" p.14-15 Gegenwart und Zukunft
"Genoa" p.16-17 Sguardo sul presente e sull'avvenire
"Norab"-1940b p.44-46 ch. X: The Present and the Future
"Pasteur" p.24 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 Un coup d'oeil vers l'avenir
"Zagreb" p.9-11 Pogled u buducnost

XI.  Englands fall (p.29-32)
Quotes from a book by De Fontbrune regarding England, published in 1939.
Corresponding texts:
"Belgrade" p.11 The present and the future
"Berlin" p.15-18 Gegenwart und Zukunft
"Genoa" p.17-18 Sguardo sul presente e sull'avvenire
"Norab"-1940b p.47-51 ch. XI: England's fateful Hour
"Pasteur" p.25-27 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 Un coup d'oeil vers l'avenir
"Zagreb" p.9-11 Pogled u buducnost


XII.  Bekräftelser på britternas nederlag (p.33-37)
Discussion of quatrain 03-57 in connection with the coming fall of England and the German invasion in Poland. The quatrains 02-57 and 02-100 are also discussed. Quatrain 02-100 is erroneously numbered as II-200.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.12-13 The present and the future
"Berlin" p.18-21 Gegenwart und Zukunft
"Genoa" p.18-21 Le sette metamorfosi dell'Inghilterra
"Norab"-1940b p.47-51 ch. XI: England's fateful Hour
"Pasteur" p.27-31 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


XIII.  Än mer om England (p.38-40)
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.21-23 Le sette metamorfosi dell'Inghilterra
Atterno alla liquidazione della grande questione
"Norab"-1940b p.53-57 ch. XII: The far-reaching Consequences of the Current War
"Pasteur" p.31-34 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"
"Rossier"-1940b p.5-6 Autour de la grande liquidation
"Zagreb" p.14-15 Oko velike likvidacije


XIV.  Tysklands triumf (p.41-43)
The birth and rise of Adolf Hitler. The "Holy Empire" comes to Germany if England has lost all its allies.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.15-16 The present and the future
"Berlin" p.23-25 Gegenwart und Zukunft
"Genoa" p.23 E la sorte della Germania?
"Norab"-1940b p.60-62 ch. XIV: Germany victorious in the gigantic Struggle
"Pasteur" p.34-35 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?


XV.  Den tysk-ryska pakten (p.44)
Nostradamus predicted the Molotov - Von Ribbentrop pact.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.16 The present and the future
"Berlin" p.25 Gegenwart und Zukunft
"Genoa" p.23-24 E la sorte della Germania?
"Norab"-1940b left out
"Pasteur" p.14-15 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?


XVI.  Vår tids profet (p.45-46)
Closing words: the convincing meaning of the predictions of Nostradamus. The chapter closes with the three lines which Goethe devoted to Nostradamus in Faust.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.16 The present and the future
"Berlin" p.25-26 Gegenwart und Zukunft
"Genoa" p.24 Conclusione
"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?


XVII.  En dansk nyckel (p.47-50)
In this chapter, some comments by a certain Salamar are discussed, published in the magazine  Levande Livet as well as some comments by the Danish Century-scholar Billenstein, erroneously called "Billerstein".[7] According to Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, Billenstein derived from the Epistle to Henry II that it was described in 62 quatrains that tremendous changes would occur in the years between 1920 and 1950. A number of 175 quatrains contained events which would happen between 1950 and 2009, a period of peace which would end with new catastrophes. Between 2009 and 2034, Europe heavily would be attacked by barbarians. According to Billerstein, about 70 quatrains dealt with World War I.
In the paragraph Gibraltar återgår till Spanien was described that Salamar, basing himself upon quatrain 05-51, expected that Italy and Spain would take part in the war. Because of the German interest in Gibraltar, an aera which in Nostradamus' lifetime belonged to Spain, also had a strategic importance and was taken by England in 1704, Salamar expected the conquest of Gibraltar by Spain.
In the paragraph Altmarkaffären!, there was a discussion of a quatrain which, according to Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, was supposed to deal with the entering by British Naval troops in Jössingfjorden of the German ship Altmark, in which a couple of hundred British prisoners of war were kept. In Swedish, two lines of this quatrain were given: Då man icke utlämnar fångarna på överenskommet sätt, är tidpunkten inne att ånyo ställa upp härarna till kamp. These lines can be translated into: because the prisoners were not extradited on the agreed moment, again troops were sent upwards for the battle. For the moment, it is not clear which Century-quatrain is at stake here.
Corresponding texts: none.


XVIII.  Den gula faran (p.51-52)
According to this chapter, Nostradamus had foretold that 1941 and 1942 would be important watersheds in history by the coming of the third Antichrist. Next, a period of peace would begin which would last until 1995. This text also occurs on page 59 of Salamar's Nostradamus Profetior... (Stockholm, 1940), a book which was published later than Nostradamus spådomar om kriget. This might mean that the text about the Third Antichrist was copied from one of Salamar's articles, published in Levande Livet.
A comment by G. Ljungström was also discussed. Ljungström wrote that according to Nostradamus, a great Russian king would send his army and fleet to Scandinavia. This might point to Stalin. The English would have a fatal conflict with the Scottish and the Irish.[8] 
Corresponding texts: none.

 

Nostradamus spådomar om kriget compared with Was bringt das Jahr 1940?
The first thing that strikes the eye in the comparison of Nostradamus spådomar om kriget with Was bringt das Jahr 1940? is that in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, the text is divided into eighteen chapters, whereas in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, the text is divided in a preface and two chapters, one about the past, the other one about the present.
The text in the chapters II - XVI in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget is quite corresponding with the text in the two chapters of Was bringt das Jahr 1940?. The chapters I, XVII and XVIII in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget have a clear Swedish nature. As far as I can see, Staël von Holstein wrote these chapters as an addition to the German source text, in order to make this brochure useful in Sweden.
Quite often, the text in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget is more brief than the text in
Was bringt das Jahr 1940?. It looks as if Staël von Holstein a couple of times wrote a summary instead of translating the text literally. For example, he only spent five lines to the attempt to the Italian king Umberto, whereas in Was bringt das Jahr 1940? the comment is more extensive. In the discussion of quatrain 06-20 regarding the rise of Mussolini, Staël von Holstein contented himself with the remark that in this quatrain, it was written that Italy would have a new leopard, i.e. Mussolini, whereas in Was bringt das Jahr 1940? the difference in meaning between the symbol of a lion in the quatrains and a leopard was discussed extensively.
In order to give an impression of the differences, the table below contains the information in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, What will happen in the near future? and Was bringt das Jahr 1940? regarding the composing of the Centuries and a paragraph from Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert (dr. B. Winkler, Görlitz, 1939 [1938]), the source of this information. The most remarkable difference is that in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, only the last two lines of quatrain 01-02 are given, whereas in What will happen in the near future? the English text of the quatrains 01-01 and 01-02 is translated from the German (the original French text is not given). In Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, only the German text is given.

The composing of the Centuries

"Norab"-1940a, p.12-13

"Norab"-1940b, p.12

"Berlin", p.4-5

Winkler-1939, p.11-12

I sitt hus i Salon hade han högst upp inrättar ett särskilt rum, från vilket han kunde blicka ut över horisonten. Där tillbragte han nattens timmar, där studerade han magikernas gamla verk, där beräknade han planetarnas omloppsbanor, och försjunken i sig själv riktade han blicken emot framdiden. Här kommo hans profetior till, där satt han i natten och begrundade i sin ensamhet de ockulta tingen.

"Jag hör en röst, som kommer mig att blekna:
himmelska ljus, en
"Jag hör en röst, som kommer mig att blekna:
himmelska ljus, en

 

In the attic of his house at Salon, Nostradamus had a special room reserved for himself from which he could view the horizon. There he spent the hours of night, studied the works of the ancient Magi, calculated the orbits and the conjunctions of the heavenly bodies and, absorbed in himself, tried to foresee the future. It was there also that he wrote down his prophecies.

"Absorbed in Nature's mysteries, I spend my nights
"In lonely solitude on the seer's throne of brass.
"But soon the forlorn little flame makes me hope
"That my faith will be duly rewarded.

"When I hold the wand in my hands,
"The wave soon moistens my feet and the hem of my garments.
"I listen to a Voice and turn pale.
"The heavenly light, the Divine inspiration, has come over me."

In seinem Hause zu Salon hatte er unter dem Dach ein besonderes Zimmer eingerichtet, von dem aus er den Horizont übersehen konnte. Dort verbrachte er die Stunden der Nacht, dort studierte er die alten Werke der Magier, dort berechnete er die Zyklen der Planeten, die Konjunktionen, dort richtete er, in sich versunken, den Blick in die Zukunft, und dort schrieb er seine Prophezeiungen nieder.

Sitz ich des Nachts, geheimen Dingen offen,
In stiller Einsamkeit auf ehernem Seherthron,
Lässt bald mich das verlorne Flämmchen hoffen,
Dass meinem Glauben wird der rechte Lohn.

Wenn ich die Rute mit den Händen fasse,
Netzt bald die Welle Saum und Füsse mir.
Ich höre eine Stimme und erblasse.
Himmlisches Licht! Das Göttliche ist hier!

In seinem Hause zu Salon hatte er sich unter dem Dach ein besonderes Zimmer eingerichtet. "Ein kleines Gemach dem Dach seines Quartiers gelegen, von wo er fast den ganzen Horizont übersehen konnte", heißt es in einer auf ein Manuskript seines Freundes Chavigny zurückgehenden Biographie. Dort verbrachte er die Stunden der Nacht, dort studierte er die Werke der Astrologen und Magier, dort berechnete er die Nativitäten, die Zyklen der Planeten, die Konjunktionen, dort empfing er seine Schauungen, dort schrieb er seine Prophezeiungen nieder.

Estant assis de nuict secret estude...

Sitz ich des Nachts, geheimen Dingen ofen,
In stiller Einsamkeit auf ehrnem Seherthron,
Läßt bald mich das verlorne Flämmchen hoffen,
Daß meinem Glauben wird der rechte Lohn.

Wenn ich die Rute mit den Händen fasse,
Netzt bald die Welle Saum und Füße mir.
Ich höre eine Stimme und erblasse.
Himmlisches Licht! Das Götliche ist hier!


In contrast with

According to Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, Nostradamus was born on December 1, 1523. The figure 1523 contains a printer's error; in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, the year figure was 1503. Quatrain 03-58, has been numbered incorrectly in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget (II-58), like in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?.
Nostradamus spådomar om kriget contains three references to classic literature. On p.11 it is mentioned that Boccaccio, at the time a plague came near, locked himself in a villa and spent his time with writing frivolous novels (an allusion to his Decamerone); whereas Nostradamus brought his life in danger at the time of the plague; on p.13, the style of the Centuries  is compared with Dante's Inferno and on p.46, the three lines are quoted which Goethe in Faust, act 1, scene 1, devoted to Nostradamus. Neither in the other versions nor in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, there are no such references.
Was bringt das Jahr 1940? was closed with the question if the seer of Notre-Dame, who never made a mistake, would also be right this time. The future would show it. In Nostradamus spådomar om kriget was looked ahead until the year 1995 and a fifty-year peace was presented. However, it remained unclear whether or not this peace was under German supremacy.
A part of the propagandistic impact of the German source text is caused by the fact that regarding the fall of England, there are references to quite a number of English, French and German Century-scholars: Amiaux, De Fontbrune, Kritzinger, Loog, Piobb, Rochetaillée and Taylor. This would not only fortify the pretence of objectivity; it might raise the impression that, when a number of Century-scholars of several countries agreed with each other about the prediction of the fall of England, this fall could be presented as a given fact. Further, the pretence of objectivity was fortified by the many, large quotes from De Fontbrune's Les prophéties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus - Expliquées et commentées (Sarlat, 1939, fifth edition), a foreigner's book. In many cases, the authors of national-socialist propaganda books which were produced in Germany in 1939-1940 and spread abroad, were foreigners. Besides Staël von Holstein (Sweden), there was for example Robert Briffault (France), Carlo Scarfoglio (Italy) and sir W.W. Strickland (Great Britain). The idea was that a foreigner had a better chance to convince the readers of national-socialism.[9] 
The differences in the design and contents of Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, compared with Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, might point towards the ideas of Staël von Holstein about the way to spread their message that England would fall and that Germany would take over. Perhaps he tried to emphasize this message by adding Danish and Swedish comments on the Centuries to the German source text. By doing so, it might be more easy for his compatriots to believe his message.

 

The discussed quatrains in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget versus Was bringt das Jahr 1940?
In
Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, quatrain 02-85, which is discussed in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, is omitted. Quatrain 05-51 in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget and the "Altmark"-quatrain are not present in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?. The comments in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget upon the other quatrains are identical with those in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?.

The discussed quatrains in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget

I. En profet genom tiderna
no quatrains discussed
II. Nostradamus debut 
01-35
01-36
decease of Henri II
end of the House of Valois [a]
III. Fjärrskådaren utvecklas
01-02 method Nostradamus [b]
IV. Hur kommo ingivelserna?
no quatrains discussed
V. Fyra hundra års erfarenheter
09-18 beheading Montmorency
VI. Spådomen om Ludvig XVI
09-34 siege of the Tuileries, 1792
VII. Profetior om Napoleon
05-57
03-35
01-60
07-13
04-82
10-24
06-22
De Montgolfier; Napoleon Bonaparte vs. Pius VI
birth Napoleon in Corsica
birth Napoleon in Corsica
Napoleon: the "shaven head"; duration Napoleonic empire
Moscow destroyed by Napoleon
Napoleon's return from Elba; his final defeat
decease of Napoleon III in London
VIII. Kung Umberto
05-28 fatal attempt
IX. Nostradamus om världskriget
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 of the League of Nations; rise of Mussolini
X. Vad skall hända i morgon?
no quatrains discussed
XI. Englands fall
10-100 from 1603, England is supreme for more than 300 years
XII. Bekräftelser på britternas nederlag
03-57
02-75
02-100
1939: crises in England and Poland
air raids on England
position neutral countries
XIII. Än mer om England
02-83
08-37
02-78
03-32
03-71
08-97
blockade on trade with England, air raids
capitulation of London; new government in France
fall of England
battle in the Genovese Gulf
England will fall
battle in the Genovese Gulf 
XIV. Tysklands triumf
03-58
10-31
birth of Hitler  [c]
the Holy Empire comes to Germany
XV. Den tysk-ryska pakten
01-99 Molotov - Von Ribbentrop pact
XVI. Vår tids profet
no quatrains discussed
XVII. En dansk nyckel
05-51
"Altmark"-quatrain [d]
Gibraltar again ruled by Spain
the Altmark-affair
XVIII. Den gula faran
no quatrains discussed

 

Notes

  1. To quatrain 01-36, there is only a reference with the words "another quatrain". [return]
  2. Only the last two lines of quatrain 01-02 are given. [return]
  3. Quatrain 03-58 is erroneously numbered as quatrain II-58. [return]
  4. It is not clear which quatrain is linked to the fortune of the "Altmark". [return]

 

De Meern, the Netherlands, November 12, 2006
T.W.M. van Berkel
updated on August 19, 2013

 


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

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

  2. See: Maichle: Die Nostradamus-Propaganda der Nazis, 1939-1942. [text]

  3. See: Van Berkel: Information on baron L.F.W. Staël von Holstein alias Norab. The information about Staël von Holstein being the owner of Neutrala Institutets Förlag was communicated by P. Björn (www.trismegistus.se).  [text]

  4. The quantities of copies are given in: Maichle: Die Nostradamus-Propaganda der Nazis, 1939-1942; Boelcke-1966, p.304 and Boelcke-1989 (1967), p.28. The question is if after August 1940, these brochures were still in print. [text]

  5. According to Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, the French quatrain texts were taken from the photocopy of the 1668-Amsterdam-edition, made by the Frenchman P.V. Piobb (pseudonym of count Pierre Vincenti da Piobetta) in 1938 ("Pasteur", p.41). [text]

  6. In 1940 N. Johansson publishiers in Halmstad published Syner och uppelbarelser om Nordens och den övriga världens främtid samt Nostradamus', Jung-Stillings och Mor Shiptons profetior, written by Anton Johansson (1858-1926). [text]

  7. Carl Soelberg Billenstein, the author of Opklaringen af Nostradamus Profetier (Holte, 1920). The name Salamar is the pseudonym of the author of Nostradamus profetior med originaltexster i urval, för första gågen översatta till svenska, efter 1568 års upplaga (Stockholm, 940). It is quite possible that Nostradamus Profetior... completely or for a major part is a volume of Salamar's articles about Nostradamus, previously published in Levande Livet. In Nostradamus Profetior..., "Norab"'s quote from Salamar's article in Levande Livet can be found on p.72. In Nostradamus Profetior..., "Norab"'s information about Billenstein can be found in the chapter Billensteins teorie om Brevet till Henrik II in Nostradamus Profetior... This means that Staël von Holstein copied more information about Nostradamus and Century-comments from Salamar's articles than he mentioned in chapter XVII.
    The weekly Levande Livet (tr.: Live Life) was published by Åhlén & Åkerlund publishers in Stockholm from 1931 to 1961 and contained series, short stories and information about haunting, sports and fishing.
    [text]

  8. G. Ljungström: Georg Ljungström (1861-1930). The catalogue of the National Swedish Library contains two titles of books by Ljungström on the Centuries: Den världsberömde siaren Nostradamus profetior om världens öden från år 1558 till år 3797 (Stockholm, 1922) and Nostradamus och Anton Johanssons profetior om nu stundande världshändelser (Stockholm, 1928). [text]

  9. Groeneveld, p.79. [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"). The originals are owned by the Politischen Archiv Auswärtigen Amt (ref: PA AA R 66658). 
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