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Sta nam donosi 1940? Odgovara nam cuveni fransuski astrolog Nostradamus u svome depu "Les vrayes Centuries et Propheties" (Belgrade, 1940)
- T.W.M. van Berkel -

Nederlandse versie
 

Cover page "Belgrado"
Sta nam donosi 1940?
Cover page

 

In a note, probably written around the end of June, 1940, dr. Werner Wilmanns, head of the IV Inf section of the German 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 had been brought into circulation shortly before he wrote this note. One of the enclosures of this note was a copy of this brochure. On this website, it is assumed that this was a copy of the brochure Sta nam donosi 1940? Odgovara nam cuveni fransuski astrolog Nostradamus u svome delu "Les vrayes Centuries et Propheties".[1] This brochure was the Serbian version of Was bringt das Jahr 1940? Die Antwort geben uns  Les vrayes Centuries et Propheties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus", a national-socialist text about 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] 
According to a report by dr. Ernst Brauweiler, head of the Ausland section of the Ministry of Propaganda, on the activities of his section in the period January 1 - August 31, 1940, the number of copies of a Serbian version of a Nostradamus-writing which was published in eight languages, was 10.000; the total circulation number of all of the eight versions was 83.0000. On this website, it is assumed that with the Serbian version the brochure Sta nam donosi 1940? is meant. In Brauweiler's report, one can also read that the number of printed Croatian copies was 25.000 and the number of printed Rumanian copies was 5.000. In other words: for the Slavonic part of Europe, the total number of copies in the period January 1 - August 31, 1940, was 40.000, almost half of the circulation.[3] 

 

Design and composition
Sta nam donosi 1940? (tr.: What will 1940 bring?) is designed as a brochure in octo-format, with its pages stitched. Sta nam donosi 1940? consists of 16 pages. There are no illustrations. 
On the cover page of Sta nam donosi 1940?, the publisher's name
Mecunarodna knjizarnica is printed. This company was seated in Belgrade. On the back of the cover page, the printer's company name Napredak was mentioned. This printer was seated in Panchevo, a city, north-east of Belgrade. Nobody is mentioned as being the author.[4] 
The full title of Sta nam donosi 1940? contains the title Les vrayes centuries et propheties. This is, as is written in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, the Dutch version of this brochure, a reference to the photocopy of the 1668-Amsterdam-edition, made by the Frenchman P.V. Piobb in 1927. From this photocopy, Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. copied French quatrain texts in order to raise the impression that they had translated and studied these quatrain texts.[5]
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 Sta nam donosi 1940?, the text is divided in seven chapters and an untitled epilogue.

"Berlin"

"Belgrade"

untitled chapter

Prediction of the death of a king

King of magic

His predictions and their features

Unveiling the future

From Napoleon to Umberto

The world war 1914-1918

Gegenwart und Zukunft

The present and the future

Untitled epilogue

The titles of the first six chapters and the distribution of the text corresponds with the titles of the corresponding chapters and the distribution of the text in these chapters in Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?, the French version of this brochure. There are also correspondences with the chapter titles and the distribution of the text in these chapters in Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558, the Italian version of this brochure.
The next table contains a short description of the contents of the chapters in Sta nam donosi 1940?, and the corresponding texts in Was bringt das Jahr 1940? ("Berlin", the German source text) Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? ("Pasteur"), Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558 ("Genoa"), Nostradamus spådomar om kriget ("Norab"-1940a), What will happen in the near future? ("Norab"-1940b), Što se dogadjalo i što će se dogoditi ("Zagreb") and Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? ("Rossier"). The Serbian chapter titles are translated into English.


Prediction of the death of a king (p.3-4)
Nostradamus predicted the decease in 1559 of Henry II.
Corresponding texts:
"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"
"Rossier"-1940b p.1 Une mort prophétisée
"Zagreb" p.1-2 Prorokovana smrt


King of magic (p.4-5)
Short description of the life of Nostradamus.
Corresponding texts:

"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"
"Rossier"-1940b p.2 Un maître dans le royaume de la magie
"Zagreb" p.2-3 Majstor u oblasti magije


His predictions and their features (p.5-6)
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:

"Berlin" p.4-6
"Genoa" p.8-10 Le profezie di Nostradamus et le loro caratteristiche
"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


Unveiling the future (p.6-8)
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:

"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 
"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


From Napoleon to Umberto (p.8-9)
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:

"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"
"Rossier"-1940b p.3 De Napoleon Bonaparte au roi Humbert
"Zagreb" p.7-8 Od Napoleona Bonaparta do kralja Humberta


The World War 1914-1918 (p.9-10)
Predictions about World War I, the failure of the League of Nations and the rise of Mussolini.
Corresponding texts:

"Berlin" p.12-14
"Genoa" p.14-15 Dalla guerra mondiale alla S.d.N. all'impresa etiopica
"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


The present and the future (p.10-16)
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).
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 and other predictions which show the coming fall of England.
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:

"Berlin" p.14-25 Gegenwart und Zukunft
"Genoa" p.16-24 Sguardo sul presente e sull'avvenire
Le sette metamorfosi dell'Inghilterra
Attorno alla liquidazione della grande questione
E la sorte della Germania?
Conclusione
"Norab"-1940a p.27-44 ch. X: Vad skall hånda i morgon?
ch. XI: Englands fall
ch. XII: Bekräftelser på britternas nederlag
ch. XIII: Än mer om England
ch. XIV: Tysklands triumf
ch. XV: Den tysk-ryska pakten
ch. XVI: Vår tids profet
"Norab"-1940b

 

p.44-62 ch. X: The present and the future
ch. XI: England's fateful Hour
ch. XII: The far-reaching consequences of the current War
ch. XIV: Germany victorious in the gigantic Struggle
"Pasteur" p.24-36 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.4-6 Un coup d'oeil sur 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?
"Zagreb" p.11-16 Pogled u buducnost
Sedam promjena Engleske
Francuska ne ci biti pogodjena
Oko velike likvidacije
A sudbine Njemacke?

Untitled epilogue (p.16)
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:
"Berlin" p.25-26 Gegenwart und Zukunft
"Genoa" p.24 Conclusione
"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.16 A sudbine Njemacke?

 

p.7 "Belgrade"
Sta nam donosi 1940?, page 7

 

Quatrain texts
Sta nam donosi 1940? contains 12 French quatrain texts, printed in Latin script. These are the texts of the quatrains 01-35, 01-36, 10-100, 03-57, 02-100, 08-37, 02-78, 03-32, 03-71, 08-97, 02-85 and 03-58. In Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, the French texts of the quatrains 01-35, 01-36, 03-57 and 03-58 were copied from the 1938-Piobb-copy; the French texts of the other French quatrains in Sta nam donosi 1940? were copied from De Fontbrunes Les propheties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus. Expliquées et commentées (Sarlat, 1939 [1938], fifth edition; on p.11 of Sta nam donosi 1940?, the title of this book is mentioned). It is quite conceavable that these French quatrain texts were inserted in order to raise the impression that Sta nam donosi 1940? is not just a brochure, but a thorough Century-comment. The text of the quatrains 01-01 and 01-02, legendary quatrains one might say which are linked to Nostradamus' methods, are only printed in Serb, not in French. The Serb translation of these quatrains is the translation of Winkler's free translation in Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert (Görlitz, 1939 [1938]), which Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. had copied in their source text.

 

The propaganda message 
Sta nam donosi 1940? had to show the readers that the fall of England was at hand and that her leading role in the world would be taken over by Germany, something which many centuries ago was predicted by Nostradamus. The description of predictions by Nostradamus which already were fulfilled, had to show the credibility of this message. In contrast with Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, the Swedish version of the text by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s., no attention is given in Sta nam donosi 1940? to specific matters regarding the area in which this brochure had to be spread. 
The question is why in the Slavonic region propaganda material was spread which was connected in one way or another to the Westfeldzug, which was not directed against the Slavonic region, but against Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Perhaps, the spread of the Nostradamus-brochure among the Serbs have to be related to the problems of the Germans who lived in Serbia and who after World War I had a hard time. 

 

The discussed quatrains in Sta nam donosi? versus Was bringt das Jahr 1940?
Except for quatrain 02-75, all quatrains which are discussed in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, are also discussed in Sta nam donosi 1940?. The comments in Sta nam donosi 1940? are identical with the comments in in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?. Compared with Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, no quatrains were added in Sta nam donosi 1940?.

The quatrains in Sta nam donosi 1940?

Prediction of the death of a king
01-35
01-36 
decease Henry II
end of the House of Valois
King of magic 
no quatrains discussed
His predictions and their features
01-01 
01-02
method Nostradamus
method Nostradamus
Unveiling the future
09-18
09-34
05-57
beheading Montmorency
siege of the Tuileries, August 10, 1792
De Montgolfier; Napoleon Bonaparte vs. Pius VI
From Napoleon to Umberto
03-35
01-60
07-13
04-82
01-43
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
erection of the Column in Vendome
Napoleon's return from Elba; defeat
decease Napoleon III in London
fatal attempt on king Umberto
The World War 1914-1918
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
The present and the future
10-100
03-57
02-100
02-83
08-37
02-78
03-32
03-71
08-97
02-85

03-58
10-31
01-99
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
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
birth and rise of Hitler
the Holy Empire comes to Germany
the Molotov - Von Ribbentrop pact
Untitled epilogue
no quatrains discussed

 

Nostradamus Prorocanstva
Nostradamus Prorocanstva
(Belgrade, 1999)

Prorocanstva Nostradamusova
In the chapter Nostradamus, prorok za sva vremena in Nostradamus Prorocanstva - Istinite centurije i Prorocanstva ucitelja Misela Nostradamusa, published in Belgrade in 1999 in the series Biblioteka Vizije, dr. Vesna Cakeljic briefly described the contents of an anonymous publication, entitled Prorocanstva Nostradamusova, published in 1940 in Belgrade. In that publication, Les Vrayes Centuries et Prophéties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus, printed in Amsterdam in 1668, was mentioned as a source text. Prorocanstva Nostradamusova had 160 pages. The text was divided into 29 chapters with comments upon quatrains and letters. According to Cakeljic, it was not by coincidence that Prorocanstva Nostradamusova was brought into circulation in 1940. However, she did not describe its political signature.[6]
In Nostradamus Prorocanstva, the quatrains 01-01 - 04-53 are translated into Serbian and in a number of cases commented by means of footnotes. The footnotes to the quatrains 01-21, 01-50, 01-57 and 02-87 contain references to Prorocanstva Nostradamusova.[7] In Sta nam donosi 1940?, these quatrains are not discussed. As far as can be seen in this phase of the study, there are no correspondences between these two publications, except the fact that both of them contain a reference to the 1668-Amsterdam-edition of the Centuries.

De Meern, the Netherlands, March 3, 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, PA AA R.66658 (document 8). [text]

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

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

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

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

  6. Nostradamus prorocanstva is a translation/version of Nostradamus - Les Prophéties, published in 1998 by Mille et un nuits publishers in Paris as part of the series La Petite Collection.
    In 2001, dr. Vesja Cakeljic promoted in Paris in French language and literature. Her thesis was entitled La problématique de l'identité dans la nouvelle francophone contemporaine. She wrote translations of art books and literature. In 2003, also in the series Biblioteka Vizije, Paidea publishers in Belgrade published Nostradamus, Biografija, Cakeljic's translation of Monsieur de Nostradamus (J.-C. de Fontbrune, Paris, 1997). [text]

  7. Cakeljic, p.19, 27, 29 and 57. [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 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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