NOSTRADAMUS, ASTROLOGY AND THE BIBLE
substudY "WORLD wAR ii
What will happen in the near future? For an answer we must turn to "Les Vrayes Centuries et Prophéties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus" - The prophecies of the ancient French astrologer Michel Nostradamus and the present war 
(baron dr. L.F.W. Staël von Holstein alias Norab, Stockholm, 1940)
- T.W.M. van Berkel -

Nederlandse versie
 

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

In 1940, an English brochure was printed at Stockholms bokindustri AB, 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 ("Norab"-1940b). The full title of this brochure points towards the photocopy of the 1668-Amsterdam-edition, made by the Frechman P.V. Piobb, which was entitled Les vrayes centuries et propheties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus. From this copy, the French quatrain texts were taken. The cover title, which is also printed on the back, is luidt Nostradamus Prophecies about the War.[1] 
What will happen in the near future consists of 63 pages and was spread in the United States of America. Until the end of August 1940, 3.000 copies were printed.
What will happen in the near future? is the English translation/edition of Was bringt das Jahr 1940? Die Antwort geben uns "Les vrayes Centuries et Propheties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus", a German propaganda text which was translated into eight languages in order to be spread in "the neutral countries abroad", as dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi minister of Propaganda, called it. Was bringt das Jahr 1940? was written in November-December 1939 by Hans-Wolfgang Herwarth von Bittenfeld, prof. dr. Karl Bömer and Leopold Gütterer, chiefs in Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda.[2] A great part of the full title of What will happen in the near future? can be traced back to the original German title.

 

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

An accurate, zealous propagandist
According to the Svensk Bok-Katalog 1936-1940, the name "Norab", a quite common Swedish family name, is the author's pseudonym of the Swedish baron Lage Fabian Wilhelm Staël von Holstein (1886-1946).[3] Staël von Holstein wrote a great number of national-socialist books and brochures.[4] He translated Was bringt das Jahr 1940? into English and edited it because of the spread in the United States.
Staël von Holstein translated Was bringt das Jahr 1940? also into Swedish. In 1940, this version was also printed at Stockholms bokindustri AB. It was published by the Neutrala Institutets Förlag, entitled Nostradamus spådomar om kriget (in English, this title reads: Nostradamus prophecies about the war, a title which corresponds with the cover title of What will happen in the near future?).[5]  
In essence, the contents of Nostradamus spådomar om kriget is identical with the contents of What will happen in the near future?. However, there are differences between these two brochures. As for the contents, these differences are partially caused by the fact that Nostradamus spådomar om kriget was meant for psychological warfare in Sweden, whereas What will happen in the near future? was meant for psychological warfare in the United States. was voor psychologische oorlogvoering in de Verenigde Staten. Compared with the contents of Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, Staël von Holstein added texts to What will happen in the near future?, which are not present in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget. To Nostradamus spådomar om kriget he added, compared with Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, texts which are not present in What will happen in the near future?. Compared with the contents of Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, Staël von Holstein omitted texts in What will happen in the near future? as well as in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget. In What will happen in the near future?, he replaced a number of texts in Was bringt das Jahr 1940? by other texts. This shows that Staël von Holstein took his job as a propagandist very seriously and worked carefully in order to make the propagandistic impact of these brochures as strong as possible. 

 

The dating of What will happen in the near future?
Neither the Goebbels diaries nor in the minutes of the secret daily propaganda meetings in the Ministry of Propaganda contain notes in connection with What will happen in the near future?. In the brochure itself, the year of issue is not given. 
The fact that What will happen in the near future? was issued in 1940, is shown in a reference to its circulation number (3.000 copies) in the report of the Ausland office of the Ministry of Propaganda about her activities in the period January 1 - August 31, 1940.
The text of chapter XIII in What will happen in the near future?, entitled Italy's Participation in the War, is not present in the Swedish translation or the other available translations of Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, Neither is it present in Was bringt das Jahr 1940? itself. This means that Staël von Holstein added this chapter to his English translation of Was bringt das Jahr 1940?. In chapter XIII, the quatrains 02-23 and 02-83 were discussed in connection with the participation of Italy in the war. This means that at the time of the writing of chapter XIII, the Italian participation in the war was a fact. On June 10, 1940, Italy had declared war to England and France. This means that the text of What will happen in the near future? was completed, printed and published between June 10, 1940 and August 31, 1940.

 

Layout, text division, consulted literature, illustrations

Layout
In What will happen in the near future?, the same font has been used as in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget: Times New Roman. The chapter titles werd printed in large italic; the text with normal font size. The quatrain texts were printed in small font size, italic. Like in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, miniaatures were used in What will happen in the near future? for the first letter of the first word of the chapters.
Texts which in Was bringt das Jahr 1940? were emphasized by means of underscore, were not emphasized in either What willen happen in the near future? or Nostradamus spådomar om kriget

Text division
The text of Was bringt das Jahr 1940? ("Berlin") is divided in two parts. In What will happen in the near future?, the text is divided in fourteen chapters. In
Nostradamus spådomar om kriget ("Norab"-1940a), the text is divided in eighteen chapters. In the table below, colours indicate which chapters in What will happen in the near future? are not present in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget or Was bringt das Jahr 1940? and vice versa. Elsewhere in this article, further differences between What will happen in the near future?, Nostradamus spådomar om kriget and Was bringt das Jahr 1940? are discussed.

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

"Berlin"

"Norab"-1940b

"Norab"-1940a

 

I. A Passage from Goethe's Faust

I. En profet genom tiderna

untitled

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

II. Nostradamus debut

III. Fjärrskådaren utvecklas

IV. Hur kommo ingivelserna?

V. Fyra hundra års erfarenheter

VI. Spådomen om Ludvig XVI

VII. Profetior om Napoleon

VIII. Kung Umberto

IX. Nostradamus om världskriget

Gegenwart und Zukunft

X. The Present and the Future

XI. England's fateful Hour

XII. The far-reaching Consequences of the current War

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

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 present in "Norab"-1940b

 

Chapter, only present in "Norab"-1940a

 

Chapter, present in "Norab"-1940a and "Berlin"

Consulted literature
In What will happen in the near future?, Staël von Holstein included texts from Goethe's Faust and Les Oracles de Michel de Nostredame (Anatole le Pelletier, Paris, 1867, 2 volumes). These texts do not occur in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?
In the case of quatrain 09-34, Staël von Holstein replaced the comment upon it in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, which can be traced back to Die Weissagungen des Nostradamus (C. Loog, Pfullingen in Württemberg, 1921) by the comment of Le Pelleter (1867), as is shown in the table below.

Comment upon quatrain 09-34

Loog-1921 (6th edition), p.33-34

Was bringt das Jahr 1940, p.8-9

"Norab"-1940b, p.21-22

Thiers erzählt: Das Schloß (Die Tuilerien) war ausgeräumt (durch die Bevölkerung, die mit Gewalt eingedrungen war). Die Menge hatte sich in Ordnung zurückgezogen. Es war ungefähr 7 Uhr abends. Da vergossen der König, die Königin, ihre Schwester, die Kinder Ströme von Tränen. Der König, der von dem Ereignis wie betäubt war, hatte noch die rote Mütze (die phrygische Mitra) auf dem Kopfe. Als er es nach mehreren Stunden bemerkte, war er sie unwillig von sich.
Die Tuilerien sind bekanntlich auf dem Platz einer ehemaligen Ziegelei erbaut. Daher ihr Name. Das Wunderbare an der Prophezeiung ist nun, daß mit der Bau des Schlosses erst 1564 (nach der Herausgabe der Zenturien) begonnen wurde. Es bestand also zu Lebzeiten des Nostradamus noch nicht. Wohnsitz des Königs wurde es seit Ludwig XV.
Die "500" waren Leute aus Marseille, die sich am 9/10. August 1792 an die Spitze der Aufrührer stellten. Lepelletier führt als Beleg dafür (auch für die Zahl) eine Reihe von Stellen aus Thiers, Geschichte der französischen Revolution, an. 
Der "betitelde Narbonne"war Kriegsminister unter Ludwig XVI. Ob er wirklich ein Verräter war, weiß man nicht. Daß aber der andere mit der ungewöhlichen Namen SAULCE von Standpunkt eines Royalisten diese Benennung verdient, ist unzweifelhaft.
Ludwig XVI. wurde auf seiner Flucht in Varennes von dem Postmeister Drouet und dem Lichtzieher und Gemeinde-Sachwalter SAUSSE angehalten. In den Memoiren der Frau Campan über das Privatleben Marie Antionettes (Paris 1826) wird er "SAUCE" genannt, ebenso in dem Beschluß der Nationalversammlung, die ihm und dem Postmeister für ihre Tat je 20 000 Livres zahlen ließ. Daß der Name nicht buchstäblich stimmt, will nichts besagen. Der Name der Tunke (Sauce) leitet sich von salsa (das Gesalzene) ab. Eine ältere Schreibweise (die von Nostradamus) mußte natürlicherweise die ältere Form mit "l" haben.
Ein geistreiches Wortspiel steckt in den letzen Worten. Coutaux kann einmal auf die Wächter bezogen werden, die Ludwig XVI. verhafteten, das andere Mal auf d'huille. Sauce sollte also Ahnen haben, die "Hüter des Oeles" waren. Tatsächlich waren die Sauces, vom Vater auf den Sohn, marchand - chandelier und épicier, Lichtzieher, Krämer. Die deutschen Soldaten, die im Kriege nach Varennes gekommen sind, werden ihren Kramladen noch gesehen haben.

Es geht um die Verhaftung Ludwigs XVI. nach seiner Flucht aus Paris. Nach seiner Rückkehr von der Flucht 1791 hielt sich der König in der Tuilerien (die bekanntlich auf dem Platz einer ehemaligen Ziegelei erbaut worden sind, zu Nostradamus' Zeiten aber noch garnicht bestanden!) auf, getrennt von der Königin. Er trug die rote Mütze der Jakobiner, die phrygische Mitra. Die "Fünfhundert"waren Leute aus Marseille, die sich am 10. August 1972 an die Spitze der Aufrürher stellten. Narbonne war Kriegsminister unter Ludwig XVI. Er hat eine reichlich dunkle Rolle gespielt. Saulce ist der Lichtzieher und Gemeindevorstehender Sau se, der den König auf seiner Flucht in Varennes zusammen mit dem Postmeister Droust erkannt und angehalten hat. Saulce und der Postmeister bekamen für ihre Tat auf Beschluss der Nationalversammlung 20 000 Livres. Die zunächst unverständliche Andeutung mit dem Oel-Laden lässt sich ebenfalls leicht erklaren. Die Vorfahren Sausses waren "Hüter des Öls", nämlich Besitzer eines Kramladens, in dem Öl und Lichter verkauft wurden. Dieser Kramladen existiert heute noch. Also auch in diesem Vierzeiler sind zwei Eigennamen genau genannt worden.

For its correct interpretation we are indebted to M. Anatole Le Pelletier, the eminent interpreter of Nostradamus, who published the results of his investigations in 1867.
The words are difficult to understand, even if interpreted in the light of subsequent events. "Le part solus mary" is the King. "Solus" is the Latin for "seul,", i.e., lonely and forsaken. The words "part solus"describe the King as the male spouse, "solus" being of the mascular gender in Latin. "Mary" is ambiguous and cannot only be interpreted as "married couple" but is also an old form of "marri", i.e., grief, sorrow. Shortly before reaching the frontier, the King and Queen were stopped at Varennes. The King was very low-spirited because he was forced to wear a Phrygian cap throughout the return journey. This is indicated by the abrupt wording of the phrase: "sera mitré retour", "mitré" meaning "mitred"...

Illustrations 
What will happen in the near future? contains seven  illustrations. Two of them, the cut-out on page 10 of the upper half of the first page of century 01 and the cutout on page 22 of the lower half of the cover of the 1668-Amsterdam-edition, are also depicted in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget. Probably, the complete versions of these illustrations were part of a set of illustrations which from Berlin was sent to the translators.  
In What will happen in the near future?, no portrait of Nostradamus is depicted, in contrast with Nostradamus spådomar om kriget
The other five illustrations in What will happen in the near future? (an engravure of the Antechrist, two maps, a set of four horoscope figures and a picture of a horoscope figure, drawn for November 14, 1999) are taken from l'Ecroulement de l'Europe d'après les Prophéties de "Nostradamus" (Em. Ruir, Paris, 1939)
. In that book, these illustrations supported Ruir's theories about "the yellow danger", a monster pact of Arab nations and Japan, lead by the third Antechrist; from 1994, these countries would attack Europe. However, the pact as such was not described in What will happen in the near future?, neither the attacks on Europe. It is therefore unclear in what way these illustrations had to support the contents of What will happen in the near future?. Perhaps the picture of the Antechrist on page 24 of What will happen in the near future? had to support the remarks on the pages 14-16 about the introduction of the "anti-Christian era" in 1793. The caption, however, does not point towards the pages 14-16.
In
Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, the "yellow danger" is discussed in chapter XVIII, entitled Den gula faran. Around 1995, barbarians from the east and the south (the Arab countries and the eastern countries) would invade Europe. This description has some correspondences with some lines in l'Ecroulement de l'Europe... but the text shows that it is based upon comments by Ljungstrom (1922 or 1928) and Salamar (1940). Chapter XVIII does not contain illustrations.
To Što se dogadjalo i što će se dogoditi, the Croatian version of Was bringt das Jahr 1940? which actually is a translation of the non-illustrated Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? (Ant. Rossier, Geneva, 1940), illustrations were added which also were copied from l'Ecroulement de l'Europe... The other available translations of Was bringt das Jahr 1940? do not contain illustrations which can be traced back to l'Ecroulement de l'Europe... This raises the idea that these illustrations were not part of the set illustrations which from Berlin was sent to the translators.


"Norab"-1940b, p.10
"Norab"-1940b, p.10
 

"Norab"-1940b, p.22
"Norab"-1940b, p.22
 

"Norab"-1940b, p.24
"Norab"-1940b, p.24
(Ruir-1939, p.50)
 

"Norab"-1940b, p.30
"Norab"-1940b, p.30
(Ruir-1939, p.113)
 


"Norab"-1940b, p.34
(Ruir-1939, p.126)
 

"Norab"-1940b, p.36
"Norab"-1940b, p.36
(Ruir-1939, p.104)
 

"Norab"-1940b, p.38
"Norab"-1940b, p.38
(Ruir-1939, p.84)
 

 
Contents of What will happen in the near future? 

Chapter I. A Passage from Goethe's Faust (p.5)
The first chapter of What will happen in the near future? is an introductory chapter, which in the beginning contains texts about Nostradamus and astrology, taken from Goethe's Faust, act 1, scene 1. In Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, the three lines which Goethe in Faust devoted to Nostradamus, are at the end of chapter XVI. In Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, the lines which deal with astrology are not quoted.
In the first chapter of Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, the predictions of Nostradamus are introduced in a different way. There, the phenomenon of prophecy is discussed, brief words are spent on the comment on Revelations by the Swedish Bible scholar Stromberg and on Anton Johansson, who foresaw World War I. Most likely, these names were mentioned in order to enforce the impression that Nostradamus spådomar om kriget was written and produced in Sweden. In What will happen in the near future?, the names of Stromberg and Johansson are not mentioned. There is not the slightest reference to their publications. In What will happen in the near future?, the name of Birgitta of Svedenborg, which occurs in chapter IV in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, is also not mentioned. 
In chapter I in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, Nostradamus is presented as the best-known prophet, whose predictions have turned out to be reliable and who devoted a number of quatrains to Hitler, the great leader of the German world, as well as he did to the rise and fall of Napoleon. The introduction to What will happen in the near future? only contains the remark that the predictions of the Provencal seer and astrologer raised a lot of interest from the very moment they were published, four hundred years ago. 
Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, Sta nam donosi 1940?, Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?, Što se dogadjalo i što će se dogoditi and Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558  do not contain a single allusion to Goethe or a quote from Faust.


Chapter II.  A Dramatic Accident (p.6-8)
In chapter II in What will happen in the near future?, Henry II's injury during a tournament in 1559 is discussed, an injury which finally caused his death, and the quatrains which are linked to these events. In Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, this discussion can be found in chapter II, entitled Nostradamus debut.
What will happen in the near future contains the French texts of the quatrains 01-35 and 01-36 and English translations. In Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, the texts of these quatrains are given in Dutch and - in the appendix - in French.
Nostradamus spådomar om kriget only contains the French text of quatrain 01-35 without a full Swedish text; Staël von Holstein contented with a reference to "another quatrain, in which the end of the Valois dynasty is predicted."
A comparison between the English text of the quatrains 01-35 and 01-36 in What will happen in the near future? and the German text in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?shows that these texts are equal with each other. In other words: Staël von Holstein did not translate the French quatrains into English, but translated the quatrain texts, given in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?.


The quatrains 01-35 en 01-36

"Norab"-1940b, p.7-8

"Berlin", p.2

Kwatrijn 01-35
The young lion will vanquish the old
In single combat on a warlike field.
He will split his eyes in a golden cage:
The first of two breaks, followed by death in agony.

Kwatrijn 01-36
Too late will the King repent
Not to have put his adversary to death:
A higher ruling will then prevail,
To extinction his whole house is doomed.

Kwatrijn 01-35
Der junge Löwe überwindet nun den alten,
Auf kriegerischem Feld im Einzelstreit.
Im goldnen Käfig wird er ihm die Augen spalten.
Der erste zweier Brüche, dann folgt ein Tod voll Grausamkeit.

Kwatrijn 01-36
Der König wird zu spät die Reue kommen,
Dass er den Gegner nicht zu Tod gebracht.
Ein höherer Beschluss wird dan ergehen.
Dem Tode geweht ist sein ganzes Haus.

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
"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 Un mort prophétisée
"Zagreb" p.1-2 Prorokovana smrt


Chapter III. Some dates (p.9)
Chapter III in What will happen in the near future? contains some facts of the life of Nostradamus from his birth until the death of his first wife and children. This chapter consists of one page only (page 9); page 10 contains a picture of the first page of the first Century. In
Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, this picture precedes chapter III. In Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, this picture is not present.
Chapter III in
Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, entitled Fjärrskåren utvecklas, partly deals with the life of Nostradamus. The pages 11 and 12 contains the text of chapter III in What will happen in the near future? In connection with the plague Nostradamus fought, it is described on p.11 that Boccaccio, at the approach of the plague, withdraw himself in a villa and spent his time with the writing of frivolous novels (an allusion to his Decamerone), whereas Nostradamus put his life in danger. Neither Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, What will happen in the near future? nor Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, nor Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? or Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558 contain such a note.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.4-5 King of magic
"Berlin" p.3-4
"Genoa" p.6-7 Un maestro nel regno della magia
"Norab"-1940a p.11-12 Ch. III: Fjärrskådaren utvecklas
"Pasteur" p.11-12 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


Chapter IV.  Nostradamus develops his Gift of Prophecy (p.11-16)
In chapter IV in What will happen in the near future?, it is described how Nostradamus became stronger by his sufferings and the dangerous circumstances in his life. His faith was a source of help. It was also noted that the reverses in his life enabled him to develop the gift of prophecy. Further, it is told that he travelled through France and Italy, married for the second time and had six children. It is also told that he kept on fighting the plague and was amply rewarded. This text corresponds with the text in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget.
On p.12 in What will happen in the near future?, it is described that Nostradamus, in his study room, during the night, studied mysteries. This also corresponds with Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, but in What will happen in the near future?, Staël von Holstein gave English texts of the quatrains 01-01 and 01-02, whereas on p.13 in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, he only give the last two lines of quatrain 01-02, in Swedish. In another line in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, the style of the Centuries is compared with Dante's Inferno. In What will happen in the near future?, Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558, Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941? and Sta nam donosi 1940, there is no such comparison.
Some lines in What will happen in the near future? are devoted to the ability of Nostradamus to mention fulfilment years, something about which nothing is mentioned in either Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? or Nostradamus spådomar om kriget. It is not clear if this text was part of the text, written by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. What will happen in the near future? contains a reference to predictions by Nostradamus about the French Revolution in 1789 and to the Epistle to Henry II, in which "the subject is divided in 117 parts or periods, separated from each other by vertical strokes". In the Epistle, it was written that in 1792, people would try to introduce a new era or a new calendar. In a footnote, there was a reference to the French Republican calendar, of which the first year started on September 22, 1792, a calendar which in 1804 was abolished by Napoleon.

Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.5-6 King of magic
His prophecies and their features
"Berlin" p.4-5
"Genoa" p.7-9 Un maestro nel regno della magia
Le profezie di Nostradamus e le loro caratteristiche
"Norab"-1940a p.12-14 Ch. III: Fjärrskådaren utvecklas
"Pasteur" p.12-14 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.2-5 Majstor u oblasti magije
Njegova prorocanstva i njehove osebnosti


Hoofdstuk V. The "Voices" from Heaven (p.17-18)
The origins of his "visions".
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.6 His prophecies and their features
"Berlin" p.5-6
"Genoa" p.9-10 Le profezie di Nostradamus e le loro caratteristiche
"Norab"-1940a p.15-16 Ch. IV: Hur kommo ingivelserna?
"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


Hoofdstuk VI. A Prediction made Four Hundred Years before the Event (p.19-20)
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. 
Corresponderende teksten:

"Belgrade" p.6-8 Unveiling the future
"Berlin" p.6-8
"Genoa" p.10-12 L'Avvenire svelato
"Norab"-1940a p.17-18 Ch. V: Fyra hundra års erfarenheter
"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


Hoofdstuk VII. The Tragedy of Louis XVI (p.21-27)
Prediction of the arrest in 1792 of Louis XVI. The original comment in in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, copied from Die Weissagungen des Nostradamus (C. Loog, Pfullingen in Württemberg, 1921) is replaced by the comment by Le Pelletier (1867). 
Further, Nostradamus predicted the invention of the air balloon and matters concerning pope Pius VI.
Corresponderende teksten:

"Belgrade" p.6-8 Unveiling the future
"Berlin" p.8-10
"Genoa" p.10-12 L'Avvenire svelato
"Norab"-1940a p.19-21 Ch. VI: Spådomen om Ludvig XVI
Ch. VII: Profetior om Napoleon
"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.2-3 L'avenir devoilé
"Zagreb" p.5-7 Razotkrivena buducnost


Chapter VIII. Astonishing Prophecies about Napoleon (p.28-39)
Nostradamus wrote a dozen quatrains about Napoleon Bonaparte. He further predicted the French-Prussian war in 1871 and the decease in London of Napoleon III.
In Was bringt das Jahr 1940? it was only ticked that Nostradamus predicted the erection in Vendome of the Column. In What will happen in the near future?, Staël von Holstein extensively discussed this event and tried to make it believable that Nostradamus predicted this in detail.
In What will happen in the near future?, the fatal attempt on the Italian king Umberto is not discussed.
Corresponderende teksten:

"Belgrade" p.8-9 From Napoleon to Umberto
"Berlin" p.10-12 De Napoleone Bonaparte a Re Umberto
"Genoa" p.7-9 Un maestro nel regno della magia
Le profezie di Nostradamus e le loro caratteristiche
"Norab"-1940a p.21-22 Ch. VII: Profetior om 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


Chapter IX. The Great War (p.40-43)
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.14-16 Dalla guerra mondiale alla S.d.N. all'impresa etiopica
"Norab"-1940a p.25-26 Ch. IX: Nostradamus om världskriget
"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


Chapter X. The Present and the Future (p.44-46)
Introduction to the actual situation, caused by the new war, and the uncertain fate which is connected with this. The suggestion that a remark in the Epistle to Henry II about a 25-year lasting war deals with the years next to 1914 and the wars in these years in the Far East, Abessynia, Spain and Finland is not present in the corresponding texts, neither is the suggestion that the war which began in 1939 would close this series of wars or the suggestion that some lines in the Epistle to Henry II in which birds are mentioned, crying Huy huy, deals with air raids.
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.27-28 Ch. X:  Vad skall hända i morgon?
"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.4-5 Un coup d'oeil vers l'avenir
"Zagreb" p.9-11 Pogled u buducnost


Chapter XI. England's fateful Hour (p.47-51)
Chapter XI in What will happen in the near future? opens with the remark that several predictions, unconnected with one another, indicate that England's fateful hour is no longer far off. This remark deals with the predictions in the quatrains 10-100 and 03-57, and is not present in the other translations of the German source text of Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s.
The comment in What will happen in the near future? upon the quatrains 10-100 and 03-57 corresponds with the comment upon these quatrains in the other translations of Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, except for the fact that on page 50 in What will happen in the near future? Le Pelletier is listed as one of the French Century-scholars who linked quatrain 03-57 to the for England fatal year 1939. His name is not listed in Was bringt das Jahr 1940? or any of the other translations.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.11-12 The present and the future
"Berlin" p.16-20 Gegenwart und Zukunft
"Genoa" p.18-21 Le sette metamorfosi dell' Inghilterra 
"Norab"-1940a p.29-36 Ch. XI: Englands fall
Ch. XII: Bekräftelser på britternas nederlag
"Pasteur" p.26-30 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
"Zagreb" p.11-13 Sedam promjena Engleske


Chapter XII. The far-reaching Consequences of the current War (p.52-57)
In chapter XII in What will happen in the near future?, the quatrains 02-75, 02-83, 02-94, 02-99, 04-46 and 08-37 are discussed. In the corresponding text in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget en Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, the quatrains 02-75, 02-100, 02-83, 08-37 and 02-78 are discussed. In other words, compared with Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, the quatrains 02-78 and 02-100 are replaced by the quatrains 02-94, 02-99 and 04-46. In Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558, the chapter Attorno alle liquidazione della grande questione only contains the quatrains 02-78, 03-32 and 03-71.
The comment in What will happen in the near future? on quatrain 02-94 is that different from the comment by dr. De Fontbrune on p.240 in Les Prophéties de maistre Michel Nostradamus Expliquées et commentées (Sarlat, 1939 [1938]), from which is heavily quoted, that this comment must originate from another source. The text of the first line of quatrain 02-94 reads Grand Paud, grand mal pour Gaulois recevra. The comment on this quatrain is not copied from Les Prophéties... In connection with a remark in 1867 by the French Century-scholar Anatole le Pelletier that the word Paud might refer to a capital I in the shape of a stake, it is written in What will happen in the near future? that the word Paud is an allusion to the English word -I- in the sense that the British selfishness has become a pale or thorn in the flesh of France. The first line would mean that England caused great distress to France. The words maritin Lyon in the second line are explained as a reference to the British Lion, the line as a whole is explained as a remark that fear for England is no longer justified. The third and fourth line of quatrain 02-99 are explained as an allusion to the French-British alliance, which Nostradamus considered to be disastrous for France. In the comment on quatrain 04-456, the words temps de la bruine in the fourth line are explained as an allusion to air raids. The third and the fourth line of this quatrain would mean that London would not outlast the air raids.
The comment on quatrain 08-37 differs from the comment in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget and Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?. According to Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, this quatrain is an allusion to England's defeat. In the comment in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, it further reads that France, being opposed to his dead enemy, soon will seize power. These are quotes from De Fontbrune's Les Prophéties...  In What will happen in the near future? however, the comment by De Fontbrune is presented as if the French government near the seashore will fall into the hands of its mortal enemy, i.e. Germany. Next, the - unjustified - impression is raised that De Fontbrune gave an explanation in English in the form of a quatrain of the meaning of quatrain 08-37.
The chapters XII (Bekräftelser på britternas nederlag [Confirmation of the British defeat]) and XIII (Än mer om England [Further information about England]) in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget are pointed to England, as is the parallel text in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?. In hoofdstuk XII in What will happen in the near future?, France is also presented as a party who will be defeated. The propagandistic content of this chapter is different from the parallel Dutch and Swedish texts. The quatrains 02-94, 02-99 and 04-46 were not part of the text, written by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s., which means that they were inserted by Staël von Holstein.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.13-15 The present and the future
"Berlin" p.20-23 Gegenwart und Zukunft
"Norab"-1940a p.36-37
p.38-39
Ch. XII: Bekräftelser på britternas nederlag
Ch. XIII: Än mer om England
"Pasteur" p.30-32 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 La France ne sera pas touchée
Autour de la grande liquidation
"Zagreb" p.13-15 Francuska ne ce biti pogodjena
Oko velike likvidacije


Chapter XIII.  Italy's Participation in the War (p.58-59)
In this chapter, which covers two pages, the quatrains 03-23 and 02-86 are discussed. These quatrain numbers are correctly given. According to What will happen in the near future?, these quatrains are very important, because they contain predictions about Italy's participation in the war. In quatrain 03-23, a war between France and Italy is predicted, which for France will be disastrous because of a severe famine. In quatrain 02-86, a navy battle between England and Italy is predicted. According to the comment, England will also suffer from a counter-movement in Egypt. None of these comments are copied from De Fontbrune's Les Prophéties... Probably, they were compiled after June 10, 1940, when Italy declared war to England and France.
In Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, p.38-39 and Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, p.33-34, the quatrains 03-23 and 02-86 are not present. In these brochures, the quatrains 03-32, 03-71 and 08-97 are present and in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? also quatrain 02-85. In the comment on these quatrains in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?, Sta nam donosi 1940? and Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, Italy is not presented as a future war participant. Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558, the text of this chapter is not there. It looks as if chapter XIII in What will happen in the near future? was inserted because of Italy's declaration of war to England and France on June 10, 1940. This means that the text of What will happen in the near future? was finished between June 10, 1940 and August 31, 1940.


Chapter XIV.  Germany victorious in the gigantic Struggle (p.60-63)
In this chapter, two quatrains are discussed: the quatrains 03-58, (numbered erroneously II-58, as in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget), linked to the birth of Hitler, and quatrain 10-31, in which the coming of the "Holy Empire" to Germany is announced, when England is completely isolated. The rest of the text of this chapter corresponds with the text of chapter XVI in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, except for the lines on Nostradamus, copied from Faust, which in What will happen in the near future? are not given in this chapter, but at the beginning of chapter I.
In What will happen in the near future?, quatrain 01-99 and its link to the Molotov - Von Ribbentrop pact is not discussed at all, in contrast with Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, where this quatrain is discussed in chapter XV (Den tysk-ryska pakten). In Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, quatrain 01-99 and its link to the Molotov - Von Ribbentrop pact is discussed on p.35-36. In Sta nam donosi 1940?, this quatrain is also discussed.
Corresponding texts:

"Belgrade" p.15-16 The present and the future
"Berlin" p.23-26 Gegenwart und Zukunftr
"Genoa" p.23-24 E la sorte della Germania?
"Norab"-1940a p.41-43
p.45-46
Ch. XIV: Tysklands triumf
Ch. XVI: Vår tids profet
"Pasteur" p.34-35
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.8 Et le sort de l'Allemagne?
"Zagreb" p.15-16 A sudbina Njemacke?


The text of the chapters XVII and XVIII in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget is not present in What will happen in the near future? These chapters were written because of the spread of Nostradamus spådomar om kriget in Sweden.

 

The discussed quatrains in What will happen in the near future? versus Was bringt das Jahr 1940?
Van alle vertalingen van Was bringt das Jahr 1940? wijkt WhNostradamus spådomar om kriget. In What will happen in the near future? zijn van de kwatrijnen die in Was bringt das Jahr 1940? besproken zijn, de kwatrijnen 05-28, 02-100, 02-78, 03-32, 03-71, 02-85 en 01-99 weggelaten. De kwatrijnen 02-91, 02-92, 02-94, 02-99, 01-46, 03-23 en 02-86 in What will happen in the near future? komen in Was bringt das Jahr 1940? niet voor. De commentaren op de kwatrijnen 09-34, 01-43 en 08-37 in What will happen in the near future? komen qua inhoud en strekking overeen met die in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, maar zijn uit andere bronnen overgenomen.
Opvallend is het grote aantal kwatrijnen uit centurie 02 dat is ingevoegd. Of Staël von Holstein deze kwatrijnen heeft gekozen op grond van eigen studie of dat hij ze uit een Nostradamus-publicatie heeft overgenomen, is mij niet bekend.

The discussed quatrains in What will happen in the near future?

I. A passage from Goethe's Faust
no quatrains discussed
II. A Dramatic Accident
01-35
01-36
decease of Henry II
end of the House of Valois 
III. Some Dates
no quatrains discussed
IV. Nostradamus develops his Gift of Prophecy
01-01
01-02
method Nostradamus
method Nostradamus
V.  The "Voices" from Heaven
no quatrains discussed
VI.  A Prediction made Four Hundred Years before the Event
09-18 beheading Montmorency
VII.  The Tragedy of Louis XVI
09-34
05-57
arrest Louis XVI, Jne 20, 1792
De Montgolfier; Napoleon Bonaparte vs. Pius VI
VIII.  Astonishing Prophecies about Napoleon
03-35
01-60
07-13
04-82
02-92
02-43
10-24
02-91
06-22
birth Napoleon on Corsica
birth Napoleon om Corsica
Napoleon: the "shaven head"; duration Napoleonic Empire
burning of Moscow by Napoleon
burning of Moscow by Napoleon
[a]
erection of the Column of Vendôme
Napoleons return from Elba; defeat

French-Prussian war 1870/71, Napoleon III [b] 
death of Napoleon III in London [c]
IX.  The Great War
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
X. The Present and the Future
no quatrains discussed
XI. England's fateful Hour
10-100
03-57
from 1603, England is supreme for more than 300 years
1939: crises in England and Poland
XII. The far-reaching Consequences of the Current War
02-75
02-83

02-94
02-99
04-46
08-37
air raids on England
blockade of the trade with England, air raids
England causes trouble for France
the British-French alliance is a disaster for France
London fails to withstand German air raids
the French government will fall into the hands of Germany
XIII. Italy's Participation in the War
03-23
02-86
war between France and Italy, famine in France
navy battle between England and Italy in the Adriatic Sea; England will be defeated
XIV. Germany victorious in the gigantic Struggle
03-58
10-31
birth and rise of Hitler [d]
the Holy Empire comes to Germany

Notes to the quatrains

  1. In Was Bringt das Jahr 1940? and the other translations, this quatrain is not present. [retour]
  2. In Was Bringt das Jahr 1940? and the other translations, this quatrain is not present. [retour]
  3. In What will happen in the near future? is noted that this prediction was written in quatrain 06-22, the first two lines of this quatrain were given in French and translated into English. In the other available versions of Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, it is not indicated that quatrain 06-22 is at stake and not one line of this quatrain is quoted. [retour]
  4. Quatrain 03-58 is erroneously numbered as II-58. [retour]

 

Propaganda in the United States
Goebbels wrote about the Nostradamus-brochure that it was meant for "the neutrals" and France. Its contents had to anticipate to the omnipresent superstition. Its aimed effects were the raise of commotion and rumours. Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, the Swedish version of this brochure, compiled by Staël von Holstein, contains elements which look Swedish such as the fictitious author's name Norab and in chapter I the name Svensson and references to publications by Stromberg, a Bible scholar, and Johansson, a clairvoyant. In chapter XVII, attention was given to comments by the Century-scholars Billenstein and Salamar; in chapter XVIII, attention was given to comments by the Swedish Century-scholar Ljungström. In other words: the chapters I, XVII and XVIII were meant for Sweden. In Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, the future fall of England is strongly emphasized, which is shown by the fact that the titles of the chapters XI, XII and XIII point to this.
What will happen in the near future? was meant to be spread in the United States. The number of printed copies in the period June 1940 - August 1940 was 3.000, a small number, compared with the 20.000 French copies and the 25.000 Croatian copies. The question is for who in the United States this brochure was meant and what impact it should have. Should it warn the American army, government and/or parliament to stay out of the conflict? Was the aim of this brochure to mobilize the German society in the United States and perhaps the Italian one? The contents of What will happen in the near future? do not offer a clue by which this question can be answered. The Swedish origin of this brochure was not kept secret: on p.2, the name of the printer (Stockholms bokindustri AB) was given. Further, the author's name Norab was used, a name which is not a common American name. What will happen in the near future? does not contain specific American themes or references to American publications about the Centuries or PSI-phenomena. Perhaps Staël von Holstein had no information at hand about this.
May-be the titles of the chapters XI, XII, XIII and XIV in What will happen in the near future? might be a clue to the nature of the propaganda message of this brochure. In these titles, the war is broadly exposed: fatal events for England, the far-reaching consequences of the war, Italy's participation and Germany's victory. The contents of these chapters do not solely deal with England's defeat as is the case in the chapters XI, XII and XIII in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget; France, marked as Germany's mortal enemy, will also be defeated. Perhaps the propagandistic message of this brochure is contained in the presentation of the war in Europe as a war in a continent, with Germany becoming the ruler of this continent. We can only guess why Staël von Holstein left out the comment on the Molotov - Von Ribbentrop pact, a comment which he included in Nostradamus spådomar om kriget and which is also part of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?.
The paragraph in chapter IV in which the French Republican calendar is discussed as being predicted by Nostradamus, the replacement in chapter XII of the quatrains 02-78 and 02-100 by the quatrains 02-94, 02-99 and 04-46, the insertion of the quatrains 02-86 and 03-23 and the delete of the quatrains
01-99, 02-85, 03-32, 03-71 and 08-97 might indicate that Staël von Holstein tried to enforce the impact of What will happen in the near future? with nostradamic material which in his eyes would be more effective.

 

The fortune of What will happen in the near future?
In connection with What will happen in the near future?, Leoni attributed to "the pro-nazi Norab" that he supposed that March 23, 1996, was the first time that a configuration, mentioned in the first line of quatrain 02-05, would re-occur. According to "Norab", the word Latine in the last line of this quatrain points towards Latium, a region along the Italian west coast, stretching out from the north of Rome to the north of Capua. According to the site Nostradamus and the final age, "Norab" would have predicted in this brochure that according to quatrain 01-51 the Third World War would begin around September 1994 (in connection with this quatrain, Leoni mentions September 12, 1994, without further details about "Norab's" comment). Michael McClellan, the author of this site, came to the conclusion that the dates, given by a.o. "Norab" and dr. Chr. Wöllner pointed towards a large-scale war between the East and the West, predicted by both Nostradamus and the prophet Daniel. Apparently, McClellan was not aware of the fact that What will happen in the near future? is a propaganda brochure. On another American website, "Norab" was qualified as a Nazi astrologer, a qualification which is entirely wrong.[6] 

 

De Meern, the Netherlands, May 17, 2012
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. Leoni, p.99. For the circulation numbers: see: Brauweiler: Bericht über die Tätigkeit der Abteilung Ausland in der Zeit van 1. Januar bis 31. August 1940 (Bundesarchiv, R55/409, p.7). [text]

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

  3. Maichle: Die Nostradamus-Propaganda der Nazis, 1939-1942. [text

  4. Van Berkel: Information on baron L.F.W. Staël von Holstein alias Norab. [tekst]

  5. Van Berkel: Nostradamus spådomar om kriget (baron L.F.W. Staël von Holstein alias Norab, Stockholm, 1940). [text]

  6. Leoni, p.73, 99, 579 and 586; McClellan: www.newprophecy.net/thirdkey.htm. The qualification "Norab, nazi-astroloog" can be found at www.mms-italia.us/air_submarine_russian.html.
    It is quite bizarre that Leoni and McClellan discussed Nostradamus, Seer and Prophet as if this pamphlet was the result of a research on Nostradamus, especially since "Norab" (Staël von Holstein) was not a Century-scholar, but the translator of a propaganda text, based upon Century-comments. [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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