NOSTRADAMUS, ASTROLOGY AND THE BIBLE
SUBSTUDY "WORLD WAR II"
Die Kolonne des Nostradamus 
(dr. Th.Fr. Böttiger, Völkischer Beobachter, Berlin, May 27, 1940)
- T.W.M. van Berkel -

Nederlandse versie
 
First page "Völkischer Beobachter" May 27 1940 In this article, the ideas of the Nostradamus Column and the Sixth Column are examined. Further, a number of national-socialist propaganda-aspects are discussed, among which the propaganda regarding the conquest of Paris.

 

Headline "Die Kolonne des Nostradamus"Die Kolonne des Nostradamus
In Die Kolonne des Nostradamus, Böttiger wrote that since the beginning of the war, England more and more became cornered, without any help. In order to be in command of the British people, Prime Minister Winston Churchill proclaimed measurements which, according to Böttiger, were quite drastic, such as arrests and summarily executions.[1]  
Böttiger wrote that England, being a victim of numerous disasters, was in search of a scapegoat. Meanwhile, Georges Mandel, the French Secretary of Home Affairs, found one: the Nostradamus Column, also called the Sixth Column. According to Böttiger, an article, published in the French magazine Oeuvre showed that in France, this Nostradamus Column was summoned to remain silent because she undermined the French morale, and if necessary should be punished heavily.[2] According to Oeuvre, it was necessary to protect those Frenchmen who were not that firm from the stupidities of some of their compatriots. Böttiger however attached a better sense for reality to those Frenchmen who believed the predictions of Nostradamus about Paris being ruined and England being destroyed than to the French Prime Minister Paul Reynaud, who believed in a miracle in the person of general Maxime Weygand.
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In order to explain the morale in France, Böttiger quoted a paragraph of an article, published in a Danish magazine. In this article, it was written that war never was popular in France. This war, a war not desired by France, was not popular at all. According to Böttiger, the French wondered what could be gained by this war. France did not hate Germany, but rather feared and respected Germany. France accused England to drag along France in her own ruin.
In the next lines, Böttiger wrote that the situation of the allied forces in Boulogne was far more worse than the situation of the British army in Boulogne in the time of the battle against Napoleon, and thet the allied forces were in a state of confusion. During their withdrawal in France, the British army rendered itself guilty of large scale destructions. As a result, thousands of Belgian and French soldiers could not manage to reach Calais and Oostende.
Böttiger closed his article with the remark that abroad, rumours circulated that the major part of the French forces were withdrawing in the direction of the Seine-Marne Line, which made him wonder if the hostile Supreme Commanders already considered the battle of Flanders as lost.

The Nostradamus-lines in Die Kolonne des Nostradamus

From: dr. Th. Böttiger: "Die Kolonne des Nostradamus"
Völkischer Beobachter #148, p.2, May 27, 1940

Translation (Van Berkel, 2006)

[...] Die Suche nach dem Schuldigen, ein gefundenes Fressen für die Londoner Boulevardpresse, macht nicht einmal vor den Beamten halt. Der "New Statesman", ein Blatt, das die Freiheit der Einzelperson bisher am schärfsten vertreten hat, fordert die Einführung eines "britischen Erlasses des Harakiri für untüchtige Beamte". [...] 

 

Der kleine, schmierige Jude Mandel, der jetzt in Frankreich das Volk bespitzelt, hat inzwischen eine neue "Kolonne" entdeckt. Es ist die "6. Kolonne", die "Kolonne des Nostradamus". Gegen sie fährt das "Oeuvre" schwerstes Geschütz auf. Ein Mitarbeiter des Blattes ist im Laufe eines einzigen Tages von, wie er schreibt, "drei Damen der besten Gesellschaft" angesprochen worden, die sich vollen Ernstes über die Voraussagen des Nostradamus unterhielten. "Man soll uns doch mit diesen vermaledeiten Voraussagen des Nostradamus in Ruhe lassen", heisst es weiter. "Wo jetzt Franzosen im Artois, in der Picardie, in den Ardennen und in Lothringen ihr Blut vergießen, sei es nicht angebracht, von der Zerstörung von Paris und andere Salbadereien des alten Verrückten zu reden. Neben der fünften Kolonne gebe es leider in Frankreich noch eine sechste Kolonne, die "Kolonne des Nostradamus". Die soll jetzt ihren Mund halten, fordert das Blatt, und der Name Nostradamus soll nicht mehr ausgesprochen werden. Nötigenfalls müßte man mit schärfsten Strafen gegen die Bewunderer und Anhängerinnen des Michel von Nostradamus vorgehen. Die Moral gewisser französischer Mitbürger sei zurzeit ziemlich gebrechlich. Daher müsse man sie gegen das irrsinnige Geschwätz einer Bande von Dummköpfen, die sich ihrer Dummheit nicht bewußt sind, schützen.
Der von 1503 bis 1566 lebende Pariser Astrologe Michel de Notredame (Nostradamus) hatte in einer berühmten Prophezeiung für das Jahr 1940 die Zerstörung von Paris und die Vernichtung Englands angekündigt. Dass "Damen der besten Gesellschaft" seinen Prophezeiungen mehr vertrauen, anstatt wie Herr Reynaud auf das "Wunder" in Gestalt von General Weygand zu vertrauen,wirft in der Tat ein bedeutliches Licht auf die "Moral gewisser Leute". Bemerkenswert ist in diesem Zusammenhang eine Schilderung der Lage in Paris durch die dänische Zeitschrift "Kritisk Ugernve". Dort heißt es:

 

Der Krieg sei in Frankreich niemals populär gewesen, und er sei es noch weniger jetzt, wo Paris wieder bedroht sei. Überall werde davon gesprochen, wer die Verantwortung für den Ausbuch des Krieges habe, den niemand gewüscht habe, und Reynauds Popularität beginne sich in das Gegenteil zu verwandeln. Die Revolution gäre trotz aller strengen Verordnungen mit Androhung der Todesstrafe. Unter den erschreckenden Eindrücken der Auflösung, der Evakuierung von Paris und der Furcht vor der Besetzung der Hauptstadt werde wieder und wieder die Frage gestellt: was wolle Frankreich eigentlich noch in diesem Krieg gewinnen? Bezeichnenderweise herrsche kein eigentlicher Haß gegen die Deutschen, sonder eher Furcht und ein Respekt vor der Wiedererhebung Deutschlands. Die Engländer dagegen werden beschuldigt, Frankreich mit in das Unglück hineingerissen zu haben, nur um Englands Ziele zu fördern. 

 

Solche Erkenntnis kommt aber zu spät. Zu spät kommt auch eine Warnung der "Times", nicht auf ein "Zweites Wunder an der Marne" zu hoffen. Man dürfte auch nicht auf allzu große augenblickliche Ergebnisse einer alliierten Gegenoffensieve erwarten. [...]

[...] The search for the guilty ones, a job quite fit to the London boulevard press, stretches forth to the officials. The "New Statesman", a paper which so far as strong as possible represented the freedom of the individual, demands the introduction of a "British Hara-kiri decree for inappropriate officials".[...]

 

Meanwhile, the small, filthy Jew Mandel, who in France nowadays spies the people, found a new "column". It is the "Sixth Column", the "Nostradamus Column". Against this column,  "Oeuvre" places the most heavy artillery. One day, one of its contributors was addressed by, as he writes, "three ladies of the society circles", who seriously discussed the predictions by Nostradamus. Further, it reads: "One should not trouble us with these damned predictions by Nostradamus. Since now Frenchmen in Artois, Picardia, the Ardennes and Lorraine give their blood, it is not suited to talk about the ruin of Paris and other twaddle of that old fool. Sadly enough, next to the Fifth Column there is also a Sixth Column in France, the "Nostradamus Column". This column now has to keep its mouth shut, the newspaper demands, and the name of Nostradamus should not be allowed to be mentioned any further. If necessary, the admirers and female adepts of Michel von Nostradamus have to be persecuted with the most severe punishments. Today, the morale of a number of French compatriots is quite bad. Therefore, one has to protect them from the foolish twaddle of a gang of blockheads which is not aware of its stupidity.
In a famous prophecy for the year 1940, the Parisian astrologer Michel de Nostredame (Nostradamus), living from 1503 to 1566, announced the ruin of Paris and the destruction of England. Indeed, the fact that "society ladies" have more faith in his prophecies than, as mr. Reynaud, in the "miracle" in the person of general Weygand, shines a clear light on "the morale of certain people". In this connection, a description of the situation in Paris by the Danish magazine "Kritisk Ugernve" is quite remarkable. There, it reads: 

 

In France, the war never has been popular and today, since Paris once again is threatened, it is even less popular. Everywhere there are discussions about who is responsible for the outbreak of this war, which nobody wanted, and Reynaud's popularity is beginning to change in its contrary. Despite all severe regulations, including the threat with the death penalty, the revolution brews. As a result of the terrifying impressions of decomposing, the evacuation of Paris and the fear that the capital will be occupied, again and again the question is asked: what is it that France actually wants to achieve in this war?
Strangely enough, there is no real hate against the Germans, but rather fear and respect for Germany's resurrection. On the other hand, the British are accused to have dragged France in her misfortune, only to support the aims England want to reach.

 

Such a recognition, however, comes too late. A warning in the "Times" not to hope for a "second miracle at the Marne" also comes too late. Further, one should not count upon all to great direct results of an allied counter-attack. [...]

 

The Nostradamus Column (Sixth Column)
Several publications contain aspects of the Nostradamus Column, also called Sixth Column.

a. The diary of dr. P. J. Goebbels (May 26, 1940)
In connection with May 26, 1940, Goebbels wrote in his diary that the German panic propaganda was quite successful in France and that in France, Nostradamus-adepts were called the Sixth Column. He concluded that this kind of propaganda was very successful, which was reason for him to intensify it.[4]  

b. Die Kolonne des Nostradamus (dr. Th.Fr. Böttiger, May 27, 1940) 
Böttiger's description of Oeuvre's attack against the Nostradamus Column shows that, while the war was in full swing, a number of Frenchmen stirred up defeatist emotions by pointing towards predictions by Nostradamus, in which for 1940 the ruin of Paris was announced and the destruction of England. Oeuvre considered this an unacceptable struck in the face of those who risked their life in defending their home country and joined Mandel, who wanted to scotch this kind of rumours. Nostradamus and the Centuries had to disappear from the stage and action should be taken against those who, basing themselves upon this, undermined the French morale. Oeuvre referred to these Frenchmen with the names "Nostradamus Column" and "Sixth Column". 
In Germany, Böttiger added fuel to the fire by discrediting the French Government and the French Supreme Command. In his comment, he stated that their sense for reality was not as good as the sense for reality of the Nostradamus Column. Between the lines, Böttiger described the French government and the French Supreme Command as people who let French citizens and soldiers suffer unnecessarily. Further, he launched an anti-Semitic attack on Mandel, perhaps in an attempt to incite anti-Semitic sentiments or elements in France.

c. Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus (dr. E. Noelle, June 16, 1940)
According to the article Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus (E. Noelle, Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, June 16, 1940) the name Nostradamus Column was invented by Georges Mandel, the French Secretary of Home Affairs. According to Noelle, the dark character of the Centuries regarding France's future resulted in such a kind of defeatist attitude, that Mandel spoke about a Nostradamus Column, which should be reckoned to France's most grim enemies.[5]

d. Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... (A. de Tombre / dr. phil. A.M. Centgraf, Arnhem, 1941)
In Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... (A. de Tombre, Arnhem, 1941, a translation of a text by the German dr. phil. Alexander Max Centgraf), the position of the Nostradamus Column against the French battle is described. In 1940, a number of Frenchmen, basing themselves upon the Centuries, raised their warning voice. Mandel ignored the warnings of this Nostradamus Column and had it persecuted.[6]

e. France, May 1940: two internal threats
The name Sixth Column has a connection with the impact which in World War II in France was attributed to the German Fifth Column. When in September 1939 the war began, all Germans in France (men, women and children) were interned, because they were considered to be potential members of the Fifth Column. The more than 30.000 male refugees of Germany and Austria (often Jewish), also were interned, as well as socialists and communists, originating from countries outside France. In May 1940, rumours circulated in France that German Fifth Columnists conquered the Meuse bridges, spread false commands on a large scale, disguised themselves as priests or nuns, gave light signs to the enemy and dealt out poisoned chocolate. The fear for the German Fifth Column began to dominate the actions of groups of citizens and soldiers. As a result, innocent priests and nuns, who were considered to conspire with the Germans, were molested, or English and French pilots, who jumped from their planes, were considered to be Germans soldiers, wearing British or French uniforms.
Tens of thousands of people were interned in France in May and June 1940, being suspected of helping the enemy. Mandel, on May 18, 1940 appointed as the Secretary of Home Affairs, went out of his way to scotch the spirit of defeatism which day by day became more strong. Among those which were interned in France in May-June 1940, there were also people who spoke in a defeatist way.[7]
In France, it was attributed to the German Fifth Column that they undermined the national security by giving military aid to the enemy. Mandel noticed that, besides this Fifth Column, a group of Frenchmen further undermined the French morale by defeatist statements, based upon the Centuries. These Frenchmen, the Nostradamus Column, were the "sixth" group against which action was necessary: the Sixth Column, the second internal threat.

 

The fortune of the Centuries in France in May-June 1940
About the Nostradamus Column (Sixth Column), not much is documented. The material which has been documented, raises questions about what happened to the Centuries in May-June 1940 in France.
The information of Böttiger, De Tombre / Centgraf, Goebbels en Noelle shows that a number of Frenchmen, basing themselves upon the Centuries, raised their voice against the French government. As a result, the French government decided to persecute and or intern them. Böttiger writes, while quoting Oeuvre, about ladies of the society circles who discussed the Centuries in the context of the events in May 1940. Noelle writes about vehement discussions about the Centuries in connection with France's future. The question is on what scale these discussions took place, which Frenchmen (ordinary citizens, people who were familiar with the Centuries, astrologers, politicians etc.) and in which way (letters in a newspaper, public debate, radio-broadcasts etc.). 
Another question is upon what basis French people back in May 1940 raised their voice against the French government. Was this, as Goebbels supposed, the result of his Nostradamus-campaign or did those who raised their voice base themselves upon their own interpretations of the Centuries or upon comments which were published already? In 1938-'39, some French Century-scholars described developments in the war which at that time was at hand. According to De Fontbrune, France would be attacked by Germany from Switzerland, but later would be driven back through the Jura mountains. Paris would be ruined, England was expected to chose the side of France's adversaries and in the end would loose its army and fleet.
[8] Em. Ruir, who in Le grand carnage d'après les prophéties de "Nostradamus" de 1938 à 1947 not only discussed the Centuries and the Présages, but also predictions such as the Shepherd of La Salette, also announced that from Switzerland, the Germans would attack France. At first, England would not intervene, but later, as a result of internal communist pressure, would join France and defeat Germany.[9] It is unknown if the statements of De Fontbrune and/or Ruir about a German attack on France and Paris being ruined raised such feelings of hopelessness among the French people, that they opposed their government.
Regarding the actions of Mandel and/or the Reynaud government, the question is if these actions were restricted to intern or that there were also actions like contra-propaganda, censoring of confiscation of comments on the Centuries which had a defeatist nature. As far as can be derived from the published French nostradamian literature, no general prohibition was issued in May-June 1940 by the Reynaud government regarding the spread of nostradamian literature.
Further, the question is if, and if yes, how French Century-scholars raised their voice against defeatist statements etc, based upon the Centuries or upon comments on the Centuries. The Centuries do not contain predictions in which for 1940 is announced that Paris will be ruined or that England will be destroyed. In fact, the Centuries do not contain one mentioning of the year 1940. Especially in the case of dr. De Fontbrune, this question is important, since his statements about the immiment downfall of England were quoted word-by-word in the national-socialist brochure Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941?, together with his name, the title of his book Les Prophéties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus - Expliquées et commentées, its publisher (Sarlat), and the fact that the quotes originated from the fifth edition, dating from 1939. In April 1940, this brochure, the French translation of a German national-socialist text, written in November-December 1939 by Hans-Wolfgang Herwarth von Bittenfeld, Leopold Gutter and prof. dr. Karl Bömer, managers in the Ministry of Propaganda, was spread in France, Switzerland and Wallonia.

 

Propaganda-aspects

a. Anti-British propaganda
In 1940-'41, a hostile attitude towards England and its isolation were some of the permanent themes of the national-socialist propaganda.[10] Die Kolonne des Nostradamus also contains these themes. Böttiger raised the impression that as the war went on, England became more and more cornered. He raised the impression that Churchill was forced to take draconic measurements in order to keep the internal situation under control. Meanwhile, he struck Mandel, the French Secretary of Home Affairs. 
Böttiger tried to split England and Franse by, perhaps under the mask of objectivity, quoting a non-German analysis, published in the Danish magazine Kritisk Ugervne. According to that analysis, France had not wanted to be at war with Germany and did not hate Germany. Instead, France respected Germany and some Frenchmen accused England of dragging France into her own misfortune. Böttiger did not mention the fact that meanwhile Germany had occupied Denmark and controlled the Danish press.
Böttiger emphasized the inevitable downfall of England by pointing to a prediction by Nostradamus, in which for 1940 the ruin of Paris was announced and the destruction of England. In his political comments, he extensively quoted Oeuvre and Kritisk Ugervne. In the case of Nostradamus, he contented himself with a reference to "a famous prediction" instead of quoting this prediction. The question is if Böttiger did not want to be cought out, since the Centuries do not contain such predictions or the year 1940. It might be possible that Böttiger simply wanted to spread the rumour that Nostradamus predicted that in 1940 Paris would be ruined and England would be destroyed, using Nostradamus' reputation as a prophet. According to Goebbels, the Nostradamus-campaign should trip the adversaries by taking advantage of the omnipresent superstition.[11] According to Martin Henry Sommerfeldt, spokesman of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht and attendant of the secret daily propaganda conferences in Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda, the Nostradamus-campaign which Goebbels carried on, was an example of his whispering campaigns, which anticipated, in the case of the German people, on the belief in miracles.[12]
The minutes of the secret daily propaganda conferences show that Goebbels dosed his campaigns: one moment: anti-Semitic, another moment: anti-communist, etc. The preparations for the Nostradamus-campaign which had to be carried on in France, started in November 1939[13] The minutes of the secret daily propaganda conferences in May 1940 show that in the course of May 1940, the campaigns, directed against France, among which the Nostradamus-campaigns, were intensified step-by-step. In the propaganda conference of May 24, 1940, Goebbels ordered to use the "Nostradamus-brochure".[14] On May 26, 1940, Goebbels ordered the secret radio transmitter to spread in France the Nostradamus-prophecies, which already did a great job. The importance which Goebbels gave to this campaign, becomes clear in the order which in the secret daily propaganda conference of May 27, 1940, was given to Hans Fritzsche, the chief of the Deutsche Presse section in the Ministry of Propaganda. Fritzsche was ordered to instruct the German press not to publish any more about the prophecies of Nostradamus and related topics, in order not to disturb the campaigns which were carried on abroad.[15] This order apparently came too late to prevent the publication of Böttiger's article in the Völkischer Beobachter

b. The capitulation of Paris
In the national-socialist propaganda booklet Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, the Dutch version of a text, compiled in November - December 1939 by order of Goebbels, France's future is described by means of a couple of fragments, taken from De Fontbrune's Les prophéties de maistre Michel Nostradamus expliquées et commentées (5th edition, Sarlat, 1939 [1938]). Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? does not contain speculations about the capitulation of Paris; it is an anti-British piece, in which is written about France that France delivered itself up to an almost incomprehensive dependency of British politics.[16] In the reflective parts of Der Seher von Salon, volume 38 in the national-socialist propaganda series Informations-Schriften, which is most early written in the summer of 1940, nothing is written about the capitulation of Paris. Dr. Hans-Hermann Kritzinger, the author of this brochure, writes that the circumstances clearly show that England is not a friend of France, but its mortal enemy. Further, he quotes a line from De Fontbrune's Les prophéties de maistre Michel Nostradamus expliquées et commentées, in which De Fontbrune writes that he expects that England will join the adversaries of France.[17] 
In other national-socialist Nostradamus writings, the capitulation of Paris is discussed in various ways.

1. Die Kolonne des Nostradamus (dr. Th.Fr. Böttiger, May 27, 1940)
Böttiger's article dates from May 27, 1940. The German campaign against France was in full swing. Böttiger announced Paris being ruined, pointing towards a famous prediction by the Parisian (sic) astrologer Nostradamus, without quoting this prediction.

2. Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus (dr. E. Noelle, June 16, 1940)
On June 16, 1940, two days after the capitulation of Paris, the article Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus was published in the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung. In this article, Noelle quoted a line, taken from an earlier article, dating from November 12, 1925, which was written by a certain Walsing. In this line, borrowed from a Swedish study of the Centuries in the early '20's, it was announced that around 1940 there would be a war between France and Germany and that the Germans would conquer Paris. At the time of the writing of this article (May-June 1940), the German campaign against France was still in full swing and Paris was not conquered yet. It must be noted that Noelle ignored the statement in the 1925-article that the other European countries would not become involved in this war.[18] 

3. Einführung zu den Prophéties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus (K.E. Krafft, 1940)
Karl Ernst Krafft's Einführung zu den Prophéties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus was an additional brochure to a Xerox-copy of a 1568-B.Rigaud edition of the Centuries. This Xerox-copy, to which on this website is referred as the 1940-Krafft-copy, had a circulation of 299 copies and was not allowed to be sold on the free market. 
The Einführung... was printed on October 12, 1940. Medio August 1940, Krafft had finished the text.[19] According to Howe, the Einführung... was heavily censored by the German authorities.[20] It only contains a few political statements. Krafft's Einführung... and the 1940-Krafft-copy were produced under the auspices of the Reichssicherheitshauptamt.
In the Einführung..., nothing concrete is written about the capitulation of Paris. In the case of quatrain 05-30, Krafft translated the words Rome incité (in the third line of this quatrain) into nachdem Rom (zur Beteiligung) veranlaßt worden war. In his motive for this translation, he refers to the "ablativus absolutus".[21] Krafft translated the word assaut, which word is also in the third line of quatrain 05-30, into die überraschende Besetzung. He argued that some words in the quatrains not only had to be translated into Latin in order to get them interpreted, but next also had to be studied regarding their original meaning.[22] In the Brochure-18-DE en in Krafft's Comment Nostradamus a-t-il entrevu l'avenir de l'Europe?, quatrain 05-30 has been linked to the capitulation of Paris in 1940 and the translation which is discussed, is the translation as Krafft gave in the Einführung...

4. Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus (Brochure-18-DE, 1940)
The brochure Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus, to which on this website is referred with the title Brochure-18-DE, is volume 18 in the series Informations-Schriften, which series was produced under the auspices of the Auswärtige Amt. The Brochure-18-DE dates from after the capitulation of Paris in1940 and contains a.o. retrospective lines about Gemany's attack on W-Europe and the course of this campaign. The quatrains which are discussed, do not have a quatrain number. In this study, the numbers of these quatrains have been verified by means of editions such as the one by Le Pelletier (1867) and the 2000-Chomarat-facsimile.
In the Brochure-18-DE, two quatrains are described which are linked to the capitulation of Paris: the quatrains 04-37 and 05-30. The comment on quatrain 05-30 read that a few days after Italy started to participate in the war, Paris was conquered without any fight, as Nostradamus had predicted. 
The German texts of the quatrains 04-37 and 05-30 turn out to be adjusted to the comments in order to create the maximum resemblance between these quatrain texts and these comments. Compared with the original French text, the word Unüberwindliche was inserted in the first line of the German text of quatrain 04-37. The first and second line of this quatrain were put together, with the introduction of gallischen Berge and leaving out the translation of the words de l'Insubrie. In the Brochure-18-DE, the fourth line of quatrain 04-37 is not translated and not commented. 
Quatrain 05-30 in the Brochure-18-DE is revised in the light of the German attack on France. According to the revised text, the first two lines would point to German troop manoeuvres in France (whereas the original text points to army camps outside a great city). According to the German revision, the words Rome incité in the third line would point to the beginning of Italy's participation in World War II (the word incitér is translated into veranlassen (being compelled to) and the words l'assaut Paris into an occupation as a result of a surprise attack. This comment also occurs in Krafft's Einführung zu den Prophéties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus and in his Comment Nostradamus a-t-il entrevu l'avenir de l'Europe?. In the Brochure-18-DE, the fourth line of quatrain 05-30 is not discussed and not included in the German version of this quatrain.
There is a Dutch and a French translation preserved of the Brochure-18-DE (Les prophéties de Nostradamus [Brochure-18-FR], 1940 and De profetieën van Nostradamus [Brochure-18-NL], 1941). These translations match almost perfectly with the German original, also regarding the quatrain texts. The Brochure-18-FR does not contain the original French quatrain texts, but French translations of the German quatrain versions in the Brochure-18-DE. These German quatrain versions were revised in order to have the maximum resemblance with the comments. As the next table shows, there are many differences between the quatrain texts which were translated from German into French and the original French quatrain texts. This raises the question if there has been a discussion about yes/no inserting original French quatrain texts or simply translating from German into French, without considering the fact that such a way of working would reveal differences between the French translation of the German quatrains in the Brochure-18-DE and the original French quatrain texts. Further, the question is if reliable French Century-experts took a look at this brochure and commented these differences, since they clearly reveal the propagandistic nature of this brochure. The same question goes for the reliable Dutch and Flemish Century-experts. The differences between the (reliable) 1941-Vreede-translation of the Centuries and the quatrain texts in the Brochure-18-NL are compatible with the differences between e.g. the 2000-Chomarat-facsimile and the Brochure-18-FR.

The quatrains 04-37 and 05-30: the original French text versus the Brochure-18-FR

2000-Chomarat-facsimile

Brochure-18-DE

Brochure-18-FR

Quatrain 04-37
Gaulois par saults, monts viendra penetrer:
Occupera le grand lieu de l'Insubre:
Au plus profond son ost sera entrer:
Gennes, Monech pousseront classe rubre.

Quatrain 04-37
Der Unüberwindliche wird in Sprüngen in die gallischen Berge
Eindringen und den großen Ort besetzen:
Ins Allertiefsten des Landes läßt er sein Heer vordringen.

Quatrain 04-37
A grands sauts l'invincible traversera les monts gaulois
Il pénétrera et occupera la grande ville;
Ses armées avanceront dans l'intérieur des terres.

Quatrain 05-30
Tout à l'entour de la grande cité,
Seront soldats logez par champs & villes:
Donner l'assaut Paris, Rome incité,
Sur le pont lors fera faicte grand pille.

Quatrain 05-30
Überall im ganzen großen Land werden
In Stadt und Land die Soldaten ihre Quartiere beziehen.
Nachdem Rom zur Beteiligung veranlaßt wurde,
Wird Befehl gegeben, Paris überraschend zu besetzen.

Quatrain 05-30
Partout dans le grand pays,
Les soldats logeront dans les villes et dans les campagnes.
Lorsque Rome accourra à l'appel pour coopérer,
On donnera l'ordre d'occuper Paris par surprise.

 

The quatrains 04-37 and 05-30: the 1941-Vreede-translation versus the Brochure-18-NL

2000-Chomarat-facsimile

1941-Vreede-translation

Brochure-18-NL

Quatrain 04-37
Gaulois par saults, monts viendra penetrer:
Occupera le grand lieu de l'Insubre:
Au plus profond son ost sera entrer:
Gennes, Monech pousseront classe rubre.

Quatrain 04-37
De Gallier zal met sprongen in de bergen doordringen
En de groote plaats van de Insuber bezetten.
In het diepste zal hij zijn leger doen binnengaan.
Genua en Monaco zullen de rode vloot verjagen.

Quatrain 04-37
De onoverwinnelijke zal bij sprongen de Gallische bergen
Binnendringen en de groote plaats bezetten:
In het allerdiepste van het land laat hij zijn leger doordringen.

Quatrain 05-30
Tout à l'entour de la grande cité,
Seront soldats logez par champs & villes:
Donner l'assaut Paris, Rome incité,
Sur le pont lors fera faicte grand pille.

Quatrain 05-30
Geheel rondom de groote stad
Zullen soldaten in velden en stad gehuisvest zijn.
Zij zullen Parijs aanvallen, Rome in brand steken.
Op de brug zal dan een groote plundering ontstaan.

Quatrain 05-30
Overal in het geheele groote land zullen
In stand en land de soldaten hun kwartieren betrekken.
Nadat Rome tot deelnemen genoopt werd,
Wordt het bevel gegeven Parijs bij verrassing te bezetten.

5. Comment Nostradamus a-t-il entrevu l'avenir de l'Europe? (K.E. Krafft, 1941)
In  Comment Nostradamus a-t-il entrevu l'avenir de l'Europe? (Brussels, April 1941) Krafft, from a national-socialist point of view, attributed ideas and thoughts to Nostradamus regarding the past, present and future of Europe. This book, originally written in German, had a Danish, Portuguese, Rumanian and Spanish version. The German
Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene in Freiburg in Breisgau preserved the German source text, entitled Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas. Krafft wrote this book under the auspices of dr. Werner Willmanns, working at de Informationsstelle IV of the Auswärtige Amt.
In the chapter La Guerre éclair en France, two quatrains are discussed: 04-37 and 05-30. The difference between Krafft's comment on quatrain 04-37 and the comment in the Brochure-18-DE is that Krafft does not omit the words de l'Insubre in the second line; he links these words to Italy. Further, the quatrain as a whole is not linked to the capitulation of Paris, but to June 10, 1940, the date upon which Italy invaded France, according to Krafft in the direction of Monaco (the fourth line: Monech).[23]
Krafft linked quatrain 05-30 to the capitulation of Paris. He argued that he translated the word assaut while considering its original Latin meaning, an argument he also used in the Einführung..., and that he took the words Rome incité as "when Rome was incited to attack", which meant that he linked this quatrain to Italy's participation in the war on June 10, 1940. Further, Krafft linked the fourth line of this quatrain to an endless, stagnating stream of refugees.[24] 
In Comment Nostradamus a-t-il entrevu..., Krafft presentend the original French quatrain texts of the quatrains, as published in the 1940-Krafft-copy / 1568-B.Rigaud-edition. He did not adjust the quatrain texts to his comments, something which occurred in the Brochure-18-DE and its translated version.

6. Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... (A. de Tombre / dr. phil. A.M. Centgraf, 1941)
The German Century-scholar Ulrich Maichle pointed out that Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... is a translation of a national-socialist comment on the Centuries, written by dr. phil. Alexander Max Centgraf.[25] In this stage, it is not yet clear whether Centgraf wrote this book on his own initiative or by order of one of the national-socialist propaganda institutions.
The paragraphs 2B and 2C in chapter III, which is entitled Nostradamus heeft het woord: Uitgekomen voorspellingen als borg voor de toekomst (tr: Nostradamus speaks: fulfilled predictions as a guarantee for the future), the German invasion is discussed and the capitulation of Paris. The core of the links of the quatrains in these paragraphs to the course of these events, is as follows:

Page

Quatrain

Comment

57-58

05-94

German invasion in Western Europe

58

05-45

German break-through at the Maginot-line

59

10-51

German occupation of French areas at the Lower-Rhine and the departments Picardy, Normandy and Maine

60

03-06

Many refugees moving towards Paris

60-61

03-07

German air raids on French troops, air battles

61

06-43

Evacuation of Paris; England urges France to send her last reserve troops

61

10-98

No light in Paris; confusion and chaos because of the coming of German troops

62

03-50

Capitulation of Paris

63

01-08

Capitulation of Paris, Paris conquered by Hitler, to who in the fourth line is referred with the word Hadrie (Hadrie = H.A. (reversed initials Adolf Hitler) en Adrie = allusion to the axis German-Italy and the Adriatic Sea)


The French quatrain texts in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., are not revised. In a number of cases, the translation is clearly corrupted, for example in the case of quatrain 08-13, in which the words La teste raze in the second line are translated into het leidende ras (tr: the leading race) instead of into het geschoren hoofd (tr: the shaven head).[26] Sometimes, between brackets, words were added to the Dutch translations of quatrains, in order to have the comment accepted, for example in the case of quatrain 10-98, which is linked to the chaos in Paris when German troops approached the city:

De Tombre, p.61-62

Wanneer ook deze tegenaanval niet baat en de bewoners van Parijs, de tijding vernemen, dat de duitsche troepen de fransche hoofdstad naderen, worden in Parijs alle lichten gedoofd. De stad wordt verduisterd. De vroolijke jonkvrouw Parijs gaat in den rouw. Een groote verwarring ontstaat. Deze voor de lichtstad zoo smartelijke situatie vinden we in strofe X, XCVIII:

 

"La splendeur, claire à pucelle joyeuse,
Ne luira plus, long temps sera sans sel;
Avec marchans, ruffens, loups odieuse,
Tous pesle mesle monstre universel"

 

"De heldere glans van een vroolijke jonkvrouw
Zal niet meer schitteren en ze zal langen tijd zonder zout (geestigheid) zijn,
Handelaar, koppelaar, walgelijke wolven,
Alles door elkaar - een gedrocht der wereld.
[27]

 

De Meern, the Netherlands, May 30, 2006
T.W.M. van Berkel
updated on October 2, 2006

 

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

  1. See also the articles: Information on dr. Th.Fr. Böttiger and Information on the Völkischer Beobachter, the daily newspaper of the NSDAP (1920-1945). [text]

  2. Originally, Oeuvre, founded in 1902, was a weekly newspaper. In 1915, it became a daily newspaper with a clear socialist nature. In 1939, its daily circulation was 115.000 copies. After the French defeat in June 1940, the editors took refuge in Clermont-Ferrand. In July 1940, the name Oeuvre was used again, but then for a newspaper which was in collusion with the Germans (www.1939-45.org). [text]  

  3. On May 19, 1940, Maxime Weygand (Brussels, 1867 - Paris, 1965) succeeded Maurice Gustav Gamelin as Supreme Commander of the French army (Encarta® Encyclopedie basiseditie Winkler Prins 2002). [text]

  4. Richter, p.136. [text

  5. Van Berkel: Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus (dr. E. Noelle, Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Berlin, June 16, 1940 [1998 and 2003]). [text]

  6. De Tombre, p.56. [text]
  7. De Jong, p.126-129 and p.324-325. [text]  
  8. De Fontbrune, p.177-189. Dr. de Fontbrune is the pseudonym of dr. Max Pigeard de Gurbert (De Fontbrune-1975, p.I). On November 13, 1940, the Vichy government banned his book Les prophéties de maistre Michel Nostradamus expliquées et commentées (5th edition, Sarlat, 1939 [1938]); all circulating copies were confiscated (De Fontbrune-1975, p.6). [text

  9. Ruir-1938, p.80-93. Em. Ruir is the pseudonym of Rémi Rouvier (Halbronn-1995, p.99). In 1940, the German authorities banned Le grand Carnage...; its printing material was destroyed (Benazra, p.482). [text]
  10. Zeman, p.165. [text]
  11. Fröhlich, p.208-209. [text]
  12. Sommerfeldt, p.56-57. See also: Van Berkel: Das Oberkommando der Wehrmach gibt bekannt (M.H. Sommerfeldt, Frankfurt am Main, 1952). [text]

  13. Boelcke-1966, p.230. [text]
  14. Boelcke-1966, p.363. Apparently, this refers to the French version of the brochure which, entitled Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, was published in Dutch. [text]
  15. Boelcke-1966, p.365. [text]
  16. "Pasteur", p.36; "Norab"-1940a, p.44. [text]

  17. Kritzinger-1941, p.11. See also: Van Berkel: Der Seher von Salon (Informations-Schriften #38, dr. H.-H. Kritzinger, Berlin, 1941). [text]
  18. Noelle, DAZ, June 16, 1940. See also: Van Berkel: Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus (dr. E. Noelle, Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Berlin, June 16, 1940 [1998 and 2003]). [text]
  19. Krafft-1940b, p.XXVI. [text]
  20. Howe, p.247. [text]
  21. Krafft-1940b, p.XVIII. [text]
  22. Krafft-1940b, p.XIX. [text]

  23. Krafft-1941, p.97-98. [text]

  24. Krafft-1941, p.99-100. [text]

  25. Maichle: Die Nostradamus-Propaganda der Nazis 1939-1942. [text]

  26. De Tombre, p.75. In Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., this quatrain is numbered erroneously as quatrain VII, XIII. [text]

  27. In Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte (Berlin, 1953), written by Centgraf under the pseudonym Dr. N. Centurio, the German translation of the second line of quatrain 10-98 contains a similar addition (der Esprit) as in the Dutch translation of this quatrain in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... In Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte, quatrain 10-98 is not linked to 1940, the year in which German troops marched to Paris, but to 1789, the year of the French Revolution (Centurio-1953, p.232). [text]

The author expresses his thanks to mr. A. Fiebig (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin) for the picture of the Völkischer Beobachter".

 
 

 
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