Borresholm / Niehoff
(Von Borresholm and Niehoff, 1949)
In 1949, the Journal Verlag in Berlin published Dr.
Goebbels nach Aufzeichnungen aus seiner Umgebung, a publication
which was approved by the French military government. In this book,
Boris von Borresholm and Karena Niehoff presented a portrait of dr. Paul
Joseph Goebbels, minister of Propaganda in
Nazi-Germany from 1933 to 1945, by means of diaries, kept for about
twenty years by people who lived in his environment.
Goebbels nach Aufzeichnungen aus seiner Umgebung consists of
four parts: (1)
Episoden, (3) Dokumente en (4) Die
Physiognomie, an epilogue, writen by Konrad Schneider. Part 2
contains a paragraph, entitled Nostradamus. In this paragraph, Von Borresholm and Niehoff described events which
according to them took place after the failed attempt on Hitler in
According to Von Borresholm and Niehoff, on November 9, 1939, in the
Bürgerbräukeller in Munich, an attempt was committed during the
meeting of the "Bearers of the Blood Order", six minutes after
Hitler and his suite departed. During his voyage back to Berlin in the
special train, Hitler was informed about the attempt and discussed with
Goebbels the measurements which had to be taken. By the time the train
arrived in Berlin, Hitler invited Goebbels to look at the comments in
the foreign newspapers, the day after, during lunch.
The next day,
Hitler showed Goebbels a letter, dated on November 2, 1939. In this
letter, Karl Ernst Krafft, living in a village in the Black Forest,
wrote that he practiced astrology for many years, erected Hitler's chart
and warned that from November 7 to November 10, 1939, his life would be
threatened by violence. Krafft was aware of the fact that the party did
not have any affiliation with astrology, but as a party member, he felt
it was his duty to press Hitler not to expose himself in the public
unnecessarily, but to ensure a higher degree of security. The letter was
closed with the words Heil Hitler and the signature "Karl Ernst Krafft".
Goebbels knew that Hitler was in search of a "Seni" for quite a
Being an astrologer, Krafft could supply this
want, which would mean that Goebbels no longer would have an influence
on Hitler. Goebbels however could say nothing against the
letter, and proceeded to discuss the articles in the foreign newspapers
about the attempt. The letter was handed to Heinrich Himmler, the head
of the German police, who had to investigate if Krafft had anything to
do with the attempt.
A few days later, Goebbels send one of his assistants to make inquiries
about Krafft. Actually, he considered it better that Krafft would be
within his sphere of influence than that this astrologer would have
influence on Hitler. Goebbels learned that Krafft lived in obscurity in the Black Forest and
translated French books. Meanwhile, Krafft was arrested by the Gestapo.
There was no incriminating evidence. Goebbels
managed that Krafft was released and next brought to his study at
the Wilhelmplatz in Berlin, unknown to his caretaker and servants.
asked him questions about his letter of November 2. Krafft said that he
wrote his letter because he worried about Hitler's well-being and did
not understand the reason why he was arrested. When Goebbels told him
that he was the one who got him released from prison, Krafft thanked him
with tears in his eyes.
When Goebbels asked him what he was doing at present, Krafft showed him
a manuscript, entitled Einführung zu den Prophéties de Maistre
Michel Nostradamus. He read out a quatrain text:
en la grande Germanie
Brabant et Flandes, Gent, Bruges, Boloigne:
La Traisue fainte, le grand duc d'Armenie,
Assailira Vienne et la Coloigne.
explanation: because the armistice was faked, the great Leader of
Arminia (Armin's land) will transfer Brabant, Flanders, Gent, Brugue and
Boulogne to Germany and will occupy Vienna and the Rhine region by
Goebbels realized that Krafft had no notice about the value of his
material. He told him that in the future, he could be very useful,
provided that he would swear not to talk about this. Krafft promised to be
silent about this matter. Goebbels wanted Krafft to analyse Hitler's
horoscope day after day and to write him, Goebbels, immediately if there
were indications of danger. In order to do this, Krafft had to be within
reach of Goebbels. Goebbels would take care that Krafft would get a job
in the French translation section of the Deutsche Nachrichtenbüro.
Von Borresholm and Niehoff end their essay with the remark that a few
months later, millions of leaflets were spread over the Maginot-Line. In
French, it was printed that Nostradamus not only predicted Hitler's
march to the Rhine region and Austria, but also his conquest of Belgium and
the Channel Coast. It was to be hoped that the readers would not notice
that the prediction contained the words "grand duke of
(grand duc d'Armenie) instead of the words "great Leader of
According to the publisher of Dr. Goebbels nach
Aufzeichnung aus seiner Umgebung, all events and statements which
Von Borresholm and Niehoff described, even the most surprising and
unlikely ones, were written the very same day in diaries which on a
later moment would become available for the public.
fortune of the Von Borresholm / Niehoff Nostradamus-essay
In Kriegspropaganda 1939-1941 - Geheime Ministerkonferenzen im
Reichspropagandaministerium (Stuttgart, 1966), Willi A. Boelcke gave
a summary of the Nostradamus-essay, written by Von Borresholm and
Niehoff. With this summary, he wanted to illustrate a control
measurement, ordered in the secret daily propaganda conference of November
11, 1939. According to item 4 of the minutes of this conference, the
contents of astrological publications had to be checked due to November
Between November 1939 and September 1940, arrangements were made
regarding the production and spread of national-socialist propaganda
material, based upon the Centuries in a number secret daily
propaganda conferences. In connection with the Nostradamus-essay by Von
Borresholm and Niehoff, Boelcke supposed that Goebbels for the first
time heard about the Centuries in his conversation with Krafft, shortly
after his release from prison. Boelcke silently corrected the false date
of the attempt, given by Von Borresholm and Niehoff.
Ellic Howe (Uranias Kinder: die seltsame Welt der Astrologen und das
Dritte Reich, DE, 1995, UK: 1984 ) did a detailed research on
Krafft's life and work. According to Howe, who only read Boelcke's
summary of the Nostradamus-essay, written by Von Borresholm and Niehoff,
and not of the essay itself, this essay is not a reliable source, even
if the core of it would be true. Howe doubts if the letter, written by
Krafft on November 2, 1939, reached Hitler.
Kinder...: Howe 's version of the course of events around the failed attempt
In the Von Borresholm / Niehoff Nostradamus-essay, Goebbels and Krafft
are the principal players. Von Borresholm and Niehoff based
themselves upon diaries, which were kept by people who lived in the
environment of Goebbels, one of the principal players.
In Uranias Kinder..., Ellic Howe based himself, regarding the events
around the failed attempt on Hitler in November 1939, on conversations
he had with people who knew Krafft, the other principal player (without
comparing the contents of these conversations with the information,
given by Von Borresholm and Niehoff): prof. Hans Bender, (para-)psychologist, F.G.
Goerner, astrologer/educationalist; prof. dr. Hans-Hermann Kritzinger, PSI-investigator
and investigator of the Centuries and Geog Lucht, who assisted
Krafft in the first months of 1940 in the shape of typing out his texts.
Their contacts with Krafft dated from before 1939.
According to Howe, Krafft wrote in one of the astrologic/economic/political columns which he wrote
by order of Heinrich
Fesel, chief of Amt VII of the Reichssicherheitshauptamt),
that Hitler's life would be in danger in the period between November 7
and November 10, 1939, and that chances were that there would be an
attempt with explosives. When on November 9, 1939, the failed attempt on
Hitler became known, Krafft sent a telegram to Rudolf Heß, in which he
referred to his column and warned that there was still danger.
This message was looked up in the archives and handed over to Hitler,
who showed it to Goebbels during breakfast. The same day, Krafft was
arrested by the Gestapo in Freiburg, the next day he was
transferred to Berlin for a cross-examination by the Sicherheitsdienst,
who released him at a certain moment, because no incriminating evidence
In December 1939, Krafft was summoned to Berlin. Goebbels wanted a
Nostradamus-expert who could study the Centuries for reasons of
psychological warfare. In Berlin, Krafft did not meet with Goebbels, but
with Fesel, who made agreements with him about this. In the first week
of January 1940, Krafft and his wife settled in Berlin.
Around April/May 1940, Krafft started to work in the French translation
section of the Deutsche Nachrichtenbüro. His task was to
translate German texts into French. A friend in Hamburg drew his
attention to this job. He worked in this section until his arrest on
June 12, 1941, in connection with the Aktion-Heß.
Von Borresholm / Niehoff and Howe
Howe's version of the course of events around the
failed attempt on Hitler in 1939 differs almost completely from the
version, given by Von Borresholm and Niehoff. Some striking differences
in Howe's version are that Hitler, according to Howe, was not interested
in astrology and that Goebbels is mentioned only a few times.
Hitler's interest in astrology
According to Von Borresholm and Niehoff, Goebbels knew that for a long
time, Hitler was in search of a "Seni". Being an astrologer,
Krafft would be able to supply this want, which would mean that
Goebbels no longer would have an influence on Hitler.
According to Von Borresholm and Niehoff, Krafft wrote that astrology did
not appeal to "the party" (the NSDAP). This is in accordance with Howe's
information about growing restrictions for astrologers in Germany and the
termination of astrological societies and magazines since the
national-socialists were in charge.
Further, Howe reports that Hitler, according to one of his secretaries,
was not interested in astrology, which means that regarding astrology,
Hitler and "the party" took the same line. In his explanation
of the minutes of the secret daily propaganda conference of December 11,
1939, Boelcke writes that Hitler sanctioned the issue of a prohibition
of astrological calendars, by which he made an end to fierce discussions
between some Nazi-quarters about the required attitude towards
The facts about Krafft's professions, revealed by Howe, are quite
different from the facts, revealed by Von Borresholm and Niehoff.
According to them, Krafft was a translator of French books during the
years he was settled in Urberg. In Uranias Kinder..., Howe told
that in that period, Krafft wrote a book in French: Traité
d'Astro-Biologie, published in the summer of 1939 and said nothing
about being a translator.
According to Von Borresholm and Niehoff, Goebbels ordered Krafft to
analyze Hitler's horoscope day after day, in order to keep an eye on
threats and danger. Howe writes nothing about an intervention by
Goebbels to have Krafft released from prison, as he writes nothing about
a conversation between them, next to the release. According to Howe, in
January 1940, Krafft settled in Berlin in order to produce
national-socialist propaganda writings, based upon the Centuries,
under supervision of Fesel. Howe also writes nothing about an order to analyze
Hitler's horoscope day after day.
According to Von Borresholm and Niehoff, Goebbels would take care that
Krafft became employed at the French translation section of the Deutsche
Nachrichtenbüro. Howe writes that Krafft began to work in this
section in May/June 1940. His attention to this work was raised by a
friend from Hamburg. Howe writes nothing about a mediation by Goebbels.
National-socialist propaganda, based upon the Centuries
The conversation between Howe and Kritzinger in 1961 is opposite to the
information, given by Von Borresholm and Niehoff about a conversation
between Goebbels and Krafft, next to his release from prison, in which
Goebbels became impressed by the propagandistic value of Krafft's
comment on quatrain 05-94.
Kritzinger knew Krafft very well and cooperated with him in 1940 in the writing
of national-socialist propaganda, based upon the Centuries. Kritzinger
told nothing about a conversation between Goebbels and Krafft next to
his release, in which Krafft commented quatrain 05-94. Kritzinger told
that he was more or less responsible for the fact that Krafft became
involved in the production of national-socialist propaganda, based upon
the Centuries. According to his information, Goebbels became
interested in the Centuries when his wife, shortly after the
German invasion in Poland in September 1939, read him some lines from Mysterien von Sonne und
Seele (Berlin, 1922), in which Kritzinger referred to his compatriot
Loog, who in 1921, in his comment on quatrain 03-57, wrote that in 1939
the last crisis in England in a series of seven would occur, which
series started in 1649, and that at the same time a crisis would occur
in the resurrected Poland. In connection with these lines, Goebbels
decided to use the Centuries for psychological warfare. In December
1939, Krafft was summoned to Berlin. Of all the candidates he seemed to
be most suited to produce national-socialist propaganda, based upon the Centuries.
In Berlin, Krafft did not meet Goebbels; he met Fesel, who instructed
him about his new task.
In the first week of January 1940, Krafft and his wife settled in
Berlin. In the beginning, they stayed in a hotel for a few days, next,
they temporarily moved in the house of Carl Maria Holzapfel, a friend
and author. In the beginning of January 1940, Lucht said he was willing
to assist Krafft in his Nostradamus activities. Together, they went to
Fesel and signed a document in which they promised to keep their
activities secret. In that period, Fesel and Krafft met each other
almost every day.
Regarding January 8, 1940, Goebbels wrote in his diary that for
Nostradamus, a group of experts was founded.
The date to which
this entry refers, falls within the period in which Krafft and Lucht
signed their statement about secrecy. This is reason to assume that the
entry of Goebbels deals with the foundation of a group of
Nostradamus-experts, to which Krafft belonged, and Kritzinger probably
Borresholm / Niehoff versus Howe
Borresholm / Niehoff (DE, 1949)
(DE, 1995 [UK, 1984 (1967)])
the date of the attempt: November 9, 1939.
the date of the attempt: the evening preceding November 9, 1939.
on November 2, 1939, Krafft wrote a letter from a village in the
and p.233: from October 1937 to January 1940, Krafft and his
wife were settled in Urberg in the Black Forest. From January
1940, they were settled in Berlin.
Krafft predicted that from November 7 to November 10, 1939,
Hitler's life would be threatened by violence.
Krafft predicted that from November 7 to November 10, 1939,
Hitler's life would be threatened.
Howe notes that Krafft explicitly wrote that chances were that
an attempt would occur, in which explosives would be used.
Krafft wrote his prediction regarding Hitler in a letter, dated
on November 2, 1939, shown by Hitler to Goebbels during lunch.
Krafft's prediction regarding Hitler was published in a column, dated on November 2, 1939. Afther
the usual circulation, Fesel, the head of Amt VII of the
Reichssicherheitshauptamt, archivated this column. When on
November 9, 1939, the failed attempt on Hitler became known,
Krafft sent a telegram to Rudolf Heß in the Reichskanzlei, in
which he referred to his column and warned that in the coming
days, Hitler's life still would be in danger. Fesel was ordered
to look for this column. It was submitted to Hitler, who showed
it to Goebbels during breakfast.
Howe doubts if the letter of Krafft, about which Boelcke wrote,
reached Hitler, and thinks it possible that this letter has been
written before November 2, 1939.
as a party member, Krafft considered it his duty to ask Hitler
urgently not to go unnecessarily in public, and to ensure a
higher degree of security.
writes nothings about Krafft being a member of the NSDAP.
for a long time,
Hitler looked for a "Seni"; being an astrologer,
Krafft could supply that want.
miss Schröder, in the period 1933-45 one of Hitler's
secretaries, was convinced that Hitler did not have any interest
in astrology and contested astrology by saying that people, born
on the same date, time and place, not shared the same destiny.
in Urberg, Krafft worked as a translator of French books.
in French, Krafft wrote a manuscript, published in July 1939,
entitled: Traité d'Astro-Biologie.
p.228: from October 1939, Krafft worked for Amt VII of
the Reichssicherheitshauptamt as an author of Wirtschaftsberichten.
Howe wrote nothing about a professional translation of French
after the attempt, Krafft was arrested by the Gestapo.
on November 9, 1939, Krafft was arrested in Urberg by four
members of the Gestapo, who worked at the Gestapo headquarters
when it turned out that there was no evidence against Krafft,
Goebbels achieved his release.
on December 10, 1939, Krafft was transported to Berlin for
cross-examination by the Sicherheitsdienst. The
Sicherheitsdienst released him from prison because they could
not find any incriminating evidence. On November 21, 1939,
Krafft attended a meeting of the German Academic Society for
Howe wrote nothing about Goebbels' intervention to have Krafft
released from prison.
Goebbels had a conversation with Krafft, in which Krafft showed
a manuscript about the Centuries.
according to Georg Lucht, Krafft's typist during spring 1940,
Krafft never met Goebbels.
Howe wrote nothing about the conversation between Goebbels and
Krafft, mentioned by Von Borresholm and Niehoff.
Goebbels became interested in the Centuries because of Krafft's
comment on a quatrain, which turned out to be quatrain 05-94.
Goebbels became interested in the Centuries because his wife
rose his attention to some lines in Kritzinger's Mysterien von
Sonne und Seele (Berlin, 1922, p.136) in which quatrain 03-57
p.232: in December 1939, Krafft was summoned to Berlin,
because it seemed that he was the best person to study the
Centuries for psychological warfare. In Berlin, Krafft did not
meet Goebbels. He met Fesel, who instructed him.
Goebbels ordered Krafft to analyse Hitler's horoscope day after
day and to notify Goebbels by means of a letter in case of
after Heß' flight to England, rumours were spread that it was
Krafft who made him do this. These rumours do not contain a
single core of truth.
p.302-303: in June 1942, during their internment, Goerner
and Krafft were ordered to analyse the horoscopes of important
Goebbels took care that Krafft could work at the French
translation section of the Deutsche Nachrichtenbüro.
and p.250-251: from October 1939 to May/June 1940, Krafft
Amt VII of the Reichssicherheitshauptamt.
p.250-251 and p.271: from May/June 1940 to June 1941, Krafft
worked on the French translation section of the Deutsche Nachrichtenbüro
in Berlin, where he translated German texts into French. A
friend from Hamburg rose his attention to this work. Howe wrote
nothing about a mediation by Goebbels.
p.271: on June 12, 1941, Krafft was arrested in Berlin as
a result of the Aktion-Heß.
Correspondence between Von
Borresholm / Niehoff and Howe
Von Borresholm / Niehoff and Howe
Das Oberkommando der Wehrmacht gibt bekannt (Sommerfeldt,
According to Von Borresholm and Niehoff, Krafft explained to Goebbels
that quatrain 05-94 indicate that, because the armistice was faked, the
great Leader of Armin's land would transfer Brabant, Flanders, Gent,
Brugue and Boulogne to Great-Germany and would occupy in a Vienna and
the Rhine region by surprise.
The text of quatrain 05-94 was also included in a national-socialist
propaganda writing which contained at least 33 Zenturien, written
in German. Traces of this writing can be found in Das Oberkommando der Wehrmacht gibt
bekannt (Martin Henry Sommerfeldt, Frankfurt am Main, 1952).
Probably by the end of November 1939 or medio December 1939, this
writing was discussed in a secret daily propaganda conference. In this
conference, Goebbels ordered that Zenturie 33 had to be brought
into circulation in the shape of an illegal chain-letter, accompanied by
the oral comment that this Zenturie was linked in a magic way to
1933, the year in which the national-socialist came into power, a
temporary occupation of France, the coming German supremacy and the
German peace empire of 1000 years.
Stalin (der große Furst aus Armenien) was preserved until Russia
would declare war to Germany or vice versa.
The Sommerfeldt notes do not contain a single trace of Krafft's link
of le grand duc d'Armenie to Hitler
or to his link of the fourth line of quatrain 05-94 to the
re-militarization of the Rhine region and to Austria's Anschluß.
The Goebbels' diaries
Since 1993, Saur Verlag, Munich, in commission of the German Institut für Zeitgeschichte
and in cooperation with the Russian State Archive, publishes the
scientific edition Die Tagebücher von Joseph Goebbels. This
edition, which contains about 98% of the contents of the diaries which
Goebbels kept from 1923 to 1945, is divided in two series: the series Aufzeichnungen (1923-1941)
and the series Diktate (1941-1945).
A diary does not give a complete survey of what happened in the life of
its author. The author did not record every event which occured; the
things he recorded, he recorded from his personal point of view.
Nevertheless, there can be tangent planes between a diary and other
information sources about the life of the author.
The first time the Goebbels' diaries contain an entry on Nostradamus and
the Centuries, is the entry, dated on November 22, 1939,
regarding November 21, 1939. Goebbels wrote that he had to stay in bed
because he had caught a cold; at night, he read Nostradamus. He
considered the things he read quite interesting for Germany and hoped
that the dared comments would become true; in that case, England's
supremacy would be reduced to zero.
Goebbels used the word "Nostradamus". He did not mention any
title regarding Nostradamus and/or the Centuries. His entry
regarding November 21, 1939 indicates that in the evening, he read
comments which dealt with a decline of England's supremacy. One can find
such a comment in Kritzingers Mysterien
von Sonne und Seele, the book which, according to Kritzinger, lead
Goebbels to use the Centuries for psychological warfare, and in Noah's Nostradamus - prophetische Weltgeschichte
von 1547 bis gegen 3000.
In Einführung zu den Prophéties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus
(Frankfurt am Main, 1940) Krafft points to the discussion of quatrain
03-57 by the Frenchman Nicoullaud, who for 1939 foresaw a decisive
revolution in England, and to Loog, who described crises in 1939 for
England and the new founded Poland. 
However, a letter, written by Krafft to the Rumanian diplomate
Viorel Virgil Tilea, dated on March 14, 1940, shows that Krafft started to
write the Einführung... by the end of January / the beginning of
Howe correctly described the
course of events around the failed attempt on Hitler, November 1939.
This can be concluded from the contents of the conversation between Howe
and Kritzinger in 1961, in which Kritzinger described the way in which
Krafft, through him, became involved in the production of
national-socialist propaganda, based upon the Centuries. This
happened in December 1939. The events in the Von Borresholm / Niehoff
Nostradamus-essay are situated in November 1939. Normally speaking, they
should have occurred in Kritzinger's story, who told that he knew Krafft
very well. Next, Krafft's beginning of his Nostradamus activities in
Berlin can be linked to the entry in the Goebbels' diaries regarding
January 8, 1940, on which day a group of Nostradamus-experts was
founded. Next, there is the communication to Tilea from which can be
concluded that Krafft began to write the Einführung... around
the end of January 1940 or the beginning of February 1940. This means
that before this period, there was no manuscript, which means that the
Goebbels entry regarding November 21, 1939, did not deal with it.
Closing, there is the remark by Lucht that Krafft, as far as he knew,
never met Goebbels.
As to the Von Borresholm / Niehoff Nostradamus-essay, the comments,
based upon Howe's information, is as follows:
Krafft made a prediction in
which he described that Hitler's life would be threatened in the
period between November 7 and November 10, 1939;
had no interest in astrology;
day after the failed attempt, Hitler showed Krafft's prediction to
had no reason to keep Krafft away from Hitler;
day after the failed attempt, Krafft was arrested by the Gestapo
in Freiburg and the next day brought to Berlin in order to be
cross-examined by the Sicherheitsdienst;
released Krafft because they found no incriminating evidence.
Goebbels played no part in this and had no secret conversation with
Krafft, next to his release;
December 1940, Krafft was summoned to Berlin because Goebbels was
looking for an expert who could study the Centuries for
reasons of psychological warfare; in January 1940, Krafft signed a
document in which he promised secrecy;
has been no manuscript of Kraffts Einführung..., dating from
1939; Krafft began to write the Einführung... at the
beginning of 1940.
of the Von Borresholm / Niehoff sources
In the preface,
the publisher of Dr.
Goebbels nach Aufzeichnung aus seiner Umgebung wrote that all
events and statements were noted in diaries the very day, even the most
surprising ones and the most peculiar ones. Some moment later, these
diaries will be published. Von Borresholm and Niehoff also took
information from sources like speeches and letters.
In the Nostradamus-essay, Von Borresholm en Niehoff described the
contents of a conversation between Hitler and Goebbels on their way back
to Berlin and a conversation between them the day after the failed
attempt, as well as a conversation between Goebbels and Krafft, next to
his release from prison in 1939. A comparison with the information,
gathered by Howe, showed that there was no conversation between Goebbels
and Krafft. This means that details of this conversation never have been
written down in a diary the same day. Regarding the conversations
between Hitler and Goebbels, it can be noted that the description of
these conversations raise the impression that they took place in
private, which raises the question how details of such conversations can
be noted in a diary the same day. Anyway, it seems right to conclude
that the Von Borresholm / Niehoff Nostradamus-essay is mainly a
romanticized novel, which contains several guides: the legend of Hitler
believing in astrology, the struggle for power in the top of the
national-socialist organization and the legend that Krafft is ordered to
analyse Hitler's horoscope day after day in order to detect danger.
The Einführung... contains all of the elements which Von
Borresholm and Niehoff attributed to Krafft regarding his comment on
quatrain 05-94. In the Einführung..., Krafft explained the words
Traisue fainte uitgelegd as a "faked armistice",
the word assaillira as "to occupy by surprise"
and the word Duc as a word, derived from ducere (to
lead). He linked the word Boulogne to both Boulogne and Poland
and the word Armenie
to Armin's Land and therefore to Germany. The linking of Boulogne
to Poland dates from a later moment than the linking of Boulogne to
the French city of Boulogne and is not present in the story, told by Von
Borresholm and Niehoff.
In Comment Nostradamus a-t-il
entrevu l'avenir de l'Europe?, he linked the geographical name Bolongne
(in Kraffts comment: Boulogne) to Poland and therefore to the
German invasion in Poland in September 1939, and the word Armenie
to Germany. In
a leaflet, dating from May 1941, one month after the publishing of Comment Nostradamus a-t-il entrevu
l'avenir de l'Europe?, Krafft mentioned both Boulogne and Poland.
All elements of Krafft's comment on quatrain 05-94, including an
explanation of the link of Armenie to Arminie i.e.
Great-Germany, can be found in the national-socialist brochure Der Seher von Salon.
The old-French text of quatrain 05-94, given by Von Borresholm and
Niehoff, is not taken from the Einführung..., since the Einführung...
does not contain full quatrain texts, but quoted quatrain lines. The
text of this quatrain, given in the Von Borresholm / Niehoff
Nostradamus-essay, differs that much from the text, given in Comment Nostradamus a-t-il
entrevu l'avenir de l'Europe?, that it cannot be simply said that
they used that text. The table underneath contains these two texts and a
German version, printed in Der
Seher von Salon.
Seher von Salon, p.15
en la grand Germanie,
Brabant & Flãdres,Gand, Bruges,& Bolongne:
La traisue fainte,le grand duc d'Armenie,
Assaillira Vienne & la Coloigne.
en la grand Germanie,
Brabant & Flandes,
La Traisue fainte,
le grand duc d'Armenie,
Assailira Vienne et
nach Großdeutschland wird,
Brabant und Flandern, Gent und Brügge, Polen -
Vertrag war Schwindel! - Der Arminien führt,
Wird sich im Sprunge Wien und Cöllen holen.
(1983) about the course of events around the failed attempt on Hitler
In the chapter Der
Nostradamus-Boom in Zukunftsvisionen Kriegsprophezeiungen
Sterbe-Erlebnisse - Aufsätze zur Parapsychologie II (Munich,
1983), the German parapsychologist Hans Bender discussed the fortune of
quatrain 05-94, such as Krafft's interpretation of this quatrain. He had
known Krafft quite well, had a longtime correspondence with him and
helped in in 1937 to find a house in the German Black Forest.
According to Bender, it was in the summer of 1939 that Krafft wrote a
letter to the Reichskanzlei in which he warned that in November
1939, Hitler would be in danger. It was not clear to Bender whether
Krafft had based himself upon astrology, a vision or both. Since the Reichskanzlei
did not reply, Krafft sended a reminder in the form of a telegram,
shortly before the period which he thought would be critical. Right
after the failed attempt, highly ranked SD-officers came from
Berlin to interrogate Krafft, who they considered to be an accomplished.
After it became clear that Krafft had nothing to do with the attempt,
they ordered him to go to Berlin. Behind the scenes, Kraft wrote
astrological analyses of the character of prominent military persons and
statesmen of the adversaries of Germany, including predictions. Goebbels
heard of Krafft. Following an idea of Kritzinger, Goebbels ordered
Krafft to produce a couple of hundred copies of a 1568-edition of the Centuries,
accompanied by comments which for propaganda purposes would be spread in
the French-speaking occupied areas.
Bender, who also knew Howe,
qualified his investigation of Krafft's explanation of quatrain 05-94 as
very accurate and considered his book Urania´s
Children (1967) as a historic monument.
Nevertheless, there are differences between Bender's version, dating
from 1983, and Howe's version, dating from 1967. According to Bender,
Krafft warned in a letter, dating from the summer of 1939, and in a
telegram, dating from shortly before the critical period in November
1939 which Krafft had in mind. Howe wrote about an
astrologic/economic/politic column in autumn 1939 and a telegram which,
according to Lucht, was send after the failed attempt.
Bender's version shows an unexpected part of Kritzinger in the
production of national-socialist propaganda, based upon the Centuries,
i.e. that Kritzinger had advised Goebbels to order Krafft to produce a
couple of hundred copies of a 1568-edition of the Centuries and
to write interpretations of quatrains, which were meant for the occupied
French-speaking regions, but Bender did not write about Kritzinger
recommending Krafft to the Propaganda Ministry as a Nostradamus-expert
who was able to comment the quatrains from a propagandistic point of
view. It looks as if Bender located the part which Kritzinger in 1939
played in Krafft's life, in 1940, and that he had Comment Nostradamus
a-t-il entrevu l'avenir de l'Europe? in mind, Krafft's French
translation of the manuscript Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas,
which he wrote in May-June 1940 by order of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, a translation which was meant for France and the
French-speaking regions in Belgium and Switzerland.
In his discussion
of Krafft's prediction that Hitler's life would be endangered between November 7 and November 10,
1939, Howe's reference to the Von Borresholm / Niehoff Nostradamus-essay read like this:
W.A. Boelcke, Kriegspropaganda 1939-41, Stuttgart 1966, S. 223. Seine
Darstellung beruht auf dem Nostradamus-Kapitel in Boris von Borresholm:
Dr. Goebbels nach Aufzeichnungen aus seiner Umgebung, 1949. Auch wenn
der Kern der Geschichte richtig sein mag, ist er keine völlig
verläßliche Quelle. Weder Lucht noch Goerner erwähnten, daß der
Brief Hitler erreicht hat, und möglicherweise wurde er auch schon vor
dem 2. November verfaßt.
mentions the page which includes Boelcke's summary of the Von Borresholm /
Niehoff Nostradamus-essay, but he did not mention the pages
in Dr. Goebbels nach Aufzeichnung aus seiner Umgebung. This means
that he did not read this book.
In this article, it has been demonstrated that the Von Borresholm /
Niehoff Nostradamus-essay is not correct. From a historic point of
view, it is not reliable, its character is legendary. It is a pity that
Howe did not observe this by himself in 1967 or 1984; he might have
discussed more deeply the question if Hitler showed a letter to Goebbels
or a column. Howe made no objections against
Boelcke's remark that Krafft, shortly after his release, was summoned by
Goebbels. This might have been caused by Boelcke's interpretation of the
Nostradamus-essay (having Krafft summoned instead of having him brought
to his study, next to his release).
The Von Borresholm / Niehoff Nostradamus-essay is only
one of the essays in Dr. Goebbels nach
Aufzeichnungen aus seiner Umgebung. In this article, it is not
intended to review the other essays.
Meern, the Netherlands, February 24, 2006
T.W.M. van Berkel
updated on February 27, 2009
The titles, places and
year of issue of the mentioned authors are listed in the bibliography.
Boris von Borresholm (alternate name: Boris Borresholm, 1912-1989) was
one of the co-authors of a two-volume series of books, dealing with
Greek mythology. He wrote novels and movie scripts and directed
movies. In 1962, he was one of the 26 subscribers of the Oberhausener Manifest,
who plead to leave the old German movie tradition behind in order to
produce short movies, free of conventions and commercial influences.
Von Borresholm also was the editor-in-chief of the Berlin brochure Journal,
of which in 1948 4 issues were published, with at least one
contribution by Karena Niehoff.
Karena Niehoff (1920-1992) was of Jewish origin. In February 1943, she was
sentenced to prison for six months because of manipulating ration
coupons. During her imprisonment, she wrote, together with two
inmates, anti-Nazi flyers. In the fist half of 1944, she was
interned two times. From August 1944 until May 1945, she went into
hiding. Between May 18 and July 15,
1945, she kept a diary, which impressed its readers very deeply.
After the war, Niehoff became known as a film journalist and was a correspondent
of the Berliner
Tagesspiegel and the Süddeutsche Zeitung. In
1949, she testified against Veit Harlan, who in an anti-Semitical
sense had elaborated Ludwig Metzger's original script of the film Jud Suss (in 1940-'41, she was
On the title page of Dr. Goebbels nach Aufzeichnungen aus seiner
Umgebung, it reads: Herausgegeben unter Mitarbeit von
Karena Niehoff von Boris v. Borresholm. In this article, the
text of Dr. Goebbels nach Aufzeichnungen aus seiner Umgebung
is attributed to both Von Borresholm and Niehoff, although it is not
clear which parts each of them wrote.
the attempt took place on November 8, 1939, about 21:20. See for
Aanslag op Hitler, 8 november 1939.
name variant of Giovanni Battisto Seno (Zenno), 1600-1656; Italian
astrologer, personal physician of Wallenstein (Albrecht Wenzel
Eusebius von Waldstein), the Commander-in-Chief of the German
Imperial Troops at the time of the Thirty-Year-War. [text]
Borresholm / Niehoff, p.147: Er erwirkt die
Freilassung Kraffts und läßt diesen zum Wilhelmplatz bestellen.
The word bestellen has several meanings, among which to
bring and to summon. In my idea, Von Borresholm and
Niehoff meant to bring. Boelcke interpreted this word as to
summon (...Wenig später wurde Krafft zu Goebbels beordert [...],
Borresholm / Niehoff, p.148. The old-French text is the text of
quatrain 05-94. [text]
Boelcke's Wollt Ihr den totalen Krieg - Die geheimen
Goebbels-Konferenzen 1939-43 (Herrsching, 1989 ), a selection
from the minutes of the secret daily propaganda conferences in the
period 1939-1943, there is a summary of the minutes of November 11,
1939. This summary does not include the summary of the
Nostradamusparagraph, written by Von Borresholm and Niehoff. [text]
p.228-229, note 3. [text]
p.143 ff.; Boelcke-1966, p.241. In his explanation, Boelcke writes
that despite Hitler's decision, astrology was highly estimated in
some executive NSDAP-quarters. They were convinced that astrological
principles regarding the precise calculation of a horoscope
profoundly were connected with the national-socialist view of the
world and answered to the national-socialist idea about fate. [text]
p.220-223. See also Van Berkel:
- The 1939-fortune of Mysterien von
Sonne und Seele (dr. H.-H. Kritzinger, DE, 1961)
- Quatrain 03-57 and Die Weissagungen des
Nostradamus (C. Loog, Pfullingen in Württenberg, 1921 ) [text]
always wrote his diary entries one day later. [text]
1939-fortune of Mysterien von Sonne und Seele (dr. H.-H.
Kritzinger, DE, 1961). [text]
Borresholm en Niehoff did not explain Kraffts comment. [text]
p.56-57. See also Van Berkel: Das
Oberkommando der Wehrmacht gibt bekannt (M.H. Sommerfeldt,
Frankfurt am Main,
1952). Zenturie 33
is a united, edited version of the
quatrains 05-94 and 10-42 in Nostradamus - prophetische
Weltgeschichte von 1547 bis gegen 3000 (Bruno Noah, Berlin, 1928).
p.137 (basing himself upon quatrain 10-100, Kritzinger expected the
decline of England in either the second half of the 20th century or
between 2010 and 2040); Noah, p.157.
p.VII, p.XVIII-XIX and p.XXII-XXIII. In Nostradamus sieht die
Zukunft Europas, a manuscript which is older than the final
version of the Einführung..., Bologne is only linked
to the French city of Boulogne (Krafft 1940c, p.62). [text]
Howe, p.255. [text]
p.228-229, note 3. [text]