NOSTRADAMUS, ASTROLOGY AND THE BIBLE
SUBSTUDY "WORLD WAR II"
De voorspellingen van Nostradamus 
(Brochures ter informatie #18, Berlin, 1940)

- T.W.M. van Berkel -

Nederlandse versie

 
See also:

Brochure-18-NLIn 1940-1941, the Deutsche Informationsstelle, a section of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, located at 27 Rauchstraße, Berlin-W35, produced a series of anonymous propaganda brochures, which consisted of 48 volumes. These brochures were published in ten languages. The German series was entitled Informations-Schriften. Originally, the Dutch series was entitled Brochures ter informatie; later, this title was changed into Informatieboekjes.[1] 
Volume 18 in the series Informations-Schriften, to which is referred with Brochure-18-DE, was entitled Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus. This brochure has nothing to do with the equally entitled article, written by Elisabeth Noelle and published on June 16, 1940 in the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung
The Dutch translation of Brochure-18 was brought into circulation in 1941 as volume 18 in the series Brochures ter informatie. Its title: De voorspellingen van Nostradamus. This brochure consisted of 15 pages and was printed by Erich Zander Druck- und Verlagshaus, Berlin SW29. In 1940, the French translation was brought into circulation.
In Brochure-18-NL, the name of the author is not given. For the cover of Brochure-18-NL, the cover of Brochure-18-DE has been used. On this cover, French quatrain texts were printed from the lower left to the upper right direction. In the upper rectangular frame, the German title of the brochure was replaced by the Dutch title. In the lower rectangular frame, the indication Informations-Schriften Nr. 18, Europa-Verlag 1940 was replaced by Brochures ter Informatie No 18 / Europa-Uitgeverij 1941. The name Europa-Uitgeverij is a fictitious name.

Brochure-18-NL is an almost word-by-word translation of Brochure-18-DE, except for an inserted footnote on p.1 of Brochure-18-NL, in which is explained what a Century exactly is (such an explanation is not given in Brochure-18-DE). In Brochure-18-NL, nothing is written in connection with the circumstances in 1940 in the Netherlands and/or Flanders.
The text in Brochure-18-NL is divided into five untitled pieces, in the same way as in Brochure-18-DE: information on Nostradamus and the Centuries (p.1-6), fulfilled predictions (p.6-8), the events in France in May-June 1940 (p.8-10), predictions about England, Germany and Hitler (p.10-14) and an epilogue, in which the German victory is announced (p.15). Like in Brochure-18-DE, a six-leaf flower has been used in Brochure-18-NL as a separation mark between the text pieces.
Brochure-18-NL does not contain illustrations. The quatrain numbers of the discussed quatrains are not given.

 

The Dutch Century-texts
Like Brochure-18-DE, Brochure-18-NL does not contain French Century-texts. The Dutch Century-texts in Brochure-18-NL are translations from the German Century-texts in Brochure-18-DE. This can be seen in for example the text of the quatrains 01-01 and 01-02. In Brochure-18-DE, the text of these quatrains was copied from Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert (dr. B. Winkler, Görlitz, 1939 [1938]), with the only difference that in the first line of quatrain 01-02 in Brochure-18-DE not the word mit has been used as in Winkler's translation, but the word bei. In Brochure-18-NL, this German translation was translated into Dutch. The national-socialist brochure Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? (Den Haag, April 1940, published prior to Brochure-18-NL) also contains a translation of Winkler's translation of the quatrains 01-01 and 01-02. In 1941, mr. dr. H. Houwens Post alias mr. dr. W.L. Vreede made a more word-by-word translation.

The quatrains 01-01 and 01-02

Brochure-18-DE, p.4
(Winkler-1939, p.12)

"Pasteur", p.13

Brochure-18-NL, p.4

1941-Vreede-translation, p.34

Quatrain 01-01
Sitz ich des Nachts, geheimen Dingen offen,
In stiller Einsamkeit auf ehrnem Seherthron,
Läßt bald mich das verlorene Flämmchen hoffen,
Daß meinem Glauben wird der rechte Lohn.

Quatrain 01-01
Zit ik 's nachts, ontvankelijk voor geheime dingen,
in diepe eenzaamheid, op harden zienerstroon,
dan lat mij een verloren vonkje weldra hopen,
dat mijn geloof op de juiste wijze zal worden beloond.

Quatrain 01-01
Zit ik des nachts voor geheime dingen,
In stille eenzaamheid op bronzen zienerstroon,
Laat weldra mij het verloren vlammetje hopen,
Dat mijn geloof 't verdiende loon ontvangt.

Quatrain 01-01
's Nachts, gezeten voor de studie van verborgen dingen,
Alleen, rustend op de bronzen zetel:
Een klein licht, dat uit de eenzaamheid ontspruit,
Doet ontluiken, wat niet als ijdel te verwerpen valt.

Quatrain 01-02
Wenn ich die Rute bei den Händen fasse,
Netzt bald die Welle Saum und Füße mir.
Ich höre eine Stimme und erblasse.
Himmlisches Licht! Das Göttliche ist hier!

Quatrain 01-02
Als ik de roede in de handen vat,
besproeit weldra de golf mij zoom en voeten
,
ik hoor een stem dan en verbleek,
o hemelsch Licht! Hier is het goddelijke!
Quatrain 01-02
Wanneer
ik de roede in mijn handen neem,
Bespoelt de golf mij weldra mantelzoom en voeten,
Ik hoor een stem en verbleek,
Hemelsch licht! Het goddelijke is hier!
Quatrain 01-02
Met de staf in de handen, midden in de takken geplaatst,
Maakt hij met het water zowel de zoom als voeten nat.
Een gevoel van vrees en een stem trekken omhoog door de armen heen.
Goddelijke verhevenheid. Het goddelijke komt nader.

Another example of a German quatrain text which has been translated into Dutch is the first line of quatrain 10-31 on p.15. This translation does not correspond with the meaning of Le sainct empire viendra en Germanie (tr.: the holy empire will come in Germania), the original French line. In Brochure-18-DE, this line was translated into Nach Deutschland wird kommen das Heilige Reich!. In Brochure-18-NL, the word Nach was not translated in the meaning of "towards" but in the meaning of "next to"; the Dutch translation reads: "Na Duitschland zal komen het heilige Rijk!" (tr."After Germany the holy Empire will come!). The same translation mistake was made in Brochure-18-FR.[2]

 

The propaganda message
In Brochure-18-NL, the same quatrains are discussed as in Brochure-18-DE, in the same order and with the same comment.
The propaganda message of Brochure-18-NL was that Nostradamus, who back in the sixteenth century predicted the beginning in 1939-1940 of the war and France's defeat, also had predicted the coming decline of England, famine in England, Hitler walking upon England's shores and that Germany would win the war.

The discussed quatrains in Brochure-18-NL

Page

Quatrain

Link

4

01-01

Method of Nostradamus

4

01-02 Method of  Nostradamus

6

08-76 Rise of Cromwell

6

08-37

Beheading of Charles I

8

09-52

Molotov - Von Ribbentrop pact, German attack on France, 1940

9

09-83

Beginning of the Westfeldzug, May 10, 1940

9

04-37 Progress of the German invasion in France, May-June 1940

10

05-30

Italy starts to participate in the war, capitulation of Paris

10

03-57 1939: German invasion in Poland which brings England into a crisis

11

10-100 Announcement of the end of the 300-year supremacy of England, which started in 1603

11

02-100 Chaos in England

12

03-71

Famine in England

12

02-75 Air raids on England, famine

12-13

02-83

Famine in England by a German blockade

13

02-05 England will be attacked on the sea

13

05-74 Hitler will walk up on England's shores

14

05-94 Großdeutschland: the victorious Westfeldzug
14 03-58 Birth of Hitler
14 03-67 Rise of national-socialism

15

10-31 German victory and supremacy

 

 

Expression of thanks
The author wishes to thank Jacques Halbronn D.Litt for sending photocopies of the French and German version of Brochure-18.

 

De Meern, the Netherlands, January 8, 2007
T.W.M. van Berkel
 

 

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

  1. See: Van Berkel: Information on the Informations-Schriften (a national-socialistist series of propaganda brochures, Berlin, 1940-1941). [tekst]

  2. Brochure-18-DE, p.14; Brochure-18-NL, p.15; Brochure-18-FR, p.15. [tekst]

 

 
 

 
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