NOSTRADAMUS, ASTROLOGY AND THE BIBLE
SUBSTUDY "WORLD WAR II"
Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen 
(dr. phil. A.M. Centgraf, Der Kurier #158, Berlin, July 10, 1949)
- T.W.M. van Berkel -

Nederlandse versie
 

Nostradamus und Berlin
Nostradamus und Berlin (Der Kurier, Berlin, July 10, 1949)

General information
In the Sunday supplement of Der Kurier (Berlin), a page-size article on Nostradamus was published on July 10, 1949, written by the German historian/philologist dr. phil. Alexander Max Centgraf (1893-1970). This article was divided in two parts: Nostradamus und Berlin and - und andere Weissagungen. In Nostradamus und Berlin, Centgraf discussed a number of quatrains which according to him dealt with the history of Germany and Berlin. In - und andere Weissagungen, he discussed a number of predictions in Century 09. 
Nostradamus und Berlin
- und andere Weissagungen contained four illustrations: a portrait of Nostradamus as a pharmacist, the frontispiece of a 1568-B.Rigaud-edition of the Centuries; a picture which showed a lesson in astrology in the 16th century and a picture of a page from Century 09 in the prime edition of the Centuries, containing the quatrains 09-15 to 09-20.
At the beginning of his article, Centgraf wrote that his thorough study of the Centuries brought him to the conclusion that Nostradamus had compiled a great, prophetic concordance of world history, albeit chaotic. Centgraf had managed to decipher several quatrains which dealt with Berlin. He concluded that Nostradamus was like a meteor from higher spheres, who shed his light over those who searched and did research. With this remark, he joined Goethe, who spent similar words on Nostradamus in Faust, and the German Century-scholar dr. Max Philipp Albert Kemmerich, who characterized Nostradamus as one of the greatest geniuses of all times.

 

Discussed quatrains
In Nostradamus und Berlin, the first part of the article, five quatrains are discussed:

  • 04-52: Napoleon marching into Berlin, October 27, 1806

  • 03-11: destruction of the Berlin Tiergarten by air raids

  • 06-65: the beginning of World War II; the burning of the bodies of Hitler and Eva Braun

  • 01-32: the end of the Second German Empire

  • 05-94: occupation by Germany in 1940 of the Netherlands, Belgium and France, after the Blitzkrieg against France. With the rest of France, Hitler made a faked armistice. In 1945, Stalin approached the gates of Vienna and Berlin.

In - und weitere Weissagungen, the second part of the article, three quatrains are discussed:

  • 09-16: Franco and Rivera

  • 09-18: beheading general Montmorency in 1632

  • 09-20: flight, arrest and death of Louis XVI

 

Correspondences of Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen with the German source text of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... (Arnhem, 1941)

De Tombre (Centgraf)In 1941, Hijman, Stenfert Kroese & Van de Zande NV publishers in Arnhem NL, run by the Dutch national-socialist J.H. van Ditmarsch, published a brochure of 102 pages. The title on the dust jacket read: Staat onze toekomst vast? Voorspellingen van Nostradamus uit het jaar 1558 over het verloop van den huidige oorlog - door A. de Tombre. The title on the title page read: Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn  Michael Nostradamus spreekt in 1558 over het verloop en den uitslag van deze oorlog. On this website, the title Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... is maintained.
In the article Nostradamus stelt de wereld al vier eeuwen voor raadselen, the Dutch journalist Piet Heil wrote that De Tombre (he actually used the name De Trombe) was a fascist astrologer.[1] For the moment, it is not possible to verify this information. On this website, the possibility is considered that the name De Tombre is a feigned name, like the name Jean François Pasteur in the national-socialist Nostradamusbrochure Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?.
The German Century-scholar Ulrich Maichle, who a.o. occupies himself with national-socialist Nostradamus-propaganda in the period 1939-1942 by means of archive research, found out by means of a copy of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... which is part of the collection of the Berlin State Library, that this was a national-socialist brochure, written by Centgraf.[2] The title page of the German copy of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... contains a note, which reads that Centgraf is the author of this brochure. On the backside of the title page, it is noted that Centgraf gave this copy as a present to the Prussian State Library.
[3]title page Berlin copy
In post-war comments on the Centuries, Centgraf used the pseudonym "dr. N. Alexander Centurio". A comparison of the contents of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... with Nostradamus - der Prophet der Weltgeschichte (Centurio, Berlin, 1953), Nostradamus -  Prophetische Weltgeschichte (Centurio, Bietigheim, 1968) and Die grossen Weissagungen des Nostradamus (Centurio, Munich, 1981, a license-edition of Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte) showed that parts of the text in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... return in later publications by Centgraf / Centurio.[4] There, he never dissociated himself from his comments in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... In public, he never apoligized for the national-socialist propaganda he wrote during the war.
As far as I know, Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen is the first post-war publication by Centgraf on Nostradamus. We note that he wrote this publication while using his own name instead of a pseudonym. For this article, the contents of Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen are compared with the contents of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... The results are as follows.

a. Quatrain texts
Between the German text in Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen of the quatrains 05-94 and 09-16 and the Dutch text of these quatrains in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... are that many correspondences and that few differences, that it can be said that Centgraf took the German texts of these quatrains from the German source text of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., as shown in the table (for the record, the French text of these quatrains, as printed in the appendix in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., is also listed).

Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen
Quatrain 05-94 (p.96)
Translatera en la grand Germanie,
Brabant & Flãdres, Gand, Bruges, & Bolongne:
La traisue fainte, le grand duc d'Armenie,
Assaillira Vienne & la Coloigne.
Quatrain 05-94 (p.27)
Overgebracht wordt in de groote Germaansche levensruimte,
Brabant, Vlaanderen, Gent, Brugge en Boulogne:
Na de geveinsde wapenstilstand, 
Zal de groote vorst van Armenië Weenen en Keulen aanvallen.
Quatrain 05-94
Uebertragen wird in das Gebied Großdeutschlands
Brabant, Flandern, Gent, Brügge und Boulogne:
Ein erheuchelter Waffenstillstand wird geschlossen, dan wird der große Führer aus Armenien
Wien und Köln (an der Spree) angreifen.
Quatrain 09-16 (p.97)
De castel Franco sortira l'assemblee,
L'ambassadeur non plaisant fera scisme:
Ceux de Ribiere seront  en la meslee,
Et au grand goulphre desnier ont l'entree.
Quatrain 09-16 (p.44)
Uit een vesting zal Franco zijn aanhangers naar buiten voeren.
Hij, de gezant, met wien niet te gekscheren valt, zal de scheuring (het schisma) brengen.
Die om Rivera zijn zullen in een handgemeen raken.
In een laatste maalstroom (beslissende strijd) zijn ze terecht gekomen
Quatrain 09-16
Aus einer Festung (alkazar) wird Franco seine Anhängerschaft herausführen
Es ist der Gesandte, der nicht spaßt, und er wird das Schisma bringen.
Die um Rivera (Ribiere, alte form für Rivera) sind in ein Handgemenge geraten,
In einen großen letzten Strudel (Entscheidingskampf) sind sie eingetreten.

 

b. Illustrations
Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen contains a picture of the cover of a B.Rigaud-edition of the Centuries. In the note, it is written that an original copy of this edition is part of the collection of the Berlin State Library. A similar picture can also be found on page 9 in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... The picture of the page with quatrains from Century 09 is also taken from this B.Rigaud-edition. De afbeelding van de pagina met kwatrijnen uit Century 09 stamt ook uit deze editie-B.Rigaud. Centgraf qualifies this edition as the "source edition" of the Centuries. A copy of this edition could be found in the Berlin State Library, with the signature Na7590. This copy, however, is a copy of a 1649-P.Rigaud-edition of the Centuries.[5]
In Nostradamus -Prophetische Weltgeschichte, Centgraf wrote that his source text was a photocopy of a B.Rigaud-edition of the Centuries, made by Karl Ernst Krafft in 1940, with a circulation number of 300 copies, not meant for sale.[6] Page 2 contains a picture of the cover of this edition. Research by Wilhelm Zannoth on the origins of the French quatrains texts, depicted on pp.96-99 in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... showed that these texts were taken from the Krafft-copy. This leads me to the assumption that Centgraf used the 1940-Krafft-copy as a text source as well as an illustration source for both Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... and Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen.

c. The anagram Hadrie
In Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen, the German text of the fourth line of quatrain 03-11 reads: Wenn die Alleinherrschaft des "Hadrie" unterliegt. Discussing the meaning of the word Hadrie, which he qualifies as an anagram, Centgraf writes:

An der Hand einer Reihe anderer Vierzeiler, die sich mit unserem Schicksal im letzten Kriege beschäftigen, habe ich erkannt, daß Nostradamus das Wort "Hadrie" als Kryptogramm für Hitler gebraucht. Man lese einmal das Wort so, wie ich es jetzt trenne: H (Hitler) Ad (Adolf) Adrie = Adria, der südliche Schwerpunkt der Achsenpolitik des Diktators.

The other series of quatrains which contains the word Hadrie, consists of the quatrains 01-08, 02-55 and 10-38, all discussed in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... On p.47, one can read the following information about Hadrie:

Hier wil ik slechts dit zeggen, dat het woord "Hadrie" de beginletters van den voor- en achternaam van Adolf Hitler bevat en tevens het woord Adria. Dit laatste woord is echter een verwijzing naar de as tussen Duitschland en Italië, die zijn zuidelijke zwaartepunt heeft in de Adria (de Adriatische Zee).

In the discussion in 1949 of the meaning of the word Hadrie in Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen, Centgraf claimed he was the one who linked this word with (a) Hitler and (b) the Axis-powers. By referring to a series of other quatrains, dealing with the fate of Germany in World War II, which series only can be found in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., he indicated that he was the author of the German source text of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... It is clear that in Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen, Centgraf included material from the German source text of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn...  
In the list of anagrams in the chapter Die Sprache des Propheten in Nostradamus - der Prophet der Weltgeschichte (1953) on p.17, Hadrie is explained as follows: H(itler) Ad(olf), Adria als Schwerpunkt der Achsenpolitik. On page 70, he wrote in connection with the winter of 1939-1940 and the meaning of quatrain 01-08 that at that time, he interpreted Hadrie as an anagram for Hitler. On p.100, he wrote that a link between Hadrie and Hitler could also be laid by referring to the Roman emperor Hadrianus, who like Hitler fought destruction wars against the Jews. However, Hadrianus was not mentioned in the comments on the Hadrie-quatrains. In the list of anagrams in the chapter Die Sprache des Propheten in Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte (1968) on p.30, Centgraf no longer mentioned the possibility of an anagram which consisted of Hitler's initials and an allusion to the Axis-powers.

 

A continuous series of concealing and twists
In Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., Centgraf presented the following perspectives about the future of Europe:

  • p.76, quatrain 08-96 (erroneously numbered as VII, XCVI): the Jews are expelled from Europe;

  • p.86, quatrain 08-77 (erroneously numbered as VIII, LXXII): bolshevism will exist for only 27 years;

  • p.90, quatrain 01-35: decline of England;

  • p.91, quatrain 02-55 (erroneously numbered as II, V): a splendid German victory;

  • p.92-93, quatrains 02-87 and 10-31: the Holy Empire comes to Germany;

  • p.94-95, quatrain 10-89: national-socialism will rule for about 57 years;

  • p.95, quatrain 10-42 (erroneously numbered as X, LII): the divine character of the strong leadership in Europe.

In Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen, Centgraf wrote nothing about the perspectives of his national-socialist brochure and he did not mention the fact that back in 1941 he wrote such a brochure, for which he was decorated in January 1945 with the Kriegsverdienstkreuzes II. Klasse ohne Schwerter, as can be read on Maichle's website.[7] Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen raises the impression to be written by a German who is convinced that Nostradamus described in detail the fate of Germany and Berlin. In Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte and later publications, Centgraf, using the pseudonym Centurio, raised the impression that back in 1949 he comforted his compatriots. Actually, by means of continuously twisting and concealing, he wanted his readers to believe that his interpretation of the Centuries was striking. He continuously incorporated material which originated from the German source text of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., in other words: material which originated from his national-socialist period.
Centgraf's comments on quatrain 05-94 are a good example of a continuous series of concealing and twists. In the Dutch text of quatrain 05-94 in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., the fourth line contains the word
aanvallen (tr.: attack). In his comment, Centgraf used this word also:

Wie is nu de groote Vorst van Armenië, die na de geveinsde wapenstilstand Keulen en Weenen zal aanvallen? Om te beginnen zijn Keulen en Weenen als de beide grootste steden in het Westen en het Oosten van het Duitsche Rijk de vertegenwoordigers voor geheel Duitschland. De grootvorst van Armenië is echter niemand anders dan Stalin. [...] Het bewijs voor deze bewering, dat hier Stalin bedoeld is, wordt vooral geleverd door Nostradamus' toevoeging, dat de overval na den geveinsden wapenstilstand plaatsvindt, dus na het groote verdrag, dat Adolf Hitler voor het begin van dezen oorlog met Rusland sloot; Stalin heeft echter nooit het plan gehad dit verdrag na te komen.[8]

The translation of quatrain 05-94 in Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen (1949) contains the word angreifen (tr.: attack). Centgraf's comment contains the past tense griff [...] an:

Der erheuchelte Waffenstillstand ist das Abkommen Hitlers mit dem Rest Frankreichs nach dem Blitzkrieg. Dann griff der Diktator Rußland an, aber der "große Führer von Armenien " - das ist Stalin - stand 1945 vor Wien und Köln, allerdings nicht vor Köln am Rhein, sondern vor Kölln an der Spree. Denn zu Nostradamus' Zeiten war Berlin nur eine kleine Residenz, während ihre Schwesterstadt Kölln größere Bedeutung besaß.

In the supplement to his letter of May 22, 1950 to the German author Hermann Hesse, Centgraf linked the "faked armistice" to the German-Russian non-aggression pact and translated the third and fourth line of quatrain 05-94 as follows: 

Ein erheuchelter Waffenstillstand (Nichtangriffspakt) wird geschlossen,
Dann wird der grosse Führer aus Armenien (Stalin) Wiend und Köl-n (Neukölln-Berlin) angreifen

In Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte (1953), Centgraf presented a different translation of the third and fourth line of quatrain 05-94, compared with his earlier publications: Im geheuchelten Waffenstillstand wird der große Herzog aus Armenien Wien und Cölln (Berlin!) berennen; the word angreifen no longer occurs in his translation. In his comment, Centgraf wrote that Nostradamus had predicted that Stalin's blockade of Berlin and Vienna would fail, without referring to his article in the edition of July 10, 1949 of Der Kurier:

Die Konferenz von Potsdam brachte 1945 nicht den geringsten Ansatzpunkt für einen Friedensschluß. Tatsächlich bestand also nach Beendigung des Krieges nur ein Waffenstillstand. Wenn dieser nun "geheuchelt" genannt wird, so ist das als treffende Bezeichnung dieses seltsamen Zustandes anzusehen, der die einstigen Alliierten sich entzweien ließ un schließlich zur Blockade Berlins führte. Es gelang Stalin nicht, dieses Schaufenster westlicher Freiheit und Lebensart mitten im roten Meer zu Fall zu bringen und einzunehmen. Man hätte im Kreml den Nostradamus lesen müssen, um den Ausgang dieses Sturmes auf Berlin zu erfahren; man hätte kein Wort von Eroberung gefunden, nur von Berennen wurde dort gesprochen. Das Gleiche gilt fur Wien. Dies wird den Bewohnern der beiden Vier-Sektoren-Städtge Wien und Berlin auch heute noch tröstlich klingen können.[9]

On page 402 the August issue of volume 1959 of the Schweizer Monatshefte - Zeitschrift für Politik Wirtschaft Kultur, Centgraf wrote in the article Nostradamus und das jüngste Weltgeschehen that in July 1949, he had written an article for a big Berlin newspaper, in which he, basing himself upon quatrain 05-94, had said that Stalin would not manage to conquer Berlin and Vienna, he only would march on these cities. According to Centgraf, nobody could contest that this explanation was correct and fulfilled. In Nostradamus und das jüngste Weltgeschehen, Centgraf did not mention the name of the Berlin newspaper. It is quite likely that he referred to the edition of July 10, 1949 of Der Kurier, which contained his article Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen. 
In Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte (1968), some lines deal with Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen. In these lines, Centgraf described his 1949-comment on quatrain 05-94 as follows, corresponding almost word-by-word with his remarks in Nostradamus und das jüngste Weltgeschehen:

Ich schrieb in dem erwähnten Beitrag [Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen, TvB]: "Es wird ihm [Stalin, TvB] nicht gelingen, Wien und Berlin in Besitz zu nehmen. Er wird beide Hauptstädte nur berennen." Niemand wird abstreiten, daß diese Deuting für die Berliner, die noch unter dem Eindruck der Blockade standen, ein großer Trost war, richtig war und sich erfüllt hat.[10]

In Die siebziger Jahre in der Sicht des Propheten Nostradamus, published in the January issue of volume 1970 of the monthly magazine Esotera - Die Herrschaft des Geistes über die Materie (Freiburg in Breisgau, previously Die andere Welt), founded upon the 5th edition (1968) of Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte and dating from 1969, Centgraf linked the words geheuchelten Waffenstilstand to the outbreak of the Cold War and Stalin's failing attempts to isolate Berlin and Vienna. He referred to his article in the edition of July 10, 1949 of Der Kurier, in which he, founding himself upon quatrain 05-94, had told his readers that Stalin would not manage to conquer Berlin.

It is clearly demonstrated that in 1959, Centgraf did not present the meaning of of his 1949-comment on quatrain 05-94. Actually, he presented a story which he made up in 1953, but which he had not written in 1949. Moreover, in 1941, his comment was entirely different.
In the course of the years, Centgraf's comment on quatrain 05-94 changed as follows:

  • 1941: Coloigne = Cöln; Nostradamus had predicted that Stalin would violate the Molotov - Von Ribbentrop pact ;

  • 1949: Coloigne = Berlin; Nostradamus had predicted that in 1945 the Russian Army would march to Berlin;

  • 1950: Coloigne = Berlin; Nostradamus had predicted that in 1945 the Russian Army would march to Berlin;

  • 1953: Coloigne = Berlin; Nostradamus had predicted that Stalin's post-war blockade of Berlin and Vienna would fail;

  • 1959: Coloigne = Berlin; Centgraf stated that back in 1949 he wrote that Nostradamus had predicted that Stalin's post-war blockade of Berlin would fail;

  • 1968: Coloigne = Berlin; Centgraf stated that back in 1949 he wrote that Nostradamus had predicted that Stalin's post-war blockade of Berlin would fail;

  • 1969: Coloigne = Berlin; Centgraf stated that back in 1949 he wrote that Nostradamus had predicted that Stalin's post-war blockade of Berlin would fail.

 

The fortune of Centgraf's oeuvre
The first publication of Centgraf which deals with the Centuries is only available in a Dutch translation: Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... (De Tombre, Arnhem, 1941). If this translation was part of a series of translations, spread in 1941/1942 in a way Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? was spread with other translations of a text, written in November - December 1939 by a number of employees of Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda, is not known.
In 1949, Centgraf wrote the article Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen. In this article, he included material which originated from the German source text of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... 
Centgraf also gave lectures on Nostradamus. In Nostradamus - ein Leben in der bedeutendsten Zeitwende des Abendlandes und seine Auferstehung (Munich, 1963), the late Karl Drude, a German Century-scholar, wrote that on a Wednesday afternoon, one of his friends attended a lecture by Centgraf on Nostradamus, the third lecture he gave that day. This friend was very impressed by Centgraf's explanations of quatrains which were fulfilled in the 17th, 18th and 19th century and by his explanations of quatrains which dealt with the capitulation of Berlin. As for the Americans, they were highly esteemed. When the meeting was ended, one of the attendants, an astrologer, gave Centgraf a book on Nostradamus.[11] Drude did not give the date on which Centgraf gave this lecture, but it is striking that (a) his friend was impressed by explanations, dealing with the capitulation of Berlin and (b) Centgraf used his own name and not a pseudonym, as he did from at least 1953. 
In 1953, the first edition of Nostradamus - der Prophet der Weltgeschichte was published. Centgraf used the pseudonym dr. N. Centurio and discussed all Centuries. In this book also, material was included which originated from the German source text of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... After a number of revisions, Nostradamus - der Prophet der Weltgeschichte was replaced by Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte, in which Centgraf, now using the pseudonym dr. N. Alexander Centurio, discussed a selection of quatrains and other nostradamic material for the years until 2050. In this book also, material was included which originated from the German source text of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... In this article, the first edition (1968) has been studied.
From 1981, Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte is entitled : Die grossen Weissagungen des Nostradamus - prophetische Weltgeschichte bis zum Jahr 2050. This book is part of the series "Arcana, the leading Body - Mind - Spirit program" of Random House publishers in Munich, ISBN: 978-3-442-11772-7.

 

A questionable Century-scholar
On this website, it is assumed that after the German invasion in Poland in September 1939, Centgraf started to study Nostradamus and the Centuries, i.e.Loog's Die Weissagungen des Nostradamus and probably most notably his comment upon quatrain 03-57, which at that time was quite sensational because of being linked to the German invasion in Poland. The critical remarks of the German philosopher dr. Max Dessoir in Vom Jenseits der Seele about Nostradamus, the Centuries and the Century-comments made him, as he wrote, to compare the predictions in the Centuries with the course of history. 
By the end of 1939, according to his information, Centgraf warned compatriots against the risks of a lightning war against France. Perhaps his study was focused upon fathoming the military and political situation in Europe. In the summer of 1940, he was upset when he noticed that national-socialists used his link of a couple of quatrains to such a kind of war for propaganda purposes. In the summer of 1944, he wrote, he tried to achieve peace in Europe by telling Hadamovsky, a prominent national-socialist, that one of the quatrains in the Centuries fitted to such an event. He also would have tried to improve the circumstances of some of his friends who were interned in a concentration camp. Centgraf's information on these points contains incorrect facts and does not show that in World War II, Centgraf, who in 1933 became member of the SA, in 1937 member of the NSDAP, was an esteemed national-socialist activist who wrote anti-Semitic brochures and used the Centuries and Century-comments for propagandistic purposes by writing the German source text of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... and the brochure Nostradamus and England, with which in the summer of 1944 the British had to become demoralized. 
According to the future scenario in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., England would fall, Germany, lead by Hitler, would become the leading power in Europe (the Holy Empire) and the world would be in peace for 57 years. In Centgraf's post-war publications about Nostradamus and the Centuries, Henry the Fortunate, president of the United States of Europe, would give the world a peace period for 57 years in 2040, Germany will play a leading part (the Holy Empire) and England would become a part of the United States of America, and as such lose her leading position in the world. In other words: the future scenario in Centgraf's post-war publications about Nostradamus and the Centuries is as pro-German and anti-British as the future scenario in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... 
The question is if Centgraf in 1940/'41 wrote a number of texts and a future scenario, which he revised in 1941 for propaganda reasons and after war brought back in its original state, or if the German source text of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... was his first text about Nostradamus and the Centuries, which he changed after the war. For the moment, I cannot answer this question, which is an important one since it is hard to imagine that someone who wants to hide his propagandistic activities in 1941/'44, dates the beginning of his study in 1939. It is a matter of fact, however, that in his post-war publications about Nostradamus and the Centuries, beginning with the article Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen, Centgraf included texts which can be traced back to the German source text of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... Neither in his post-war publications, nor in public, he dissociated himself or apologized for what he had written in the German source text of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn...: comments which had to frighten people and to demoralize them, which were aimed against Jews and communists and which demonstrated that for decades, national-socialism would be the leading power in Europe. On the contrary, he presented himself as a Century-scholar who comforts his readers. In Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte, his second book about Nostradamus and the Centuries, which he finished two years before his death and which until today is reprinted, he added, compared with his first book about Nostradamus and the Centuries (Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte) new elements which can be traced back to Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn...

For many years, my colleague Ulrich Maichle occupies himself with research on the activities of Centgraf / Centurio. His website Die Nostradamus-Propaganda der Nazis 1939 - 1942 contains numerous transcripts of documents which shows Centgraf's involvement in national-socialism. Maichle had a discussion with Random House publishers in Munich in order to stop further selling of Die grossen Weissagungen des Nostradamus, a license edition of Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte. I invite you to deepen yourself in the oeuvre of Centgraf / Centurio, the articles about his books on www.nostradamusresearch.org and Maichle's findings. If you think that the oeuvre of Centgraf / Centurio is politically contaminated and that his book Die grossen Weissagungen des Nostradamus has to be taken from the market, you can address yourself to Random House or to Turm publishers, the company which up until today publishes Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte.

Until today, the effects can be noted of the fact that the national-socialist roots of a number of Century-scholars are unknown, and in the case of Centgraf, also the fact that it is unknown that his post-war Nostradamus-publications contain echoes of his national-socialist ideas about the political order on the European continent in an in some ways adjusted form. The issue of December 22, 1978 of the Nieuw Israelitisch Weekblad, a Dutch weekly, is a sad example. 
On the occasion of the 475th birthday of Nostradamus, the issue of December 22, 1978 of the Nieuw Israelitisch Weekblad contained two articles about Nostradamus, written by Meir Marcel Faerber, co-founder and president of the Verband Deutschsprachiger Schriftsteller in Israel
In Joodse achtergrond beïnvloedde werk van astronoom Nostradamus, the first article, Faerber presented a summary of the biographic information about Nostradamus by James Laver in Nostradamus or the future foretold (London, 1942). The readers of the Nieuw Israelitisch Weekblad could become familiar with what Laver had written about the Jewish origin of Nostradamus, the conversion of his parents to Roman-Catholicism and the education of Nostradamus by his grandfathers. This article also contained a number of legends about Nostradamus. The title of Laver's book and the year in which it was published, was clearly mentioned.
In Verdeelsleutel maakt voorspellingen van Nostradamus begrijpelijk (tr.: Distribution key makes the predictions of Nostradamus comprehensible), the second article, Faerber discussed the method of Nostradamus and the accuracy of a number of quatrains. The distribution key to which was alluded to in the title, was the key, developed by the German Century-scholar Carl Loog in 1916-1920 and which he discussed to some extent in Die Weissagungen des Nostradamus (Pfullingen in Württemberg, 1921 (1920). The fact that Faerber discussed the epilogue of Johannes Baum publishers shows that he consulted the first edition of Die Weissagungen des Nostradamus. The title of this book and its year of publishing was clearly mentioned.
In the series "accurate predictions", Faerber discussed quatrains which were linked to a.o. Louis XIV, Louis XVI, Napoleon I, Napoleon III and World War II. He considers all of these quatrains as being fulfilled. According to Faerber, there are about 36 quatrains which contain an allusion to Hitler. 
The linking of quatrains to events in World War II such as the German invasions in France (1940) and the Soviet-Union (1941) and to Hitler's suicide in 1945 made me suspicious. In Die Weissagungen des Nostradamus, Loog did not link any quatrain to these events. According to Loog, the first great war in which Germany would be one of the fighting parties, would begin around 2100. He spent not one word on Hitler. Examination showed that the Dutch quatrain texts in Verdeelsleutel maakt voorspellingen van Nostradamus begrijpelijk could not be traced back to the quatrain texts in Die Weissagungen des Nostradamus. A number of quatrains in Verdeelsleutel maakt voorspellingen van Nostradamus begrijpelijk were not discussed in Die Weissagungen des Nostradamus. This shows that Die Weissagungen des Nostradamus was not te only book that Faerber consulted when he wrote Verdeelsleutel maakt voorspellingen van Nostradamus begrijpelijk. Die Weissagungen des Nostradamus is, however, the only title he mentioned.
The book which Faerber consulted while describing his series "accurate predictions" was Centgraf's Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte (Bietigheim, 1968). The first line of the paragraph Roebel in Verdeelsleutel maakt voorspellingen van Nostradamus begrijpelijk contains the words Hadrie and Hitler. Centgraf ihas been the one and only Century-scholar who postulated that the word Hadrie in the Centuries is an anagram for Hitler and the Axis-powers Germany and Italy. The first time he published this, was in 1941/'42 in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., the Dutch translation of the national-socialist brochure which he wrote or completed between June and December 1941. In his post-war Nostradamus-publications, he maintained this explanation. 
The first two lines of the paragraph Roebel in Verdeelsleutel maakt voorspellingen van Nostradamus begrijpelijk, can be traced back to Centgraf's version of quatrain 02-55 in Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte (Bietigheim, 1968):

Verdeelsleutel maakt voorspellingen van Nostradamus begrijpelijk

Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte, p.212.

In het conflict zal de grote, die weinig in aanzien stond, tenslotte toch het wonder volbrengen. Terwijl Hadrie, Hitler, zal moeten ervaren waarin hij tekortschiet, werpt op het feestmaal een schot de trotsen op de grond. 

In dem Konflikt wird der Große, der wenig galt,
Doch zuletzt das Wunder vollbringen:
Während Hadrie ( Hitler) sehen wird, daß ihm alles fehlt,
Wirft auf dem Festmahl ein Schuß den Stolzen zu Boden.

In Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte, Centgraf ordered the quatrains by means of their year of fulfillment. To Hitler, he linked mor than 30 quatrains, the number, mentioned by Faerber in Verdeelsleutel maakt voorspellingen van Nostradamus begrijpelijk. In all cases, the remaining "accurate predictions" and the core of the comments upon them in Verdeelsleutel maakt voorspellingen van Nostradamus begrijpelijk can be traced back to Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte. This leads to the conclusion that Faerber copied the series of "accurate predictions" and the comments upon the from Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte. 
The title of Faerbers article raises the impression that the fulfilment years of the series of "accurate quatrains" are the result of the use of the key, developed by Loog. This turns out not to be the case. The series "accurate predictions" and the comments upon them are copied from Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte and have nothing to do with the book, written by Loog. Centgraf called the way by which he estimated the fulfilment years of quatrains, the "historic-critic methog". This method is entirely different from Loog's method, which he by the way knew.
In 1978, the general public did not know anything about Centgraf's national-socialist roots and the propaganda brochures he wrote, using the Centuries. Also nothing was known about the fact that his post-war publications contained echoes of ideas about the political order in Europe, which can be traced back to his ideas in World War II. To the answer to the question if Faerber would had consulted the books by Centgraf when he was aware af all this, we can only guess. For the moment, we have to face the fact that it is very sad that comments of a former national-socialist on the Prophecies of Nostradamus entered a weekly, meant for those people who in the first half of the previous century was stroke by the national-socialists in the cruellest way one can imagine.

 

De Meern, the Netherlands, April 5, 2007
T.W.M. van Berkel
updated on April 14, 2012

 

Expression of thanks
The author wishes to thank Versandantiquariat Hans-Jürgen Lange in Wietze (D) for sending a copy of Die siebzieger Jahre in der Sicht des Propheten Nostradamus and the Institut für Zeitgeschichte for sending a copy of Nostradamus und das jüngste Weltgeschehen.

 

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

  1. Het Vrije Volk, December 24, 1966 (Christmas supplement). [text] 
  2. Maichle: Die Nostradamus-Propaganda der Nazis 1939-1942. [text]
  3. Schöffel (Berlin State Library) to Van Berkel, December 5, 2005; in the note on the title page, the numbers 1 and 2 in the year figure 1941 are mixed. [text]
  4. Van Berkel: Mysterie 14-18 De Eerste Wereldoorlog onverklaard (R. Heijster, Tielt, 2000 [1999]) [text]
  5. Centurio-1953, p.11 and 260. [text]
  6. Centurio-1968, p.266. [text]
  7. Maichle: Die Nostradamus-Propaganda der Nazis 1939-1942. [text]
  8. De Tombre, p.28-29. [text]
  9. Centurio-1953, p.128-129. [text]
  10. Centurio-1968, p.216-217. [text]
  11. Drude-1963, p.356-358. [text]
 
 

 
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