NOSTRADAMUS, ASTROLOGY AND THE BIBLE
substudY "WORLD WAR ii"
Dr. phil A.M. Centgraf (dr. N. Alexander Centurio) on national-socialist Nostradamus-propaganda
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Dr. phil. Alexander Max Centgraf
Dr. phil. 
Alexander Max Centgraf

Introduction
Ater World War II, the German historian/philologist dr. phil. Alexander Max Centgraf alias dr. N. Alexander Centurio (1893-1970) wrote two books about Nostradamus and the Centuries. These books carried his author's pseudonym "dr. N. Alexander Centurio"[1] The first book, Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte, was published in 1953 by Richard Schikowski publishers in Berlin; the second book, Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte, was published in 1968 by Turm publishers in Bietigheim.
Nostradamus - der Prophet der Weltgeschichte contained comments and explanations, based upon Centgraf's translation of the Preface to Cesar, the Epistle to Henry II and the ten centuries, using the 1940-Krafft-copy of a 1568-B.Rigaud edition of the Centuries as a source text, further the centuries 11 (which in Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte contained the Sixains!), 12 (which in Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte consisted of 11 quatrains!) and the Présages. Schikowski also published the second, enlarged edition of Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte (1955), the third edition and the fourth, revised edition (1960). In Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte, Centgraf discussed the predictions of Nostradamus while maintaining the order in the Centuries, with a future perspective for the years until 2200.
Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte, Centgraf's second book about Nostradamus and the Centuries, contained a selection of quatrains, Présages en Sixains with a future perspective for the years until 2050. In this book, Centgraf discussed the quatrains and other predictions of Nostradamus in the order in which they according to him were fulfilled or would be fulfilled. Many of the comments in Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte corresponded with the comments in Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte. The first edition of Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte (Turm Verlag, Bietigheim, 1968) was therefore numbered as the fifth, revised and enlarged edition, coming next to the fourth edition of  Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte. The second and next editions of Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte were numbered as sixth and next editions, in all cases with the remark "revised and enlarged". Actually, they all were reprints of the first edition. 
Today, Turm publishers still print Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte. Since 1981, a license-copy of Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte is circulating, entitled Die großen Weissagungen des Nostradamus: prophetische Weltgeschichte bis zum Jahr 2050. The publishing rights were acquired by Bertelsmann in Munich.
www.nostradamusresearch.org possesses four articles which Centgraf after World War II wrote about Nostradamus and the Centuries. Three of them carried his own name. In the article Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen (in: Der Kurier, Berlin, July 10, 1949), he linked a number of quatrains to the fortune of Germany in and after World War II. In the articles Eindrucksvolle Beweise für die Richtigkeit der Nostradamus-Prophezeiungen (in: Die andere Welt, Freiburg in Breisgau, October 1969) and Die siebziger Jahre in der Sicht des Propheten Nostradamus (in: Esotera, Freiburg in Breisgau, January 1970), he presented comments which he had published in the 1968-edition of Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte. In Nostradamus und das jüngste Weltgeschehen, published in the August-issue of volume 1995 of the Schweizer Monatshefte - Zeitschrift für Politik Wirtschaft Kultur (Zürich), Centgraf described the reason why he started to study Nostradamus and the Centuries. He also described his position as a Century-scholar in World War II and linked a number of quatrains to events in World War II.
www.nostradamusresearch.org
also possesses a copy of a letter from Centgraf to the German author Hermann Hesse, dated on May 22, 1950 and written under his own name. At that time, Hesse resided in Switzerland. The subject of the letter was a manuscript by Centgraf about Nostradamus and the Centuries. The publisher in Berlin with which Centgraf had made a contract about publishing, was lacking financial means. As a result, Centgraf asked Hesse if he could make a Swiss publisher interested in the publishing of his manuscript. Centgraf's letter contained an appendix with comments upon a number of quatrains of century 09 and a part of the Centuries-concordance which Centgraf had compiled. 
From time to time in his post-war books and articles about Nostradamus and the Centuries, Centgraf described the way the national-socialists used the Centuries for propaganda purposes, who were involved in this and the impact of this propaganda. He also described that at the outbreak of World War II, he tried to restrain Germany by means of the Centuries from dangerous military operations and that by the end of World War II, he tried to enhance peace initiatives by writing a Nostradamusbrochure. 
Centgraf systematically hided that in 1941, he wrote the text of a national-socialist Nostradamusbrochure. The Dutch translation of this brochure was entitled Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn - Michael Nostradamus spreekt in 1558 over het verloop en den uitslag van dezen oorlog (Arnhem, 1941, alternative titel: Staat onze toekomst vast? Voorspellingen van Nostradamus uit het jaar 1558 over het verloop van den huidigen oorlog). In January 1945, as a token of appreciation for this brochure, Centgraf was decorated with the Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse ohne Schwerter. In his post-war books and articles about Nostradamus and the Centuries, Centgraf never dissociated himself from this brochure; a number of post-war comments and explanations can be traced back to it. Reason to approach his communications critically and to compare them with the information from other sources.

 

1938: Goebbels and Krafft 
In his post-war publications, Centgraf linked the first two lines of quatrain 05-94 to the German invasion in May 1940 in Belgium, France and the Netherlands and the last two lines to events concerning Berlin after Germany's capitulation in May 1945. In  connection with these events, Centgraf stated that the words
grand duc d'Armenie in the third line of quatrain 05-94 were an allusion to the Russian dictator Joseph Stalin.
According to Centgraf, the Swiss astrologer/statistician Karl Ernst Krafft also thought that the words grand duc d'Armenie were an allusion to Stalin. In Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte, Centgraf described that Krafft approached Goebbels to warn him for a Russian invasion. Goebbels was supposed to have persuaded Krafft to explain the words grand duc d'Armenie as an allusion to Hitler, also because at that time it was inconceivable that Stalin would attack Vienna and Cologne, mentioned in the fourth line of quatrain 05-94. Krafft immediately got employment at the German propaganda offices. In Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte, this episode is not dated. In Die siebziger Jahre in der Sicht des Propheten Nostradamus, this episode is also not dated.[2] According to Nostradamus und das jüngste Weltgeschehen and Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte, this episode occurred in 1938.[3]
As far as Centgraf's information about Krafft and Goebbels is concerned, this information can be refuted since the first contact between Krafft and national-socialist offices did not take place in 1938, but in autumn 1939, when Krafft became a writer for Amt VII-B1 of the Reichssicherheitshauptamt, an office which investigated occultism, freemasonry and cults in Germany. Krafft's task was to write "columns"  a mix of economic and political comments and speculations, from time to time based upon planetary cycles.[4] Moreover, notes of Martin H. Sommerfeldt about a secret daily propaganda meeting in the Ministry of Propaganda in presumably December 1939, published in Das Oberkommando der Wehrmacht gibt bekannt... (Frankfurt am Main, 1952) show that in that meeting, Goebbels linked the words grand duc d'Armenie to Stalin.[5] 
On page 268 of the seventh edition of Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte, Centgraf closed the chapter Bibliographische Angaben with the remark that the imaginative dynamics of the Centuries brought some powerful men to forge the Centuries in order to raise their prestige. According to Centgraf, it would be a service to science if this would be investigated carefully. As far as he was concerned, it needed no further explanation that Goebbels, the minister of Propaganda in the Third Reich, took the chance to manage luck with the help of Nostradamus. Not only in the countries which were occupied by the German Wehrmacht, but also in the neutral countries, brochures were spread, according to Centgraf, in which the German victory was announced. The aim of these brochures was to make this victory plausible. Nothing in these lines points to the fact that in 1941, Centgraf himself wrote a national-socialist Nostradamusbrochure, aimed against the British, the communists and the Jews, a brochure which was translated into Dutch and spread in the Netherlands, at that time occupied by Germany.

 

1939: the Centuries in the Reichskanzlei
On the pages 79 and 80 in Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte (Berlin, 1953) Centgraf linked quatrain 03-58 to the birth of Hitler and his mysterious death, as he characterized Hitler's suicide. In the mentioned edition of Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte, Centgraf's additional information to this quatrain (in his eyes, each and every line referred to Hitler) read that Hitler probably has known this quatrain. When Centgraf in 1939 in the Staatsbibliothek Berlin laid his hands upon the only available original edition of the Centuries, printed in 1568 by Pierre Rigaud, the librarian who at that moment was present, told that the book a few moments ago had returned from the Reichskanzlei, that there was a page marker between the pages 58 and 59 and that quatrain 03-58 was marked.
In Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte (Bietigheim, 1968, p.197-198) Centgraf linked quatrain 03-58 to Hitler's birth. According to the additional information, the librarian said that a few moments ago, the book had returned from the Reichskanzlei. Apparently, it was Centgraf who saw that there was a bookmark between the pages 58 and 59. Quatrain 03-58 was marked with red.
On page 260 of Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte and page 262 of Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte, Centgraf wrote that meanwhile, the copy which he had seen in the Staatsbibliothek Berlin (catalogue number Na 7590), got lost.
Centgraf's story can be refuted since in the copy which he refers to and which nowadays, carrying the catalogue number Na 7590, is preserved in the Berliner Staatsbibliothek, the library which took over the collection of the (mentioned by Centgraf) Preussische Staatsbibliothek, quatrain 03-58 was not marked.

 

June 1940: comments of Centgraf abused in national-socialist Nostradamus-propaganda, aimed at France
According to Centgraf, articles, published in American newspapers after the capitulation of Paris in June 1940, showed that national-socialist propagandists used his comments upon the quatrains 03-06 and 03-08 for psychological warfare, without his knowledge. In Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte (Berlin, 1953, p.70-71), Centgraf described that a kind gentleman, who introduced himself as a scientist, asked him in the cold winter of 1939/'40 about the opinion of the Centuries about a lightning action against France. According to Centgraf, the quatrains 03-06, -08 and -09 contained allusions to such actions; German troops would march until they reached the French-Spanish border. Centgraf told that the word Cimbres in quatrain 03-08 was an allusion to Germany, the word voisins was an allusion to Russia, with which Germany reached a non-aggression treaty. Quatrain 03-09 showed, according to Centgraf, that on a certain moment the German troops would be driven back to the Rhine by a British-French-Flemish alliance (quatrain 03-09: Rouane = Rhenanie = Rhine land), something which, as Centgraf emphasized in his comment upon quatrain 03-09, actually happened. Further, Centgraf told that the quatrains 01-08 and 03-50 indicated that Paris would capitulate; he noted that he had discovered that the word Hadrie in quatrain 01-08 was an encrypted allusion to Hitler. According to Nostradamus und das jüngste Weltgeschehen and Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte (Bietigheim, 1968, p.206-207), in which Centgraf dated this episode in December 1939, he told his visitor that the German troops would march until they reached the French-Spanish border and according to quatrain 03-09 would be driven back near Rouen (Rouane = Rouen). He made it clear to his visitor that such lightning actions were extremely dangerous. In the version of this episode in Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte, Centgraf had not mentioned that he had discovered that the word Hadrie in quatrain 01-08 was an encrypted allusion to Hitler. 
After the capitulation of Paris in June 1940, articles were published in American newspapers in which was described that France and most notably Paris were too much interested in Centgraf's explanations and that the French minister Mandel enacted severe punishments for whoever would speak about the doom predictions of "the old fool", i.e. Nostradamus. According to Centgraf, national-socialist propagandists - i.e. the person who visited him in the winter of 1939/'40 - took possession of his comments without his knowing, leaving aside the link between quatrain 03-09 and the driving back of German troops by a British-French-Flemish alliance. However, the propagandists would learn what it feels like that the truth can not be trifled and that heaven also in this case was sided with Nostradamus.
The Goebbels diaries and the minutes of the secret daily propaganda meetings in the Ministry of Propaganda shows that the Ministry of Propaganda, prior to and during the invasion of France in May 1940, carried out campaigns in order to undermine the French morale, in which the Centuries were used.[6] In Die Kolonne des Nostradamus, an article, published in the edition of May 27, 1940 of the Völkischer Beobachter, the daily newspaper of the NSDAP, dr. Theodor Fr. Böttiger, in connection with measures of Mandel to French citizens who took the predictions of Nostradamus about the capitulation of Paris seriously, quoted from the French newspaper Oeuvre: "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."[7] In the article Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus, published in the edition of June 16, 1940 of the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Elisabeth Noelle wrote about the impact of the Centuries upon the French citizens in the summer of 1940.[8] The fact that Centgraf, in connection with the Nostradamus-campaigns which were aimed at France, mentioned the quatrains 03-06 and -08, might be a starting point for further research. 
Centgraf presented himself as a Century-scholar whose knowledge without his knowing was abused by national-socialist propagandists. His story that in the winter of 1939/'40 he was visited by someone who was curious about what the Centuries told about a lightning action against France, must be taken at face value, as well as his story that American newspapers in June 1940 contained articles about predictions of Nostradamus about France and Paris. Centgraf however systematically kept secret that in 1941, he himself wrote a national-socialist Nostradamusbrochure, aimed against the British, the communists and the Jews. In this brochure, Centgraf described that the word Hadrie contained the initials of Adolf Hitler and the word Adrie, an allusion to the Adriatic Sea, the southern point of the axis between Germany and Italy. In quatrain 03-06 , the suffering of the French citizens and the refugees who fled to Paris was strikingly described, according to Centgraf. Quatrain 03-07 contained allusions to the German air raids on fleeing French troops. In quatrain 01-08, the capitulation of Paris was announced as well as Hitler's helping hand. Centgraf also reported that prior to World War II, because of the Centuries, a number of French citizens raised their voice. Their warnings resulted in scorn: Mandel, the French minister of Home Affairs, ordered to pursue this "column of Nostradamus".[9] The question is if Centgraf's comment in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... upon the quatrains 03-06 and 03-07 were also the comments which he gave upon these quatrains in the winter of 1939/'40.

 

May 1941: the Aktion-Heß
In Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte (Berlin, 1953, p.55) Centgraf linked quatrain 02-36 to the Aktion-Heß, the raid in Germany among astrologers and occultist after the flight in May 1941 of Rudolf Heß, Hitler's deputy, to England, and gave some information about the fortune of Krafft. In his comment upon quatrain 02-36, Centgraf wrote that after the flight of Heß to England on May 11, 1941, the Gestapo confiscated all occult books, among which the books of Nostradamus.  The Swiss astrologer Krafft explained the predictions of Nostradamus, for example quatrain 05-94, in favour of Hitler. As a result, Hitler drew wrong conclusions.
In his comment upon quatrain 02-36 in Eindrucksvolle Beweise für die Richtigkeit der Nostradamus-Prophezeiungen (in: Die andere Welt, #10, 1969, Freiburg in Breisgau, p.874), Centgraf wrote that on the advice of dr. Schmidt-Nabus, his astrological advisor, Heß flew to England on May 11, 1941, in order to persuade the British to make peace and to thwart Hitler's plans to invade Russia. In reaction to this, Hitler ordered the Gestapo to arrest all astrologers. Only one astrologer, Krafft, managed to escape; he explained the predictions of Nostradamus in favour of Hitler. Later, he also gave unfavourable explanations. This turned out to be fatal; eventually, he died in a concentration camp.
In Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte, Centgraf wrote about the fortune of Krafft in World War II that Krafft, as a son and citizen of a proverbial free country like Switzerland, did not have himself enslaved in Germany. With erroneous and sometimes deliberately vague predictions, he tried to thwart Hitler's plans. In 1944, being suspected of sabotage, Krafft was arrested together with his friend Görner and was kept in prison in the Berliner Lützowstraße in mild detention. In 1941, Centgraf managed to get the astrologer Bernd Unglaub released from  prison. In 1944, he tried to get Krafft released. His efforts were too late. Suddenly, Krafft was led away from Berlin and executed in a concentration camp. 
In the sixties, Centgraf told Ellic Paul Howe, an Englishman who at that time investigated the role of astrology in Nazi-Germany and who studied the life and work of Krafft, that he visited Krafft and Görner in the Lützowstraße in Berlin; in the beginning of February 1943, he had a conversation with Fritz Hirsch, who guarded them. It was Unglaub who informed Centgraf that Krafft was interned in the Lützowstraße.[10]
To some extent, Centgraf''s communications can be refuted. Hitler was not interested in astrology. The brochures which Krafft in World War II wrote about Nostradamus, was not used for the planning of military operations, but for psychological warfare outside Germany. On June 9, 1941, the raid in Germany among astrologers and occultists, in reaction to the flight of Heß to England began. Krafft was arrested on June 12, 1941. In the beginning, the Gestapo was unaware of the fact that Krafft and his wife had moved to another address.[11] From the moment of his arrest until his death on January 8, 1945 in the Buchenwald concentration camp, Krafft remained imprisoned. His detention in the Lützowstraße in Berlin lasted until February 1943. He then was lead away to a house in the Lehrter Straße. In November 1944, he was led away to Buchenwald. During his imprisonment, he did not write national-socialist Nostradamusbrochures and did not try to thwart Hitler's plans by producing erroneous or deliberately vague predictions. 

  

July 1944: Centgraf and Hadamovsky; a Nostradamusbrochure, aimed at England
In the Nachtrag to the fourth edition (1960) of Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte, Centgraf wrote that in July 1944, when American and British troops crossed the Seine, he was summoned to Berlin by Eugen Hadamovsky, the head of the Reichsrundfunk. In Berlin, he was told that Goebbels wanted to conclude an agreement with the Allies, especially the British. Hadamovsky asked Centgraf if the Centuries contained something about such an agreement. Centgraf pointed to quatrain 09-51. The first line of this quatrain reads as follows: contres les rouges secte se banderont. This could be explained as an allusion to a German-Allied alliance against Russia. On request of Hadamovsky, Centgraf wrote the English text of a brochure, entitled Nostradamus and England. This brochure was printed in Southern Germany. Goebbels' plans, however, were not put into effect.[12]
In his comment upon Centgraf's story, Howe, who dated this episode in June 1944, wrote that Nostradamus and England carried the author's pseudonym "Nestor". He also wrote that Centgraf's story contained a lot of absurdities. In June 1944, Hadamovsky was not in charge of the Reichsrundfunk. In 1942, after conflicts with Goebbels, he was kicked upstairs to the staff of the Abteilung Propaganda of the NSDAP. In November 1943, he joined the Wehrmacht. Op March 1, 1945, he was killed in action near Rummelsburg (at present: Miastko, Poland). It is therefore quite doubtful that Hadamovsky in his capacity of head of the Reichsrundfunk summoned Centgraf to Berlin or was informed about Goebbels' "extreme secret plans".
In Nostradamus und das jüngste Weltgeschehen, Centgraf described this episode on page 401 without mentioning that on request of "his superior", he wrote the brochure Nostradamus and England.
In Die siebziger Jahre in der Sicht des Propheten Nostradamus, Centgraf wrote about these events that in Berlin, Hadamovsky informed him about Goebbels' plans to contact the Allies by using Nostradamus. Centgraf wanted to take advantage of this chance for peace. He pointed towards quatrain 09-51, since this quatrain implied that the fighting parties could unite themselves against Russia, and that some kind of invention would prevent the beginning of a new war. Later, this would turn out into the beginning of the Cold War. According to the story in Die siebziger Jahre in der Sicht des Propheten Nostradamus, Hadamovsky ordered Centgraf to write a brochure. This was the brochure Nostradamus und England. Himmler, who in his madness believed that he could conclude an agreement with Russia, opposed Goebbels' plans. Feeling himself disappointed, Hadamovsky joined the battle field and was killed in action in February 1945.[13]
In Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte, Centgraf dated this episode in July 1944. In this book, his discussion of quatrain 09-51 follows his discussion of quatrain 03-09, in which he wrote that near Rouen, the German troops would be driven back. The invention which prevented the outbreak of a new war, was the atom bomb and its throwing on Hiroshima. Also in Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte, Centgraf wrote that Goebbels' plans did not succeed due to the madness of Himmler, who wanted to conclude an agreement with Russia. To the detail that Hadamovsky, because of his disappointment, joined the battle field, Centgraf added in Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte that Hadamovsky, when he was killed in action in February 1945, led an infantry battalion and that, being urged by Centgraf, he released some of Centgraf's friends who were interned in a concentration camp. In Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte, Centgraf ended his story by writing that this was a small opportunity which Nostradamus and the Centuries offered to help in times of troubles.[14] In his letter to Hesse, Centgraf wrote that after the war he was arrested several times, but released since he could prove that several times he managed to have prisoners of concentration camps released or prevented execution by a fire-squad. 
Op July 25, 1944, Goebbels wrote in his diary, discussing the previous day, that a new Nostradamusbrochure was produced, meant for England. Of course, the predictions of this French monk, as Goebbels called Nostradamus in this diary note, could be used in favour or unfavour for anyone, but these predictions also contained items which might impress the superstitious British very much. Goebbels wanted to take advantage of this.[15] This is the only diary note in which Goebbels has written about this new Nostradamusbrochure. He did not mention its title or the names of who were involved in its production. The Goebbels diaries give no information about the spread of this brochure. Howe never saw a copy of Nostradamus and England.
From the story of Centgraf can be derived that Nostradamus and England had a peaceful nature, since Goebbels wanted to conclude an agreement between Germany and the Allies, most notably the British, and Centgraf wanted to take advantage of this. Chances are that Goebbels, in his diary note of July 25, 1944, wrote about Nostradamus and England. From this note, it can be concluded that he wanted to take advantage of the superstition among British people. In other words: the aim of this brochure was to undermine the British morale. There is not the slightest sign in this diary note that the aim of this brochure was to contribute to peace between Germany and Great Britain.
Centgraf's story about his contact with Hadamovsky and the writing of Nostradamus and England is not present in his comment upon quatrain 09-51 in the first edition (1953) of Nostradamus - Der Prophet der Weltgeschichte. In this book, Centgraf with reserves linked quatrain 09-51 to the situation in Germany in the beginning of the fifties.[16] In Nostradamus und Berlin - und andere Weissagungen (1949), he did not discuss this quatrain at all, despite the fact that the main subject of this article was the Cold War. In his letter to Hesse (1950), he wrote that quatrain 09-51 contained an allusion to the NATO (which organization was opposed against Russia) and that this quatrain was a gloomy oracle, from which nobody with certainty could derive which superpower would be destroyed.

 

Discussion
In his post-war books and articles, Centgraf frequently wrote about national-socialist propaganda, based upon the Centuries and about who were involved in the production of this propaganda. He told his readers about his position in World War II as a Century-scholar, that it was in 1939 when he started to study Nostradamus and the Centuries, that at the outbreak of World War II in 1939, he had derived from the Centuries that German troops would tremendously march on and on a certain moment would be driven back, with this knowledge he warned those who were curious about what the Centuries would have in store for Germany's war plans; that at the beginning of World War II, national-socialist silently abused his comments upon the Centuries for propaganda purposes; that in the course of World War II, he used his influence to prevent that some of his friends were executed by a fire-squad in concentration camps and to get them free and that by the end of World War II he tried to change the course of history by, writing a Nostradamusbrochure, enhancing German peace initiatives.
In the course of the years, Centgraf continuously added new facts to his information and accentuated facts which he already described. Frequently, his stories do not correspond with what happened according to other sources, which in many cases can be regarded as primary sources. The new facts and accents frequently do not match with what he previously has written. 
The reader is not informed about the the fact that in 1941 and 1944, Centgraf wrote national-socialist, propagandistic Nostradamusbrochures which had to undermine the morale of Germany's adversaries, for which he was decorated in 1945. Without knowing, the reader is facing a smoke screen which completely covers Centgraf's propagandistic activities in World War II.
In his letter of May 22, 1950 to Hermann Hesse, Centgraf presented himself as a historian and author who most notably had occupied himself with the 16th century, first with Martin Luther, about whom he in 1940 wrote the widely acclaimed book Luther als Publizist, later with Nostradamus. Centgraf also wrote Hesse that after the war, he was arrested several times and only was released after his proving that he had managed to get some of his friends released from concentration camps and actually prevented that one of them would be executed. This presentation is also a smoke screen which covers the fact that in 1941 and 1944, Centgraf wrote propagandistic Nostradamusbrochures, in 1941 the anti-Semitic brochure Martin Luther als Judenfeind, a brochure which finally was not spread, and in 1943 the anti-Semitic brochure Ein Jude treibt Philosophie

 

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 expresses his thanks to Versandantiquariat Hans-Jürgen Lange in Wietze (D) for sending copies of the articles Eindrucksvolle Beweise für die Richtigkeit der Nostradamus-Prophezeiungen and Die siebziger Jahre in der Sicht des Propheten Nostradamus, and to Ulrich Maichle for sending a copy of the letter which Centgraf in 1950 wrote to Hesse.

 

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

  1. The name "Centurio" was a latinization of the French word Centuries (Centgraf, October 1969, p.871).
    For information about Centgraf, see:: 
    - Van Berkel: information on dr. phil. A.M. Centgraf alias dr. N. Alexander Centurio (1893-1970)
    - Maichle: Die Nostradamus-Propaganda der Nazis, 1939-1942. [text]

  2. Centurio-1953, p.128; Centgraf, January 1970, p.45. [text]

  3. Centurio-1959, p.402; Centurio-1968, p.216. [text]

  4. Howe, p.227. See also: Van Berkel: information on Karl Ernst Krafft (1940-1945). [text]

  5. "Der großen Fürsten aus Armenien legen wir auf Eis, bis uns der Herr Stalin aus Georgien den Kampf ansagt - oder wir ihm". (Goebbels in a secret daily propagandameeting, in: Sommerfeldt, p.56-57). See also: Van Berkel: Das Oberkommando der Wehrmacht gibt bekannt... (M.H. Sommerfeldt, Frankfurt am Main, 1952).  [text]

  6. Fröhlich, p.272; Richter, p.136; Boelcke-1966, p.365. [text]

  7. Van Berkel: Die Kolonne des Nostradamus (dr. Th.Fr. Böttiger, Völkischer Beobachter, May 27, 1940). [text]

  8. Van Berkel: Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus (dr. E. Noelle, Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, June 16, 1940). [text]

  9. Centgraf-1941, pp.46-47, 56, 59-60 and 63. [text]

  10. Howe, p.322. [text]

  11. Howe, p.271. [text]

  12. Howe, p.321-322. [text]

  13. Centgraf-1970, p.43-44. Probably, the year figure 1943 on page 44 is a printer's error. [text]

  14. Centurio-1968, p.207-209. [text]

  15. Goebbels always upgraded his diary one day later. Therefore, his notes, written on July 25, 1944, deal with July 24, 1944. [text]

  16. Centurio-1953, p.201-202. [text]

 
 

 
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