enclosure to a report about the state of affairs in the astrological
field, published on Ulrich Maichle's website Die Nostradamus-Propaganda
der Nazis 1939-1942, some remarks by Carl Loog, made in a full-page
article (in fact: a letter to the editors) in number 50 of volume 1940
of the national-socialist weekly Der Reichswart, were criticized.
By means of this letter, Loog replied to
Prophete rechts, Prophete links..., a contribution by Kurt
Fervers, published in number 45 of Der Reichswart, dating from
November 7, 1940. In this article, Fervers' contribution is discussed.
Prophete rechts, Prophete links... was
a frontpage-article, with the size of about one and a half column and
closed on page 2. Its text was not divided into paragraphs.
title Prophete rechts, Prophete links... is taken from the last
two closing lines of Diner zu Coblenz, a poem by Johann Wolfgang
von Goethe, dating from 1774. The full text of its closing lines:
wie nach Emmaus, weiter ging's
Mit Sturm- und Feuerschritten:
Prophete rechts, Prophete links,
Das Weltkind in der Mitten.
last two lines serve as a metaphor for someone who, cheerful and turned
inwards, does not care about the opinions of others and keeps himself
away from the influence of others who have no eye for the useful or the
pleasant. In Prophete rechts, Prophete links..., the German
people i.c. Fervers is the world's child (Weltkind), sitting
between doom prophets, ready for fight and focused upon the final
rechts, Prophete links..., Fervers wrote about Nostradamus from an
antisemitic point of view. He was sceptical about prophecies in general
and notably the Centuries. As far as he was concerned, a nation
which was strong, powerful and armed, had no need to fear the future.
In the course of 1940, Alfred Rosenberg, the ideologist of the NSDAP,
had decided that Nostradamus' predictions no longer were allowed to be
quoted within the NSDAP. In the enclosure about the state of
affairs in Germany in the astrological field, it was argued that those
who believed these predictions, handed themselves over to fatalism. I
don't know if Fervers by writing Prophete rechts, Prophete
links... wanted to expose the view of the NSDAP regarding
the Centuries; the closing paragraph of his contribution seems to
correspond with this view.
The contents of Prophete rechts, Prophete links... are as
common people, who are confused by wars, calamities and acts by great
statesmen, ask what fate will decide and what the future will bring.
Those who want to make capital out of this, may count on attention,
audience and money. In all eras, remarkable events were a good breeding
ground for predictions of various kinds, such as in Antiquity the
Delphic Oracle, the Sybillines, the Roman priest who read the future from
the sacrificed beasts and prophets of doom who announced the end of the
world. Their dark words and dark phrasings are their feature. Those who
are sceptic hold this as a proof of their ignorance. Those who believe
will have more respect.
The most famous seer from more recent history is Nostradamus. He
originated from a family of physicians and lawyers, who managed to be
highly esteemed by the world's establishment. This was in connection
with the fact that they converted themselves from Jewish religion to
Christian religion. Nostradamus used his racial and material inheritance
to achieve respect. He was a friend of all parties and wrapped his life
in mystery. Besides being a physician, he wrote scientific,
pseudo-scientific and so-called artistic boks. He was a devoted visitor
of the Church and received the Sacraments. The people thought of him as
someone who secretly had joined Lutheranism. During his life,
Nostradamus was a target of criticism. Some barbarians considered him to
be an imposter and wrote an epigram in Latin, in which his name was
interweaved, an epigram which could be applied to the Jews in all eras:
damus cum falsa damus,
nam fallere nostrum est;
Et cum falsa damus, nil nisi nostra damus.
translated these words as follows:
geben das Unsere, wenn Falsches wir geben,
Fälschen ist unser Werk;
Und wenn Falsches wir geben, geben wir nur das Unsere.
to Fervers, the predictions by Nostradamus were only explained in
connection with the past. He wrote that his critics were not caused by a
prediction of Nostradamus which for Germany would be unfortunate.
According to Fervers, quatrain 05-51, in which is written that England,
Bohemia and Poland strongly join each other, could be applied to present
times. Nostradamus however does not unveil the consequences of such an
alliance. The remark in quatrain 05-52 that the ruler will be the one
"who is resisted" does not give clarification. He hopes that
Nostradamus will not be accused of lese-majesty because of quatrain
08-37, in which it reads that the fortress near the Thames will be
ruined, that it will collaps and that the king who lives there, will cut
a sorry figure on the bridge. In London, the Jews surely would regret
such a thing.
Fervers thinks that a further discussion about Nostradamus, the value of
his predictions or the value of predictions of other seers is useless.
In connection with the future, it is better to cherish one's own
strength and to become stronger. In every prophet, left or right, there
is this world's child. Individuals as well as nations must know that
whoever is strong, powerful and armed, has no need to fear the future or
to ask anxious questions about it. The German pilots are busy to ruin
the fortress near the Thames. Future will tell.
From an anti-Semitic point of
view, Fervers described Nostradamus as a sly Jew who was friends with
everybody, who managed to keep his true nature secret and whose
ignorance was visible in the dark language of the Centuries,
without being trapped. Between the lines, Fervers hold those who held
the Centuries and similar predictions in high esteem, as blind
rechts, Prophete links..., Fervers wrote that he used Die
erstaunlichen Bücher des Grossen Artztes, Sehers und
Schicksals-Propheten Nostradamus in’s Deutsche übertragen und dem
Verständnisse aufgeschlossen (E. Roesch, Stuttgart, 1850).
This was the first Geman translation of the Centuries. In the
next table, it is shown that Fervers' quotes
from the quatrains 05-51, 05-52 and 08-37 are incomplete. In his quote
from quatrain 05-51, the word Dacia is missing. In his quote from
quatrain 05-52, the words Konig wird are missing and he contents
himself with quoting the first three lines of quatrain 08-37. Fervers
presents these quatrains as interpretations of the actual situation, as
war predictions. However, he is not at all interested in their meaning.
In his eyes, the German people better should ignore predictions, they
should be strong, powerful and armed and trust the Luftwaffe,
who is busy to destroy the fortresses near the Thames.
England, Böhmen auch und Polen
Schließen eng sich aneinander an,
Hercul's Säulenpaar zu überholen,
Barcien, Tuscien, spinnen bösen Plan.
England, Böhmen auch und Polen schließen eng sich aneinander
dem man sich widersetzt,
Die Verbannten auf dem Thron gesetzt,
's Volk im Blut, die Kaste Hippolyt
Lange unter solche Fahne blüht.
dem man sich widersetzt
Veste bei der Themse wird's erdrücken
Sie stürtzt ein, der König, welcher dort,
Zeiget sich im Hemde bei der Brücken,
Einer todt hervor dan aus dem Fort.
Feste bei der Themse wird's erdrücken,
sie stürtzt ein, der König, welcher dort,
zeiget sich im Hemde bei der Brücken.
Carl Loog, the author of Die Weissagungen des Nostradamus (Pfullingen
in Württemberg, 1921 ), thought that Fervers misrepresented the
facts. He wrote a letter, which was published in number 50 of Der
Reichswart. This letter became entitled Prophete rechts - Prophete links - War Nostradamus wirklich
Scharlatan und Betrüger?
I would like to
thank Wilhelm Zannoth for his information about the quatrains which
Fervers quoted from Roesch's translation.
Meern, the Netherlands, November 26, 2006
T.W.M. van Berkel
updated on March 16, 2009
article might have been written by Hans Kurt Fervers (Fiebig to Van
Berkel, October 24, 2006). Hans Kurt Fervers, born on September 18,
1911, was head of the NSDAP Press office. He occupied himself
with the German youth and wrote a great number of publications,
directed against Jews and freemasonry, such as Berliner Salons. Die
Geschichte einer großen Verschwörung (Munich, 1940) and Die Hochgrade der Freimaurerei. Eine nationalsozialistische
Streitschrift zur Politik der internationalen Freimaurerei
- Van Berkel: Information on Der
Reichswart (a national-socialist weekly, Berlin, 1920-1944);
- Van Berkel: Prophete rechts - Prophete
links - War Nostradamus wirklich Scharlatan und Betrüger? (Nostradamus
Scharlatan?) (C. Loog, Der Reichswart #50, Berlin,
December 12, 1940). [text]