Ellic Paul Howe
facts about Ellic Paul Howe
Paul Howe was born in London on September 20, 1910 and died on September
28, 1991. He was from Russian / Jewish origin. For several years, he
studied history and national economics at the Oxford University. From
1934 to 1937, he studied the production of books and wrote publications
on the history of book printing and book binding. From time to time in
that period, he stayed in Germany, where he studied German printing
techniques and typography and collected a various range of printed
matters such as newspapers, police warrant posters and tram tickets.
In 1938, Howe joined the British Territorial Forces. In 1940-41, he was
a sergeant-major at the Anti Air Craft command.
In September 1941, Howe wrote the article Political Warfare and the Printed Word - a
Psychological Study. As a result, he was invited to join the Political Warfare Executive,
an office which was occupied with psychological warfare and which was
founded in autumn 1941 on the initiative of Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister, under the auspices of the
Foreign Secretary and the ministers of Economic Warfare and Information.
Due to his pre-war contacts in the world of publishing, Howe could make
arrangements for the Psychological Warfare
Executive to get paper and typographic material and the printing of
in nazi-Germany; Nostradamusbrochures
World War II, Howe wrote a large number of publications, which can be
divided in publications on military history, occultism and typography.
In the field of occultism and freemasonry, his publications about the
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn are well-known. On October 17, 1970,
Howe was initiated as a member of the Saint George Lodge in Chertsey,
Howe also deepened himself in the position of astrology and its
practitioners in nazi-Germany. In connection with his research on the
life and work of Karl Ernst Krafft (Basel, 1900 - Buchenwald, 1945) and
basing himself upon an interview in 1961 with prof. dr.
Hans-Hermann Kritzinger, who told that he knew Krafft quite well and in
a certain was responsible for the fact that Krafft in the beginning of
1940 started working on Nostradamus by order of Goebbels, Howe described
how dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels in autumn 1939 got the idea to use the Centuriën,
the predictions of Nostradamus, for psychological warfare.
Howes publications on astrology in nazi-Germany, the life and work of
Krafft and Nostradamusbrochures cover a time span of about twenty years.
In 1965, Nostradamus and the Nazis - a footnote to the
history of the Third Reich, his first publication in this field, was
published in London. Two years later, in 1967, the contents of Nostradamus and the Nazis - a footnote to the
history of the Third Reich became part of Uranias
Children - The Strange World of the Astrologers, also published in
London. In 1967, Uranias Children... was also published in the
United States. There, it was entitled Astrology - a
recent History including the Untold Story of its Role in World War II.
In 1976, a French translation of Uranias Children... was
published by Lafond publishers in Paris, entitled Monde étrange des astrologues.
In 1972, an extract of Uranias Children... was published,
entitled Astrology and Psychological Warfare in World War II. In
1991, a Czech translation was published, entitled Astrologická
Válka - Využití astrologie
v psychologickém boji za druhé světové války.
In 1982 Howe's The black game - British subsersive
operations against the Germans in World War II was published in
London. This book contained a.o.l information about the production of
the brochure Nostradamus
prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf. In 1983, the German translation of The
black game... was published in Munich, entitled Die schwarze
Propaganda - ein Insider-Bericht über
die geheimsten Operationen der britischen Geheimdienstes im Zweiten
Weltkrieg. Hans Jürgen Baron von Koskull was the
Howe authorized it and wrote some additions.
In 1984, Astrology
and the Third Reich - a historical study of astrological beliefs in
Western Europe since 1700 and in Hitler's Germany 1933-45 was
published, the second, revised print of Uranias Children... In 1995,
the German translation by Franz Isfort of Astrology and the Third
Reich, entitled Uranias
Kinder: Die seltsame Welt der Astrologen und das Dritte Reich was
published in Weinheim. Isfort made some additional notes. Uranias Kinder... is used in the substudy "World War
The archives of the
British "Warburg Institute" contains a file, which consists of
working papers and correspondence of Krafft in the period 1929-1938 and
correspondence by Ellic Howe in the period 1957-1964 about these
documents. The post address of the Warburg Institute: Woburn Square,
London WC1H 0AB, England. Details about
the contents of this file and how to get access to it are described on http://www.aim25.ac.uk/cats/108/8620.htm.
Meern, the Netherlands, October 26, 2007
T.W.M. van Berkel
updated on September 14, 2008
The titles, places and
year of issue of the mentioned authors are listed in the bibliography.
p.291; Van Berkel: Nostradamus prophezeit
den Kriegsverlauf. [text]
p.220-223; Van Berkel: The
1939-fortune of Mysterien von Sonne und Seele. [text]
Maichle: Die Nostradamus-Propaganda der Nazis,
writing of this article, the following sources were consulted: