the first number of volume 16 of the national-socialist weekly Der Märkische Adler - Gauorgan des Gaues Mark
Brandenburg der NSDAP, dated on January 3, 1941, an article,
Gibt es Propheten?, is published on page 9. In this
article, printed on the full right column of page 9, a number of
predictions in the Centuries were discussed which, according to
the - anonymous - author were fulfilled long ago and in the year 1940.
By means of a number of other predictions in the Centuries, he
revealed that, according to Nostradamus the future for Germany under
national-socialist leadership would be marvellous, and what would be the
fate of England and France.
With the publishing of Gibt es Propheten?, Der Märkische
Adler passed over a decree of the NSDAP-ideologist Alfred
Rosenberg, issued in March 1940, that the NSDAP no longer would
quote the Centuries.
In a memorandum which probably dates from the summer of 1941, in which
psychological warfare, based upon the Centuries, was contested,
Märkische Adler was criticized as well as the national-socialist
weekly Der Reichswart, which in December 1940 published a
page-size article about Nostradamus, written by the Century-scholar Carl
According to this memorandum, those who considered the Centuries as
a guide line, handed themselves over to fatalism on which the idea was
based in oracle writings, dating from the midst of the sixteenth
century, events which would take place in the twentieth century were
described as a given fact. It was strongly recommended to suppress war
prophecies in general, and especially those of Nostradamus.
contents of Gibt es Propheten?
The author of Gibt es
Propheten? opened his article with the remark that, despite that
nobody would admit being superstitious or would pretend to be a prophet,
in all times there were good and bad prophets, who claimed that they
could look into the future. In 1940, people would be sufficient
matter-of fact to evaluate prophecies. Because of this, he presented the
well-known prophet Nostradamus, who long ago predicted things which
happened in the lifetime of the author. He described Nostradamus as a skilful
physician, raised in the village of St. Joan, a courageous fighter of
the plague who many years travelled in Europe and finally, tired of the
jealousy of his colleagues, started to write and to practice black
magic. Kings asked his astrological advice and his book Hundertschaften
und Prophetien (the Centuries, TvB), published in 1555 and
written in mystic words in order to avoid a conflict with the
Inquisition, became a huge success.
According to the author, predictions about the beheading of the British
king Charles I and about the French Revolution were already fulfilled.
In his opinion, the comments regarding the twentieth century were very
interesting. First, he discussed the "attack by the German army on
May 10, 1940, predicted by Nostradamus, which resulted in the
destruction of France" and wondered if it was sheer coincidence
that this was described in the chapter which dealt with France. He also
discussed the capitulation of Paris on June 14, 1940, shortly after
Italy's participation in the war on June 10, 1940. This also was
predicted in the Centuries. Further, he paid attention to the
changes which occurred in England in a time span of 290 years, beginning
with the beheading of Charles I in 1649. According to the author, this
quatrain, which ran until 1939, contained an allusion to Poland (and
therefore to the invasion of the German army in Poland in September
1939). In connection with another quatrain, the author wondered if that
quatrain contains allusions to the German air raids on England and to
The author emphasized that Nostradamus already in 1555 introduced the
in connection with the German victory over France. Further, Nostradamus
had described "Germany's internal renewal", with which the
author referred to the rise of national-socialism, and proclaimed that
after the "foundation of Germany", the "Holy Empire"
At the end, it was for the readers to believe the predictions by
Nostradamus or not. The author emphasized that they were an exceptional
phenomenon, which can be explained as "he who has ears, should
Gibt es Propheten? contains three complete and four incomplete
German quatrain texts. Further, there is a reference to a quatrain which
is supposed to deal with the beheading of Charles I and a quote of the
Epistle to Henry II about the introduction of the Republican Calendar
during the French Revolution. The quatrain texts have no quatrain
message of Gibt es Propheten?
Gibt es Propheten? was
published in number 1 of volume 1941, which carries the date January 3,
1941. This date raises the idea that the article was written by the end
I know nothing about the identity of the author of Gibt es Propheten?,
neither do I have background documents at my disposal. Therefore, it is
only possible to guess the motive for writing Gibt
es Propheten?. It is not clear if the author for example wanted to
enforce German morale or by means of comment upon the Centuries wanted
to praise Hitler, his regime and his success.
Published in the first number of the 1941 volume of Der Märkische
Adler, it looks as if Gibt es Propheten?, because of the
thesis that Nostradamus' prediction that Germany would defeat France was
fulfilled, the disasters he predicted for England and the coming of the
"Holy Empire", is a kind of New Years Epistle in which the
readers, by means of fulfilled predictions of Nostradamus, were
guaranteed that Germany's marvellous future also would become reality.
abridged version of Brochure-18-DE
study upon which the articles, published on this website in the substudy
"World War II", are based, showed that the author of Gibt es Propheten?
copied his text from the brochure Die
Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus. This brochure, in this article
is volume 18 in the series Informations-Schriften, a series of
anonymous propaganda brochures, made by order of the German Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and published in ten languages, among which English. The
brochures of the series Informations-Schriften
were mostly spread abroad, i.e. among prisoners of war in German
Gibt es Propheten? contains that many paragraphs which originate from Brochure-18-DE,
that it can be considered as an abridged version of Brochure-18-DE.
Not one comment in Gibt es Propheten? originates from it author,
all comments originate from Brochure-18-DE.
The author of Gibt es Propheten? maintained the order of the text
in Brochure-18-DE to such an extent, that it looks as if he ran
through the text of Brochure-18-DE, took out the paragraphs which
he considered to be useful and turned these paragraphs into one piece of
text. He copied the comment upon eight of the twenty quatrains which
were discussed in Brochure-18-DE and maintained the order of
discussion. His article contains seven German quatrain texts, copied
from Brochure-18-DE. Some of them are incomplete. This is the
result of the fact that in Brochure-18-DE, these texts are also
The author of Gibt es Propheten? did not give the quatrain
numbers, something which can also be traced back to Brochure-18-DE,
since that brochure also did not contain quatrain numbers.
Gibt es Propheten? does not contain French Century-texts,
something which is caused by the fact that there are no French quatrain
texts in Brochure-18-DE. From Brochure-18-DE, the
author copied the title Hundertschaften
und Prophetien and the year 1555, in which this book of Nostradamus
was supposed to have been published. In Brochure-18-DE, this
title was a corruption of the title Les vrayes Centuries
Considering all this, it can be assumed that the author of Gibt es
had no knowledge about the Centuries, but back in 1941, the
average reader would have no reason to question his knowledge.
differences and emphasis
the text of Gibt es Propheten? is quite different from the text
of Brochure-18-DE. The text of Brochure-18-DE is mostly
communicative and confronts its readers with facts. The text of Gibt
es Propheten? is tantalizing and rhetoric. Its readers are asked if
it is sheer coincidence that the destruction of France was predicted in
the chapter which actually dealt with France and if a quatrain, which
dealt with the actual situation, contained allusions to the Luftwaffe
and air-raid shelters.
While discussing the air
raids upon England and the famine which soon would come, the author of Gibt es
Propheten? deliberately changed the German quatrain text which he
copied from Brochure-18-DE: in the third line, he inserted the
name of the city of London. By doing so, he wanted to emphasize that
this quatrain dealt with England. Neither the original quatrain text
(the table underneath contains the version, printed in the
2000-Chomarat-facsimile), nor the German quatrain text in Brochure-18-DE,
contains the name of the city of London.
The second line in the version in Gibt es Propheten? contains
the word Atmungsstockwerk, a translation of the words respiral estage.
The comment contains the rhetoric question if this is an allusion to
air-raid shelters. In Brochure-18-DE , the second line contains
the word Luftschutzkellers; the compilers of this brochure wrote
in their comment that the word Atmungsstockwerk, which had
puzzled so many Century-scholars, actually referred to air-raid
shelters. In other words: they adjusted their translation to the
propaganda they had in mind. The author of Gibt es Propheten?
seems to have reconstructed the original German translation, but
actually, he did nothing but rearrange words in connection with the
propaganda he had in mind.
voix ouye de l'insolit oyseau,
Sur le canon du respiral
Si hault viendra du froment le boisseau,
Que l'homme d'homme sera Antropophage.
die Stimme des ungewohnten Vogels
Über dem Rohr des Luftschutzkellers gehört wird,
Dann wird der Scheffel Weizen so viel kosten,
Daß der Mensch den Menschen fressen wird.
die Stimme des ungewohnten Vogels
Ueber dem Rohr des Atmungsstockwerks
Dann wird der Scheffel Weizen soviel
in London kosten,
Daß der Mensch die
Menschen fressen wird.
Closing this article, a
look at the explanation by the author of Gibt es Propheten?
of the line Nach Deutschland wird kommen das Heilige Reich; the
translation of Le sainct empire viendra en Germanie, the first
line of quatrain 10-31. In German, the word nach has a variety of
meanings. In the Dutch and French version of Brochure-18-DE, this
word was not translated into towards, but into next to.
The author of Gibt es Propheten? also explained the line Nach Deutschland wird kommen das Heilige Reich
in the meaning of next to:
Und nach der "Gründung
Deutschlands" wird kommen "das Heilige Reich"!
quatrains in Gibt es Propheten?
of the Westfeldzug, May 10, 1940
joins Germany; capitulation of Paris
German invasion in Poland, which caused a crisis in England
in England because of a blockade by Germany
the succesfull Westfeldzug
victory and supremacy
The author wishes to thank the Staatsbibliothek zu
Berlin for sending a copy of the article Gibt es Propheten? and
a copy of the first page of number 1, 1941 of Der Märkische Adler (signature
2“ Fc 509/65 / Haus Unter den Linden).
De Meern, the Netherlands, August
T.W.M. van Berkel
The titles, places and
year of issue of the mentioned authors are listed in the bibliography.
- Der Märkische Adler
was founded by the journalist/politician Richard Paul Wilhelm Kube (1887-1943),
who in the twenties was a member of the right-wing Deutschvölkischer Freiheitspartei
and from December 1, 1927, a member of the NSDAP. Om
January 2, 1928, he became in charge of the Ostmark, a
junction of the department Grenzmark - Posen -
Westpreußen and the district Frankfurt/Oder.
From November 1926 to May 1945, Der Märkische Adler was
published every Friday and was the official NSDAP-weekly for
- Maichle: Die
Nostradamus-Propaganda der Nazis 1939-1942. [text]
- Van Berkel: Prophete
rechts - Prophete links - War Nostradamus wirklich Scharlatan und
Betrüger? (C. Loog, Der Reichswart #50, December 12, 1940,
een repliek op Prophete
rechts - Prophete links... (K. Fervers, Der Reichswart
#45, November 7, 1940). [text]
- Van Berkel:
Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus (Informations-Schriften
#18, Berlin, 1940);
over de Informations-Schriften (a series of
national-socialist propaganda-brochures, Berlin, 1940-1941). [text]
- Van Berkel:
voorspellingen van Nostradamus
(Brochures ter Informatie #18, Berlin, 1941)
- Les prophéties
(Information Universelle #18, Paris, 1940). [text]