NOSTRADAMUS, ASTROLOGY AND THE BIBLE
SUBSTUDY "WORLD WAR II"
Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf
(L. de Wohl et al. [pseudo-Winkler], London ["Görlitz"], 1943)
- T.W.M. van Berkel -

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General information
Cover Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf
Nostradamus prophezeit 
den Kriegsverlauf 
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Title page Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf
Nostradamus prophezeit 
den Kriegsverlauf 
Title page

Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf is a British brochure, written in German, which in 1943 was spread in Germany. On page 224 in Die schwarze Propaganda (Berlin, 1983, a translation of The black game, London, 1982, the British researcher Ellic Howe, who back in those days had printed this brochure, wrote that the text of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf was written by either the author/astrologer Louis de Wohl, who in the fourties worked for section 1 of the Special Operations Executive, an office which was occupied with psychological warfare, or one Rene Hakets. One year later, in Astrology and the Third Reich (London, 1984; translated in 1995 into German, entitled Uranias Kinder: Die seltsame Welt der Astrologen und das Dritte Reich) he wrote nothing about the involvement of Hakets and stated that De Wohl was the principal author. In this article, it is assumed that De Wohl has been the principal author of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf
Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf consists of 123 pages. On the cover, an abstract figure is depicted. On the title page, which contains the title Der Kriegsverlauf prophezeit von Nostradamus, an ornament is depicted which looks like a vase from which flames rise. There are no other illustrations in Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf.
In Uranias Kinder... and Die schwarze Propaganda, Howe reported extensively about the printing of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, a job which for him was quite a relief in the midst of his daily routine such as the printing of false German provision coupons. For the text of the introduction, Howe used the Antiqua font. The quatrain texts in the introduction and their German translations were printed in the italic Antiqua font. The French quatrain texts in the five chapters of the propagandistic part of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf were written in calligraphy by a certain "miss Elisabeth". With the reproduction of these handwritten texts, Howe wanted to suggest that these texts were reproduced from an ancient manuscript, to which was referred in the introduction. The German translations of these quatrain texts were printed in Fracture; the comments upon these quatrains in Antiqua. Howe used the thinnest Bible paper which at that time was available. As a result, despite its rather big size, the weight of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf was less than 30 grams.
In Uranias Kinder..., Howe did not mention the number of copies of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf.

 

Camouflage
Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf is "black propaganda", i.e. propaganda which among the target group, in this case the Germans, had to make the impression that it originated from themselves, i.e. written by a German and produced and spread in Germany. Besides being written in German, other measures were taken to give Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf a German look:

  1. On the cover and the title page of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, the name of Regulus publishers in Görlitz was mentioned.

  2. The introduction of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf was in the name of dr. Bruno Winkler, a German Century-scholar whose books Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...! Das Leben des Michel Nostradamus - Die Geschichte eines Mannes zwischen zwei Welten (1937) and Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert (1939) were published by Regulus publishers.

  3. In the colophon of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, Hans Kretschmer printing-office in Görlitz-Biesnitz was mentioned as the printer of this brochure. In 1937, Kretschmer had printed Winklers Nostradamus-novel Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...! Das Leben des Michel Nostradamus - Die Geschichte eines Mannes zwischen zwei Welten.

  4. At the end of the introduction, it was mentioned that the French quatrain texts in the parts 1 - 5 were reproductions of quatrain texts in a manuscript which belonged to the herzogliche Ratiborsche Handschriftensammlung and which was lended out by its conservator, one dr. Heinrich Lesse. The herzogliche Ratiborsche Handschriftensammlung might have been an allusion to the Fürstliche Bibliothek Corvey in Nordrhein-Westfalen, a private library in the castle of Corvey, owned by the duke of Ratibor and Corvey.[1]

  5. In Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, the Germans were addressed as compatriots of the author of this brochure.

  6. Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf was imported and spread illegally in relative small amounts, instead of being disseminated in large quantities by the Royal Air Force.

In the colophon of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, the typography was in the name of one Paul George. This name was a fictitious name; actually, it was Ellic Howe who took care of the typography. According to Howe's Die Schwarze Propaganda, page 224, the name "dr. Heinrich Lesse" probably also was a fictitious name.
In Die schwarze Propaganda, which was published a year before Astrology and the Third Reich (its German translation: Uranias Kinder...), Howe wrote on page 224 that it was also possible that Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf was written by one Rene Hakets. On page 291 of Uranias Kinder... however, he clearly mentioned De Wohl as the principal author; he did not mention the name of Rene Hakets.

 

Dating
On the title page of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, the year 1943 is mentioned. The introduction part is dated on October 1942. In the colophon, it is mentioned that the printing was finished on March 15, 1943. 
In this article, it is supposed that the text of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf in most early December 1942 was finished. In the comment upon quatrain CXXV, De Wohl c.s. seem to have referred to the battle in North-Africa between German and Italian forces and Allied forces after the landing of Allied forces in North-Africa on November 7, 1942. The most recent event to which De Wohl c.s. referred in Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, was the attack on the French fleet in Toulon in November 1942. This reference can be found in the comment upon quatrain XCIX, which was not only linked to the attack on the French fleet in November 1942, but also to a previous attack in June 1940.
[2] 
In Uranias Kinder..., Howe did not mention in what period of World War II Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf was spread in Germany. According to the colophon, the printing was finished on March 15, 1943. Whether this is a fictitious date or not, can not be answered, but it makes no sense to spread a brochure in a period before the day on which the printing is finished. Therefore, it is supposed in this article that Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf was spread after March 15, 1943.

 

Text division
The text of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf is divided into an untitled introduction, five chapters (Teil) and a colophon. 

Page 

Description
2   Introduction (untitled)
15   Erster Teil Hitlers Geburt - Die Anfänge der Bewegung
31   Zweiter Teil Ausbruch des Krieges bis zum Fall von Frankreich
55   Dritter Teil Die Belagerung Englands - Technische Prophezeiungen
79   Vierter Teil Der Krieg im Osten und Süden
99   Fünfter Teil Ausgang des Krieges - Zukunft Deutschlands und der Welt

  

Colophon

 

Source material

1. The true Prophecies... (dr. Th. de Garencieres, Londen, 1672)

The true prophecies...Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf does not contain a bibliography. De Wohl c.s. mentioned only one title of the Century-comments they used. On page 4 of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, they discussed an edition of the Centuries by the physician dr. De Garencieres, published in 1672. This is The true Prophecies or Prognostications of Michael Nostradamus, physician to Henry II, Francis II and Charles IX, kings of France, and one of the best Astronomers that ever were - a work full of curiosity and learning. This book contains an English translation of the Preface to Cesar and the Epistle to Henry II and (in French and English) the Centuries 1 - 10, including duplicate quatrains and additional quatrains to the Centuries 6, 7, 8 and 10; the Centuries 11 and 12 and the Sixains. The letter, in the name of Vincent Sève, which in 1605 accompanied the Sixains, is given n English. De Garencieres annotated all quatrains and Sixains and explained them the way he saw it. 
On page 4, De Wohl c.s. quoted De Garencières' French text of the duplicate-quatrain 07-41 which contains the word Nizaram, an anagram for Guilio Raimondo Mazarino (1602-1661), later known as cardinal Mazarin, and his comment upon this quatrain.[3] De Wohl c.s. used De Garencières' English translation of this quatrain as a source text for their translation into German.
The Century-comment of De Garencieres was also mentioned on page 49 in their comment upon quatrain C. According to De Wohl c.s., De Garencieres explained the word Ausonne in the fourth line as a reference to Bordeaux, the residence of the ancient Roman poet Ausonius, a contemporary of emperor Valentinianus. Actually, this explanation by De Garencieres can be found in his comment upon for example the quatrains 02-63 and 03-86, but not in his comment upon quatrain 05-76, of which quatrain C was a propagandistically perverted version. De Wohl c.s. changed the fourth line of quatrain 05-76 (Barbare Armee viendra Venise craindre) into Sa vaste armee Ausonne trestout va craindre; they replaced the name of the city of Venise by the word Ausonne, which they explained as an ancient Roman name for Italy.[4]  

2. Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...! (dr. B. Winkler, Görlitz, 1937)

Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!De Wohl c.s. had attributed Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf to dr. Bruno Winkler and had mentioned Regulus publishers in Görlitz as the publisher and Hans Kretschmer printing-office in Görlitz-Biesnitz as the printer. The names of the publisher and the printing office appear in Winkler's Nostradamus-novel Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!, published in 1937. This means that De Wohl c.s. copied bibliographical data from Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!. They also copied a number of comments upon quatrains, among which the comment upon quatrain 06-63, which Winkler had linked to the reign of Cathérine de' Medici.
From Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!, also a number of French quatrain texts are copied. In for example the fourth line of the French text of quatrain 01-35 on page 6 of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, it does not read puis, as in the version of De Garencieres, but pour. In his discussion of this quatrain on page 99 of the scientific edition of the 1555-Bonhomme-edition of the Centuries, Brind'Amour did not mention this variant. The word pour can be found in the version of quatrain 01-35 as given in Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!; Winkler copied this version from the 1650-Leiden-edition. This means that De Wohl c.s. ran through the French quatrain texts in Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!. For the German translation of quatrain 01-35, they used the English translation by De Garencieres as a source text. 
De Wohl c.s. did not copy material from Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert, in which Winkler wrote words of praise about Hitler. Neither did they copy material from Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang nach den Prophezeiungen des großen französischen Sehers Michel Nostradamus aus den Jahren 1555 und 1558, in which Winkler, basing himself upon the quatrains 02-83, 03-57 and 10-100, announced that through Germany, England would fall. 

3. Nostradamus or the future foretold (J. Laver, London, 1942) 

Nostradamus or the future foretoldThere are indications that De Wohl c.s. also copied material from Nostradamus or the future foretold (James Laver, London, 1942). It is not imaginary that De Wohl was familiar the contents of Nostradamus or the future foretold: at the time Laver did his research for Nostradamus or the future foretold,  De Wohl explained to him the ABC of astrology.[5]
Laver was the first Century-scholar who considered the word Hister in the quatrains 02-24, 04-68 and 05-29 as an anagram for Hitler en thus dissociated from the meaning of Le Pelletier that this word was derived from either the Latin word Ister, the ancient name of the Danube, or the Etruscan word hister, meaning actor or comedian. According to De Wohl c.s., the pun Hister - Hitler is remarkable because, as they wrote, Ister was the ancient Roman name of the Danube, a remark which can be traced back to Nostradamus or the future foretold.[6] In Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, De Wohl c.s. ignored quatrain 04-68 and perverted the quatrains 02-24 and 05-29. In their comment upon these two quatrains, they did not copy elements from Laver's comment.
The comment of De Wohl c.s. upon quatrain 03-57, in which they wrote that before the rise of Napoleon, seven changes occurred in England, can be traced back to either Nostradamus or the future foretold or to Winkler's Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!. According to Laver, this quatrain had a time span from 1500 to 1790; the first change in England took place in 1532, when Henry VIII became the Head of the Anglican Church, and the last one in 1714, when George I became king of Great-Britian. According to Winkler, the first change in England occurred in 1461 (the succession of the House of Lancaster by the House of York) and the seventh and last change in 1714 (the succession of the House of Orange by the House of Hannover).[7] 
The fact that in Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf only the first line of quatrain 09-49 (Senat de Londres mettront a mort leur Roy) is quoted, can also be traced back to Nostradamus or the future foretold, since Laver only quoted the first French line of this quatrain.[8]  
Some other comments in the introduction in Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf also appear in Nostradamus or the future foretold.

4. National-socialist Nostradamusbrochures

Der Seher von SalonIn the comment upon quatrain XLIII (Une nouvelle secte de philosophes...), an almost word-by-word quotation of quatrain 03-67, De Wohl c.s. referred to a number of German authors who linked this quatrain to the foundation and the financial support of the NSDAP. De Wohl c.s. did not mention the names of these authors, nor the titles of their publications. Perhaps they referred to the brochures Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus en/of Der Seher von Salon, volumes 18 and 38 van de national-socialist propaganda series Informations-Schriften. In Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus, quatrain 03-67 was linked to the rise of national-socialism. In Der Seher von Salon, the remark was made that in Europe, the national and social problems were solved by fascism and national-socialism, and it was attributed to Nostradamus that he knew about the program of the NSDAP and explained its principles in kwatrijn 03-67. In a letter, published #50, 1940, of the national-socialist weekly Der Reichswart, the German Century-scholar Carl Loog also pointed to the linking of quatrain 03-67 to national-socialism.[9]

 

The propaganda message and its aimed impact
In the discussion of the dating of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, it was mentioned that the text of this brochure was finished in most early December 1942. 
According to Howe, Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf was written because of the rumour that the Swiss astrologer Karl Ernst Krafft, considered to be Hitler's advisor, used Nostradamus material for psychological warfare. With Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, the Germans were repaid in kind.[10] Howe did not discuss whether or not this brochure was part of a military campaign. Perhaps the writing and the spread of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf was related to the landing of American and British troops in North-Africa in November 1942 and the purpose was to try to undermine German morale by profiting from a development in the war which was unfavourable for Germany - and Italy.
De Wohl c.s. wanted to show their readers that in the Centuries, Nostradamus predicted countless facts and events of which a great number, among which the birth and rise of Hitler and his military successes, already took place, and another one would take place in the near future, beginning with an Allied invasion in Italy, next air raids on Berlin, the fall and death of Hitler and the end of the Third Reich. In the introduction, which was closed with the wish that "the wisdom of the Prophet would give comfort", it was supposed that the German nation was strong enough to face the truth about the the war.

 

Original quatrains, perverted quatrains and invented quatrains
According to Die schwarze Propaganda (1983 [1982]), the author of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf " composed "about one hundred typical Nostradamus-quatrains". In Uranias Kinder... (1995 [1984]), Howe wrote that in Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, the propaganda venom was hidden in the comment upon the German translation of fifty false Nostradamus-quatrains. The qualification "false Nostradamus-quatrains" does not clearify the way in which De Wohl c.s. in the parts 1 - 5 of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf perverted Century-quatrains and made propaganda. In the study of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf upon which this article is based, it became clear how they worked.
The parts 1 - 5 of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf contain fifty of the about one hundred composed French quatrain texts, meaning that half of the supplied material was used. These quatrain texts carry Roman numerals. According to the introduction, these quatrain texts were reproduced from a manuscript, which means that in that manuscript, the quatrains were numbered with the numbers, given in Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf
The quatrain numbers form a rising series. The first quatrain in part 1 carries the number XXXVII (37), next comes quatrain XXXVIII (38), next quatrain XLIII (43) etc. until the last quatrain in part 5, which carries the number DCCLII (752). This way of numbering has nothing to do with the way of numbering in the Centuries.

The fifty quatrains in the parts 1 - 5 can be divided into three groups:

  1. A group of thirty-seven quatrains in which De Wohl c.s. changed parts of the original text. In a number of cases, one word has been added or replace, such as in quatrain DC, a perverted version of quatrain 03-30 in order to announce that Hitler will be murdered: in the first line, the word Celuy is replaced by Hister. 
    Quatrain DXXV is an example of an almost complete perversion. The original quatrain was quatrain 04-15. According to the comment of De Wohl c.s. upon quatrain DXXV, Nostradamus predicted the German submarine war against England. A comparison with the original quatrain shows that they relocated some lines and replaced some parts by self-invented parts. 
    In quatrain DCXXXIII, a perversion of quatrain 10-100 in order to announce the victory of the Allies, the original text has been perverted to a lesser extent. The inserted word Americh in the second line of quatrain DCXXXIII could have been copied from the first line of quatrain 10-66, which reads: Le chef de Londres par regne l'Americh.

     

    Quatrains, perverted by De Wohl c.s.

    Quatrain 04-15 (De Garencieres, p.157) Quatrain DXXV (De Wohl c.s., p.86)
    D'ou pensera faire venir famine,
    De là viendra le rassasiement
    :
    L'oeil de la mer
    par avare canine
    Pour de l'un l'autre donra
    Huile, Froment.
    L'Oeil de Mer plantez ferveux poisson
    Rongera
    huille et grande part marchands
    Mais dou famine venir penseront
    De la viendra le rassasiement
    .
    Quatrain 10-100 (De Garencieres, p.444) Quatrain DCXXXIII (De Wohl c.s., p.120)
    Le grand Empire sera par l'Angleterre
    Le Pempotan des ans plus de trois cens,
    Grandes Copies passer par Mer & Terre,
    Les Lusitains n'en seront pas contens.
    Le Grand Empire sera de l'Angleterre
    Et d'Americh des ans plus de trois cent
    Grande copies passer Mer et Terre
    Et Loeur enfant German sera content.

     

  2. A group of twelve quatrains which De Wohl c.s. invented themselves. Most of these invented quatrains, seven, can be found in part 5, in which 12 quatrains are discussed. This means that De Wohl c.s. did not manage to explain by means of merely perverting original quatrains that the days of Hitler were counted. 
    Below, the text is given of two quatrains, invented by De Wohl c.s.: the quatrains DLVIII and DCXXXIV. By mans of quatrain DLVIII, De Wohl c.s. announced air raids on Augsbourg, Frankfort and Berlin (Lerbin); by means of quatrain DCXXXIV the decline of the Third Reich, the return of the Germans from paganism (national-socialism) to the manger (Christianity) and the coming of a period of great prosperity. In their comment upon quatrain DLVIII, it reads that Jupiter was in Cancer in 1918/19 and 1930/31, periods which for Germany were unfavourable because of losing World War I in 1918 and suffering from a financial crisis in 1930/31, caused by the fact that the sign of Cancer was in square to the sign of Aries, which ruled Germany. The fulfilment of quatrain DLVIII was situated in 1942/43, since in that period Jupiter also would be in Cancer. Verification shows that the given periods in which Jupiter runs through Cancer, are given correctly; this comment of De Wohl c.s. was waterproof.

    Quatrains, invented by De Wohl c.s. 

    Quatrain DLVIII (De Wohl c.s., p.108) Quatrain DCXXXIV (De Wohl c.s., p.116)
    Jupiter Cancer grand poche viendra pleurer
    Davoir esleu / hister ruyne approchera
    Du Ciel saduance si formidable armee
    Augsbourg / Frankfort et Lerbin passera.
    Hister a bas / Mer Bruyne sera toute seche
    Pluspart ne croire que iamais auait lieu
    De Paganisme retourneront a la Creche
    Paix / cloches sonnent / gens emeus.


  3. One quatrain, quatrain XLIII, its text almost identical to the text of quatrain 03-67, the original version.[11] 

    Quatrain, almost literally copied by De Wohl c.s. 

    Quatrain 03-67 (Brind'Amour 1993a, p.422) Quatrain XLIII (De Wohl c.s., p.20)
    Une nouvele secte de Philosophes
    Mesprisant mort, or,  honneurs & richesse
    Des monts Germains ne seront limitrophes:
    A les ensuivre auront apui & presses
    Une nouvelle Secte de philosophes
    Mesprisant mort? Or / honneurs & richesse
    Des monts germains ne seront limitrophes
    A les ensuyure auront appuy et presses

 

Constructions in the propaganda
In several ways, De Wohl c.s. seem to have tried to present the message of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf as a message by Nostradamus himself.

The introduction
In the introduction, the readers were made familiar with the extraordinary qualities of Nostradamus, who as an astrologer distinguished himself from his colleagues by mentioning the names of important persons in past and present, among which the names of general Franco and Hitler, and by the fact that many quatrains, among which quatrains, dealing with cardinal Mazarin, Henry II, Charles IX, Cromwell, Louis XVI, Napoleon Bonaparte, general Franco and Edward VIII already were fulfilled. This discussion was done by means of original quatrain texts or original quatrain fragments and comments upon them, copied from a.o. Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...! and Nostradamus or the future foretold. The total number of comments was nineteen; nine of them contained complete, original French quatrain texts and the corresponding translation into German. The quatrain texts did not carry quatrain numbers.
In the introduction, the readers were told that the Centuries were a kind of astrological history book, first published in 1555 by Macé Bonhomme and containing predictions about the future of the world, starting from 1555. In order to protect himself, Nostradamus wrote his predictions down in the form of rebuses. The practice, for example in the case of De Garencieres and his comment upon the "Mazarin"- quatrain, showed that only when the predicted event actually happened, the meaning of the prediction became clear. 
As a code-key, the Arabian astrology with her planetary cycles and lunar houses was mentioned.
In the introduction, it further read that the author, dr. Bruno Winkler, had managed to analyse the period 1880-1950 and by doing so clearly could explain the course of the war, including the beginning and the end. We note that the year 1880 must have been related to the fact that Hitler was born in 1889. The year 1950 implies that the readers were told that by 1950 the war would be over. In their comment upon quatrain C, De Wohl c.s. wrote about Churchill that he would be Prime Minister for seven years. In 1940, Churchill was appointed as Prime Minister and was in charge of a war cabinet. One could derive from this comment that in 1947, the war would be over.
Some elements in the introduction return in the propagandistic comments, such as the rebus form "anagram", planetary positions, Arabian astrology and the division of the 20th century in three periods, two of them specified: the periods 1900-1933 and 1933-1967. In other words: the theory in the introduction can be found in the practice of the propagandistic comments and the readers who wanted to verify these comments found their confirmation in the introduction.

Layout of the parts 1 - 5

Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, p.74-75
In the parts 1 - 5 of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, fifty quatrains are discussed: seven in part 1, eleven in part 2, eleven in part 3, nine in part 4 and twelve in part 5.
The introduction was made up in the form of a continuous text, in which the quatrain texts were printed in italics. IN the parts 1 - 5, the quatrains, the translations and the comments each had their specific place on the pages. 
Each part of the parts 1 - 5 began on an even page, which contained the title of the part. Consequently, the quatrain texts and the corresponding translations were printed on the uneven pages. As a result, they were consequently on the left side of the brochure. The corresponding comments were consequently printed on the even pages and therefore on the right side of the brochure. In all cases, the size of the comments did not exceed the page. Like this, the German readers would recognize the French quatrain, the corresponding translation and the corresponding comment at the first glance 
It has already been discussed that in the parts 1 - 5 of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf three font types were used. The French quatrains were reproductions of texts, written in calligraphy, in order to suggest that these texts were reproductions of an old manuscript; the corresponding translations were printed in Fracture and the corresponding comments in Antiqua. It looks as if De Wohl c.s. wanted to create a series of recognition points with this consequent kind of typography and thus wanted to "guide" the eyes of their readers, in order to give the greatest amount of impact to their propaganda..

Centurical elements
De Wohl c.s. did everything to give a Century-look to the French quatrains in the parts 1 - 5 in Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf.

1. Rhyme scheme
Almost all quatrains in the parts 1 - 5 in Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, also the ones they themselves invented, have the rhyme scheme a-b-a-b, which is also present in the major part of the Century-quatrains. De Wohl c.s. did not always manage to formulate the lines in such a way that they always consisted of ten stressed syllables, another feature of most of the Century-quatrains.

2. Anagrams
In the introduction, it was stated that the extraordinary quality of Nostradamus was his ability to mention names of persons, among which Franco and Hitler, who in the future would play an important part. In the parts 1 - 5, this reoccurred in the form of anagrams.
The first propagandistic quatrain in Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf in which De Wohl c.s. presented an anagram, was quatrain LXXXVIII. This quatrain contained the word Lerbin, which according to them was an anagram for Berlin. De Wohl c.s. themselves had invented this anagram. In their comment upon quatrain LXXXVIII, they noted that anagrams frequently occurred in the Centuries. They referred to Nizaram, mentioned in the introduction, Chiren (Henri) and Rensaf (France). In the quatrains LXXXVIII and DLVIII, Berlin was also indicated with the word Lerbin
Quite well-known is the picture in Uranias Kinder... and her English source texts of page 112 of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, on which the first line of quatrain DC reads: Hister quen luitte et fer au fait bellique. This quatrain is a perversion of quatrain 03-30, which De Wohl c.s. copied word-by-word except for the first line, which reads: Celuy qu'en luitte & fer au fait bellique. In their perverted version, De Wohl c.s. replaced the word Celuy by the word Hister, about which they told that it was an anagram for Hitler. They also did this in the quatrains CXXIX, DXXI, DLXIII and DCXXXIV.

3. Symbolic indications
De Wohl c.s. had developed a range of symbolic indications for nations and persons, something which is also done in Century--quatrains. They copied some of these indications from Century-comments and invented other indications themselves. In their comments, they gave the "clues". Thus, Germany c.a. Hitler's Germany was indicated with the words Aigle, Aquilon and Grand Germanie; Great-Britain with the words Grand Neptune and Lyon; Hitler with Le Grand, Italy with the words Ausonie and Les Hesperies; Mussolini with Le Noir and Russia c.q. the communists with Les rouges.

 

Marginal notes
Unfortunately, I do not have German articles, books, letters or government documents, dating from the period 1943-45, in which Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf is discussed in one way or another. Therefore, it is not possible to discuss the impact of this brochure in the period 1943-45. With a certain degree of restriction - today is a different era than the era of World War II - some marginal notes can be placed in connection with the design of this brochure and the camouflage measures.
De Wohl c.s. took many measures to give Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf the look of an authentic German brochure, which was the result of a meticulous study of the Centuries. One of the features of Howe's work for the Psychological Warfare Executive was that he went out of his way to get that kind of paper and that kind of ink which matched with what was used in Germany.[12] De Wohl c.s. did not content themselves with the announcement of the decline of nazi-Germany, but embedded their message in on the one hand comments upon original quatrains which were presented as being fulfilled and on the other hand propagandistic comments upon quatrains - either perverted or invented - in which the readers were told that Nostradamus predicted the rise of Hitler and his military success. A British or a French commentator would not appraise Hitler in such a way, therefore, Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf had to be of German origin.

logo Regulus publishers, 1937
Regulus publishers
logo 1937
Vase Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf
"Regulus publishers"
logo 1943

Some camouflage measures were not that perfect. In 1943, Winkler did not reside in Weimar, but in Bühl. At the time of the spread of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, Regulus publishers no longer existed. In 1941, this company was closed by the Gestapo due to the Aktion-Heß, the raid in Germany among astrologers and occultist because of the passage in May 1941 of Rudolf Heß to England. In Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, the logo which Regulus publishers had in 1937 and which was printed on the title page of Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!, a triangle with the zodiacal signs, was not present. Those who were familiar with the Centuries, would raise there eyebrows, seeing the way in which in the parts 1 - 5 of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf the quatrains were numbered. Further, a comparison between the quatrain texts in parts 1 - 5 with quatrain texts in French editions, would show inexorable that De Wohl c.s. perverted and invented quatrain texts, albeit because of the hight frequency of the word Hister in Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, five times, since it only occurs thrice in the Centuries. All these imperfections might have had a negative influence on the propagandistic impact of Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf but also could have remained unnoticed, since some people, when in hard times they have a feeling of impending disaster, turn to superstition which under these circumstances seems to have a kernel of truth, and are not aware of the fact that the brochure they read is not a genuine study, but a piece of propaganda.[13]

 

Quatrains in Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf

Introduction 
Quatrain Link
 07-41  Garencières: Mazarin 
 01-35  Decease of Henry II
 09-49  Beheading of Charles I
 08-76  Rise of Cromwell
 08-37  Arrest of Charles I, his imprisonment in his own castle
 09-20  Flight of Louis XVI to Varennes
 09-34  Arrest of Louis XVI
 ? French civil war
 04-47  The "Bartholomy night"
  06-63  Rulership of Cathérine de' Medici
 03-57  Seven changes in the British government
 01-60  Birth and rise of Napoleon Bonaparte
 08-57  Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte
 08-59  Napoleon Bonaparte defeated near Elba and Waterloo
 ? Invention of the tank
  04-15  Invention of the submarine
 ? Invention of the airplane
 09-16  1936: revolution by Franco
 10-22  Edward VIII renounces to be a king
Erster Teil: Hitlers Geburt - Die Anfänge der Bewegung
De Wohl Quatrain Link
XXXVII  03-35  Birth of Hitler
XXXVIII  00-00  The Versailles Treaty: the peace which is not a peace
XLIII  03-67  Not the foundation of the NSDAP, but the foundation around 1950 of a philosophical movement
XLIV  03-76  Paganist organizations such as the Tannenberg-Bund of Erich and Mathilde Ludendorff
XLV  05-26  Hitler
XLVI  08-78  The militant Church, lead by the Pope
XLVII  08-104  Great-Germany: the Sudete-problem, Czechoslovakia, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium
Zweiter Teil: Ausbruch des Krieges bis zum Fall von Frankreich
De Wohl Quatrain Link
LXXVII  08-77  1939: the outbreak of the war
LXXXVIII  03-53  The German victory in Poland
XC  03-37  The Maginot-line passed by the Germans
XCV  02-89  The Axis-powers Germany and Italy 
XCVI  05-51  Cooperation between Poland and Bohemia, Polish, Bohemian and Serb troops join together in the battle in Africa
XCVII  02-94  Evacuation of the British expeditionary forces from Dunkirque
XCVIII  03-49  De Gaulle's flight; Pétain's collaboration
XCIX  02-59  June 1940: British attack on the French fleet near Mers el Kebir; November 1942: second British attack on the French fleet
C  06-75  May 1940: Churchill, Navy minister, becomes Prime Minister
CXIII  05-69  England, defeated on the European continent, concentrates itself on Africa
CXIV  06-07  Pact between Norway, Yugoslavia and Great Britain; Mussolini achieves some of his ambitions; June 1940: German-France armistice in  Compiègne
Dritter Teil: Die Belagerung Englands - Technische Prophezeiungen
De Wohl Quatrain Link
CXXV  05-73  Polish and Arabic troops fight side by side in North-Africa
CXXIX   05-29  Hitler, Italy, the French Republic
CXXXI  05-94  Great-Germany conquers Brabant, Flanders, Brugues and Boulogne. An attack on Vienna and Cologne is predicted
CXLII   02-05  Battle of the submarines
CL  02-68  August 1940: beginning of the German air raids on England
CLII  02-83  British trade traffic blocked; air raids on London with fire bombs
CLIX  03-71  German siege of England, famine in England
CCCLXVII  02-54  1941: revolution of the Iron Guard; flight of the Rumanian king Karol
CCCLXXXV  01-74  Spring 1941: Hitler gets support from Serbia and Bulgaria
CDXXXII  09-90  The affaire-Heß
CDXLI   00-00  The end of the German campaign in Greece; king Constantin flees to Egypt, helped by the British
Vierter teil: Der Krieg im Osten und Süden
De Wohl Quatrain Link
DV  08-19  German invasion in Russia
DXII  00-00  June 22, 1941: German invasion in Russia
DXXI  00-00  German campaign in Russia
DXXV  04-15  Submarine war against England
DXXVI  07-06  Prediction of a British invasion in Italy
DXXVII  05-99  Prediction of a British campaign in Italy against Italian and German troops
DXXVIII  04-50  England will conquer the Italian airspace
DXXIX  09-95  Mussolini will be arrested
DXXX  00-00  Hitler will fall
Fünfter Teil: Ausgang des Krieges - Zukunft Deutschlands und der Welt
De Wohl Quatrain Link
DXLVI  02-91  Air raids on Berlin 
DXLVII  00-00  Hitler's campaign in Russia will fail, he has to withdraw his troops from Russia and eventually will be driven out from France
DLIII  00-00  Prediction of a British invasion in Bretain
DLVI  03-97  The United States join the war in order to put an end to the New Order in Europe
DLVIII  00-00  1942/43: air raids on Berlin
DLXIII  02-24  Hitler loses his grip upon the German people and will meet his end
DC  03-30  Hitler will be murdered
DCXX  00-00  The "black Nero" (Mussolini) will lose his power
DCXXXIV  00-00  Hitler is defeated, national-socialism is broken, Germany returns to Christianity
DCLXXXIX  00-00  The rise of a French-Spanish union
DCCXXXII  10-100  Great Britain and the United States will dominate the world for more than 300 years
DCCLII  00-00  National-socialism is expelled, the world faces a period of great prosperity

Legend

 00-00   original quatrain
 00-00   quatrain, perverted by De Wohl c.s. 
 00-00   quatrain, invented by De Wohl c.s. 

 

De Meern, the Netherlands, October 10, 2007
T.W.M. van Berkel
updated on June 14, 2008

 

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

  1. Dr. R. Giel (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Handschriftenabteilung) to Van Berkel, September 26, 2007. [text]
  2. De Wohl c.s., p.46-47 and p.56- 57 (p.57: [...] die Seltsamkeit der Tatsache [...] daß einmal so weit von einander entfernte und gemeinschaftslose Truppen wie Polen und Araber mit einander verbündet sein werden, wie es heute in Nordafrika der Fall ist, wo Polen und Araber - in englischen Uniform - Seite an Seite kämpfen). 
    In the comment upon quatrain XCIX, the attacks on the French fleet in June 1940 and November 1942 were attributed to the British Navy. Actually, only the first attack, known as
    [text]   
  3. De Garencières, p.293-294. On page 61, De Wohl c.s. also referred to this comment. [text]
  4. De Garencières, p.87 and 143. [text]
  5. Laver-1942, p.11. [text]
  6. Laver-1942, p.218, De Wohl c.s., p.39. [text]
  7. Laver-1942, p.118; Winkler-1937, p.65; De Wohl c.s., p.9. [text]
  8. Laver-1942, p.115; De Wohl c.s., p.7. [text]
  9. De Wohl c.s., p.21; Van Berkel: Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus (Informations-Schriften #18, Berlijn, 1940); Der Seher von Salon (Informations-Schriften #38, Berlijn, 1941); Nostradamus Scharlatan? (C. Loog, Der Reichswart, December 12, 1940). [text]
  10. Howe, p.8. [text]
  11. The source text which De Wohl c.s. used for the writing of quatrain XLIII is not the version on page 133 in De Garencieres' The true prophecies. The third line of that version does not contain the words ne seront but the words seront fort. [tekst]
  12. See WWII Secret intelligence activities around Milton Keynes: Political Warfare Executive: Ellic Howe. [tekst]
  13. Cf. Laver-1942, p.213. [text]

 

For this article, a photocopy of the brochure Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf has been used. The original is part of the collection of the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, UK (internet: www.iwm.org.uk).

 
 

 
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