connection with April 24, 1940, dr.
Paul Joseph Goebbels, from 1933 to 1945 minister of Propaganda in Nazi-Germany,
wrote that the " Nostradamus-brochure" was published in the
Netherlands and Switzerland and was quite sensational.
On this website, it is assumed that with the mentioning of the
brochure in the Netherlands, Goebbels meant the Dutch version of Was
bringt das Jahr 1940? Die Antwort geben uns "Les vrayes Centuries
et Propheties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus", a
national-socialist text, written in November - December 1939 by Hans-Wolfgang Herwarth von
prof. dr. Karl Bömer and Leopold Gutterer, managers at the Ministry of
Propaganda. In this Dutch version, entitled Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen?
een belangwekkende en
actueele beschouwing op grond der voorspellingen van Michel Nostradamus
gegeven in "Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties"; samengesteld
uit de nagelaten geschriften van Jean François Pasteur
(+), the year 1940 is mentioned as the year of publishing.
On this website, this version is entitled Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen?; the word "Pasteur" is a
reference to this brochure.
On April 12, 1940, the Swiss astrologer Karl Ernst Krafft, who from
January 1940 would start to produce national-socialist propaganda, based
upon the Centuries, ordered four copies of Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen?. On April 29, these were sent to him from the
copy figure data of the VGB (Vereenigde Grafische Bedrijven),
where Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? was produced, it can be
derived that the printing of this brochure was achieved on April 18,
According to a report about the activities of the Ausland
the Ministry of Propaganda in the period January 1 - August 31 1940,
written by dr. Ernst Brauweiler, head of this section, 5.000 copies
were printed of a Dutch edition of a Nostradamus-writing which was
translated in eight languages with a total of 83.000 circulating copies. On this website, it is assumed
that Brauweiler’s report contained a.o. the copy figure of the first
edition of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, which was spread in
April 1940. From copy figure data of the VGB, it can be derived that 5.175 copies
of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? were printed. After the capitulation of the Netherlands on May 15, 1940,
the Ausland section of the Ministry of Propaganda ordered the
production of another 3.000 copies.
The title of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? contains a reference to Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties.
This is, as can be derived from a remark on page 41, a reference to the
photocopy of the 1668-Amsterdam-edition, made by the Frenchman P.V.
Piobb in 1927. In Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. included a number of French
quatrain texts from this photocopy in order to raise the impression that they translated
these quatrain texts and studied them..
W.J. Ort, The Hague
Johan Ort, publisher of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?
and Arie Meijer Schwencke, owner of the Vereenigde Grafische
Bedrijven and printer of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?
zal deze oorlog eindigen? was published by Willem Johan
Ort. In 1940, his company was seated in the Prins Hendrikstraat 84 in
1918, Ort, born on October 20, 1881 in Delft as a son of a tailor and deceased in The Hague
on June 24, 1951, opened a
bookstore in The Hague, together with P. van Straaten. This bookstore,
named "Ort, Van Straaten", was a continuation of the bookstore
of M. van der Beek (The Hague) en Van Straaten's bookstore (Rotterdam). In 1925,
the bookstore "Ort, Van Straaten" was continued as "W.J.
Ort, The Hague", a one-man business. On July 15, 1936, he
celebrated his 40-year jubilee as a bookseller.
Ort's bookstore and publishing company existed until the first years of World
War II. In 1946, the company was handed over to his son Johannes
Jan Coenraad, who continued the company until 1964 but, as far as known,
did not publish any books.
In 1928, Arie Meijer Schwencke (Arie Meijer, born in The Hague on
July 26, 1906, who named
himself Arie Meijer Schwencke, Schwencke was his mother's family name)
founded two press agencies, which in the beginning of the thirties were
fused under the company name
Pers Bureaux (VPB). After Hitler came into power in 1933, Meijer Schwencke
got in contact with Otto Dietrich, Reichspressechef. This contact
resulted in print orders, articles, propaganda material and financial
support of a.o. the Propaganda section of the Wehrmacht and
the Auslandspressebüro, led by Geheimrat dr. Walther
Heide, an office which was part of Abteilung IVb (Auslandspresse) of
the Ministry of Propaganda, led by Bömer, where Herwarth von Bittenfeld
Meijer Schwencke, who meanwhile had also founded the VGB (Vereenigde
Grafische Bedrijven, a printer's company) started to look for a
"sleeping" publishing company that could serve to spread the
propaganda brochures, produced by the VGB. In the summer of 1939,
one of his employees, A. Storm van Leeuwen, contacted Ort, whose company
had become almost completely inactive. Ort refused to sell his company
to the VGB, but gave
permission to use his company's name for the publishing of about
ten pro-German propaganda brochures, with a recompensation of f 100,-
for each title. These brochures were printed by the VGB. On December 28, 1939, the printing of 10.000
copies of De waarheid marcheert..., the first brochure, was
achieved. This brochure was a
translation of Das Oberkommando der Wehrmacht gibt bekannt...:
Wahrheit und Lüge über die September-Feldzug 1939; auf Grund amtliches
Material zusammengestellt (dr. Werner Robert Valentin Picht, Berlin,
1939). On January 27, 1940, the printing of 5.000 copies of the brochure
Kan Engeland den oorlog winnen? - De Zeeoorlog
en de neutralen was achieved. This brochure was a translation of one of the four volumes in the
Vår neutralität, written by baron dr. Lage Fabian Wilhelm Staël von
Holstein (Stockholm, 1939), who in the first quarter of 1940 would
translate the brochure, written by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s., into
Swedish; in the second quarter of 1940, he would translate this brochure
into English. Staël von Holstein had contacted Meijer
Schwencke with the request to have his brochure about England translated and spread. On March 3, 1940, the printing of 5.000
copies of Tsjecho-Slowakije, slachtoffer der westersche mogendheden,
written by the Czech colonel Emanuel Moravec, was achieved. On April 18,
1940, the printing of 5.175 copies of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?
After the capitulation of the Netherlands on
May 15, 1940, the publication of this kind national-socialist propaganda
was continued with e.g. the brochure De ondergang van een
imperium - over de "teloorgang" van het Engelse wereldrijk,
a translation of Decline and fall of the British Empire (Robert
Stephen Briffault, Prague, 1940), with an introduction by Tobie
Goedewaagen, chairman of the Board of Enlightenment of the Dutch Press
and later secretary-general of the Ministry of People's Enlightenment
and Arts, the Dutch pendant of the German Ministry of Propaganda.
On May 5, 1945, the liberation of the Netherlands was achieved. On May 17,
1945, Ort was suspended as a book trader and publisher because
of, as it was phrased, unworthy behaviour during the years in which the
Netherlands were occupied. In 1946, the Council for Press
Purification banned Ort as a publisher for six months.
The articles in the Dutch Nieuwsblad voor den Boekhandel about
Ort's banning do not contain information about a membership of the NSB,
the Dutch national-socialist movement, or another national-socialist
organization. Meier Schwencke was arrested in June 1946. In an article
in the issue of April 18, 9141 of the Dutch daily Het Vaderland,
he was mentioned in his quality of SS-Unterscharfüher. In 1942, due to
malversations, he fell into
disgrace with the Germans. His companies were confiscated. In 1943, he started to work for Het Parool,
an illegal resistance newspaper. After the war, he worked for some time
for the Dutch National Security Office. In May 1951, Meijer Schwencke was
sentenced to 7 years and 6 months imprisonment to begin from the time of
arrest, of which 2 years and 2
months on probation (which meant that he would be released in October
1951). Further, he was banned for 20 years as director of press agencies
and publishing companies and an amount of f 25.000 of his private
capital was confiscated.
According to the Goebbels diaries, Brauweiler, the head of the Ausland
section of the Ministry of Propaganda, was responsible for
"bringing" the Nostradamus-brochure to the neutral countries.
The word "bringing" means: looking abroad for translators and
for printers and publishers
who were willing to print and to spread the translations of these
brochures. Neither the Goebbels diaries, nor the minutes of the secret
daily propaganda conferences on Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda, show
which employee of the Ministry of Propaganda contacted Meijer Schwencke in order
to have the brochure, written by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s.,
translated into Dutch and spread in The Netherlands.
In Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, the text is divided in two parts:
an untitled part about the life and work of Nostradamus and predictions
in the Centuries which are fulfilled, and a part, entitled Gegenwart
und Zukunft, in which predictions in the Centuries are
discussed which deal with the actual situation and the future. In Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?,
the text is divided in four parts. The Voorwoord (preface) and
the Aanhangsel (appendix) are not part of Was bringt das Jahr
Voorwoord bij het verschijnen van een
actueele verklaring der voorspellingen van den grooten Franschen
Ziener Michel Nostradamus
heden en toekomst op wonderbaarlijke wijze voorspeld door den
Franschman Michel Nostradamus in zijn "Les vrayes Centuries
zal deze oorlog eindigen? Een antwoord op de vele belangrijke
vraagstukken, die ons bezighouden, gegeven door "Les vrayes
Centuries et Prophéties de maistre Michel Nostradamus"
In the next listing, the contents of each part
of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? are summarized. The corresponding texts in Was bringt das Jahr
1940? ("Berlin", the original German text), Sta nam donosi 1940? ("Belgrade"),
Le profezie del Maestro Michele Nostradamus anno 1558 ("Genoa"),
Nostradamus spådomar om kriget ("Norab"-1940a), What
will happen in the near future? ("Norab"-1940b),Que
se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le printemps 1941 ("Rossier"-
1940b) and Što se
dogadjalo i što će se dogoditi (Zagreb) are also mentioned.
Voorwoord bij het verschijnen van een actueele verklaring der
voorspellingen van den grooten Franschen Ziener Michel
In this voorwoord (tr.: preface) the anonymous
translator explaines that he found a study on the prophecies of
Nostradamus in the inheritance of his deceased friend Jean
François Pasteur. By publication, he wanted to help the
millions of people who were tormented by the question what would
be the end of the war which recently had begun.
Corresponding texts: none.
Verleden, heden en toekomst op wonderbaarlijke wijze voorspeld door den
Franschman Michel Nostradamus in zijn "Les vrayes
Centuries et Prophéties" (p.9-23)
Nostradamus predicted the decease in 1559 of Henry II.
Short description of the life of Nostradamus. Under the roof of his house, Nostradamus made a room in which he
wrote the Centuries. The origins of his "visions".
Kings visiting his tomb in the Minor Friar church in Salon. Nostradamus predicts in detail: in one of the quatrains in the 9th century,
he gave the names of general Montmorency and the soldier who
executed him in 1632 in Toulouse. Further, he predicted the
arrest in 1792 of Louis XVI, the invention of the air balloon
and matters concerning pope Pius VI. Nostradamus wrote more or less a dozen quatrains about
Napoleon Bonaparte. Further, he predicted the way in which
Napoleon III would die in London and the way in which the
Italian king Umberto would die because of an attempt.
Predictions about World
War I, the failure of the League of Nations and the rise
of the death of a king
King of magic
His predictions and their features
Unveiling the future
From Napoleon to Umberto
The World War 1914-1918
Un maestro del regno della magia
Le profezie di Nostradamus et le loro caratteristiche
De Napoleone Bonaparte a Re Umberto
Dalla guerra mondiale alle S.d.N. all'impresa etiopica
III. Fjärrskådaren utvecklas
IV. Hur kommo ingivelserna?
V. Fyra hundra års erfarenheter
VI. Spådomen om Ludvig XVI
VII. Profetior om Napoleon
VIII. Kung Umberto
IX. Nostradamus om världskriget
III. Some dates
IV. Nostradamus develops his Gift of Prophecy
V. The "Voices" from Heaven
VI. A prediction made Four Hundred Years before the event
VII. The Tragedy of Louis XVI
VIII. Astonishing Prophecies about Napoleon
IX. The Great War
Un maitre dans le royaume de la magie
Ses prophéties et leurs particularités
De Napoléon Bonaparte au roi Humbert
Prophéties sur la Guerre Mondiale de 1914-18
Majstor u oblasti magije
Njegova prorocanstva i njihove osebnosti
Od Napoleona Bonaparta do kralja Humberta
Prorocanstva o svjetkom ratu 1914-18
Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? Een antwoord op de vele belangrijke
vraagstukken, die ons bezighouden gegeven door "Les vrayes
Centuries et Prophéties de maistre Michel Nostradamus" (p.24-37)
Introduction to the actual situation, caused by the new war, and the
uncertain fate which is connected with this. Quotes regarding
England, taken from De Fontbrune's Les prophéties de Maistre
Michel Nostradamus. Expliquées et commentées (1939
, fifth edition).
Discussion of quatrain 03-57 because of the coming fall of England
and the German invasion in Poland. The backgrounds of the link
between quatrain 03-57 and the German invasion in Poland in
1939. Further: discussion of the quatrains 02-75 and 02-100 and
other predictions which show the coming fall of England.
Birth and rise of Hitler. The "Holy Empire" comes to
Germany when England lost all of its support in the world.
Nostradamus predicted the Molotov - Von Ribbentrop pact.
Closing, it is argued that the prophecies of Nostradamus are
very important and can be understood very easily. Millions of
people consulted them in the past, among who great persons like
Napoleon. The question is if Nostradamus also this time will
have predicted correctly. The readers are able to verify this by
present and the future
sul presente e sull'avvenire
Le sette metamorfosi dell'Inghilterra
Attorno alla liquidazione della grande questione
E la sorte della Germania?
X: Vad skall hånda i morgon?
ch. XI: Englands fall
ch. XII: Bekräftelser på britternas nederlag
ch. XIII: Än mer om England
ch. XIV: Tysklands triumf
ch. XV: Den tysk-ryska pakten
ch. XVI: Vår tids profet
X: The present and the future
ch. XI: England's fateful Hour
ch. XII: The far-reaching consequences of the current War
ch. XIV: Germany victorious in the gigantic Struggle
coup d'oeil sur l'avenir
sept changements de l'Angleterre
La France ne sera pas touchée
Autour de la grande liquidation
Et le sort de l'Allemagne?
Sedam promjena Engleske
Francuska ne ce biti pogodjena
Oko velike likvidacije
A sudbina Njemacke?
Aanhangsel - verklaringen (p.39-45)
The aanhangsel (tr.: appendix) contains French
quatrain texts of the quatrains 01-35, 01-36, 01-01, 01-02, 09-34, 05-57, 03-35,
01-60, 07-13 (on page 19 erroneously numbered as VIII, 13), 05-28,
03-13, 02-68, 08-60 and 01-47, all originating from the 1938-Piobb-copy, further French quatrain texts of the quatrains
02-75, 02-100 and 02-83, copied from De Fontbrunes Les
prophéties de maistre Michel Nostradamus - Expliquées et
commentées (1939 ), a number of quotes from this book
and the French quatrain text of quatrain 01-99.
Corresponding texts: none.
Brauweiler's report on the copy figures of
the Nostradamus brochure shows that these brochures were not printed in
Germany and next exported, but printed abroad and spread abroad.
zal deze oorlog eindigen? is the finest brochure of all brochures,
discussed on this website, which contain a translation of the text,
written by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. The design was bound. The backside
of the title page contained the remark that 100 numbered copies of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?
were printed on old-Dutch paper, bought at Van Gelder Zonen paper
factories, seated in Wormer. The copy which I possess, is not numbered.
Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? has a dust jacket, made of full-bleached
parchment, on which the title was printed in red and black
characters. The parchment was bought at G.H. Bührmannn factories,
seated in Amsterdam. In
the brochure, a multitude of character sizes has been used and a
multitude of character profiles: normal, emphasized, italic, bold and
small-caps characters. In Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, the
lines which in Was bringt das Jahr 1940 are underlined, are
printed in italic.
The first character of the first line of the three chapters in Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen? is a miniature (decoration character). The
miniature -I- in the preface is decorated with the twelve signs of the
Zodiac; the other two chapters contain the miniature -H-, decorated with
Like the text in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, the text in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? is
divided in two chapters. In the first chapter, entitled
Verleden, heden en toekomst op wonderbaarlijke wijze voorspeld door den
Franschman Michel Nostradamus in zijn "Les vrayes
Centuries et Prophéties", quatrains are linked to
events which occurred in the past. In the second chapter, entitled
Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? Een antwoord op de vele belangrijke
vraagstukken, die ons bezighouden gegeven door "Les vrayes
Centuries et Prophéties de maistre Michel Nostradamus",
quatrains are discussed which are linked to the actual situation and the
future. Probably, this division is related to the message that
Nostradamus' predictions about the future most likely will be fulfilled,
since in the past so many of his predictions were fulfilled.
The preface and the appendix in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? do
not occur in any other brochure, neither do they occur in Was bringt
das Jahr 1940?. More than twenty footnotes refer to the
appendix, which contains French quatrain texts and quotes from De
prophéties de maistre Michel Nostradamus - Expliquées et commentées.
Most of the French quatrain texts can be found in the appendix, except
for the texts of the quatrains 09-18, 10-100, 03-57,
08-37, 02-78, 03-32, 03-71, 08-97, 02-85, 03-58 and the first line of
quatrain 10-31. In the other brochures, footnotes occur only once. The
question is if these footnotes and an appendix with French quatrain
texts and quotes from the book by De Fontbrune were part of the German
source text, written by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. It is hard to
believe that a translator would take the trouble to create footnotes and
to compile an appendix; it is also hard to believe that the VGB, the printer, did
something like this.
Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? contains four illustrations. On the cover,
the city crest of Paris is depicted. On page 2, this is motivated with the
remark that it was the capital of France where Maistre Michel
Nostradamus had his greatest achievements.
On page 1, a cut-out is depicted of the title of the
1668-Amsterdam-edition; on page 3, the engraving is depicted of the
cover of this edition. The cut-out is a copy of the picture on the cover
of the photocopy of the 1668-Amsterdam-edition (on this website, this
copy is entitled the "1938-Piobb-copy"), made in 1938 by the French Century-scholar
P.V. Piobb. The picture of the engraving is also taken from the
page 41 in the appendix was written that this copy was used as a source
Op pagina 7, a portrait of Nostradamus is depicted, painted by his son Cesar.
This portrait can also be found on page 3 in Nostradamus
spådomar om kriget, the Swedish translation of the text, written by
Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. in November - December 1939. This portrait
is taken from the 1938-Piobb-copy. Page 24 of
that brochure contains a picture of the lower half of the engraving of
The title page not only contains a picture of the title of the
1668-Amsterdam-edition, but also the remark Naar
een authentieke uitgave uit het jaar 1688 door JEAN FRANÇOIS PASTEUR (+) voorzien van een actueele verklaring mede op grond van een studie van den Franschen
Nostradamus-kenner Dr. DE FONTBRUNE. Actually, the mentioned
year 1688 should be 1668, in which J.J. van Waesberge published the
The picture of the first page of Century 01 in the Italian
translation of the text by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s. or a cut-out,
depicted in the English and Swedish translation, does not occur in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?.
preface and the identity of Jean François Pasteur
The preface in Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen? consists of two pages. At the end of the
preface, it reads DE VERTALER (tr.: the translator). Not once in
the preface or the text of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, the
name of this translator is given.
The mentioning of a translator is part of the construction which has
been used to introduce Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?. In his
preface, the translator wrote that a French friend left a number of
writings, among which a study on the prophecies of Nostradamus, which he
probably finished shortly before his death. The translator considered
the contents of this study important enough to have it published as soon
as possible. Therefore, the preface explains the remark samengesteld uit de nagelaten geschriften van Jean
François Pasteur (+) (tr.: compiled from Jean François Pasteur's leftover
writings) in the title of Hoe zal deze oorlog
eindigen?. We notice that Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? has
a double French signature: the one of Pasteur's leftover writings and
the one of De Fontbrune's Les prophéties de maistre Michel
Nostradamus - Expliquées et commentées. It looks as if the
translator is a Dutchman.
In an early phase of the study of Hoe zal deze oorlog
eindigen? , the French Century-scholar Robert Benazra, the
compiler of Répertoire Chronologique
Nostradamique (Paris, 1990), wrote that he never heard about a
French Century-scholar named Jean François Pasteur and never
read his Century-comment. Together with the national-socialist
signature of Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen?, the supposition in this early phase was
that the name Jean François Pasteur was a fictitious
name. This supposition
was confirmed by the fact that research showed that this preface was not
part of Was bringt das Jahr 1940? or the Croation, English,
French, Italian, Serb or Swedish version.
propaganda message in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?
In fact, the propaganda message in Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen? is the same as the one in the German source text,
written by Herwarth von Bittenfeld c.s.: England no longer would be a
supreme power, she would lose her support and fall. Germany would become
the new superpower. A long time ago, this was predicted by Nostradamus,
whose predictions time after time turned out to be reliable. The neutral
countries would witness this gigantic struggle.
one month before the invasion, Hoe zal deze oorlog
eindigen? was published in the Netherlands. It is obvious that
Goebbels wanted to demoralize the Dutch. It must be noted that in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?,
no specific attention was given to Dutch circumstances or history, in
contrast with e.g. Que se passera-t-il entre le printemps 1940 et le
printemps 1941?, in which one of the chapter titles indicated that
France would not be harmed by the war.
chapter of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, in which by means of
the Centuries the imminent future of Europe is described, begins
with the phrasing of the question what tomorrow will bring, a common
question which because of the war which began in 1939, suddenly got an
The pages 14 and 15 of Was bringt das Jahr 1940? contain a fragment in which Herwarth von Bittenfeld
c.s. discuss the omnipresent desire of man to see into the future. This fragment is not included in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?. One
can only guess why. In the post-war administration of justice, Meijer
Schwencke told had he edited translations of German propaganda brochures
in order to minimalize or neutralize their propaganda. It is
questionable if omitting this fragment minimized or neutralized the
propagandistic impact of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen. The
message in Was bringt das Jahr 1940? that the downfall of
Great-Britain was imminent, as was the leading role of Germany (together
with the Soviet-Union), was integrally translated into Dutch. Further,
the title and subtitle of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? contain
two references which raise the impression that Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen? was translated from the French. The first
reference is the reference to a
study of the deceased Frenchman Jean-François Pasteur. The second
reference is a reference
to De Fontbrune's Les Prophéties de Maistre Michel
Nostradamus - Expliquées et commentées. These references were made
in order to prevent
readers from thinking that this brochure originally was a German one. To
this, we add that the preface of the translator introduction of Jean-François Pasteur
have been Dutch inventions, since they do not occur
in Was bringt das Jahr 1940?.
zal deze oorlog eindigen?, p.
24, first line)
For us, living in the present, the things which Nostradamus told
about the past, are already history... for the seer of Salon all
these things were ahead of him in the distant future, as we have seen.
For the seer, it makes no difference if he locates his
prophecies a hundred years or a thousand years in the future or
even further away. But for the common people who inhabit the
earth, only one question is important: what will be tomorrow?
What will be in the next year? And what next?
fragment [Was bringt das Jahr 1940?, p.14-15])
Hier ruht der Angelpunkt aller Prophetie. Ob sich jemand mit der
Handlesekunst befasst oder mit der Schädelkunde, ob er
sehnsuchtig nach dem Lauf der Sterne blickt, ob er Karten legt
oder ob er, wie es die Alten getan haben, das Orakel befragt:
Stets beschäftigt ihn vor allem eine einzige Frage. Es ist die
Frage nach der Zukunft.
war, was sich in der Vergangenheit abgespielt hat, wissen wir.
Es nützt uns nichts mehr - es sei denn, dass wir aus Erfahrung
klug werden, oder auch nicht. Aber immer wieder greift der
Mensch, hoffend, zagend, gläubig oder zweifelnd in die Zukunft.
Werden wir sie je ergründen können? Gibt es eine
Vorherbestimmung des Schicksals? Oder liegt alles, was kommen
wird, nur in unserer eigenen Hand, in unserem eigenen Willen?
Antwort ist längst gegeben. Der Sterne Lauf ist festgelegt.
Keine Macht auf dieser Welt vermag ihre Bahn zu ändern. Nicht
der Wille der Menschen - das Schicksal waltet, jetzt und
immerdar. Das Schicksal aber sucht sich seine Werkzeuge:
Menschen und Dinge, und mit diesen Werkzeugen schafft es die
Buch der Bücher, die Heilige Schrift, schliesst mit
Offenbarungen. Sie sind nichts anderes als die Abzeichnung des
Schicksals der Menschheit. Jeder gläubige Christ weiss, dass
der Herrgott sein Schicksal bereits bestimmt hat. Die Kirche
selbst hat ihr Lehrgebäude auf dieser Grundlage errichtet.
kommen muss, wird kommen! Die Menschen sind nur das armselige
Werkzeug einer höheren Macht. Wenigen Grossen des Geistes und
der Seele war es vergönnt, den Schleier der Zukunft zu lüften.
Die Umwelt steht fassungslos vor dieser Sehergabe. Aber diese
Grossen haben schauen dürfen. Und uns bleibt nichts anderes,
als dass wir uns, ob wir wollen oder nicht, den Gesichtern der
Grossen gläubig unterwerfen.
zal deze oorlog eindigen?, p.
24, second line)
There is war in Europe. It casts its shadows over the whole
world. Not one nation, also when it is not involved in this war,
has been kept free from its fury. Millions of people live in
fear because of the future of their nation, because of their own
fate. What will happen? Who will win? And what will be next?
Nostradamus, whose unique prophetic gift has proven itself so
many times, helps humanity also this time. Like with admirable certainty
he described the most important events of the past three
centuries, he gives the answers to those questions which
nowadays are in the mind of the nations.
fortune of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?
A couple of times, material,
originating from Hoe zal
deze oorlog eindigen?
has been used in other publications.
Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... (De Tombre, Arnhem, 1941)
On page 8 in the first chapter of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn...,
entitled Inleiding - waarheid en zekerheid, geboren helderziendheid [...],
contains a reference to the Nostradamus-scholar Jean
François Pasteur, deceased in 1940, who in a small brochure, entitled Hoe zal de
oorlog eindigen? studied the predictions of Nostradamus about the
present situation. Voorspellingen die uitgekomen
zijn... is the Dutch translation of a national-socialist text,
written by the German historian/philologist dr. phil. Alexander Max Centgraf (1893-1970),
who in his post-war publications on Nostradamus used the pseudonym dr. N. Alexander Centurio.
The question is if the references to Pasteur in the first chapter in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen
zijn... and to the air raids on Rotterdam were inserted for the
Dutch readers. On the pages 7-8, one can read the remark Ik heb wel
eens gehoord dat zij, die, zooals ik, in Maart geboren zijn, van de
Voorzienigheid dit bijzonder charisma (= genadegift) ontvangen hebben (tr.:
Once I heard that Providence gave this special charism (gift of grace) to those
who, like me, were born in March). This remark was made in
connection with a claim to possess the gift of clairvoyance. Centgraf
was born in Thale (Harz) on March 8, 1893.
Oorlogsvoorspellingen... (dr. W.H.C. Tenhaeff, The Hague, 1948
After the liberation in 1945, the Dutch parapsychologist dr. W.H.C.
Tenhaeff did research on what PSI-gifted persons in the Netherlands had
"seen" in connection with the beginning and the course of the
war by means of proscopy (experiencing or observing future events by
means of PSI). The results of this research were published in Oorlogsvoorspellingen...
In this book, comments on the Centuries were also discussed as
well as Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? According to Tenhaeff, who
acknowledged the national-socialist nature of Hoe zal deze oorlog
eindigen?, this brochure was published after May 1940.
Actually, this brochure was published on most lately April 12, 1940.
It is quite possible that Tenhaeff had a copy of the second edition,
which was produced after the capitulation of the Netherlands on May 15,
Nostradamus De grootste ziener aller tijden (J. Vandervoort,
Nostradamus De grootste ziener aller tijden, published in 1998,
was a modernized version of the Dutch translation of the Centuries, made
in 1941 by mr. dr. H. Houwens Post, a translation which was a
counter-reaction to Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?. Jan Vandervoort, who revised Houwens
Post's translation, added material such as a biography on Nostradamus,
descriptions of predictions which were fulfilled, abused or sometimes
interpreted in a hilarious way and prescriptions for pills, tonics and
A comparison between Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? and Nostradamus
De grootste ziener aller tijden has shown that from the chapter Verleden, heden en toekomst op wonderbaarlijke wijze
voorspeld door den Franschman Michel Nostradamus in zijn
"Les vrayes Centuries et Prophéties" (Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen?, p.9-23), Vandervoort copied the explanation of
quatrains as well as their their translation in Dutch in his chapter Wonderbaarlijke
interpretaties en 'uitgekomen' voorspellingen, i.e. the quatrains 01-01, 01-02, 01-35, 01-36, 01-47,
01-60, 02-68, 02-75, 02-100, 03-13,
03-35, 03-58, 05-28, 05-57, 06-20, 07-13, 08-60, 09-18 and 09-34.
Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?
in daily's and newspapers in June - November 1940
In a number of Dutch regional daily's and
newspapers in the period June - August 1940, one or more articles were
published in which Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? was discussed. These
articles can be divided into three groups.
Articles, included in pages, delivered by a press agency
Back in the thirties, the major national and regional daily
newspapers were most of the time well equipped. They disposed of a large
editorial staff, a network of contributors and subscriptions to national
and foreign press agencies. The small newspapers could not afford this.
In order to keep their costs low, they often used prefabricated pages
which some press agencies produced.
The pages in the editions of June 14, 1940 of De Soester Courant
and Nieuws- en advertentieblad Frisia and the edition of June 15,
1940 of the Texelsche Courant which contained a discussion of Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen?, are an example of this. In the
edition of June 14, 1940 of De Soester Courant, on the upper
right side of page 2, in the section De internationale
toestand in de afgeloopen week a discussion of Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen? was printed, with at its right side in Het portret van de week
a picture of the French general Maxime Weygand, with comment. The
internationale toestand in de afgeloopen week covered the upper
half of page. The lower half of this page contained articles in the
sections Deze week in Nederland and De wereld
in kaart. All these sections were also present on page 4 of the
edition of June 14, 1940 of Nieuws en advertentieblad Frisia,
with the same layout and contents as in De Soester Courant. In
the edition of June 15, 1940 of the Texelsche Courant, the
internationale toestand in de afgeloopen week, containing the
discussion of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, was printed on the
lower half of page 5. The articles in the section Deze week
in Nederland and De wereld in kaart were printed on the
upper half of this page.
In my opinion, the page with the sections De internationale toestand in de
afgeloopen week, Deze week in Nederland and De wereld in
kaart was a pre-fab page, delivered by a press agency. The
production of this page dates from before the German invasion in the Netherlands in May
1940. The first time this page was published in De Soester Courant,
was in the edition of October 6, 1936. The first time this page was
published in Frisia, was in the edition of June 2, 1939. The
first time this page was published in the Texelsche
Courant, was in the edition of June 6, 1940. The question which now
rises is if the article about Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? in De
Soester Courant, Frisia and the Texelsche Courant was
compiled by the press agency who produced the pre-fab page, or if this
article was delivered to the press agency by an external source. The
article about Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? in the edition of
June 15, 1940 of De Drie Meren happens to be identical with the
article in the editions of De Soester Courant and Frisia of
June 14, 1940 and the edition of the Texelsche Courant of June
15, 1940, but was an independent article, not included in a pre-fab page
with the sections De internationale toestand in de
afgeloopen week, Deze week in Nederland and De wereld in
Fragments of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?
In June 1940, the RvV (Raad van Voorlichting der Nederlandsche
Pers - tevens orgaan tot voorbereiding eener Nederlandsche Perskamer)
was founded in The Hague, NL, due to an initiative of Meijer Schwencke.
This council aimed to get the Dutch press in line with the German press,
as a part of the process of nazification.
In the summer of 1940, the RvV encouraged the editor staffs of
most notably the regional newspapers to co-operate in a positive way in
the process of improving the relationship between the Netherlands and
Germany. In order to realize this, the RvV sended free material
to these newspapers. As a
result of this encouragement, De Gelderlander (editor-in-chief:
H.J. Vlooswijk), the Nieuwe Tilburgsche Courant
(director/editor-in-chief: dr. A.C.B. Arts), and De Nieuwe Koerier (editor-in-chief:
J. Thomassen) joined the RvV.
In the review of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? in the edition of
July 9, 1940 of the Heldersche Courant was quoted from the
preface and the two chapters of Hoe zal
deze oorlog eindigen?. This review was illustrated with a
portrait of Nostradamus, which was depicted in Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen?. In the Nijmegen edition of De
Gelderlander of July 13, 1940, the first part of the second
chapter of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? was published
word-by-word; in the edition of July 15, 1940, the second part of this
chapter was published word-by-word. In a slightly different lay-out, the
first part of the second chapter of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? was
also published, word-by-word, in the edition of July 22, 1940 of the Nieuwe
Tilburgsche Courant. In the edition of July 23, 1940 of this daily,
the second part of this chapter was published word-by-word. This might mean that the RvV had
send copies of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? to the editors of
the Heldersche Courant, De Gelderlander and the Nieuwe
Tilburgsche Courant, whether or not on request. In
announcement #18 of the RvV, it was written that copies of Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen? were send to the newspapers. In capitals,
it was written that an extensive review would interest the readers and
therefore was considered to be necessary. Announcement #18 did not carry
a date. Announcement #23, dated on
July 5, 1940, contained a reminder to this request. Editors who not yet
had a copie of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, could order one at
the editor, i.e. Ort. Also, the forthcoming publishing by Ort of the
propaganda brochure Hongersnood in Engeland (produced by
the VGB) was announced. According to announcement #23, Ort had
requested to review this brochure extensively, because of the actual
circumstances, and to write, if possible, several articles about it. The RvV
made no announcements about the other pro-German propaganda
brochures by Meijer Schwencke / Ort which after the capitulation of the
Netherlands were brought into circulation.
Identical reviews of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, published between
June and August 1940
In order to keep the costs low, small newspapers not only bought
pre-fab pages from press agencies, but also articles. Further, they
frequently copied articles from other newspapers, sometimes while
mentioning their source, sometimes not.
A number of reviews of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? were
published in several newspapers. Mostly, these reviews did not carry
titles. On this website, these reviews are entitled by means of a part
of their first line. In none of these reviews, the author is mentioned. It is also not
mentioned if they originated from a press agency or if they were copied from another
In all reviews, it was
explained that the downfall of England was imminent. In a small number
of reviews, it was described that not England, but Germany would be the
most powerful nation in Europe. According to most reviews, however, the
dominant role of England would be taken over by a French dictator. This
prognosis was emprunted from the pages 32 - 34 of Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen?, in which by means of quotations from De
Fontbrune's Les Prophéties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus -
Expliquées et commentées a war between England and France was
described, which would end fatally for England in a battle in the
Genovese Gulf. In these reviews, no attention was given to the outlook
on page 35 of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? that the Holy Empire
would come to Germany around the time that Great Britain would lose all
her support in the world. Further, these reviews gave no attention to
the remark on page 36 that France had surrendered itself to an almost
incomprehensible dependency of British politics.
In a number of investigated newspapers, Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?
was brought more than once to the attention of the readers. In July
1940, the Wieringer Courant - nieuws- en advertentieblad voor
Wieringen en omstreken, which was issued three times a week, discussed
Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? six times.
It is quite possible that these reviews were written by the RvV.
In the article Wonderlijke "voorlichting", published in
the issue of July 20, 1940 of De Zeeuw - Dagblad voor de provincie
Zeeland, it reads that the copy of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?,
furnished by the RvV (cf. announcement #18 of the RvV,
described in the previous paragraph), was accompanied by six "review
blueprints" and that some newspapers actually had published such a
vraag die vrijwel iedere bewoner van dit aardsche tranendal zich in
onze dagen stelt [...]
(tr.: A question which almost every inhabitant of this earthly
misery aks himself in our days [...])
This article was published on June 14,
1940 in De Soester Courant
and Nieuws en advertentieblad Frisia and
on June 15, 1940 in the
Courant and De Drie Meren.
In Een vraag die vrijwel iedere bewoner van dit aardsche tranendal
zich in onze dagen stelt [...], Nostradamus is presented as the
exception to the rule that prophets are not able to answer questions
about what will happen in the future. In the past, a great number of his
predictions were fulfilled. For dr. De Fontbrune, this was reason to
examine what, according to Nostradamus, would happen in the future. His
findings are presented by means of a summary of the contents of the
pages 25 ff of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?,
including the title of the book by De Fontbrune which was published in
1939. The outlook according to Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? that
the future would be disastrous for England, is illustrated by means of
the quatrains 02-83, 02-100, 03-57 and 08-37. The texts of these
quatrains and the comments upon them are copied from Hoe zal deze oorlog
eindigen?. The order in which they are discussed in Een vraag die vrijwel iedere
bewoner van dit aardsche tranendal zich in onze dagen stelt [...], is
identical with the order in which they are discussed in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?.
The interpretation of these quatrains was qualified as very clear and
accurate. Quatrain 08-37 was the closing piece, raising the suggestion
(which was also raised in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?) that a
French government would seize power in England.
The article Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? ENGELANDS ONDERGANG VOORSPELD [...]
(tr.: Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? ENGLAND'S DOWNFALL PREDICTED),
published on July 9, 1940 in the Heldersche Courant and the Schager
Courant, contains texts which can be traced back to Een
vraag die vrijwel iedere bewoner van dit aardsche tranendal zich in onze
dagen stelt [...].
heer Nostrodamus, dokter en toekomstvoorspeller [...]
(tr.: Mr. Nostrodamus, physician and fortuneteller
This article was published on July 6, 1940 in De Waalbode,
on July 11, 1940 in the Wieringer Courant and on July 18, 1940
in Het Vaderland.
In De heer Nostrodamus, dokter en toekomstvoorspeller [...],
Nostradamus (consequently printed Nostrodamus), is presented as a
physician and fortuneteller, born in 1505 and deceased in 1566, who
according to his own remarks extensively studied astrology and related
sciences ans who in 1555, basing himself upon voices and visions, had
published the first volume of a book, consisting of one thousand
four-line verses which covered a time span up to 3797. Since these
verses are not arranged in a chronological order and since they are
written in a gloomy language, only those who are completely familiar
with geography, history and old terminologies, can fathom their meaning.
Dr. De Fontbrune made an extract of these verses and commented them. Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen? is the Dutch translation of his book.
The value of the predictions of Nostradamus can be seen in the fact that
a great number of them was fulfilled in the years between 1555 and 1940.
Remarkable is the fact that the war which had begun, was also predicted,
as well as the rise of Hitler ("a Great") and an imminent
debacle for England.
The contents of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? is remarkable and
deserves full attention of those who are interested in the present-day
On July 21, 1940, in the section Lezers vragen I(tr.: Readers
ask) in the morning issue of Het
Vaderland, the editors of this newspaper communicted, answering a
question of mrs. J.N.K, that they did not know the price of the
"Nostradamus book". This most likely refers to Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen? and the review, published on July 19, 1940.
heer Nostradamus was een merkwaardig man [...]
(tr.: Mr. Nostradamus
was a remarkable man [...])
was published on July 6, 1940 in the Texelsche Courant , on July
10, 1940 in the Provinciale Noordhollandsche Courant, on July 13,
1940 in the Wijksche Courant, on July 19, 1940 in Het Kanton Weert,
on July 20, 1940 in Schilder's
Nieuws- en advertentieblad and the Wieringer Courant
and on July 22, 1940 in the Nieuwe Tilburgsche Courant.
In De heer Nostradamus was een
merkwaardig man [...], Nostradamus is presented as the son of a
notary, who studied medicine and who in his latter days devoted himself
to astrology and other secret sciences. He settled in Salon, the city
who later gave him the name "Seer of Salon". Countless future
events in Europe were revealed to him in visions. Soon after the
publishing in 1555 of Les
vrayes Centuries et Prophéties de Maistre Nostradamus, his
predictions drew attention because of the fulfillment of a prediction of
the death of the French king Henry II.
The answer to the question "How will this war end?" would put
an end to painful uncertainty and would enable to prepare oneself to the
future. In Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, dr. De Fontbrune gives
elucidations which are very striking. The value of the predictions of
Nostradamus is shown by the fact that many of them are fulfilled, such
as predictions about the fate of Napoleon, the invention of the airplane
and the foundation of the League of Nations. According to Nostradamus,
who also predicted the rise of Hitler, the future for England is
unfavourable. The British Empire will no longer dominate the world.
France on the contrary will recover quickly and faces a golden future.
Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? is recommended as an interested,
carefully edited booklet which enables the interested reader to know in
advance the predictions of Nostradamus and to verify their truth by
comparing them with actual or future events.
In the version in the Provinciale Noordhollandsche Courant, it
was mentioned that several brochures, published by Meijer Schwencke /
Ort, could be bought at the office of this newspaper.
In the version in Het Kanton Weert, signed with the initial -F-,
nothing was written about the part which France would play after the
In the version, published in the Nieuwe Tilburgsche
Courant, the text of De heer Nostradamus was een
merkwaardig man [...] was followed by the text of the pages 27 - 30
of Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen?, in which a.o. quatrain 03-57 was discussed. In the
issue of July 23, 1940 of the Nieuwe Tilburgsche
Courant, the remaining text of the second chapter of Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen? was discussed, including the remark on page 36 that
"from this all, wie see in what way the Centuries of Nostradamus
contain a large number of prophecies which deal with our time". In
an additional comment, it was stated that according to the Prophecies of
Nostradamus the war would not result in a British or a German
domination, but in a French domination. This remark was emprunted from
the closing lines of De heer
Nostradamus was een merkwaardig man. According to the Nieuwe
Tilburgsche Courant, however, the circumstances in July 1940 did not
point towards a domination by France. Perhaps, since Nostradamus was a
Frenchman, this was a case of wishful thinking, reason to be skeptical
towards prophecies, but nevertheless, the contents of Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen? are remarkable and the carefully printed booklet
invites the reader to study it.
naam van den Franschen ziener Maitre Nostradamus [...]
(tr.: The name of the French seer Maitre Nostradamus [...])
This article was published on
July 6, 1940 in the Zierikzeesche Nieuwsbode, on July 9, 1940 in
the Nieuwe Tielsche Courant and the Wieringer
Courant, on July 13, 1940 in De Drie Meren, on July 16,
1940 in Wormer en Jisper advertentieblad and on August 26, 1940 in Dagblad Nieuwe Hoornsche Courant.
In Den naam van den Franschen ziener Maitre Nostradamus [...],
Nostradamus is presented as a reknown person, but little is known about
his publications. The interest in his books increased because of the
fact that according to commentators, many of his "prophecies",
published in 1555, are fulfilled. It is therefore logical that
many people want to know what he writes about the future.
In the first part of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, dr. De
Fontbrune discusses predictions which are fulfilled. In the second part,
he exposes a future which is not favourable for England, whereas France
becomes most powerful.
One hundred copies of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? are numbered
and printed on special paper. But the common copies are also carefully
edited and contain illustrations, taken from the copy of the
"prophecies" which was published in 1688. The low price makes
this booklet a bargain.
Next to the closing lines of the version in Wormer en
Jisper advertentieblad, it was mentioned that Hoe zal deze oorlog
eindigen? was sold at Kuijper's Bookstore in Wormer, as well as the brochure Hongersnood in Engeland
(tr.: Famine in England) by Viscount
Lymington, its price 25 cents.
ten onrechte staan velen sceptisch tegenover voorspellingen van
(tr.: Not wrongly, many are skeptical against predictions by
This article was published on July 6, 1940 in the Wieringer
Courant and the Delftsche Courant, on July 13, 1940 in De
Holevoet, on July 16, 1940 in the Zaltbommelsche Courant, on
JUly 19, 1940 in Nieuws- en advertentieblad Frisia, op July 27,
1940 in the Culemborgsche Courant and on August 1, 1940 in Dagblad
Nieuwe Hoornsche Courant.
In Niet ten onrechte staan velen sceptisch tegenover voorspellingen
van astrologen [...], Nostradamus is presented as a world-wide known
futureteller, which means that his predictions differ from those of the
many astrologers and prophets who in the course of the centuries went
into oblivion. Despite the fact that
his predictions are gloomy, many times he hit the mark. As a result, his
Centuries are now, in 1940, once again in focus.
The first part of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? deals with the
past. The second part deals with the question about how the war will
end. The reviewer writes that it is not easy to distinguish explaining
from wishful thinking and evades the answer to the question whether or
not De Fontbrune is right. Nevertheless, he concluded that Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?
is an interesting booklet which contains many remarkable things.
zal deze oorlog eindigen? ENGELANDS ONDERGANG VOORSPELD - Profetieën
van den grooten Franschen waarzegger Michel Nostradamus
zal deze oorlog eindigen? ENGLAND'S DOWNFALL PREDICTED - Prophecies of
the great French fortuneteller Michel Nostradamus)
This article was published on July 9, 1940 in the Heldersche Courant -
Dagblad voor Den Helder en Hollands Noorderkwartier and in the Schager Courant,
a co-edition of the Heldersche Courant.
Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? ENGELANDS ONDERGANG
VOORSPELD [...] contained fragments of the preface of Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen?, in which the feelings of uncertainty and fear
among the Dutch people were discussed and in which it was explained that
Nostradamus provided an answer, and fragments of the two chapters of Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen? with remarkable fulfilled predictions
among which a prediction about the outbreak in 1939 of the war, and
speculations about what might happen in the near future, according to
Nostradamus: a bloody sea battle in the Genuese Gulf, the downfall of
England and the rise of a dictator in France. In a part which was also
published in the discussion of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? in
the editions of June 14, 1940 of De Soester Courant and Frisia
and the edition of June 15, 1940 of the Texelsche Courant, the
readers were told that Nostradamus referred to Hitler as "a
Great" and foresaw a debacle for England.
In both newspapers, this article was illustrated with a
portrait of Nostradamus, painted by his son Cesar. This portrait was
copied from Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen?.
zal deze oorlog eindigen? Een vraag die velen bezighoudt [...]
(tr.: Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? A question which occupies many
was published on July 10, 1940 in De Graafschap Bode, on July 12,
1940 in the Biltsche Courant and the Zandvoortsche
Courant and on July 16, 1940 in the Wieringer Courant.
In Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? Een vraag die velen bezighoudt
[...], Nostradamus, a French physician who lived from 1506 to 1566,
is presented as one of the seers who with infallible certainty could
predict the future and who became well-known. Dr. de Fontbrune explained
a number of his four-line verses and gave some comments. Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? is
an extract of his book.
According to De Fontbrune, a great number of the predictions of
Nostradamus are fulfilled. Writing about the future, he presents the
downfall of England. He does not write that much about Germany, but he
writes a lot about France. It seems as if France will obtain a dominant
position in the world which is the source of the conflict between
Germany and Great Britain.
Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? contains authentic illustrations
and is edited carefully. It is a contribution to contemporary history
and its low price encourages its buying.
de bekende "ziener" [...]
(tr.: Nostradamus, the
This article was published on July 12, 1940 in the Weekblad voor
Zaltbommel and on July 18, 1940 in the Wieringer Courant.
In Nostradamus, de bekende "ziener" [...],
Nostradamus is presented as a son, born in 1503, of a French
notary, who was educated by his grandfather in mathematics and astrology
and who at the age of 26 graduated in medicine. Later, seated in Salon,
he studied old books about magic and compiled his predictions in a
gloomy language. Dr. de Fontbrune published this book and commented it.
First, he shows which predictions were fulfilled in the past four
hundred years; next, he scetches a future perspective in which England
will fall and in which France will become a strong power. Time has to
show whether or not this is an example of wishful thinking, but for
whoever want to know how the war will end, Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?
is worth reading.
Unique discussions of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?
In the study upon which this article is based, articles were
seen which, as far as can be traced, were published in only one
newspaper. This might indicate that this article was written on the
count of the newspaper and not acquired from elsewhere.
Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad, July 5, 1940
According to the review in the issue of July 5, 1940 of the Rotterdamsch
Nieuwsblad, the interest of people in what in quiet days is
called "dark scriptures" increases in times when the world is
on fire. When there are disasters, when a war begins, the interest in
the prophets of the new era increases, such as in the case of
Nostradamus. According to the Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad, the future
of England is not bright at all if the predictions of Nostradamus and
their explanations are correct.
Agrarisch Nieuwsblad, July 8, 1940
In the issue of July 8, 1940 Agrarisch Nieuwsblad, Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen? is discussed on page 4 in the section Over de
grenzen (tr.: Across the borders). This review is entitled Profetieën
van Nostradamus and is not published in the other daily's and
weekly's which are discussed in this article.
Profetieën van Nostradamus covers almost the complete first
column of page 4. Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? is characterized
as a very remarkable, striking booklet. In order to illustrate this
statement, a number of predictions are discussed which according to Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen? were fulfilled in the past, such as the
prediction which is linked to the beginning in 1914 of World War I, the
sinking in 1916 of the British cruiser Hampshire and the prediction
which is linked to the end of World War I. Next comes the comment in Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen? on quatrain 03-57. In Profetieën van
Nostradamus is written that there will be a change in England in
1939, no matter how the war will end. The power of Hitler will increase
(according to Profetieën van Nostradamus, his birth was
predicted by Nostradamus). In France, a dictator will come. He will turn
himself against England, which will be defeated by France in the Genuese Gulf and will disappear from the world theatre.
According to the author of Profetieën van Nostradamus, the signs
of his lifetime point towards a growing contrast between France and
England. As a result, he considers Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?
to be actual and interesting.
Interesting is also the short article underneath Profetieën van
Nostradamus, with the headline Oorlogsverklaring van Frankrijk
aan Engeland? (tr.: French declaration of war to England?).
According to this article, the Japanese government received unconfirmed
messages which show that France has the intention to declare war to
England and that French authorities in Haiphong (in the former French
Indo-China) had chained British ships.
Vijf Rivieren, July 9 and 16, 1940
Between the end
of June and the end of December 1940, an article was published on page 5
of every Tuesday-edition of De Vijf Rivieren, entitled Wat de sterren u zeggen (tr.:
What the stars are telling you). Most of these articles had the size of
half a column. The first half of these articles contained information
about astrological topics such as the history of astrology, the Zodiac
and the astrological meaning of the Sun. The second half of these
articles contained predictions for the Zodiacal sign in which the Sun
was moving at the time of publishing. The war was not discussed in these
In the first half of Wat de sterren u zeggen in the edition of
July 9, 1940, Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? was discussed.
According to the article, it was not quite a coincidence that in that
period, a boekske (dialect for "booklet") was published
by W.J. Ort in The Hague with predictions of Nostradamus, explained by
dr. De Fontbrune, which gave the reader an impression about the course
of present-day events, as saw by Nostradamus-adepts. Nostradamus was
described as a very peculiar man, who lived a silent life, practiced
astrology very seriously and to whom Europe's future was unveiled by
means of occultism. All who would read Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen? without prejudice, would have to admit
that a great number of his predictions were fulfilled quite accurately.
In the edition of July 16, 1940, the first half of Wat de sterren u zeggen
contained a description of the fortune of astrology in the course of
the centuries. It was discussed for example that the medieval Church
Fathers turned against astrology. Nostradamus was mentioned as one of
the famous astrologers, living in that era, and there was a reference to
the article, published on July 9, 1940, in which was quoted from his
None of these articles contain lines, either positive of negative, about
the fact that in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? England's fall
and Germany's victory was described.
Gorcumer, July 12, 1940
On page 5 of the issue of July 12, 1940 of
De Gorcumer, an article was published, entitled
Predictions). In this article, which was spread over three columns, Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen? was
discussed extensively. According to the article, Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen?, published
by W.J. Ort, contained a number of the predictions of Nostradamus,
together with comments by the French Nostradamus-expert De Fontbrune. It
was not the purpose of Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen? to demonstrate which
of Nostradamus' predictions were fulfilled a long time ago, but to
inform the readers of this book about what Nostradamus expected for the
future. By means of quotes from Hoe zal
deze oorlog eindigen?, the readers of De
Gorcumer got explained. London would
suffer heavily because of air raids and England would be defeated and
would suffer heavy losses, in order to disappear from the world's
theatre, to give way to Germany, since Nostradamus predicted that the
Holy Empire would come to Germany, Nostradamus, who had predicted about
Hitler that he was "a Great", born from the people who came
Residentiebode en het Nederlandsch Dagblad, July 23, 1940
The issues of July 23, 1940 of De Residentiebode and the Nederlandsch
Dagblad, its copy, contain an extensive article, entitled Tragische
verblinding - Nostradamus als bondgenoot (tr.: Tragic blindness -
Nostradamus as ally). This article speculated about a confrontation
between England and Germany, because of a speech of Lord Halifax, the
secretary of Foreign Affairs, who, according to Tragische verblinding -
Nostradamus als bondgenoot had stated that England preferred to live
her own life, to serve her own God, had not wanted this war and would
fight no longer as necessary. In both daily's, these statements were
characterized as a result of "tragic blindness", which would
bring terrible consequences for the British people. This perspective was
emphasized by the discussion of a number of passages in Hoe zal deze oorlog
eindigen?. In case of a final battle, it was indicated in the
Prophecies of Nostradamus that a superpower would come to an end, and
this superpower would not be Germany. A number of commentators had
written that in the sixteenth century, Nostradamus had predicted the
downfall of England. In Tragische verblinding - Nostradamus als
bondgenoot, this was presented with some caution, because comments
were at stake and the predictions of the French prophet are rather
gloomy. Nevertheless, Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen? was presented in Tragische verblinding -
Nostradamus als bondgenoot as a beautiful printed study of the
Nostradamus-scholar dr. De Fontbrune, with a selection of the
Prophecies, which were explained in a plausible way. Tragische
verblinding - Nostradamus als bondgenoot does not evaluate the
Prophecies of Nostradamus or the comments upon them, and advice to read
them without belief or rejection. It is better for the readers of Tragische verblinding -
Nostradamus als bondgenoot to base themselves upon reality than upon
predictions which can be interpreted in two ways. However, solving
riddels in these predictions is a nice way of spending time, not in the
least because the perspective which emerges from Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? naar
voren komt, fits to the reality as described in Tragische verblinding -
Nostradamus als bondgenoot: a final battle between England and
Germany, with Nostradamus as a German ally.
Haagsche Courant, July 24, 1940
The section Van de boekenplank (tr.: From the bookshelf) on page
7 of the issue of July 24, 1940 contained a review of Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen?. According to this review, not only history, but
also seers could answer the question about how the war would end. One of
the great seers was the physician Nostradamus, son of a notary, who was
famous for his courage in fighting the plague and who in his later life
devoted himself to astrology. His Centuries were very remarkable.
The predictions in the Centuries could only be understood by
adepts and scholars, because of their gloomy language, and were often
discussed in profound studies. In this review, the comments in Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen? upon the predictions are attributed to dr.
De Fontbrune, who first discusses a series of predictions which in the
course of the four preceeding centuries were fulfilled, such as the rise
of Hitler, and next predictions which point towards the end of the
British Empire and the increasing power of France. In the closing line, Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen? is recommended as an interesting, nice
printed, illustrated booklet.
Koerier - Deventer Dagblad, August 3, 1940
The section Leestafel on page 2 of the edition of August 3, 1940,
contained a review of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?. Briefly, the
readers were informed about the gloomy nature of the Centuries,
the fact that their reputation originated from 1559 and the skills of
Dr. de Fontbrune, who had commented them. The reviewer stated that the
fact that in the past, a number of the predictions of Nostradamus were
fulfilled (such as predictions about Napoleon, the invention of the
airplane and the submarine and the rise and fortune of the League of
Nations), showed the ability of Nostradamus as a seer. For "the
present", he had predicted the rise of Hitler, the relations
between Germany, Italy and the Soviet-Union and the war which had begun
in 1939. According to the reviewer, Nostradamus had written that the
course of the war would be disastrous for England.
With the closing line that it would be interesting to read these
predictions in order to see what would become true in the coming time,
since according to the comments, many of Nostradamus' predictions
already were fulfilled, the reviewer provoked the curiosity of his
readers or their anxiety.
Limburger Koerier, August 12, 1940
The lower half of page 7 of the issue of August 12, 1940 contains an
extensive review of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?. The review
began with the remark that when the war began, the Limburger Koerier,
for reasons of curiosity, published predictions of a.o. Victor van
Leliëndal, Catharina of Siëna en the pastor of Ars. According to the
author of the review, the predictions in Hoe zal deze oorlog
eindigen? are that striking, that they deserve an extensive
discussion. Next comes an extensive summary of the contents of Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen?, which frequently contains word-by-word
fragments. The prediction of the invasion in Poland is discussed in
depth. The imminent downfall of England and France is described as well
as the cooperation between Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin.
The review closes with the remark that the One, who knows everything,
also what will come, will give great and unusual gifts to some men, but
rules the fate of the world. Therefore, the reader is advised to trust,
by prayer, in His fatherly wisdom and omnipotence.
Leeuwarder Courant, August 26, 1940
The section Boekentafel (tr.: book desk) in the edition
of August 26, 1940 of the Leeuwarder Courant contained a short description of the contents of Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen?. About Nostradamus was told that in 1555,
he published prophecies which covered a time span until 3797. The
contents of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? were described as what
Nostradamus predicted about "the time in which we live", in
other words: 1940, and a number of his predictions which in the four
hundred years between 1555, the year of publishing, and "our
time" (i.e. 1940) were fulfilled already.
The description in the Leeuwarder Courant corresponds with the
contents of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?.
Volk, November 16, 1940
Page 2 of the appendix Morgenrood
of the issue of November 16, 1940 of Het Volk, an appendix which,
according to the headlines, was added each Saturday to all the daily's
of NV De Arbeiderspers, contains an article, entitled Iets over waarzegsters en helderzienden - Kan
het geheim van de toekomst worden doorgrond? (tr.: Something about
soothsayers and seers - Is it possible to unveil the secrets of the
future?). The reader is kept uncertain. Normally, soothsayers receive
their clients in dark rooms. The secret knowledge they have, is nothing
more of less than knowledge about human nature. Everyday circumstances
which occur in the life of all men and women, and which they describe in
the light of the future, are connected by their clients to their
individual life and circumstances. However, there is the chance of
clairvoyance. Science can not debunk this. In the past, science made big
progresses, but no explanation has been found for the production of gold
or the secrets of life. In the course of the centuries, there were great
seers who made predictions which were fulfilled. Nostradamus was not a
seer in the usual sense of the word. He was a great scholar, was
attracted by astronomy and developed his gift of prophecy by his own
powerfull will. He predicted the rise of Napoleon, Hitler and Mussolini
and the outbreak of the war. The year of outbreak which he mentioned,
1939, was correct.
The article closed with the line: "Wat to say about this? Well, let
the reader judge by himself."
Nowhere in the article, the title Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? was
mentioned of the name of W.J. Ort as its publisher. The listed
predictions of Nostradamus which were supposed to be fulfilled, can be
traced back to Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, including the year
1939 as the year in which the war began, which leads to the conclusion
that these predictions were copied from Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?.
Advertisements and announcements
A number of newspapers either contained advertisements regarding Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen? or announcements about its publishing. In the study
upon which this article is based, the following advertisements and
announcements were observed:
Zandvoorter, July 24 and 26,1940: advertisement of Van Petegem's
Courant, September 7, October 2 and November 23, 1940:
advertisement of Nieuwenhuis bookstore, Sacramentstraat, Leeuwarden;
Nieuwsblad, September 11 and November 24, 1940: advertisement of
Nieuwenhuis bookstore, Sacramentstraat, Leeuwarden;
Koerier, July 13, 1940, section Nieuwe uitgaven: announcement
that Hoe zal deze oorlog
eindigen? has been published;
Courant, July 13, 1940: advertisement by Parkstad bookstore,
Courant, July 11, 1940: the remark that dr. De Fontbrune was one
of those who studied and commented the Centuries and that his
study is translated into Dutch;
en Jisper advertentieblad, August
15, 1940: discussion of the brochures Hongersnood in Engeland en Oorlog in het
Noorden, published by Ort. In the closing lines, it was noted that
these brochures were sold at Kuijper's bookstore in Wormer, which
also had Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, De waarheid
marcheert, Kan Engeland den oorlog winnen?, S.O.S. Europa
and Grote verkondigers van het voortbestaan in stock, all of
them published by Ort.
Nationale Dagblad, a daily newspaper, published by the NSB,
the Dutch national-socialist movement, and Volk en Vaderland, a
newspaper, published by the NSB, wrote nothing about Hoe zal deze
purpose of the positive articles about the pro-German propaganda brochures
of Meijer Schwencke / Ort
Before the German invasion in the Netherlands on May 10,
1940, four of the twelve pro-German propaganda brochures by Meijer
Schwencke / Ort were published: De waarheid marcheert..., Kan Engeland den oorlog winnen?,
the first and second edition of Tsjecho-Slowakije - slachtoffer der
Westersche mogendheden and the first edition of Hoe zal deze oorlog
eindigen?. Only in a couple of daily's and newspapers in which after
the capitulation of the Netherlands on May 15, 1940, articles were
published about Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen? and the other brochures of Meijer Schwencke / Ort,
articles were published before the German invasion in May 1940 about De waarheid
marcheert... and Tsjecho-Slowakije
- slachtoffer der Westersche mogendheden. In those articles, which
were written independent of each other, these brochures, which were
qualified as German (!) propaganda brochures, were heavily criticized.
In this period, no articles were written about Kan
Engeland den oorlog winnen? and Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?.
From the capitulation of the Netherlands on May 15, 1940 until February
1941, almost all daily's and newspapers, discussed in the previous
paragraph, contained positive reviews of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?
and the other pro-German propaganda brochures of Meijer
Schwencke / Ort which were published after the capitulation, among which
reprints of De waarheid marcheert... and Tsjecho-Slowakije
- slachtoffer der Westersche mogendheden. Often, these reviews were
identical with each other. This leads to a number of questions, such as
who wrote them, who ordered to write them, how they found their way to
the daily's and the newspapers and what was the nature of their purpose..
The announcements #18 and #23 of the RvV show that the RvV wanted
that the pro-German propaganda message of these brochures would be
advocated in daily's and newspapers. According to announcement #18,
copies of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? was send to the
newspapers and there was an urgent request to discuss this brochure. In
announcement #23, dated in July 5, 1940, in the name of Ort was urged to
discuss Hongersnood in Engeland; this announcement also contained
a reminder of the request to discuss Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen?. The article about Hoe zal deze oorlog
eindigen? in the edition of July 9, 1940 of the Heldersche Courant
contains many quotations from Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?. In
the editions of July 13 and 15, 1940 of the Nijmegen edition of De
Gelderlander, the second chapter of this brochure was almost
completely published. It is quite plausible that the editors of the Heldersche Courant and De Gelderlander
were on the mailing list of newspapers to which the RvV sended a
copy of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?. Most likely, the
announcements #18 and #23 came from Meijer Schwencke. In his capacity of
owner/director of the VGB, he was involved in the production of Hoe zal deze oorlog
eindigen? and Hongersnood in Engeland and will have known
the data on which they were or would be published. The question is if he
brought these brochures to the attention of newspapers due to his own
initiative or if he was ordered to do so by for example the Ausland
section of the Ministry of Propaganda which on May 15, 1940, the day
of the capitulation of the Netherlands, ordered to print 3.000 extra
copies of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?.
About the pre-fab page with the sections De
internationale toestand in de afgeloopen week, Deze week in
Nederland and De wereld in kaart, the questions rise which
press agency produced this page and if the article about Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen? which was published mid-June 1940 in De
Soester Courant, Frisia and the Texelsche Courant on this
page was written by a journalist of this press agency or if this article
came from a source outside this agency.
In his professional life, Meijer Schwencke was active in many ways, not
seldom behind the scenes. He wanted to make career, to handle big
business and to get a lot of influence. In order to realize this, he
founded enterprises and initiated co-operations and fusions. His
political ideas, which in the course of World War II underwent changes,
seems to be determined by the amount in which he could realize his
commercial aims or the amount in which he felt himself threatened in his
commercial interests. He was able to do business with friends as well as
with enemies and could play people off against each other.
In the thirties, the VPB,
owned by Meijer Schwencke, produced bulletins such as Dagelijksche
Actuele Dienst, Opbouw and Nieuw Europa. These
bulletins contained news and background articles. It was possible for
newspapers to subscribe to these bulletins. Further, the VPB
produced articles about foreign countries, culture, fashion, politics
and sport. Especially the smaller daily's, newspapers and magazines who
had no editors in these fields, bought these articles.
The question is if the VPB also produced the pre-fab page
with the sections De
internationale toestand in de afgeloopen week, Deze week in
Nederland en De wereld in kaart and if the VPB, after
the capitulation of the Netherlands, delivered the positive reviews of Hoe zal deze oorlog
eindigen? and the other pro-German propaganda brochures of Meijer
Schwencke / Ort to daily's and newspapers. It seems to be possible,
since Meijer Schwencke worked in the branch of regional daily's and
newspapers. In 1936, behind the scenes, he stimulated the foundation of
(Provinciale Pers), a union of newspaper publishers. This union had to
compete with the existing unions of newspaper publishers. The members of
the PP got articles from the VPB, which by doing so
regained a part of the news spreading which she in the previous years
had lost to the ANP (Algemeen
Nederlandsch Persbureau), the GPD (Groote Provinciale Dagbladen) en de
(Regionale Pers). With the foundation in June 1940 of ther RvV,
Meijer Schwencke wanted to prevent that the same things would happen to
the Dutch regional press i.c. the VPB as to the German regional
press after Hitler's seize of power in 1933, since from that time, the
German regional press was put aside by the Ministry of Propaganda and
the DNB (Deutsche Nachrichtenbüro). The foundation in
July 1940 of the PPP (Vakgroep Provinciale en Periodieke Pers),
a fusion between the PP and the NPP (Nederlandsche Periodieke
Pers), was another initiative of Meijer Schwencke, who wanted to
prevent that the PP would be dominated by the NPP, an
organization with which the PP closely co-operated since 1937. By
the end of August 1940, 272 publishers had joined the PPP,
representing 201 newspapers, 237 professional papers and 250 magazines.
No doubt that the PPP sended articles to their members. Perhaps
the positive reviews of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? and the
other pro-German propaganda brochures of Meijer Schwencke / Ort were
among these articles.
In the post-war administration of justice, Meijer Schwencke defended
himself by stating that he took care of undermining the translation and spread of the
pro-German propaganda brochures, with the result that their
propagandistic impact was minimalized.
A comparison between Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? and Was
bringt das Jahr 1940? and the articles about these brochures which were published in a number
of daily's and newspapers, show the contrary. Hoe zal deze oorlog
eindigen? is a word-by-word translation of Was bringt das Jahr
1940?. In not even the slightest way, the translators neutralized
the propaganda message. Moreover, by the insertion of the names Pasteur
and De Fontbrune and the insertion of the suggestion that Hoe zal
deze oorlog eindigen? was based upon French publications, they
created a threefold trace to France as the original country of issue. With the use of marketing
strategies such as describing the care with which these brochures were
produced and their importance for those who were interested in
contemporary history and while trigging the intellect by referring to
the ability of readers to read this publications with a critical sense,
the propaganda message of these brochures was broadly exposed in these
articles and the readers were confronted with it, without wanting so.
Most of these brochures had a low circulation number (around 5.000
copies), which heavily limits their reach. By discussing their contents
in daily's and newspapers, the reach increased substantially. In time,
however, the reach of these articles was limited. Unlike a brochure, a
daily or newspaper is not kept long. But a demoralizing rumour,
resulting of these articles, would find its way.
The present information does not indicate that after May 15, 1940, the
German authorities ordered that the contents of the pro-German
propaganda brochures of Meijer Schwencke / Ort should be published by
means of articles in regional newspapers. The fact that after May 15,
1940, the complete series of these brochures were discussed in regional
newspapers, might have been the result of the wish of Meijer Schwencke
to sell his stock. Whether or not financial motives were at stake, the
propaganda message of these brochures was presented in daily's and
newspapers, even in those newspapers in which some
of these brochures were heavily criticized before the German invasion on
May 10, 1940.
contains reviews of publications in which the author openly or silently
criticized rumours about the predictions of Nostradamus or Hoe zal
deze oorlog eindigen?.
Zeeuw, July 6 and July 20, 1940
The daily De Zeeuw - Dagblad voor de Provincie Zeeland was an
independent daily of a protestant signature. Before May 1940, the
esteemed number of subscribers was 3.800; by the end of 1940, the
esteemed number of subscribers was 3.854.
Page 2 of the issue of July 6, 1940 of the daily De Zeeuw - Dagblad
voor de Provincie Zeeland contains the article Aan het zoeklicht (tr.:
near the searchlight). The author, who uses the author's pseudonym Opmerker
(tr.: observer) understands that many people worry about how the war
will end and that in some circles, people turn themselves to soothsayers
in their search for an answer. Opmerker was astonished to see
that in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, the course and end of the
war was described in full certainty. He regrets that the readers of Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen? by means of the biblical phrase
"whoever has ears to listen..." are summoned to listen to the
soothsayings of Nostradamus, who was gifted with prophecy. He exhort his
readers with the remark: Thou shall not turn thyselves to the
soothsayers, nor seek them. I am the Lord your God".
Page 2 of the issue of July
20, 1940 of the daily De Zeeuw - Dagblad voor de Provincie Zeeland
contains the article Wonderlijke "voorlichting" (tr."peculiar
enlightenment"). The readers of this article are informed
about the fact that the Raad van Voorlichting der Nederlandsche Pers
urged the editors of various newspapers to discuss Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen? extensively. In this brochure, the course and end
of the war was presented by means of a prediction about seven changes in
England. The editor of De Zeeuw did not subscribe the contents of
Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?. On the contrary, by means the
publication of almost all of the contents of Aan een jongeren
tijdgenoot, no. 7, written by prof. dr. Klaas Schilder and published
in the issue of July 19, 1940 of the weekly De Reformatie, Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen? was blown into smithereens.
Volk, July 14, 1941
Page 7 of the issue of July 14, 1941 of Het Volk contains the
article "Voorspellingen" - Gezond verstand vóór redeloze
lichtgelovigheid tr.: Predictions - common sense preferred to
irrational gullibility) in which the author turns himself agains
predictions in general and most notably war predictions, especially when
they are the result of psychological warfare. These predictions are
criticized by quotations from an article, written by the Dutch historian
G. Gorris S.J., which was published in the Roman-Catholic Studiën magazine
(according to the issue of July 233, 1941 of the Limburgsch
Dagblad, that article was entitled Tijd van oorlog - Tijd van
voorspellingen (tr.: Time of war - time of predictions) and was part
of the section Dingen van de dag [tr.: everyday things]). The
Prophecies of Nostradamus were qualified as mysterious utterings, which
a year ago (1940, TvB) were in focus. If, Gorris wrote, one knows that
even the greatest scholars have trouble to translate the gloomy
predictions from old-French and to comment them, it is better for the
common man to keep himself at a distance.
On this website, it is concluded that in 1941, Gorris turned himself
against the contents of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, published
As for Studien, it must be noted that in the summer of 1941,
further issue was prohibited by the German authorities.
Maasbode, July 19, 1940
The daily De Maasbode was an independent newspaper of
Roman-Catholic nature. In 1940, it was the most important Roman-Catholic
newspaper in the Netherlands. De Maasbode was issued in the
morning and in the evening. Before May 1940, the esteemed number of
subscribers was 51.631; by the end of 1940, the esteemed number of
subscribers was 37.260. On February 4, 1941, De Maasbode was
Page 5 in the evening issue of July 19, 1940 of De Maasbode contained
the article De profeet van Salon - Michel Nostradamus
voorspellingen - Engelands ondergang in de sterren geschreven? (tr.:
The prophet of Salon - Michel Nostradamus predictions - England's
downfall written in the stars?). In this article, Nostradamus, those
who were interested in him and the brochure Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?
were critically discussed.
The article opens with the remark that in the same frequency of outbreak
of wars, predictions about the way they end are brought into
circulation. The authors know very well that, especially in times of
trouble, a great part of the people are gullible enough to believe these
predictions. Man is attracted by mystery, especially in the case of
mysterious oracles of a sacred, astral nature. In 1940, regarding war
predictions, the same things happened as in 1914/'18.
The author of De profeet van Salon [...] has compared the
contents of Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen? with the contents of the
1668-Amsterdam-edition of the Centuries. A copy of that edition
was preserved in the municipal library of Rotterdam which, the author
subtly noted, remained untouched in the Rotterdam disaster (i.e. the
German bombardment of Rotterdam on May 14, 1940). From the Brief
Discours, he copied a couple of facts of the life of Nostradamus.
With fragments of the Epistle to Henry II, he shows that the Centuries
were deliberately written in a gloomy language.
Regarding the pages in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?
in which the downfall of England was described, the author of De profeet van Salon [...]
states that, since in
1806 a book was published, entitled Napoleon ... prédit par
Nostradamus, it was not strange that in 1940 a book was published,
in which was stated that in the late Middle Ages Nostradamus foresaw the
rise of Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin. By means of a combination of
quatrains (the quatrains 03-57 and 10-100) is was possible to link a
remarkable suggestive series of predictions to each other, so that the
impression would raise that Nostradamus was an eye-witness to the events
of 1940. However, the author closes, the predictions of Nostradamus are
so gloomy that one can derive from them whatever one wants and that one
can ignore whatever one wants to ignore. Man is inclined to believe what he
wants to believe.
The weekly De Reformatie - weekblad tot ontwikkeling van het gereformeerde
leven was founded in 1920. Until the mid-eighties, it was issued
once a week (at present, it is issued twice a week). From 1935 to 1952,
prof. dr. Klaas Schilder, professor theology at the Theologische
Hogeschool in Kampen, NL, was editor-in-chief.
Schilder strongly opposed national-socialism, which he qualified as
gentile and anti-Christian. In 1936, due to his influence, the genral
assembly of the Dutch Reformed Churches banned the NSB, the Dutch
national-socialist movement. In August 1940, the Germans indefinitely
prohibited further issuing of De Reformatie. Schilder was
arrested. In December 1940, he was released, but he was no longer
allowed to write or publish. From July 1942 to July 1944, he was in
In the issue of July 19, 1940, using the author's pseudonym
"Adolphus Venator", Schilder's article Aan een jongeren tijdgenoot, no 7
(tr.: to a younger comtemporary, volume 7) was published. With this
article, he lend an ear to the two announcements of the RvV to discuss Hoe zal
deze oorlog eindigen?; in the opening lines of his article, he
mentioned these aanouncements. A couple of times, Schilder quoted from Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen?, which implies that he owned a copy of
this brochure. Aan een jongeren tijdgenoot, no 7 does not show if
it was the RvV who sent a copy of Hoe zal deze oorlog
eindigen? to De Reformatie, as announcement #18 about this brochure suggests, or if De Reformatie asked for a
copy, as announcement #23 suggests.
In Aan een jongeren tijdgenoot, no 7, Schilder, from an
evangelical point of view, not only criticized Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen? but also the RvV, mentioning Tobie Goedewaagen,
her president, and mr. Meinoud Marinus Rost van Tonningen, one of its
members, by name. Schilder further asked dr. Anton Adriaan Mussert,
leader van de
NSB, if he had enough time to become a true Nostradamus-expert. In the
days prior to July 19, 1940, Mussert had said lots of things about the
Jews. Schilder told his readers that those who in his days scolded the
Jews, were unaware of the fact that Nostradamus was from Jewish origin,
something which according to Schilder every Nostradamus-expert knew, and
like that made a Jew to function as a herald of the German victory and
made astrology to function as a means of religious preaching. In Aan
een jongeren tijdgenoot, no 7, he criticized the presentation of
Nostradamus in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? as a devoted
Christian. From the Encyclopédie moderne ou dictionnaire abrégé des
hommes et des choses (Brussels, 1830, vol. XVII, p.117), he quoted
that in the eyes of his comtemporaries, Nostradamus was an imposter and
that publications dealing with Nostradamus only enforced superstition,
without any further practical utility.
In Aan een jongeren tijdgenoot, no 7, Schilder discussed the
comment in Hoe za upon quatrain 03-57. In this comment, it was suggested
that in the period 1649-1939, there would be no fundamental changes in
France, in contrast with England. According to Schilder, this suggestion
ignored the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. This was reason for him
to begin Aan een jongeren tijdgenoot,
no 7 with the announcement that quite quickly, the Netherlands would
face a new, adjusted Study Book of History, approved by Goedewaagen en
Schilder closed his article with the remark that in the year in which
Nostradamus died, the Dutch Calvinists started to practice their
Confessional Words. In article 5 of the Dutch Confession, it was written
that only the books of the Old and New Testament would be accepted as
holy and canonical and without any doubt the Christians would believe
its contents, since they experienced by themselves that all things which
were predicted in the Old and New Testament, truly occurred. According
to Schilder, the Dutch Calvinists were strictly obedient to their faith
and as a result never spared tyranny and never restrained Jews who
turned themselves from the writings of Nostradamus to the Holy
Scriptures, from being baptized. He therefore expressed the wish that
his younger contemporary would consider all this.
Nieuwsblad van het Zuiden, July 24, 1940
In 1917, Tilburg textile manufacturers
founded the daily Het Nieuwsblad van het Zuiden, an independent
daily of a Roman-Catholic nature. This daily had to be the counterweight
of the Nieuwe Tilburgsche Courant, which was the mouthpiece of
the labour unions and advocated social changes, which were not approved
by the Tilburg clergy. Before May 1940, the estimated number of
subscribers was 9.000; by the end of 1940, the estimated number of
subscribers was 8.837. On October 1, 1941, Het Nieuwsblad van het
Zuiden was forbidden and further publication was ceased until after
the war. In 1992 Het Nieuwsblad van het Zuiden was immerset in
the Brabants Dagblad.
The frontpage of the issue of July 24, 1940 of Het Nieuwsblad van het
Zuiden contains an article, entitled De toekomst voorspeld uit koffiedik
(tr.: The future predicted out of tea leaves), in which, because
of predictions, dealing with the course of the war, war predictions in
general were discussed, most notably the predictions of Nostradamus,
i.e. the brochure Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? and the attitude
of the press, especially the Roman-Catholic press, towards this
According to the author of De toekomst voorspeld uit koffiedik,
who openly exposed his Roman-Catholic conviction, God gave to some great
men, prophets and saints the gift of prophecy. Attempts to predict the
future by means of cards and figures were dangerous and objectionable.
According to the author, nobody should occupy himself with these
matters, neither to show that Germany would lose the war, neither to
show that Germany would win the war.
According to the author, the Prophecies of Nostradamus could be
explained in many ways, due to the lack of fulfilment years. Therefore,
they could be linked to countless events. The message in a booklet which
was published some weeks before the writing of De toekomst voorspeld
uit koffiedik (although the author does not mention its title, it is
clear that he refers to Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?), that
England was about to lose the war, was as unreliable as the rumour in
the past that near Poitiers, the German troops would be defeated, of
that 1940 would turn out fatal for Mussolini. With a painful
astonishment, the author noticed that a number of newspapers, among them
Roman-Catholic newspapers, recommended this brochure, told many good
things about it and even printed the half of its contents. With this
criticism, the author turned himself against the Nieuwe Tilburgsche
Courant. In the issues of July 22 and 23, 1940 of this daily, the
text of the pages 27 - 36 of Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? was
printed word-by-word, despite the fact that in the eighteenth century,
as the author reminded, the Roman-Catholic Church forbade Les vrayes
Centuries et Propheties by Michel Nostradamus and included its title
in the Papal Index.
According to the author of De toekomst voorspeld uit koffiedik,
Het Nieuwsblad van het Zuiden advocated a new Europe, but this
advocation was the result of expectations, based upon superstition. God
rules the world and despite the fact that the world is full of arguing
people, He leads world history to the aim He has in mind. Card readers,
star gazers and tee leaves readers are not able to fathom His plan.
Right of De toekomst voorspeld uit koffiedik was an article, in
which Het Nieuwsblad van het Zuiden supported the triumvirate of
the Nederlandsche Unie and a flyer was depicted, in which this
Union called upon the Dutch people to accept the changed political
circumstances and to work for the future of the Netherlands by means of
national concord and solidarity, in the Dutch tradition of mental and
intellectual freedom and tolerance.
August 5, 1940
De Nieuwe Koerier - Maas en Roerbode,
printed in Roermond, was a daily with a Roman-Catholic character, edited
by the Provinciaal Limburgsch Dagblad. Before May 1940, the
estimated number of subscribers was 11.920. By the end of 1940, the
estimated number of subscribers was 12.800.
Page 5 of the
edition of August 5, 1940 of De Nieuwe Koerier contained the article Men
gelooft... (tr.: It is believed...), written by Henri de Greeve pr.
This article was one of the articles in De Greeve's series Modern
Panopticum, dating from 1939-1940, which probably also was published
in other newspapers.
De Greeve opened Men gelooft... with a list of all kinds
of ecclesiastical publications, directed against philosophies and
currents which in the course of the centuries turned themselves against
religion and turned countless ordinary citizens and workers into
non-believers. The time in which Men gelooft...
was written, clearly showed, according to De Greeve, that the efforts of
the Church to bring people back to religion, had been in vain. He
concluded that believing was easy, that people in his lifetime believed
in whatever thing and were willing to believe the most incredible
things. From Men gelooft... can be derived that the rumour had
been spread that the events in 1940 already were predicted in the
1937-edition of the Enkhuizer Almanak. De Greeve scrutinized this
almanac and concluded that it contained no such predictions. But people
nevertheless believed this rumour.
De Greeve wondered about what he called the tropical intensity of the
beliefs of often the most hard non-believers. People believed in
predictions which were contradictory to each other or excluded each
other. Every day, he was interviewed about phenomena like Nostradamus,
the predictions of the Lüneburg fields or the Odilia-source. He
wondered why it was so difficult to believe in a catholic catechism, the
words of Christ and the wisdom of the Gospel. Perhaps, he closed Men
gelooft..., because they contain the truth.
De Greeve did not mention Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?, but Men
gelooft... illustrates that a certain value was given to the
predictions of Nostradamus.
In the beginning of 1941, NV Servire publishers in The Hague (NL)
published the book De
Profetieën van Nostradamus - Nederlandsche vertaling, voorafgegaan door
een levensschets en een inleiding, en van aantekeningen voorzien door
Mr. Dr. W.L. Vreede. This book, which is discussed elsewhere on
this website, contained a translation of the ten centuries in the 1938-Piobb-copy
of the 1668-Asmterdam-edition, completed with a translation of the
German translation by dr. Christian Wöllner of the Preface to Cesar and
the Epistle to Henry II in Das
Mysterium des Nostradamus (Leipzig, 1926). Further, this book
contained a biography of Nostradamus and an introduction to the Centuries.
The 1941-Vreede-translation vertaling-Vreede-1941 is a
non-political book in the sense of not containing links between
predictions in the Centuries and what happened in Europe from the
beginning of the 20th century up to 1940. The introduction chapter,
however, contains remarks in which Hoe zal deze
oorlog eindigen? was criticized between the lines. The name Mr. Dr. W.L. Vreede was
the translator's pseudonym of the French teacher mr.
dr. Hendrik Houwens Post (Surakarta, September18, 1904 - Utrecht,
September 1, 1986).
discussed quatrains in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? versus Was
bringt das Jahr 1940?
which are discussed in Was bringt das Jahr 1940? are also
discussed in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?. The comments in Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen? are identical with the comments in Was
bringt das Jahr 1940?. Compared with Was bringt das Jahr 1940?,
no quatrains are added to Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?.
discussed quatrains in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?
Voorwoord bij het verschijnen van een actueele verklaring der
voorspellingen van den grooten Franschen Ziener Michel
Verleden, heden en toekomst op wonderbaarlijke wijze voorspeld door den
Franschman Michel Nostradamus in zijn "Les vrayes
Centuries et Prophéties"
end of the House of Valois
siege of the Tuileries, August 10, 1792
De Montgolfier; Napoleon Bonaparte vs. Pius VI
birth Napoleon on Corsica
birth Napoleon on Corsica
Napoleon: the "shaven head"; duration
Napoleonic Empire (erroneously numbered as VIII-13)
Moscow destroyed by Napoleon
the erection of the Column of Vendome
Napoleon's return from Elba; defeat
decease Napoleon III in London
fatal attempt on king Umberto
World War I: submarines
World War I: England free of destructions
World War I: end
League of Nations
short existence League of Nations; rise of Mussolini (erroneously
numbered as V-20)
Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? Een antwoord op de vele belangrijke
vraagstukken, die ons bezighouden gegeven door "Les vrayes
Centuries et Prophéties de maistre Michel Nostradamus"
from 1603, England is supreme for more than 300 years
1939: crises in England and Poland
positions neutral countries
blockade of the trade with England, air raids
capitulation of London, new government in France
fall of England
in the Genovese Gulf
England will fall
battle in the Genovese Gulf
England threatened by France
birth and rise of Hitler
the Holy Empire comes to Germany
the Molotov - Von Ribbentrop pact
Meern, the Netherlands, March 4, 2007
T.W.M. van Berkel
updated on July 29, 2013
The titles, places and
year of issue of the mentioned authors are listed in the bibliography.
Van Berkel: Was
bringt das Jahr 1940?.
Nostradamus-Propaganda der Nazis, 1939-1942. [text]
Nostradamus-Propaganda der Nazis, 1939-1942; Boelcke-1966, p.304
and Boelcke-1989 (1967), p.28. The question is if after August 1940,
these brochures were still in print. [text]
Archief, The Hague, NL, file 37401-I. This might explain
why Ort in the post-war administration of justice stated that Hoe
zal deze oorlog eindigen? was produced and spread in July 1940
and why dr. W.H.C. Tenhaeff in his book Oorlogsvoorspellingen (The
Hague, 1948, p.214) stated that Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?
dated from after the capitulation of the Netherlands in May 1940. [text]
The company data are mentioned on www.bibliopolis.nl;
the biographical data are mentioned on http://www.genealogieonline.nl/familieboek-ort.
The portrait of Willem Johan Ort is a cut-out of a photograph,
originally published on http://www.genealogieonline.nl/familieboek-ort
and is published by courtesy of R.G. Ort, author and webmaster.
Groeneveld, p.79 and 85; Rapport
inzake Jan Campert, p.24-27 (http://www.denhaag.nl/pics/hga/pdf/251768_BW_inter.pdf).
Thirteen titles of publications, published in 1939/'41 by the VGB
/ W.J. Ort,
could be traced:
De ondergang van een imperium - over de "teloorgang"
van het Engelse wereldrijk (R.S. Briffault, 1940)
De waarheid marcheert... (dr. W.R.V. Picht, 1939 [1st edition] and
1940 [2nd and 3rd edition])
Europa zonder Engeland – de noodzaak van een continentaal
gevoel (C. Scarfoglio, 1940)
Grote verkondigers van het voortbestaan (K.H.E. de Jong,
voorspel tot den grooten strijd: de veldtocht in Noorwegen: wat onze
vijanden meldden - en wat werkelijk gebeurde (dr. W.R.V. Picht, 1940)
Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?... ("J.F. Pasteur", 1940)
in Engeland / door Viscount Lymington; een samenvatting en een
commentaar door Alan Sinclair Sidgwick (V. Lymington, pseudonym of
Vernon Wallop Earl of Portsmouth, 1940)
Kan Engeland den oorlog winnen? De zeeoorlog en de neutralen (baron
dr. L.F.W. Staël von Holstein, 1940)
1939: dagboek van een soldaat uit de eerste mobilisatiedagen (J.
van Eijk, around 1940)
Naar corporatieve bedrijfsorganisatie (J. Meijer Azn., Meijer
Schwencke's father, 1941)
in het Noorden (F. Lützow, 1940)
Europa. Een bijdrage tot de schuldvraag van dezen oorlog (B.M.
Tsjecho-Slowakije, slachtoffer der westersche mogendheden (E.
Moravec, 1940, the third edition was entitled Wij zijn verraden -
Tsjecho-Slowakije, slachtoffer der westersche mogendheden) [text]
Fröhlich, p.344. [text]
das Jahr 1940?.
p.214-215; Van Berkel: Oorlogsvoorspellingen
- een onderzoek m.b.t. proscopie in verband met het wereldgebeuren (Den
Haag, 1948 ). [text]
De grootste ziener aller tijden (J.
Vandervoort, Amsterdam, 1998). [text]
Vos, p.25-26. [text]
Vos, p.85-86. [text]
Vos, p.25 [text]
All these newspapers are published
online on http://kranten-historisch.startpagina.nl.
De Jong, 4-II, p.643-644; Vos,
p.80. In the thirties and the first years of World War II,, Meijer Schwencke was active in
the national-socialist camp. It is not clear if he was a member of
the NSB. In 1941, he joined the Dutch SS. In 1942, because of
malversations, he no longer was on speaking terms with the Germans.
In 1943, he worked for the illegal newspaper Het Parool.
After the liberation of the Netherlands in 1945, he worked as an
inspector of the Office of National Security (nowadays: the AIVD)
until his arrest in 1946 (Groeneveld, p.85). [text]
Vos, p.80. [text]
De Jong, 4-II, p.642-644; Vos,
inzake Jan Campert, p.25-26 (http://www.denhaag.nl/pics/hga/pdf/251768_BW_inter.pdf).
Henri Theodorus Maria de
Greeve SJ was born in Amsterdam on December 25, 1892 and died in
Groesbeek on June 14, 1974. He was a renowned radio-speaker and
publicist. In 1938, he founded the Bond Zonder
Naam, an idealistic movement which promoted charity beyond the
boundaries of religion or philosophy. The slogan of this movement
was: improve the world by beginning to improve yourself. De Greeve
explicitly turned himself against national-socialism and the NSB.
From January 1941 until mid-1944, he was kept hostage in a.o. Haaren
and St. Michielsgestel. During his captivity, he remained active. He
held lectures for his companions in distress and wrote the theatre
piece Het Vierde Beest, in which he exposed the ideology of
national-socialism (see: GREEVE,
Henri Theodorus Maria de (1892-1974)). [text]
Berkel: The Prophecies of Nostradamus
and Information on prof. mr. dr.
Hendrik Houwens Post alias mr. dr. W.L. Vreede
Politischen Archiv Auswärtigen Amt,
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