Mysterie 14/18 - de Eerste Wereldoorlog onverklaard (R. Heijster, Tielt, 2000 [1999])
- T.W.M. van Berkel -

Nederlandse versie

Richard Heijster
Richard Heijster

Mysterie 14/18 - De Eerste Wereldoorlog onverklaard (Richard Heijster, 2000 [1999])
(tr: Mystery 14/18:
World War I unexplained)
The Dutch historian Richard Heijster (The Hague, NL, 1958) wrote three books about World War I: Verdun, breuklijn der beschaving (1994), Ieper 14/18 (1998) and Mysterie 14/18 - De Eerste Wereldoorlog onverklaard (1999). 
At the age of 16, Heijster became interested in World War I and started to collect objects and photographs. It turned out that he had a special emotional connection with photographs of the battle fields. The books about World War I which he wrote in 1994 and 1998, are historical. His experiences on the former Verdun battlefield drove him to write Mysterie 14/18, in which Heijster describes that there is more between heaven and earth than the things which are usually taken for normal.
Mysterie 14/18 consists of two parts. In part 1 (The announced death), Heijster describes e.g. the calendar in the pyramid of Cheops and the Prophecies of Nostradamus, in which, according to him, World War I is predicted. According to Heijster, Pope Pius X and Charles Taze Russell, the leader of the Millennial Dawners, later known as the Jehovah's Witnesses, also foresaw World War I. Part 1 also contains descriptions of mysterious aspects around a series of events which occurred in 1914/18. In part 2 (The war which did not end), Heijster describes his remarkable experiences regarding World War I and stories of people who on the former battle fields were aware of a remarkable atmosphere. They describe for instance that they felt they were spied in places which were completely deserted, or felt that they were not welcome there. Some reported that they saw soldiers who died in that era. Reincarnation is discussed also. Heijster writes that he is not an expert on paranormal phenomena and that he cannot explain all of these stories. It is for his readers to judge the value of these stories.
Mysterie 14/18 is closed with a survey of notes, in which Heijster refers to literature and correspondence, and with registers of places and persons.


Mysterie 14/18
Mysterie 14/18

Heijster on Nostradamus
In part 1 of Mysterie 14/18, chapter 2 is entitled Nostradamus and consists of a brief description of Nostradamus and the Centuries and a discussion of quatrains in relation with World War I
Heijster writes that Nostradamus studied medicine at the Montpellier university, was a skilful and admired physician and in 1555 published a book with predictions. According to the tradition, Heijster writes, Nostradamus had a direct contact with "the World's Spirit", which enabled him to look into the future. Nostradamus wrote his predictions in an inaccessible oracular language; he disguised his message because he feared the persecution of e.g. the Inquisition. While doing so, Nostradamus prevented his quatrains of being known to the common people, probably he consciously decided to write for a small number of adepts. He lived in a time in which authors liked to give literary riddles to their readers.
Heijster writes that the Centuries consist of 944 quatrains, divided in nine centuries of one hundred quatrains and one (the seventh century) of 44 quatrains. The time span of the quatrains runs from 1555 to 3797, in which year the One Thousand Year Peace Empire is supposed to be founded. Heijster states that all of those who comment the Centuries, explains them in his or her own way..
Heijster writes that the quatrains contain data on which important events will occur and indications of persons who are important for the course of history. Napoleon Bonaparte is indicated with the words ne Apollyon (the destroyer); Hitler with Hister and Goebbels with le Boiteux (the crippled).
As a proof of his thesis that World War I is predicted in the Centuries, Heijster describes the comment of dr. N. Alexander Centurio in De profetieën van Nostradamus (Utrecht, NL, 1981) on the quatrains 02-57, 02-75, 02-100 and 04-99.
[1] He also mentions links between a number of quatrains and the invasion in Belgium, the German efforts to defeat England, the Russian revolution and the death of the Romanov-dynasty, the attack of the Allied forces on Saint-Quentin, the flight of the German emperor, German troops who fight against revolutionary German soldiers and the fact that after World War I, Austria was not allowed to become a member of the League of Nations.
He closes his chapter on Nostradamus with the remark that a good willing person who will read the Centuries, will find even more predictions about World War I and poses the rhetorical question if the German occultist Max Dessoir was right when he wrote in1917 that the miracle of Nostradamus is not his text, but the explanation capacities of those who give their comments.

The publications on Nostradamus to which Heijster referred, are:

  • Centurio, dr. N. Alexander: De profetieën van Nostradamus. Utrecht, 1981.

  • Fontbrune, De: Les prophéties de Nostradamus dévoilées. Paris, n.y.

  • Vreede, W.L.: De profetieën van Nostradamus. Amsterdam, 1979.


Short comments on Mysterie 14/18
Heijster gives the impression that the edition of the Centuries which carries the year 1555 as the year of issue, is complete. However, this edition only contains the Preface to Cesar and the quatrains 01-01 to 04-53. The number of 944 quatrains is based upon the number of quatrains in W.L. Vreede's De profetieën van Nostradamus (not including the Legis Cautio), for which book a.o. a photocopy is used of the 1668-Amsterdam-edition, made in 1938.[2] 
On the back cover of Mysterie 14/18, it is written that Heijster investigated and described a number of sources. Nothing in Mysterie 14/18 indicates that Heijster did research on the Centuries. He described comments written by Centurio, which date from 1968 and which were translated in Dutch in 1981.
Almost all information on Nostradamus and the Centuries, given in Mysterie 14/18, originate from Centurio-1981-NL, including the direct contact with "the World's Spirit", the brief references to other predictions about World War I, the Russian revolution in 1917, the revolution in Germany in 1918, the fact that Austria was not allowed to become a member of the League of Nations and the indications of Napoleon Bonaparte and Goebbels. In the case of the words ne Apollyon for Napoleon Bonaparte, it must be noted that these words do not occur in the Centuries, but in Centurio's comment on quatrain 01-76; Centurio wrongly included these words in a survey of indications, given by Nostradamus.
[3] The anagram Hister for Hitler does not originate from the books of Centurio and De Fontbrune. Centurio takes Hadrie as an anagram for Hitler; De Fontbrune writes nothing about Hitler being indicated by an anagram.
The remark about giving literary riddles to the readers in order to enable adepts to understand the meaning of the predictions, is quite similar with the remarks, made by dr. W.H.C. Tenhaeff in Oorlogsvoorspellingen.
Heijster describes Centurio's comments on the quatrains 02-57, 02-75, 02-100 and 04-99 and lists a number of crucial remarks, taken from comments on other quatrains which are linked to World War I and the revolutions in Germany and Russia. Heijster did not mention that these listing is based upon Centurio's comments on the quatrains 01-82, 02-11, 02-68, 02-77, 03-71, 04-08, 04-13, 08-19, 08-20, 09-40 and 10-83.[5] He also did not mention the fact that Centurio linked the quatrains 02-68, 02-75, 02-100 and 03-71 to World War II as well. He gives the impression that the quatrains, commented by Centurio in relation with World War I, are only related to that war.


Short comments on Centurio-1981-NL
Centurio's name is connected with three titles on Nostradamus. These titles originate from after World War II and are revised and reprinted a couple of times:

  • Nostradamus - der Prophet der Weltgeschichte (Richard Schikowski, Berlin, 1953);

  • Nostradamus - prophetische Weltgeschichte (Turm Verlag, Bietigheim, 1968);

  • Die großen Weissagungen des Nostradamus - prophetische Weltgeschichte bis zum 2050 (Goldmann Verlag, Munich, 1981).

Die großen Weissagungen des Nostradamus - prophetische Weltgeschichte bis zum 2050 is a reprint of the 1977-edition of Nostradamus - prophetische Weltgeschichte, which in its turn is a reprint of the 1968-edition.
Heijster used De profetieën van Nostradamus (Veen publishers, Utrecht, NL, 1981). This book is the result of a translation and revision of the 1977-edition of Nostradamus - prophetische Weltgeschichte (Turm Verlag, Bietigheim) by E.M.J. (Marieke) Prinsen Geerligs-Bakker. In 1991, the publishing rights of this translation were acquired by Kosmos-Z&K publishers, Utrecht/Antwerp, and the translation became re-entitled: De ware voorspellingen van Nostradamus - de wonderbaarlijke profetieën van de 16e eeuwse ziener ook voor onze tijd en toekomst!. Prinsen Geerligs also wrote a number of astrological books, e.g. a manual for erecting a chart and a book about astrological analysis of crimes.
A comparison between De profetieën van Nostradamus with Nostradamus - prophetische Weltgeschichte, the source text, showed that Prinsen Geerligs changed a couple of original texts, left out some fragments and even added texts, without any mentioning. In her translation, the paragraph De Eerste Wereldoorlog (tr.: World War I) for example contains only 16 quatrains, whereas the original number of discussed quatrains was 23. The title of the next paragraph, Die Novemberrevolution, was translated in De oktoberrevolutie.
[6] In the register of World War I in Prinsen Geerligs' translation, the number of quatrains is 23; she did not carry through her revision.[7] The text of her translation of Centurio's comment on quatrain 05-94 does not contain the information that Krafft, after his arrest in 1944, together with Goerner was "mildly imprisoned" in an office at the Lützowstraße and that Centurio made efforts to get him released.
According to Prinsen Geerligs' translation, Centurio refuted a comment on quatrain 05-94, publised in a Berlin newspaper on July 10, 1949. The source text however clearly shows that the entire article was written by Centurio himself.[8]
In the chapter Bibliografische gegevens (tr.: Bibliographical data), Prinsen Geerligs made some remarkable revisions. She left out Centurio's discussion of the burning in France in 1940 of De Fontbrune's Les Prophéties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus. Expliquées et commentées. On the other hand, in connection with De Fontbrune, she added the title Nostradamus, historien et prophète (Paris, 1980). This addition is not correct, the author of Nostradamus, historien et prophète is the son of the author of Les Prophéties de Maistre Michel Nostradamus. Expliquées et commentées.
Prinsen Geerligs' translation and revision of Nostradamus - prophetische Weltegschichte is not an exact reflection of the original. The disadvantage for Mysterie 14/18 is that her translation of the paragraph on World War I contains less quatrains than the original.

The post-war publications of Centurio

Centurio 1968
Centurio 1981


Varying comments on the Centuries
About the authors who commented the Centuries, Heijster notes that each of them interpreted the often ambiguous and gloomy texts of the Centuries in his or her own way. This means that the comments on the Centuries will not be unanimous. Whoever wants to demonstrate the predictional value of the Centuries by means of comments, must verify which author is right. It is not enough to investigate the comments which reflect on World War I, one should also investigate the comments which contain predictions for the first two decennia in the 20th century.
In Die Weissagungen des Nostradamus (Pfullingen in Württemberg, 1921), the German Loog linked 24 quatrains and Sixain 47 to World War I.
[10] Noah, the author of Nostradamus - prophetische Weltgeschichte von 1547 bis gegen 3000 (Berlin, 1928) linked 28 quatrains to World War I.[11] In Nostradamus - der Prophet der Weltgeschichte (Berlin, 1953), his first post-war publication, Centurio linked 50 quatrains to World War I. In Nostradamus - prophetische Weltgeschichte (Bietigheim, 1977), 23 quatrains are linked to World War I.[12] Centurio's comments in Nostradamus - prophetische Weltgeschichte are in most cases the same as his commennts in Centurio-1981-NL with comments of other authors such as De Fontbrune, whose Les prophéties de Nostradamus dévoilées is mentioned in the notes (W.L. Vreede's De profetieën van Nostradamus, also mentioned in the notes, is a translation, not a comment). During the study of Mysterie 14/18, it became clear that each comment on the quatrains which Heijster described, originates from Centurio-1981-NL and not from the books by De Fontbrune or Vreede.
The conclusion is that Heijster, without arguing if and if yes, why Centurio is right, only used Centurio-1981-NL to illustrate that World War I is predicted in the Centuries. Because of the diversity of comments, also of Centurio's comments, it is not possible to illustrate this in such a way, leaving aside the fact that Centurio-1981-NL, as discussed in Short comments on Centurio-1981-NL, is not a reliable reflection of the contents of Centurio-1977 and contains less quatrains regarding World War I than Centurio-1977.


Short comments on Centurio-1977 (1968)
In the paragraph Short comments on Mysterie 14/18, it has been discussed that Centurio wrongly raised the impression that in the Centuries, Napoleon Bonaparte is indicated with the words ne Apollyon (the destroyer). This is not the only time that his information is not correct. 

a. The descendants of Nostradamus
According to Centurio, Cesar, the eldest son of Nostradamus, was appointed by the French king Louix XIII to chamberlain and knight. This is not correct. In 1598 and 1614, Cesar was consul of Salon-de-Provence, but he never became a knight.
The second son of Nostradamus was supposed to be named Michael, would have practiced astrology and would have set fire in a city in order to fulfil one of his predictions. He was arrested for this and sentenced to death. Actually, Nostradamus had three sons: Cesar, Charles and Andre. Charles was a poet, did not practice astrology and did not set fire in a city. About Andre it is told that he killed an adversary in a duel and after his release went into a monastery. The stories about the evil deeds of "Michel Nostradamus le jeune", who is wrongly presented as one of Nostradamus' sons, originates from 1618-1620. 
Only the eldest of the three daughters of Nostradamus, Madeleine, was married, according to Centurio. Actually, his second daughter, Anne, also married, to a Pierre de Seva. Diane, his youngest daughter, remained unmarried.[13] 

b. The Thirty Year War
In the chapter Die Sprache des Propheten (tr.: the prophet's language), Centurio writes that Nostradamus gives years which are important for world history, to begin with the year 1555 in the Preface to Cesar, to which he adds 177 years. According to Centurio, this addition results in the year 1632, in which the Thirty Year War (1618-1648) was at its highest point. The Preface to Cesar, which carries the date of March 1, 1555, contains a reference to a period of 177 years, 3 months and 11 days, the period of 177 years to which Centurio refers. Counting from 1555, this period does not end in 1632, but in 1732. Centurio's suggestion that in the Preface to Cesar, Nostradamus predicted the Thirty Year War, is sheer nonsense.[14]  

c. Karl Ernst Krafft
Centurio's information about the Swiss astrologer Karl Ernst Krafft, who was involved in the production of national-socialist propaganda, based upon the Centuries, is contradictory to the findings, published in 1967 in Uranias Children: the strange world of the astrologers by the Englishman Ellic Howe, its revised version being translated in German in 1995. Centurio writes that Hitler, as a result of the flight in May 1941 of Rudolf Heß to England, had all astrologers arrested by the Gestapo and had all copies of the Centuries confiscated. Krafft, who according to Centurio escaped from this razzia, quickly explained Nostradamus' predictions in favour of Hitler. Together with his friend and pupil Goerner, Krafft was arrested by the Gestapo in 1944 because of sabotage and put into custody in an office in the Lützowstraße in Berlin. Negotiations of Centurio to have Krafft released turned out to be too late; suddenly, Krafft was taken away from Berlin and was executed in a concentration camp.[15]  
This information is in sheer contrast with a letter Centurio wrote to Howe on June 28, 1962, in which Centurio writes that at the beginning of February 1943, he had some conversations with Fritz Hirsch, who had the supervision over Goerner and Krafft during their detention in the Lützowstraße.[16] According to Howe, on June 9, 1941, the Gestapo arrested astrologers and occultists in Germany, as a result of the flight of Heß to England, a razzia which was named the Aktion-Heß. On June 9, 1941, Goerner was arrested in Gammelsbach near Mannheim. Krafft was arrested in Berlin on June 12; at first, the Gestapo was not aware that he and his wife had moved to another address.  Until his death in 1945, Krafft remained imprisoned. Together with Goerner, he was hold into custody in a house in the Lützowstraße, which belonged to Goebbels'
Ministry of Propaganda, from November 7, 1942, until February 12, 1943. His wife was allowed to visit him in daytime. Krafft did not use the occasions to leave the house for some shopping. On February 12, 1943, he was moved to a house in the Lehrter Straße. In March 1943, he fell ill because of typhus. Shortly after this, he was transported to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. On November 27, 1944, he arrived in the Buchenwald concentration camp, where he died on January 8, 1945.[17] 

d. A lost edition of the Centuries
Centurio-1977 contains references to a non-specified edition of the Centuries, which in 1939 was part of the collection of the State Library in Berlin, in which quatrain 03-58 was marked red, and to a lost 1566-P.Rigaud-edition. In Centurio-1953, it is said that the marked quatrain 03-58 was in a 1568-P.Rigaud-edition. Nothing is said about the colour of the marking. 
Ulrich Maichle, a German Century-scholar, has brought to light that an edition is at stake, compiled in 1649, which is still part of the collection of the Berlin State Library, and in which quatrain 03-58 is not marked.


Correspondences with Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... (A. de Tombre, Arnhem, 1941)
In connection with previous publications in this substudy, Maichle communicated that he had strong evidence that dr. phil. Alexander Max Centgraf, who after World War II used the pseudonym Centurio, was the author of a national-socialist comment on the Centuries, published in the Netherlands in 1941, entitled: Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... This booklet carries the author's name A. de Tombre. As a proof of this, Maichle showed that the Berlin State Library has preserved a copy of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... (catalogue number Na 7716/50), in which on the title page there is a stamp of the Preußische Statsbibliothek and the note Verfasst von Dr. Alexander Centgraf, Berlin W 30, Hohenstaufenstr. 35. The back of the cover page contains the note Der Preußischer Statsbibliothek als Geschenk überreicht vom Verfasser Dr. Centgraf. Maichle established that in 1942 and 1943, Centgraf lived in the house, mentioned in the Berlin copy of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... His opinion is that Centgraf used the pseudonym De Tombre.[19] In their shared author data bases, the Berlin State Library and the Library of the Hamburg University added the name De Tombre to the list of names, used by Centgraf.
In Centurio-1953, it reads that the first edition of a 1568-B.Rigaud-edition has been used as a source text for the translation of the Centuries. In Centurio-1977, it reads that the source text is the photocopy of a 1568-B.Rigaud-edition, made by Krafft in 1940.[20] The number of copies which were produced of this photocopy, to which Krafft added a brief introduction, was 299. It was not allowed that these copies were sold in bookstores. Coincidence or not, Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... contains a Aanhangsel (tr.: Appendix) with photocopies of fifteen quatrains, copied from "the original first edition".[21] In 2004, Wilhelm Zannoth concluded that the reproduced quatrain texts originated from the 1940-Krafft-copy.[22]
I have verified if Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... contains links between quatrains and World War II, which are also present in the post-war publications by Centurio (Centurio-1953 and Centurio-1968) and which one can not lead back to publications dating from before 1953, the year in which the first edition of Centurio's Nostradamus - der Prophet der Weltgeschichte was published.


Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn...

De Tombre 1941
De Tombre-1941

De Tombre Berlin title page
De Tombre-1941
the note on the title page of the Berlin copy

De Tombre Berlin backside title page
De Tombre-1941
the note on the back of the cover page of the Berlin copy


a. The link between Hadrie and Hitler and the Axis-powers

Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., p.46-47
Wij ontmoeten dezen eigenaardigen naam in de Centuriën X,XXXVIII - I,VIII - II,LV, die wij hier later in causaal verband zullen bespreken. Hier wil ik slechts dit zeggen, dat het woord "Hadrie" de beginletters van den voor- en achternaam van Adolf Hitler bevat en tevens het woord Adria. Dit laatste woord is echter een verwijzing naar de as tusschen Duitschland en Italië, die zijn zuidelijke zwaartepunt heeft in de Adria (de Adriatische Zee).

Centurio-1953, p.17
Hitler = [...] "Hadrie" (= H(itler) (Ad)olf, Adria als Schwerpunkt der Achsenpolitik) in 1,8; 1,9; 2,55; 3,11; 10,38.

Centurio-1977, p.30
Hitler: [...] Hadrie 1,8, 1,9, 2,55, 3,11, 10,38. 

Centurio-1981, p.200
Nostradamus nennt mehrfach Hitler Hadrie, ein Anklang an den Kaiser Hadrian (117-183 n.Chr.). Dieser zerstörte zum zweiten Male Jerusalem und verstreute die Juden in alle Welt (132-135 n.Chr.). Dieselben Untaten vollbrachte der deutsche Diktator, indem er die Juden verfolgte und Millionen vernichtete.[...] 

In Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., Centurio-1953 and Centurio-1968, it is discussed that the word Hadrie contains the initials of Hitler and the word Adria, being a reference to Germany and Italy, the Axis-powers. In Centurio-1981, Hadrie is no longer explained in this way, it is a reference to the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who destroyed Jerusalem twice and spread the Jews over the world.
In Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... and Centurio-1953, quatrain 01-08 is linked to the conquest of Paris in 1940. In Centurio-1977, this quatrain is also linked to its liberation in 1944.[23] In Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... and Centurio-1977, quatrain 01-09 is not discussed. In Centurio-1981, this quatrain is linked to World War II, to begin with the German invasion in Poland.[24] In Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... quatrain 02-55 (numbered by mistake as II,V) is linked to the final victory of Germany. In Centurio-1953 and Centurio-1968, this quatrain is linked to Hitler's death.[25] In Centurio-1953 and Centurio-1968, quatrain 03-11 is linked to the fall of Berlin and Hitler's death. In Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., this quatrain is not discussed.
[26] In Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., Centurio-1953 and Centurio-1968, quatrain 10-38 is linked to the German-Russian non-agression pact.[27]

b. The link between la grande ligue (quatrain 02-100) and the United States

Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., p.72-73
Ook deze strofe ontsluiert het geheim van den nood van Engeland. Weliswaar moet er niets van naar buiten doordringen. De vermetelheid der buitmakers - hieronder kan men de U-booten en de Duitsche vliegtuigen met groote actie-radius verstaan - is zóó groot en de verliezen zijn zóó angstwekkend, dat men zich tot de groote Liga, dat zijn de Vereenigde Staten van Noord-Amerika, moet wenden om den nood op te heffen. Met deze taak is Halifax, de ambassadeur in Amerika, door Churchill belast.

Centurio-1953, p.68
England ruft die Hilfe der USA an: Die kühnen Beutemacher, die U-Boot-kapitäne, fügten England so viel Schaden zu, daß es sich um Hilfe an die große Liga, d.h. an die USA wendet. Das geschah zweimal: 1915 und 1940.

Centurio-1977, p.183-184
England ruft die Hilfe der USA an. Trotzdem die U-Boot-blockade mißlang, fügten die Beutemacher, die U-Bootkapitäne, England so viel Schaden zu, daß es sich um Hilfe an die große Liga, d.h. an die USA wendet. Damit beginnt die dreihundertjährige Hegemonie, die Nostradamus dem großen Empire England vorraussagt (10,100) abzubröckeln.

In Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., quatrain 02-100 is linked to World War II. In Centurio-1953 and Centurio-1968, this quatrain is also linked to World War IWorld War I. 
The comments in Centurio-1953 and Centurio-1968 contain the word Beutemacher (booty-carrier), which also occurs in the comment in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... ("buitmaker"). In the case of the comment in Centurio-1977, it is remarkable that the "audaciousness of the booty-carriers" is replaced by the failed submarine-blockade and that a link has been made with quatrain 10-100.
The remark "weliswaar moet er niets van naar buiten doordringen" (tr.: indeed, nothing of this is allowed to be known) in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... can be traced back to the comments on quatrain 02-100 by Noah in 1928 and Loog in 1921. One must keep in mind that neither Loog nor Noah linked this quatrain to a world war or to the United States.[28]

c. The link between Ursins (quatrain 10-38) and the USSR and the German-Russian non-agression-pact

Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., p.51
De tweede regel voorspelt zonder twijfel de bezetting der garnizoenen in het Rijnland. De Russische Beer en Hadrie sluiten zich aaneen tegen Frankrijk. Bij het woord "Ursins" is het interessant te vermelden, dat daarin de beginletters der Sowjetrepubliek, namelijk URSS verscholen zijn.

Centurio-1953, p.68
[...] auf jeden Fall aber wird man die Aufrüstung und auch die Errichtung von Garnisonen im seit Versailles entmilitarisierten Rheinland erkennen können. In der nächtsten Zeile findet sich ein Hinweis auf den Nichtangriffspakt Hitler mit Rußland, bei dem das Wort Bär im Urtext besonders interessant ist: Es sind eingeschlossen die Buchstaben USSR (Ursins)...

Centurio-1977, p.200
Auf jeden Fall wird man in der zweiten Zeile die Aufrüstung und die Errichtung von Garnisonen nach der Besetzung des Rheinlandes erkennen, das durch den Vertrag von Versailles entmilitarisiert war. In der dritten Zeile findet sich ein Hinweis auf den Nichtangriffspakt Hitlers mit Rußland, bei dem das Wort "der Bärenhafte" (Ursins) im Urtext besonders als Anklang an USSR interessant ist. 

In all comments, the occupation of the Rhine Land is discussed and it is noted that the word Ursins contains the abbreviation USSR. Regarding the USSR, the comment in Centurio-1968 is quite similar with the comment in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn...

d. The link between Lusitains (quatrain 10-100) and the Azore Islands

Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., p.25-26
Volgens Nostradamus berekent men de overwegende positie van Engeland vanaf de omwenteling van Cromwell tot aan den tegenwoordigen oorlog. Dan echter passeerden groote menigten troepen land en zee. De Lusitaniërs, dat zijn de Portugeezen, zullen dat niet toelaten. Tot nu toe wist men niet, wat de Portugeezen met deze voorspellingen te maken hadden. Thans echter verkrijgt deze strofe een bijzonder duidelijken zin en actueele beteekenis. De groote troepen, die land en zee willen passeeren, zijn de Amerikaansche divisies, die Roosevelt graag op Portugeesch gebied, vooral op de Azoren, zou willen laten landen. Juist echter sedert de laatste maanden heeft de Portugeesche regeering haar garnizoenen op deze eilanden versterkt, om een invasie der U.S.A.-troepen te beletten.

Centurio-1953, p.232
Der Niedergang der Vormacht Englands beginnt damit, daß große Truppen Meer und Land passieren. Diese sind die Hilfsarmeen aus Amerika, die in den beiden Weltkriegen in Europa landeten. Im zweiten Weltkrieg aber stimmte Portugal dieser Landung nicht zu. England wird dann ein Bundesstaat von Amerika, aber erst um 2050 (vgl. 10,66).

Centurio-1977, p.38-39
Die Macht dieses allmächtigen Englands bröckelt nach demselben Vierzeiler ab, als große Truppen aus der USA Land und Meer passieren und die Portugiesen (wie im Zweiten Weltkrieg) diese Landung nicht mehr zulassen.

The common factor in these comments is the link between quatrain 10-100 and the Portuguese politics of neutrality during the beginning of World War II.

In Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., the words Hadrie, la grande ligue, Lusitains en Ursins, which originate from the Centuries, are linked to persons, countries and events regarding World War II. In especially Centurio-1953, links and explanations are given which are almost identical to the links and explanations in Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... This enforces the finding, related to the notes in the Berlin copy of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... that Centgraf is the author of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., or, more precisely, of its German source text.
In 1966, a letter was published in the Dutch newspaper Het Vrije Volk, in which it read that A. de Tombre was a fascist astrologer.
[29]  This could mean that De Tombre might have translated the German source text of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... and that Centgraf did not use the alias De Tombre. Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... contains a reference to the German air raid on Rotterdam on May 14, 1940. Also, the name Jean François Pasteur is mentioned and the booklet Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?..., which according to its introduction by the Dutch translator was compiled from the leftover writings of Pasteur.[30] Actually, Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?... was compiled in November - December 1939 by order of Goebbels and published in several editions, among which a Dutch edition. The Swedish edition, entitled Nostradamus spådomar om kriget, does not contain references to Pasteur, his book or the German air raid on Rotterdam, but contains Scandinavian names such as Billerstein, Johansson, Salamar en Stromberg, names which are not present in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?...[31] Apparently, the editions of the source text of the brochure which was compiled in November - December 1939, were adjusted to the countries in which they had to be spread. Something similar might have happened during the production of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn...: a German source text, edited in several languages for several countries, among which the Netherlands. The references to the air raid on Rotterdam, to Pasteur and to Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?... might have been added by the translator. However, no copy of a German source text of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... or of another translation is available, so at the moment it is not possible to verify this supposition.


In 1999, the Dutch historian Richard Heijster argued that some unexplainable aspects about World War I are connected with paranormal phenomena. By means of the 1981-Dutch translation of Centurio's Nostradamus - prophetische Weltgeschichte (1977), he described that Nostradamus predicted World War I 400 years before this war started. As a proof, Heijster described Centurio's links between a number of quatrains and World War I.
A comparing between the post-war publications by Centurio and a comparing between his comments and the comments of others, shows that the discussion of only one comment is not enough to prove the World War I is predicted in the Centuries. According to my opinion, Heijster has not succeeded in demonstrating this. I also think that the description of a comment is not a way of research on sources.
De profetieën van Nostradamus, i.e, the translation, made by Prinsen Geerligs, is of a bad quality. In the paragraph about World War I, she left out seven quatrains and its comments. Because of this, Heijster could not read all of Centurio's comments about World War I.
Heijsters description of the contents of the 1555-edition of the Centuries is not correct. He does not mention the fact that Centurio links a number of quatrains to both World War I and World War II. He has not noticed that Centurio made a number of mistakes regarding the words ne Apollyon, the information about Nostradamus' children, the false calculation regarding the Thirty Year War and the information about the fortune of Krafft, which information is in contradiction with what he wrote to Howe in 1962 and to Howe's findings, published in 1967. With success, Maichle contested Centurio's story about a lost edition of the Centuries. All this reduces the quality of this German philologue/historian who, according to a "historical-critical method" has put fulfilled quatrains in chronological order.
Centurio-1953 and -1968 contain a number of links and explanations regarding World War II, which originate from the national-socialist booklet Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... (1941). Notes in the Berlin copy of this booklet show that Centgraf, also known as Centurio, wrote the German source text and that back in the '40's he gave this copy to the Prussian State Library.  Centurio-1977 shows that Centgraf used the 1940-Krafft-copy as a source text; he also used this book during the compilation of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn...
The national-socialist Nostradamus-campaigns were the result of Goebbels' decision in November 1939 to use the Centuries for psychological warfare, in order to trip the adversaries by taking advantage of the omnipresent superstition.[32] He let the people hear and read which of Nostradamus' predictions already have become true and what, according to the Centuries, might happen in the near future. In 1948, the Dutch parapsychologist dr. W.H.C. Tenhaeff described the aimed impact of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... like this: a national-socialist piece of propaganda, with the aim to let our people think that the final German victory and the rise of national-socialism can not be stopped, therefore it is a foolish thing to resist this.[33] An example. In the secret daily propaganda conference in Goebbels'
Ministry of Propaganda on July 23, 1940, it was ordered to pay attention in England to the Centuries by means of the secret radio transmitter. First, it should be explained which predictions of Nostradamus regarding the past became true, later, those predictions had to be presented in which a destruction of London in 1940 was described.[34] These minutes of this propaganda conference clearly show the intimidating character of the national-socialist Nostradamus-campaign.
In Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn..., Centgraf, often without mentioning his source, included material, written by e.g. Loog and Noah. This material, which dealt with predictions which, according to them, were already fulfilled, was presented in order to enforce the future perspectives. Centgraf clearly described these perspectives. One has to keep in mind that the source text of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... was finished between the German invasion of Russia in June 1941 and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941:

  • p.46-47: the prediction of Hitler's impact on world history by means of the word Hadrie (quatrains 01-08, 02-55 and 10-38);

  • p.75-76: the removal of the Jews from Europe (quatrain 08-96, numbered by mistake as VII, XCVI);

  • p.85: cooperation between Germany, Italy and Japan (quatrain 01-99, numbered by mistake as XI, XCIX);

  • p.86: the downfall of bolshevism in her 27th year of existence (quatrain 08-72);

  • p.90-91: the downfall of England (quatrain 01-35) and the final victory of the German troops (quatrain 02-55, numbered by mistake as II, V);

  • p. 94-95: a period of peace, lasting 57years (quatrain 10-89) and a new order in Europe under German command (quatrain 10-42, numbered by mistake as X, LII).

Nostradamus - der Prophet der Weltgeschichte and Nostradamus - prophetische Weltgeschichte contain material regarding World War II, which originates from Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... In other words: the post-war publications of Centgraf contain elements of explanation which he wrote from the national-socialist ideological point of view. In Nostradamus - der Prophet der Weltgeschichte, Centgraf presented these elements in the context of his "historic-critical method" of research on the Centuries. He hided the origins of these elements. Now that they have come to light, in the first place because of Maichle's findings, it is clear that Centgraf/Centurio disqualified himself as a bona fide Century-scholar. His post-war comments can be contested on good grounds.


Contaminated comments
Without knowing, Heijster worked with "contaminated comments". Centgraf is not the only author who included material, written in World War II because of the national-socialist Nostradamus-campaigns, in post-war publications. In the article Nostradamus und ich, published in the German newspaper Die Welt in April 2003, Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann included biographic texts on Nostradamus, which originate form an article she wrote in spring 1940, which article was published in June 1940 in the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung. Noelle-Neumann did not dissociate herself from her propagandistic writings on Nostradamus, the Centuries and France. In fact: she gave the impression that back in 1940, she was immune for national-socialism since she read the Centuries, while investigation showed that the comments on the Centuries she read in 1940 did not contain one allusion to a war between Germany and Russia or Hitler's death[35]  
The case of Jan Vandervoort is of another nature. In Nostradamus, de grootste ziener aller tijden, he copied a complete chapter on fulfilled predictions, originally published in the national-socialist publication Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen?... Apparently, it was quite convenient for him to copy the contents of this chapter in order to illustrate quickly the clairvoyant capacities of Nostradamus[36] 
It is remarkable, and in my eyes perplexing that Centgraf, Noelle-Neumann and Vandervoort are using contaminated comments so easily. One can only hope that the number of these cases does not increase.


Expression of thanks
I would like to express my thanks to mr. Maichle for his information and the pictures of the Berlin copy of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... and to mr. Zannoth for his information on the post-war publications of Centurio and a copy of Centurio-1977.


De Meern, the Netherlands, November 6, 2005
T.W.M. van Berkel


Additional remark
The findings regarding the Dutch 1981-translation/edition of Nostradamus - prophetische Weltgeschichte were submitted to Kosmos-Z&K publishers. On November 21, 2005, they answered that unfortunately, it was not unusual back in those years to edit silently and that at present, such a way of working is unimaginable.


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

  1. Dr. N. Alexander Centurio is the pseudonym of dr. phil. Alexander Max Centgraf. Centgraf is not a Frenchman, as Heijster writes, but a German. According to the online-catalogue of the Deutsche Bibliothek, Centgraf is a philologue and historian.
    De profetieën van Nostradamus is a Dutch translation of
    Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte, Bietigheim, 1977, a revised reprint of the equally entitled edition, published in 1968. [text]

  2. Van Berkel: The 1941-Vreede-translation and the 1558-Lyon-edition. [text]

  3. Centurio-1981-NL, p.156. In the chapter De taal van de profeet (tr.:The prophet's language), a survey of names etc. is given on p.31. [text]

  4. Heijster, p.24-25 and p.29; Tenhaeff, p.205-206. While discussing the murder of the Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand, Heijster referred to a prediction in an almanac for 1912, written by a French paragnost, and referred to Oorlogsvoorspellingen (Heijster, p.50 and p. 254). In Oorlogsvoorspellingen, at the beginning of chapter XI in which the Centuries are discussed, one can read, in German, Dessoir's remark which Heijster translated in Dutch. (Tenhaeff, p.202). [text]

  5. Heijster, p.25-29; Centurio-1981-NL, p.171-184 and p.221-223. [text]

  6. Centurio-1981-NL, p.170-179, cf. Centurio-1977, p.180-189. [text]

  7. Centurio-1981-NL, p.221.223. [text]

  8. Centurio-1981-NL, p.207-208, cf. Centurio-1977, p.215-216. [text]

  9. Van Berkel: Information on dr. Max Pigeard de Gurbert alias dr. De Fontbrune (1900-1959). [text]

  10. Loog (1921) p.43-59. [text]

  11. Noah (2005 [1928]), p.128-140. A number of these links have their origins in Loog-1921. [text]

  12. Centurio-1953, p.266-267; Centurio-1981-NL (1977), p.181-189. [text]

  13. Centurio-1977, p.20; Leoni 1982 (1961), p.38-39; Van Berkel: The family tree of Nostradamus: descendants. [text]

  14. Centurio-1977, p.28-29. [text]

  15. Centurio-1977, p.210 and 216. [text

  16. Howe, p.322. [text]

  17. Howe, p.270-271, p.296 and p.305-309. Regarding Krafft's detention in Buchenwald: Maichle: Die Nostradamus-Propaganda der Nazis 1939-1942. [text]

  18. Centurio-1953, p.80 and p.260; Centurio-1968, p.189-199 and p.262; Van Berkel: Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus (E. Noelle, DE, 1940 [1998 and 2003]), note 15. [text]

  19. Maichle to Van Berkel, July 9 and 10, 2005. The Berlin State Library communicated that back in 1941, Centgraf gave this book to the former Prussian State Library; on the title page, the numbers -1- and -2- in the handwritten year are entangled (Schöffel to Van Berkel, December 5, 2005). [text]

  20. Centurio-1953, p.25; Centurio-1968, p.266. [text]

  21. De Tombre, p.96-99. [text]

  22. Zannoth to Van Berkel, August 25, 2004.  [text]

  23. De Tombre, p.62-63; Centurio-1953, p.33; Centurio-1968, p.209.  [text]

  24. Centurio-1953, p.33. [text]

  25. De Tombre, p.91-92; Centurio-1953, p.58; Centurio-1968, p.212.[text]

  26. Centurio-1953, p.71; Centurio-1968, p.215. [text]

  27. De Tombre, p.51-52; Centurio-1953, p.219; Centurio-1968, p.199-200.  [text]

  28. Noah (2005 [1928]), p.156 (tr.): "England however is careful enough not to expose its dirty laundry in the face their neighbours."; Loog (1921), p.71 (tr.): "Nostradamus once again described England in a striking way. Nothing or only very little of the events, described above, are known abroad"  [text]

  29. P. Heil in Het Vrije Volk, December 24,1966. [text]

  30. De Tombre, p.8. [text]

  31. "Norab"-1940a, p.5 and 47. [text]

  32. Goebbels in conversation with Herwarth von Bittenfeld, in: Fröhlich, p.208-209. [text]

  33. Tenhaeff, p.211-212. [text]

  34. Boelcke (1966), p.434. [text]

  35. Van Berkel: Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus (E. Noelle, DE, 1940 [1998 and 2003]). [text]

  36. Van Berkel: Nostradamus - De grootste ziener aller tijden (J. Vandervoort, NL, 1998). [text]


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