Aufstieg und Niedergang nach den Prophezeiungen des großen französischen
Sehers Michel Nostradamus aus den Jahren 1555 und 1558, written by
dr. Bruno Winkler, was published by Richard Hummel publishers in
Leipzig, Prendelstraße 16.
Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang... is printed at Hermann Engelhardt
Großschönau and consists of 36 broched pages.
The text in Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang... is divided in
four chapters. The discussed quatrains are listed in an appendix. For
each quatrain, the names are given of the Century-scholars whose
publications Winkler consulted.
Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang... does not contain
illustrations. The last but one page contains an advertisement with the
titles of Winkler's two other publications on Nostradamus: Und dies
geheimnisvolle Buch...! Das Leben des Nostradamus, 1937 (prices:
RM 3,60; broched: RM 2,40) and Nostradamus und seine
Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert 1939 (prices:
RM 2,40; broched: RM 1,50). It was not Richard Hummel publishers who
published these two books, but Regulus publishers in Görlitz. In the
advertisement, Winkler's novel on Francis of Assisi, published in 1930
by Merlin publishers, Baden-Baden, was also mentioned (prices: bound: RM 2,00;
board: RM 1,20).
Like in Nostradamus und seine
Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert (Görlitz, 1939
) the titles in Englands
Aufstieg und Niedergang... of the publications from
which Winkler copied material or from which he quoted, were not given in
a bibliography, but in footnotes. These footnotes show that Winkler
consulted the following publications:
Faber, dr. W.: Das
Schicksalsbuch der Weltgeschichte. Die Prophezeiungen des
Nostradamus in der deutschen Übersetzung von Edouard Rösch neu
herausgegeben von dr. W. Faber. Pfullingen in Württemberg,
O.: Geschichte der Neueren Zeit. Bielefeld und
Loog, C.: Die Weissagungen des Nostradamus: erstmalige
Auffindung des Chiffreschlüssels und Enthüllung der
Prophezeiungen über Europas Zukunft und Frankreichs Glück und
Niedergang, 1555-2200. Pfullingen in Württemberg, 1921 (1920).
Nicoullaud, C.: Nostradamus
- ses Prophéties. Paris, 1914.
Noah, B.: Nostradamus - prophetische Weltgeschichte von 1547 bis
gegen 3000. Berlin, 1928.
Privat, M.: La fin
de notre siècle et la vie du futur Grand Monarque, prophétisée par
Nostradamus et exposée d'après les Centuries, précédée d'une étude
sur les méthodes et les révélations accomplies du plus immense
des prophètes. Paris, 1939.
Winkler, dr. B.: Und dies geheimnisvolle
Leben des Michel Nostradamus: die Geschichte eines Mannes zwischen zwei
Welten. Görlitz, 1937.
dr. B.: Nostradamus
und seine Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert. Görlitz,
Wöllner, dr. Chr: Das
Mysterium des Nostradamus. Leipzig, 1926.
of Faber, Loog, Nicoullaud, Noah and Wöllner were also consulted by
Winkler at the time of writing Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen
für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert, which book he finished in spring
1938, after the Anschluß of Austria.
In contrast with Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!, Englands Aufstieg und
Niedergang... does not contain a note which shows that the contents
were verified by a German office which verified astrological
After World War II, Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang...
was not published again.
The text of the brochure Nostradamus
prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, a brochure, written by Louis de Wohl
by order of section 1 of the Special Operations Executive of the British
Secret Service and brought into circulation in Germany in 1943, which
carries the name of Winkler, does not contain material which originates
from Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang...
of Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang...
In this paragraph, it is
tried to estimate when Winkler wrote and finished the text of Englands
Aufstieg und Niedergang...
The remark on page 31
in Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang... that "from the
present time until their end, 3797", the Centuries cover
1857 years, indicated that Englands
Aufstieg und Niedergang... was written in 1940 (3797 - 1857 =
1940). The remark at page 6 that Germany at the time of writing
was still in combat with a powerful and tough adversary, England, and his
henchman, the unfortunate France, might mean that Winkler started the
writing of Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang... shortly after the
capitulation of Belgium on May 28, 1940. The Netherlands capitulated on
May 15, 1940; Luxembourg was occupied the very day the Germans marched
in. In other words, after May 28, 1940, England and France were the only
E. Noelle mentioned Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang... in the
list of consulted sources in the Prussian State Library in Berlin when
she wrote the article Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus,
published in the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung on June 16, 1940.
This means that Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang... was published
before June 16, 1940. In other words: before the French Prime Minister
Philippe Pétain requested the Germans an armistice.
In Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang..., Winkler wrote nothing
about the capitulation of Paris on June 14, 1940. His remark about the
unfortunate France, still at war with Germany, might mean that the war
between France and Germany not yet went into a final phase. This also
seems to be indicated in Winkler's comment on page 23 on quatrain 02-94,
in which he wrote not to know when France, together with England,
will be hit by a catastrophe.
contents of Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang...
In Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang, Winkler discussed 41 of the
about 50 quatrains which according to him in one way or another deal
with England's past, present or future. The quatrains contain direct
references such as England, Britain or the archipelago, but also
indirect references such as an anagram like Dinebro ( = Edinburgh) or
metaphors such as Neptune or Trident.
The main topic of Englands
Aufstieg und Niedergang... is England. Because of this, Winkler
did not discuss links between quatrains and events which took place or
will take place outside England. In Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang...,
he also did not comment or referred to quatrain 03-58, the quatrain
which he linked to Hitler's birth in Nostradamus und
seine Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert; neither did he comment or refer to the quatrains 04-15
and 05-79, which he linked to Hitler's legislation and economic policy.
Moreover: Winkler did not explicitly present Englands Aufstieg und
as a continuation of Nostradamus und seine
Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert.
A summary of the contents of Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang...:
war Nostradamus? (p.3-4)
In this chapter, the first chapter, Winkler described Nostradamus'
qualities as a physician and his fame as a seer and author. In passing,
he referred to quatrain 01-35, which he linked to the decease of the
French king Henry II.
sagt das Werden des englischen Weltreichs und sein Ende voraus
At the beginning of this chapter, Winkler wrote some lines about
Nostradamus' faith and the divine nature of the Centuries, themes
he also discussed in Und dies
geheimnisvolle Buch...! and Nostradamus und seine
Next, he discussed the construction
of the Centuries, anagrams and metaphors, elements which render the Centuries
The main topic in this chapter is the history of England in the period
1558-1940. Winkler described this history by means of 28 quatrains. He
started his description with quatrain 10-55, in which according to him
the marriage on April 24, 1558, of the British queen Mary Stuart to the
French king François II was predicted. He linked six quatrains to the
rise of Cromwell and the beheading of the British king Charles I in
1649. Further, he discussed the deposition of James II by William III,
the conquest of Gibraltar, a failed attempt in1746 of James III to seize
the Crown, the expulsion by Napoleon Bonaparte of the British from
Toulon, the mobilization of British forces in 1911 against the Germans, World
War I and the outbreak in 1939 of World War II.
Winkler closed this chapter with the discussion of quatrain 03-57, in
which the outbreak in September 1939 of World War II would have
been predicted, and the quatrains 10-100 and, which he considered to
describe the fatal consequences the war would have for England. Basing
himself upon these three quatrains, he argued that German strength and
German skill would lead the German submarines and the German air force
with a master's hand. As a result, the British trade completely would be
destroyed and England would suffer a severe defeat. In his comment on
quatrain 03-57, he linked the comment of the French Century-scholar
Nicoullaud (1914) to the comment of the German Century-scholar
Loog (1921 ).
Das Wesen Englands
In this chapter, Winkler discussed the nature of England and the
contrasts between England and Germany. This discussion can be summarized
In the sixteenth century, Nostradamus described England and Germany as
nations, who are each others opposite. As the nineteenth century went
this became more and more profound, which resulted in World
War I. World War II would be decisive for the future of the
England's history is a series of violence, tricks and deceit, caused by
the desire for possession and power. Not only the quatrains which deal
with England's history show this, Napoleon Bonaparte had the same
opinion when he characterized the British as a people who were selfish
and who had no moral.
A people like the British, only acting from a chilly calculation and
looking for material profit, is not able to put an end to the decline of
the European people or to create a better world. In order to create a
better world, a nation should recognize and respect the need for living
of every other nation, even when small. England's history shows that
this is strange for the British. They lack Truth and Love, two eternal
values. Whoever wants to rule someone else, has to love him above all
things. For the Germans, Love and Truth are sacred, whereas England not
even loves its own people. England's social structure is founded upon
plutocracy, its wealth is the result of the exploitation of its
labourers. In the socialism in Germany, Love got an expression which is
unique in the world. The lack in England of Truth could be noticed in
the Versailles Treaty.
It is an old saying that eventually the good will overcome. Truth and
Love are the most highest values which exist in the world. A nation, in
which these spiritual powers became the leading force, deserves it to be
called a Holy Empire. In the Centuries, i.e. in quatrain 10-31,
Nostradamus writes about the coming of such an Empire to Germany. This
quatrain contains the promise of the overcoming of the world, who is
dying because of materialism.
In this chapter, the last chapter, Winkler discussed ten quatrains
which according to hem deal with the near future of England. In the eyes
of Winkler, this discussion was more or less superfluous, since England
would lose its supremacy, which rendered her future history to be less
and less important. Germany, Winkler wrote, recognized the right of
existence of every nation, as long as a nation does not injure German
In his discussion of England's future, Winkler did not mention years.
Moreover, he wrote that the order in which he discussed the quatrains,
did not imply a chronology of events. In England, there would be riots,
the English fleet would sail to France and navy battles would take place
in the Mediterranean Sea, one of them decisive for England.
Winkler closed this chapter with a brief discussion of the divine nature
of the predictions in the Centuries, in which he quoted his free
translation of the last line of quatrain 01-02: Himmlisches Licht. Das Göttliche ist hier!.
According to him, Nostradamus' predictions are a warning as well as an
encouragement; an intelligent human being simply could not ignore them.
Aufstieg und Niedergang... and other publications of Winkler
In the twenties,
Winkler worked as an author. In the beginning, he wrote novels. In the
thirties, he published two brochures in which he described his ideas
about the relation between Germany and Europe: Der Weg in die Freiheit - Die Erfüllung unseres Anspruchs
auf Gleichberechtigung und die anderen außenpolitischen Forderungen des
Programms der NSDAP (Bühl, 1934) and Groß-Deutschland (Bühl,
1935). Both brochures were published under his own management. At the
end of the thirties, he wrote two books about Nostradamus: the novel Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...! (Görlitz,
1937) and the comment Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen für das
zwanzigste Jahrhundert (Görlitz, 1939 ).
Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang... raises the impression to be
genuine war propaganda. In the closing line of Der Seher sagt das
Werden des englischen Weltreichs und sein Ende voraus, Winkler,
using words which were quite passionate, promised a defeat of England.
This line was printed with a bigger letter space than the rest of the
text of Englands Aufstieg und
Berge sind ein Sinnbild der Kraft. Die deutsche Kraft und - wir
dürfen es hier besonders betonen - die deutsche Geschicklichkeit, die die U-Bootwaffe und die Luftwaffe
geschaffen hat und sie meisterhaft gegen den Feind zu führen
weiß, vernichten den englischen Handel. Das scheint der Sinn
des letzten Verses zu sein. Die Engländer erleiden eine
remarks about a coming defeat of England must be seen in the light of
the ideas about the history and the future of Germany which he published
in his brochures. As a German, Winkler felt himself humiliated by the
Versailles Treaty and its endless aftermath. According to him, Hitler
managed that Germany would be respected again, he restored its internal
economy and put an end to unemployment. In the peace negotiations,
Hitler made Germany stronger by leaving the League of Nations and the
Geneva disarmament conference and by reintroducing the compulsory
military service. Unfortunately, this did not result in the righteous
peace, desired by Winkler, based upon mutual respect and replacing the
Winkler did not advocate a war, made for expansion. In his eyes, it was the
army's task to defend the nation and to secure territorial claims. He
discerned the totalitarian nature of the politics of Franco, Hitler and
Mussolini, about who in Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen für
das zwanzigste Jahrhundert he wrote that they were influenced by
Jupiter (eternal values) and as such opposed Stalin, who was influenced
by Saturn (materialism, egoism).
In Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang..., Winkler did not write
about the victory of national-socialism, but about the victory of
Germany the way he saw it: a nation, guided by Truth and Love, Love
expressing itself in the German socialism. Germany would replace England
as the leading power in the world. In the eyes of Winkler, England,
because of its mentality, was not able to put a halt to the decline of
Europe. Germany was the nation who could do so. The coming of the Holy
Empire to Germany would mean that the forces who brought the world into
a decline because of materialism, would be conquered.
publications on Nostradamus and the Centuries
In Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...! (1937),
Winkler explained that the beginning of World
War I was
predicted in quatrain 06-24. The end of this war was predicted in e.g.
quatrain 09-66; in quatrain 01-42, the coming of a peace empire was
predicted as well as the banning of the war. In quatrain 10-89, it was
indicated that World War I
would be followed by a period of
peace which would last 57 years. In Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!,
Winkler did not mention a new war in which Germany would be involved.
In Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste
Jahrhundert, Winkler expected, basing himself upon the quatrains 03-08, 05-94, 06-24
and 10-72, that Great-Germany, which he considered to be a joyful
reality since Austria's Anschluß in March 1938, would begin a
war around 2000, would have victories in the West and next be threatened
from the East. He did not put a war into perspective which would begin
in 1939-1940 and in which Germany would be involved. Basing himself upon
certain astrological principles, he arranged the totalitarian European
regimes in those who were influenced by Jupiter (the regimes of Franco,
Hitler and Mussolini; in Winkler's ideas, Jupiter was the symbol of the
spiritual and of eternal values) and those who were influenced by Saturn
(the regime of Stalin; in Winkler's ideas, Saturn was the symbol of
materialism and egoism).
The nostradamic contents of Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang...
is quite different from the contents of Winkler's earlier publications
on Nostradamus and the Centuries. In Englands Aufstieg und
Niedergang..., he characterized England as a nation, opposed to
Germany; the contrastst grew by the centuries, resulting in the world
wars. In Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...! en Nostradamus
und seine Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert, such a
characterization is completely absent. In these publications, England's
history is not characterized as a series of violence, tricks and deceit,
although in his comment in Nostradamus
und seine Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert on quatrain
01-26, Winkler wrote that many years before the outbreak of World
War I, England, France and Italy wanted to destroy Germany.
One should also notice that in Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang...,
Winkler gave new comments to the quatrains 03-57 and 10-100, which
together with quatrain 02-83 are the nucleus of Winkler's arguments,
without the explicit withdrawing previous comments..
In Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang..., Winkler concluded that
the beginning in September 1939 of the war was predicted in quatrain
03-57; he referred to the comments of Charles Nicoullaud (1914) and Carl Loog (1921 ).
In Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang..., he did not mention that
at the time of writing Und dies
geheimnisvolle Buch...! and Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen
für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert, he had considered nothing of this
kind. He also did not mention that in Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!,
quatrain 03-57 was not linked to the period 1649-1939 as Loog and
Nicoullaud had done, but to the period 1461-1751. The series of seven
changes in ruling dynasties which according to Winkler would occur
between 1461 and 1751, was the same series as the one, mentioned in 1926
by Wöllner, Wöllner however counted with a period, running from 1444
In the list of discussed quatrains in Englands
Augstieg und Niedergang..., Winkler listed the initials of Nicoullaud, Loog,
Noah and Wöllner in connection with quatrain 03-57, but not his own
In Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste
Jahrhundert, he did not discuss this quatrain at all.
In Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang..., Winkler more or less
linked the end of the period of British supremacy for more than 300
years to the beginning in 1939 of the war. Actually, he withdrew his
comment in Und
dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!, in which he explained that this period
began around 1650. In
Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert,
Winkler did not date the period of more than 300 years, but he situated
quatrain 10-100 in the era in which England chased away the Dutch and
the Portuguese from regions like Malacca and Ceylon, thus situating the
beginning of this period in the seventeenth century.
In 1940, probably after the
capitulation of Belgium on May 28, Winkler wrote the booklet Englands
Aufstieg und Niedergang..., in which he explained, basing himself
upon the quatrains 02-83, 03-57 and 10-100, that the war which had begun
in 1939 and which was predicted in the Centuries, would result in
a defeat for England (and France), while Germany would play a leading
part in Europe. He finished Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang...
at a time in which the battles in France were not yet in their end
phase, i.e. before the capitulation of Paris on June 14, 1940.
Winkler argued that Truth and Love, spiritual values which in Germany
were highly esteemed, would enable Germany to put an end to the decline
in Europe, which decline was a result of materialism. Winkler also wrote
that in the Centuries, England and Germany were described as
nations which opposed each other, something which became worse as time
went by and which resulted in the wars of 1914-1918 and 1939.
From a political point of view, the ideas Winkler exposed in Englands Aufstieg
und Niedergang..., are a continuation of the ideas about the
relationship between Germany and Europe which he exposed in the
mid-thirties. It was his deep with that Germany and Europe could reach a
righteous peace, which would replace the humiliating Versailles Treaty.
Winkler deplored the fact that such a peace never became real.
Apparently, the beginning in September 1939 of the war gave a different
outlook to the situation in Europe, an outlook which became more and
more clear after the capitulation of Belgium, Luxembourg and the
Netherlands: Germany finally would settle with those adversaries who had
blocked a righteous peace and next would play a leading part in Europe.
This leading part was a spiritual matter: Truth and Love. These powers
would be able to put an end to the decline of Europe, resulting from
materialism. Winkler did not write about a permanent occupation of the
vanquished countries. In fact, from Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang...
it does not become clear how Europe would look like after the German
victory over England and France.
From a nostradamic point of view, Winkler's comments in Englands Aufstieg
und Niedergang... are not a continuation of his earlier
publications on Nostradamus and the Centuries. In those
publications, nothing was written about a war which would begin in 1939
and in which Germany would be involved. Further, nothing was written
about England and Germany opposed to each other since centuries,
resulting in the world war. Further, it is only in Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang... that
England is described in a very negative way.
In connection with the nostradamic material in Englands Aufstieg und
Niedergang..., several questions rise. First: what was Winkler's
reaction when Germany invaded Poland in September 1939? Did he reread
the Centuries and Century-comments at that time? Second: what was his
reaction when Germany in April 1940 invaded Denmark and Norway (an
invasion which in Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang... was not
mentioned)? Third: what was his reaction when Germany in May 1940
invaded Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands? These questions
can be brought together in the question: what was the impact of the
beginning of World War II in Winkler's life and mind and which
part was played by the Centuries and/or Century-comments?
Did the war change his ideas about the future of Europe and which part
was played by the Centuries and/or Century-comments? In
the case of Winkler, we must count with the fact that the invasion in
Poland erased the period of peace for 57 years, mentioned in Und
dies geheimnisvolle Buch...! and the war in which Germany would be
involved did not begin in 2000, as explained in Nostradamus und seine
Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert, but in 1939.
In Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang..., Winkler glorified the
battles in the sense that he considered them to lead to the possibility
that Europe would enter a new phase, from a spiritual point of view, a
phase which would not be materialistic. He wrote about
"Germany"; he did not analyse national-socialism. For
Winkler, the war was a military conflict with spiritual dimensions. From
that point of view, Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang... is not a
propaganda brochure. Nevertheless, the contents of Englands Aufstieg und
Niedergang... very well could have been grist to the mills of the
national-socialists, who in their propaganda heavily turned themselves
the course of the war, the real aims of national-socialism became clear
to Winkler, which brought him to oppose national-socialism. As a result,
he was persecuted by the Gestapo. In the brochure Europa,
verzage nicht! (Achern, 1953), he exposed his ideas about Europe,
united upon Christian foundations, and the part which could be played by
a re-united Germany. Europa,
verzage nicht! does not contain references to the Centuries.
On the first page, Winkler mentioned the Aquarian Age, without
elaborating themes which are related to this astrological era.
Meern, the Netherlands, March 3, 2007
T.W.M. van Berkel
updated on September 18, 2007
The titles, places and
year of issue of the mentioned authors are listed in the bibliography.
Winkler's name is not preceded by the title "dr", as in
the case of his earlier publications on Nostradamus, but by the
title "dr. jur."; in 1912, Winkler promoted at the
Legislation Faculty of the Royal Marburg University. In the title on
the cover, the word großen is missing. [text]
p.4, Winkler referred to a quatrain, dating from 1555, in which the
decease of the French king Henry II was predicted. Actually, he
referred to quatrain 01-35. On p.35, he quoted the last line of his
free translation of quatrain 01-02, which he linked to the divine
nature of the revelations Nostradamus received. The quatrains 01-02
and 01-35 are not included in the appendix. [text]
Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus (dr. E. Noelle, DE, 1940 (1998 and 2003). [text]
Winkler-1939, p.37-39; quatrain 03-58 is
erroneously numbered as II-58. [text]
The theme of the influence of
faith is also treated in Winkler's novels on Francis of Assisi
(1930) and the sculptor Veit Stoß (ca. 1930). [text]
Van Berkel: Information
on dr. B. Winkler. [text]
Winkler-1940, p.27. [text]
Winkler-1937, p.78. [text]
Van Berkel: Nostradamus
und seine Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert (dr.
B. Winkler, Görlitz, 1939 ). [text]
Winkler-1939, p.30-31. [text]
Winkler-1940, p.23-25. [text]
Winkler-1937, p.65; Wöllner,
Winkler-1939, p.41; Winkler-1940, p.25-26. [text]
Van Berkel: Information
on dr. B. Winkler. [text]