A madness in which the stars, by all accounts, were much more than just fun. The assumption that Hitler believed in astrology and employed astrologers circulated from 1933 onwards. Undoubtedly, many thought that the only possible explanations for his undisturbed and increasingly frightening assault on the political leadership and territorial plunder were his pre-obtained information, acquired by paranormal means, among which astrology was the most probable.
This question haunted Hans Bernd Gizevius (pictured below left), who had better access to confidential information than most of his contemporaries, as far back as 1934 when he and his Arthur Nebe tried. truth unsuccessfully, to penetrate to the bottom of the rumors circulating in Germany.
Apparently, the stories about Hitler’s astrologer did not circulate outside Germany until 1938. The earliest sign of Hitler’s dependence on astrologers could be seen in the London Daily Mail of January 30, 1939, seven months before the war, which stated that the Führer was a great paid attention to the advice of his personal astrologer.
On April 5, 1939, the Gazette de Lausanne published something in the same vein: ‘No one believes in astrology more than Herr Hitler. The best customers of the International Institute in London are private astrologers from Berchtesgaden. They look for new astrological data every month. This is because Herr Hitler believes in astrology. And he proves it himself.
It is no coincidence that all his coups were carried out in March. Before he hits somewhere, he chooses the most favorable time for the stars. And March is definitely his best month. Regardless of whether someone mocks astrology, Hitler believes in it.
On July 12, 1939, the Daily Mail reported that Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Columbia University in New York City, had confirmed that Hitler had five astrologers among his staff. This crowd of Führer Astrologers reappeared in the late 1950s when Louis de Wall told the Empire News reporter that Hitler had paid six astrologers. One of this group of hypothetical astronomers was mentioned by name a month after the outbreak of war in London’s Evening Standard, on October 5, 1939.
“The recent disappearance of Hitler’s favorite astrologer, Elzbeth Ebertin, has been reported in Breslau,” said a Havas correspondent in Zurich. She has not been seen since the beginning of the war. He enjoys a great reputation among German astrologers and is considered to be one of the few people who knows exactly the hour of Hitler’s birth.
The next day, the Daily Telegraph printed the same story, adding that Frau Ebertin ran a publishing house with an almost monopolistic position in publishing astrological publications in Germany.
Walter Schellenberg was the second to be convinced that Hitler believed in astrology. But he did not know him as well as Frauline Schroeder, one of his personal secretaries between 1933 and 1945, and she was convinced that he was not in the least interested in the mentioned topic. ‘There are rumors that Hitler let astrologers guide him before he made any significant decision,’ she writes, adding, ‘I have to admit that I have never noticed anything like this and that the topic has never been raised in conversation. On the contrary. Hitler refuted this with his firmly rooted belief that people born on the same day, in the same place and at the same time, never have the same destiny. From this point of view, he considered the twins to be the best proof. He always vehemently rejected the court that the fate of an individual depends on his stars and constellations’.
Some of Hitler’s remarks in the private circle confirm his skepticism when it comes to astrology. Besides, there is no reason to believe that his attitude was ever different. ‘Superstition, I think, is a factor that one must take into account when assessing human motivation, although it can grow and be ridiculed …’ – he said, ‘horoscopes’, which are deeply believed by Anglo-Saxons in particular, are another theft whose significance not to be neglected. Just think of the effort given to the British General Staff by publishing the horoscope of a famous astrologer where it is predicted that the final victory in this war will belong to Germany! All the newspapers had to dig up all the possible false predictions published earlier by this respected charlatan and reprint them in order to calm down the general anxiety.
The Führer’s facts were wrong. It was the Germans rather than the Anglo-Saxons who were infected by astrology. There were more astrologers per square kilometer in Germany between the two wars than anywhere else in the world.
Even after Hess’s defection, the Nazis were inclined to use astrology and other occult wisdom when needed by any chance. And the best example is the pendulum organization in Berlin.
The institute was managed by Captain Hans A. Reder, of the German Navy. The British have recently destroyed a good number of German submarines, and in the absence of any scientific method known to the Germans that would enable the Royal Navy to determine the location of the submarines, it was thought that the British were using a completely new detection technique.
Rader’s theory was that British naval intelligence determined the positions of German submarines at sea with the help of a surplus. Generally speaking, the ‘surplus’ operator would sit in the Admiralty room in London with a map of the Atlantic Ocean in front of him. Then he would ‘search’ the map with his pendulum and at a given moment, if all went well, the pendulum would start or twist as intended. Eureka, another German submarine was launched! A radio message would be sent, destroyers would rush to the scene with their depth charges and the submarine would go to the bottom forever.
But the other side can play the same game. The purpose of the ‘Institute’ was, therefore, to establish the nature of the required technique of whiskey and that is why Herr Wolf, Dr Gerda Walter, Countess Vasilko Seretski – former President of the Vienna Astrological Society, Herr Ludwig Stranjak and everyone else were hired. Once the British secret was revealed, it would be organized through short courses for German naval personnel, in which fans would be trained to use their surpluses in the fight against British and American ships.
This wacky theory seems to have originated in Salzburg, where Herr Ludwig Stranjak, a Freemason, claimed to be able to establish the position of the ship by holding the vise above a photograph of the vessel and further ‘examining’ the map with that instrument. Members of the German Admiralty visited him in Salzburg and returned to Berlin with the impression that his ‘technique’ deserved further examination. Thus, Stranjak became a leading member of the klapa of whiskey swings at the ‘Institute’.
In the end, the temples waved daily over maps of the Atlantic Ocean and other seas, but there didn’t seem to be much use for that. Dr. Gerda Walter and Herr Wolf refused to take Captain Raeder’s hopes and theories seriously and disappeared at the first opportunity. Dr. Hartmann, an Nuremberg astronomer, also thought it was all pure nonsense. Those who remained soon began to suffer from nervous exhaustion and a little later the ‘Institute’ moved to a calmer and healthier Silk Island environment, believing that perhaps a little more ozone would benefit the ‘vibrations’.
Occultists are again calling for help after Mussolini was captured by the Badogoli government on July 25, 1943. Hitler issues an order for ‘Operation Oak’ to liberate Mussolini on July 27. The problem, however, is that the Germans have no slight connection in which part of Italy Duce could be located, and when the Intelligence Service failed to cope with any useful information, occultists were called in to help.
Schellenberg points to this strange work in his memoirs. ‘In such a situation, Himmler once again harnessed his occult hobbies, and even with some success. He gathered some of the masters of occult science, detained after Hess’s flight to England, and imprisoned them in a villa in Wannsee. Psychics, astrologers and “whiskey masters” were asked to extract from the hat a decision on the residence of the missing Duce. These sessions cost a fortune, as the ‘scientists’ demanded incredible amounts of good food, drink and tobacco. But, here are the miracles. After a while, one ‘maestro’ said that Mussolini could be found on an island west of Naples. In fact, Duce was first taken to one of the small Ponca islands he indicated. In fairness, it should be said that this man had nothing to do with the outside world during the whole experiment ‘.
There is an astrological anecdote relating to the end of Hitler’s career. Its source is the unpublished diary of Count Schwerin von Krozik, Hitler’s finance minister. The diary and its author were captured in Flensburg in May 1945, and Mr. Trevor-Roper used this document when writing The Last Days of Hitler.
Just a few days before April 15, 1945, when the diary opens, Goebbels confides to von Krosik that he recently read aloud to the Führer excerpts from the History of Frederick the Great. And so Goebbels comes to a passage that describes the king’s despair before the impending defeat of Prussia at the end of the Seven Years’ War and his intention, if things do not go the other way by February 15, to be poisoned. The book read: ‘Brave King! Wait a little longer, and your torment will come to an end. The sun of your destiny is already hiding behind the clouds and will soon shine on you ‘.
At this touching story, Goebbels said, tears glistened in the Führer’s eyes. They discussed this at length and extensively, and in the midst of the discussion sent two horoscopes each carefully kept in one of Himmler’s investigative departments: the Führer’s horoscope, made on January 30, 1933, and the horoscope of the Republic, dated November 9, 1918. These sacred documents extracted were brought to light and studied, and an astonishing fact would be revealed, which paid off earlier work.
Both horoscopes unanimously predicted the outbreak of war in 1939, glorious victories until 1941, and then a series of defeats that would culminate in horror over horrors in the early months of 1945, especially in the first half of April. Then we would win one comprehensive victory in the second half of April, the deadlock would last until August, and in August – peace. After the establishment of peace, difficult times would fall on Germany in the next three years, but from 1948 the rise began. The next day, Goebbels sent for horoscopes.
In the wee hours of April 12, Von Krozik receives a phone message that Roosevelt has just died. Trevor-ROper learned from another source that Goebbels, having just returned to Berlin and heard the news in the early hours of April 13, ordered a chunk of champagne for his associates, immediately telephoned the Führer, shouting. ‘My Führer, congratulations, Roosevelt is dead!’ It is written in the stars that the second half of April will be a turning point for us. It is now Friday, April 13th. This is the turning point! ‘ Two weeks later, both Hitler and Goebbels died on their own.
Another astrological story is related to Friday, April 13, 1945. It is about Dr. Centuri, who studied the books of Nostradamus and who says that in July 1944, when British and American forces were crossing the Seine, he was invited to Berlin by Eugen Hadamowski, chief Reich’s radio broadcasts and he told him that Dr. Goebbels was considering concluding some kind of agreement with the allies, and that, above all, with Great Britain.
Hadamowski reportedly asked Centuri if Nostradamus himself had provided any clues to such a possibility. Dr. Centurio immediately pointed out that Catherine IX, 51 would probably be the answer. It starts like this: Contres les rouges secte se banderont. Centurio interprets this as an ‘alliance against the Red Parties’, that is, an alliance between Germany and the Allies against the Soviet Union.
At the request of his boss, Dr. Centurio urgently had to write a brochure in English entitled Nostradamus and England.
It was printed by a publisher from southern Germany. There was nothing from Dr. Goebbels’ project … Cosmologist Bernd Unglaub lived in Berlin and in 1929 he wrote a booklet What is, what will be? In that book, he predicted Hitler’s seizure of power in 1933, and in 1939 a great war, which would bring great troubles to Germany. Later, in 1941, all copies were destroyed by the Gestapo. Bernd Unglaub himself admitted that as early as 1922 he listened to Hitler’s speeches, but did not join him because he knew what the end would be. In private conversations, he predicted Hitler’s end in 1945. But it cost him his arrest by the Gestapo. However, they let him go and did not bother him anymore.
On April 13, 1945, Bernd Unglaub was seen when Hitler had invited him to see ‘what he was going to do and where he was going’.
But did Hitler say at such moments: ‘That you brought me an astrologer immediately? In an army besieged in Berlin at the time, it would certainly not be easy to pull an astrologer out like a rabbit out of a hat. We can only imagine a picture of the Führer’s aide inquiring feverishly about the bunker: ‘Can anyone recommend a good astrologer? We need it urgently! Maybe someone knew Bernd Unglaub, maybe someone went to get him.
Unfortunately, Unglaub did not survive to tell this story to a British or American intelligence officer. He died on July 21, 1945, of tongue cancer, and whether the Führer went to that world with or without some astrological advice, we will most likely never know.