Krafft, Karl Ernst (1900–1945)
Swiss astrologer of German descent born May 10, 1900 who
was employed by the Nazis for propaganda work during World
War II. He participated in tests by the German parapsychologist
Hans Bender in 1937 upon moving to Germany. Krafft had
formerly conducted an ambitious statistical investigation of cosmic
influences on individuals and developed his own system of
‘‘typocosmy.’’ His book Traité d’Astro-Biologie was printed in
Brussels in 1939.
Krafft was introduced to the German Propaganda Ministry
by C. Loog, another astrologer, who had worked on interpretations
of the famous Nostradamus prophecies. Krafft’s proGerman
edition of Nostradamus was used for psychological warfare,
and Krafft himself became highly regarded after he made
a successful prediction of the attempt on Hitler’s life November
9, 1939, in Munich. In fact, this prophecy was so remarkable
that Krafft was at first interrogated by the Gestapo, who
thought he might have had a hand in the plot.
After the 1941 flight of Rudolf Hess to Britain, many astrologers
and occultists in Germany were arrested, including Krafft,
who was imprisoned for a year. After his release he again
worked for the German Propaganda Ministry, interpreting
horoscopes of leaders of the Allies in a manner favorable to
Germany. However, he was arrested again in 1943 and sent to
Oranienburg concentration camp. He died January 8, 1945, on
the way to Buchenwald.
Sources
Howe, Ellie. Astrology and Psychological Warfare during World
War II. London Rider, 1972.