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KRAFFT, Karl Ernst (1900-1945)


Reference code(s): GB 1370 WIA, Karl Ernst Krafft

Held at: Warburg Institute

Title: KRAFFT, Karl Ernst (1900-1945)

Date(s): c 1929-1964

Level of description: collection

Extent: 6 boxes

Name of creator(s): Krafft | Karl Ernst | 1900-1945 | astrologer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Karl Krafft was born in Basel, Switzerland, 1900 and studied mathematics at university before becoming a well-known astrologer in the German-speaking world. From the mid-1930s he became popular with the leaders of the Nazi regime and moved to Germany, becoming personal astrologer to Rudolf Hess. He later published a pro-German interpretation of Nostradamus. Krafft fell out of favour during the early 1940s and died of typhus in January 1945.


Scope and content/abstract:

Working papers and correspondence of astrologer Karl Ernst Krafft, c 1929-1938, on topics including Cosmology; Astrology and Political-Cultural Affairs; and correspondence of Ellic Howe dealing with the Krafft Papers, 1957-1964.


Language/scripts of material: German and English

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as follows: Working Papers and Correspondence. Correspondence by Ellic Howe dealing with the Krafft Papers.

Conditions governing access:

Archive material is accessible for the purpose of private study and personal research and within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Archive reading room. Access is with permission from the Institute Director and by prior appointment only. Potential users are advised to browse the Institute website and contact the Archivist, Dr des Claudia Wedepohl, before planning a visit. Access to individual items in the Warburg Institute Archives may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies, at the discretion of the archivist, may be provided for research use only (working papers: up to 10% of any archive pressmark; correspondence by authors for whom the department doesn't hold copyright: up to 10% of the institutes holdings). Traditional photography is allowed at the discretion of the archivist, no digital cameras. Scans and digital photographs can be ordered at the discretion of the archivist. Requests to publish original material have to be submitted to the Archivist.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Collection level description available on-line at the University of London Research Services website


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from Ellic Howe.


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Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Apr 2008

Spiritualism | Mysticism
Third Reich | Nazism | Totalitarianism | Political doctrines

Personal names
Krafft | Karl Ernst | 1900-1945 | astrologer

Corporate names