It seems obvious, once you delve into it, that the Matthias Stormberger prophesies are false too, or at least heavily manipulated/updated after his
time to make them retrospectively seem to have been more accurate - if he ever really existed, of which there is no hard evidence. Nor could he
(apparently) read or write, so conveniently there is no chance of any original documents of his. Indeed, as such, Stormberger seems to be a later,
German, version of the English "Mother Shipton" another infamously faked prophet:
And as if to seal Stormberger-fans' "Well, you can't disprove it" argument, all later recordings of his sayings were conveniently apparently destroyed
by the Nazis, so there aren't even any other 19th century dated (i.e. actually before any of the events he is said to have prophesised) documentary
accounts of what he supposedly said.
Within the supposed prophesies are one or two giveaways, for example usage of the term "cars". The German term is wagen, and the term "motorwagen" was
applied to the first German invented cars of the 1870s. And "cars" as a term relating to automobiles did not enter the English language until 1899.
Stormberger wouldn't have said "cars" - being German he'd have said "wagen" ("wagon" in English of course). No doubt someone will counter that this
could be explained as a later translation problem, but I've two answers to that: 1) Translation from what? (There are no original documents and no
pre-WW2 documents); and 2) If the prophecy was altered by a later translator to make it seem more compelling to today's readers then that proves my
point that this guy is another Mother Shipton-like hoax.
In any case, the hoaxers got it wrong. Stormberger is supposed to have said that WW3 would be seen not in his children's or grandchildren's time but
in the "third stock" - i.e. in this context meaning his great grandchildren's time. Stormberger is said to have lived from the late 18th to early 19th
century. So, if you estimate that even with today's health standards a generation typically lives no more than say 40 or 50 years after their parents
died of old age, then we find that 150yrs after Stormberger's time gets us to around 1950-1980. That period was the height of the Cold War, when WW3
always seemed right around the corner (and indeed came close to starting a couple of times). And so that period gives us the likely timeframe when the
hoax (either inventing or just grossly exaggerating the prophesies) was perpetrated, to feed people's fears in those doom-laden days, much like Y2K
and the Mayan 2012 have done so in the Ecological/Technological Disaster Ages.
To prove otherwise you'd need an authenticated document from the 19th century.
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edit on 4-1-2013 by streety because: Rephrased 2nd para for greater clarity of argument.
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