Gillian M. Woldorf: Nostradamus letter not true

Published: 6/10/2021 4:15:52 PM

Whether or not one believes in the “prophecies” of Nostradamus, one thing is certain — the prediction cited by A. Bruce Whittier in Tuesday’s edition was not actually penned by Nostradamus. According to, this meme (for meme it is) does not appear at all in Nostradamus’ collected works.

The word “plague” is mentioned about 30 times, but there is not a single reference to a “feeble man” or a “jezebel.”

Nostradamus and conspiracy theories have found a perfect breeding ground on social media. It’s extremely disheartening to see memes in serious print media, even on the opinions page. Especially during a time when so much dangerous misinformation is flying around, we would do well to question and limit the spread of this nonsense — and by “we” I include the editorial staff of this award-winning newspaper.

Gillian M. Woldorf

South Hadley

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