".. The Miracle at the House of Brandenburg is the name given by Frederick II of Prussia to the failure of Russia and Austria to follow up their victory over him at the Battle of Kunersdorf on 12 August 1759.After the Battle of Kunersdorf, Frederick thought Prussia and himself faced certain defeat. He wrote that it was "a cruel reverse! I shall not survive it. I think everything is lost. Adieu pour jamais". Prussia had lost 19,000 soldiers and was left with 18,000. On 16 August he wrote that if the Russians crossed the Oder and marched on the Prussian capital, Berlin, "We'll fight them – more in order to die beneath the walls of our own city than through any hope of beating them". That day the Russian Field Marshal Saltykov and his army crossed the Oder and the day before the Austrian Field Marshal Laudon and his army had done the same. Daun was marching the rest of the Austrian army north from Saxony. All were aiming to march on Berlin.Frederick massed 33,000 men to defend Berlin against what he estimated were enemy forces totalling 90,000. However now came what Frederick called the Miracle at the House of Brandenburg. The Austrians and the Russians were reluctant to follow through their victory by occupying Berlin and in September began withdrawing their forces. ...............Second miracle at the House of Brandenburg........During the war the Prussians had lost 120 generals, 1,500 officers (out of 5,500) and over 100,000 men. Most Prussians now supported peace and Frederick was trying to bring the Ottoman Empire into the war but his efforts met no success. Then, in January 1762, Frederick received the news that the Empress Elizabeth of Russia had died on 5 January: "The Messalina of the North is dead. Morta la Bestia", wrote Frederick on 22 January. Her nephew Peter succeeded her and was a strong admirer of Frederick the Great. He therefore reversed Elizabeth's anti-Prussian policy and negotiated peace with Prussia, with an armistice in March and a treaty of peace and friendship signed on 15 May.................Second world warNear the end of World War II in April 1945, Berlin was again encircled by Russian armies. The German Minister of Finance, Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, recorded in his diary how in early April in the Führerbunker, Joseph Goebbels read out loud to Adolf Hitler Thomas Carlyle's biography of Frederick the Great, the chapter being about...how the great king himself no longer saw any way out of his difficulties, no longer had any plan; how all his generals and ministers were convinced that his downfall was at hand; how the enemy was already counting Prussia as destroyed; how the future hung dark before him, and in his last letter to his minister, Count Finckenstein, he gave himself one last respite: if there was no change by 15 February, he would give it up and take poison. “Brave king!” says Carlyle, “wait ye a little while, and the days of your good fortune stands behind the clouds, and soon will rise upon you.” On 12 February the Czarina died; the Miracle of the House of Brandenburg had come to pass.After reading this to Hitler, "tears stood in the Führer's eyes". However Krosigk misquotes Carlyle for the minister was the Count d'Argenson rather than Finckenstein.Later that month came the news that the United States President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, had died. Krosigk wrote that "We felt the wings of the Angel of History rustle through the room. Could this be the long-desired change of fortune?" Krosigk records Goebbels as saying that:...for reasons of Historical Necessity and Justice, a change of fortune was inevitable, like the Miracle of the House of Brandenburg in the Seven Years War. One of the staff officers had somewhat sceptically and ironically asked, What Czarina will die this time? That, Goebbels had replied, he could not say; but Fate still held many possibilities in her hand. Then he had driven home, and had heard the news of Roosevelt's death. Immediately, he had telephoned to Buse, and said, “The Czarina is dead.” Buse had told him that this made a great impression on his soldiers; now they saw another chance.
".....The Treaty of Saint Petersburg was concluded on May 5, 1762 and ended the fighting in the Seven Years War between Prussia and Russia. The treaty followed the accession of Tsar Peter III, who admired the Prussian king Frederick the Great. It allowed the latter to concentrate on his other enemies, Austria and Saxony, in what became known as the "Miracle of the House of Brandenburg........"
Above image - "This Prussian snuff-box was made in 1762 to celebrate the Treaty of Saint Petersburg. Frederick II is shown shaking hands with Peter III of Russia and Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden" URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Snuffbox_by_Johann_Heinrich_Hamer_%281762%29.jpg
"...Hitler had his path to power smoothed by the spate of Fredericus biopics UFA turned out of their own volition during the Weimar years. These films purveyed the subliminal message that the Fuehrer was the reincarnation of Prussia’s national hero. In reality, Hitler shared only one of Frederick the Great’s characteristics: a will to power untrammelled by any consideration of humanity. In other respects, though, the two most famous embodiments of the ‘German spirit’ diverged totally. Had Frederick lived in the Third Reich, he would not only have been shrilly denounced as unpatriotic for preferring to speak French rather than German – he would have ended up in a concentration camp wearing the pink triangle of homosexuals......".
"......It is plain, therefore, that Austria and France were to give help against Prussia. The winged words of Cardinal Wiseman, which he uttered about 1850, that THE DECISIVE BATTLE AGAINST PROTESTANTISM WOULD BE FOUGHT ON THE SANDS OF THE MARK OF BRANDENBURG, have thus their political sense. ........"
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Cardinal Wisemann, about 1850, reported by Douglas Willinger in his: http://continuingcounterreformation.blogspot.it/2011/06/kulturkampf-1874.html
".....The Neumark ( listen (help·info)), also known as the New March (Polish: Nowa Marchia) or as East Brandenburg (German: Ostbrandenburg (help·info)), comprised a region of the Prussian province of Brandenburg, Germany, located east of the Oder River in territory which became part of Poland in 1945.Called the Lubusz Land while part of medieval Poland, the territory later known as the Neumark gradually became part of the German Margraviate of Brandenburg from the mid-13th century.
......After World War II the Potsdam Conference assigned the majority of the Neumark to Polish administration, and since 1945 it remains part of Poland. Polish settlers largely replaced the expelled German population........"