About Karola Kautz
Karola Kautz (1925-1995) studied ancient history, archeology, anthropology, philosophy, world religions, myths and legends for roughly half a century. Her research uncovered a long-forgotten system of symbolic language used in ancient records, lifting prehistory out of the realm of myth and speculation and placing it solidly in reality.
Karola Kautz was born in Mulhausen, Germany. Her mother was an opera singer and her father was the town burgermeister (mayor). Kautz’s long battle with childhood polio, including many surgeries, contributed to her deep curiosity about the nature of God.
As a self-assured teenager, she unrelentingly challenged her Lutheran pastor’s doctrinal teachings, finally causing him to expel her from her confirmation class. This also resulted in exclusion from her friends’ homes, a devastating situation for the bright and social teen. So Kautz sought refuge in books. Her high school principal, an archeologist by profession, introduced her to ancient Celtic, Roman and Greek literature as well as archeology.
Some years later while she was a college student, Kautz’s miraculous survival of the World War II bombings which snuffed out the lives of many of her friends and family, further fueled her determination to understand humanity’s story.
Fluent in German and English, Kautz travelled throughout Europe after the war while employed by an Iranian import-export company. She also explored ancient sites in Egypt and Mexico before settling in Canada where, in 1974, her intense study of ancient texts finally revealed to her the literary key to their symbolic meaning. This insight led to her collaboration with numerous scholars, theologians and scientists of varied disciplines. (Read more about Kautz’s collaborators in the manuscript‘s Introduction.)
The scope of Kautz’s studies, expanded by her understanding of the ancients’ use of symbolism, led to knowledge of prehistoric cultures and astonishing sophisticated ancient technologies.
As an independent researcher, Karola Kautz was unhampered by the usual restrictions of academic institutions. She read widely: Sanskrit texts, Hopi legends, Greek myths, Solon’s translations from the Egyptian Hall of Records, and Plato’s Dialogues as well as the Apocrypha and the Bible. Roland K. Harrison, Hebrew linguist and professor of Old Testament at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, mentored her in her biblical interpretation work.
Kautz contributed to professional and academic discussions on biblical archeology, and wrote many letters, articles and manuscripts which remain in the care of her family.
The same symbolic interpretations that Kautz uncovered apparently occurred to others. Glimpses of the knowledge of ancient symbolism can be found in the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, Friedrich Nietzsche, Edgar Cayce and Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov. But these appear to be inconsistent.
Kautz found that ancient historians from all over the world used the same terminology of family relationships, physiology and environmental features to represent invisible phenomena such as the distinctive characteristics of a person or a people.
For example, a mountain-top experience could symbolically represent a prophet’s state of heightened awareness, while horned animals (cattle), and haloed or horned people (saints and Michelangelo’s statue of Moses), symbolically represent the human capacity for expanded vision, wisdom or spiritual powers.
Ancient records from many diverse cultures establish abundant evidence for Kautz’s comprehensive interpretations.
In the epilogue to The Key to Ancient Records, the author writes,
It is vitally important that we change our attitude toward our wise priestly ancestors. They were not primitive nomads filled with superstitions and beliefs in a God or gods beyond reality. They were wiser than we ever imagined.
Kautz’s research established that we, not our ancient ancestors, are living in the Dark Ages. Kautz compared the many civilizations that have existed on Earth to the many days in a human life, concluding, “some are more productive than others”. She saw evidence that humanity’s potential for spiritual consciousness is now reawakening.
Karola Kautz was a loving mother, a spirited and generous friend, a gifted scholar, healer and teacher. Many associates and students were inspired by her extensive knowledge and her deep understanding of our innate capacity for expanded wisdom and power. Her work has profound implications for humanity’s future.