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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

MARCH 1939, STEGLITZ, BERLIN, GERMANY, SOMEONE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

A German UFO website reportedly published a story that said that in Steglitz, Berlin, Germany, in March 1939, in the early morning, a 5-year old child suddenly woke up to see three "shapes" sitting before him on his bed, though he did not feel any additional load or pressure on the bed.

The shapes had human proportions with round heads but blurred facial features, but the eyes appeared to be black. They had arms with hands that blended into the darkness. The figures were encased in a shiny white glow, which clearly outlined their bodies. The shapes sat one behind the other, the figure in front was bending down looking directly at the child.

The child never felt frightened, but however screamed for his parents and turned the lights on, and at this point the figures seemed to fade away. The visitors apparently came back the same night, with the same results.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000949
Date of event: 1939
Earliest report of event: 2000?
Delay of report: 6 decades
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Sensationalist UFO website.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Sensationalist UFO website.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: August 5, 2009
This file last updated on: August 5, 2009
Country of event: Germany
State/Department: Berlin
Type of location: In bed in bedroom.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: 5
Witnesses types: Not reported. Child.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 3
Type of entities: Humanoid or human
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Normal.
Entities head: Round. Face blurred.
Entities eyes: Black.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Yes.
Entities fingers: Not seen.
Entities fingers number: Not seen.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Sat on the bed.
Entities/witness interactions: Looked at witness.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, called for help.
Witness(es) feelings: Not frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible hypnagogic hallucination.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Steglitz, Berlin, Germany, in March 1939, in the early morning, the 5-year old witness suddenly woke up to see three "shapes" sitting before him on his bed, however he did not feel any additional load or pressure on the bed. The shapes had human proportions with round heads but blurred facial features, but the eyes appeared to be black. They had arms with hands that blended into the darkness. The figures were encased in a shiny white glow, which clearly outlined their bodies. The shapes sat one behind the other; the figure in front was bending down looking directly at the witness. The witness never felt frightened, but however screamed for his parents and turned the lights on at this point the figures seemed to fade away. The shiny visitors apparently came back the same night, with the same results.

The source is indicated as "Greyhunter UFO site, Germany".

Points to consider:

The source is the extremely sensationalist German blog greyhunter.blog.de

The child's experience was possibly a hypnagogic hallucination.

Although hypnagogic experiences are now quite understood in the medical literature on non-pathological sleep disorders and sleep phenomena, although there are knowledgeable ufologists who understand this phenomenon, many other ufologists are still unable to identify such causes when they apply and still believe such experiences are alien encounters or alien abductions.

I provide a few references among dozens about the topic of hypnagogic hallucination and sleep paralysis:

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe August 5, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source disappeared. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe August 5, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Witness was a 5 years old child. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe August 5, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Story only, no research, hypnagogic hallucination not considered. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible hypnagogic hallucination.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 5, 2009 Creation, [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 5, 2009 First published.

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