UFO Abductions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Part II


By Johannes Fiebag, Ph.D.

The Hill Case

Abductions by alien beings have been known since the early sixties. The famous Hill case is now considered a classic case. Betty and Barney Hill encountered a landed UFO on a secluded highway in 1961 in Canada. If we want to believe their report, they claim to have been forced - under mental control - into the landed object. In separate rooms, they were subjected to physiological tests. Betty was also was shown a star map and was asked by one of the UFO occupants if she recognized where she was on the map. Betty said she did not know.

Later, Betty and Barney were returned to their car. It is believed that the aliens made them forget most their experience by the use of a post hypnotic suggestion or command. Only when the Hills arrived home, did they notice they were three hours late.

Barney began to have nightmares and after some time, he developed a gastric ulcer. Betty and Barney went to a doctor, but he referred them to a psychiatrist named Dr. Benjamin Simon. Dr. Simon used regressive hypnosis on Betty and Barney Hill (during separate visits) and took them back to the events that transpired that night they saw the UFO.

Current Reports

Today we know that most abductions occur where one expects them the least. They begin where we feel secure: at home. The aliens penetrate the bedrooms of the abductees, in most cases appearing as small gray beings with huge heads and big black eyes. It is mostly the memory of the aliens' entering into the abductee's home that remains preserved in the conscious memory of the abductee.

The beings bring the abductee, using an unknown technology, into strange rooms. They subject them to medical tests, physical experiments, and psychological tests. Then they return the abductee in the same unknown manner.

The abducted person awakens in the morning and can remember very little about the events from the night before. [Although there are a few people who remember a lot of details.] However, for the most part, the abductee will only detect an unusual injury, a wound or scars that were not yet there the night before.

It has also become clear that abductions are not single events. They usually begin in early childhood and occur episodically again and again throughout the individual's life.

Conventional Explanations Inadequate

There are numerous conventional explanations that have attempted to explain abduction experiences. However, these approaches are not able to explain all of the different aspects of the abduction process. Sometimes the people behind these conventional explanations manipulate the events in order to make the explanation fit with the experience.

Hypotheses for the Abduction Process

Let's have a look at some of the hypotheses that have been proposed to explain the abduction process: Do people who claim to have been abducted by alien beings suffer from psychoses or schizophrenia? Hallucinations are usually the product of an enduring schizophrenic illness. These people are completely withdrawn and are incapable of participating in life or in social events. However, illnesses such as these have never been found to account for an “abduction” experience.

It has also been proposed that UFO abductees suffer from the phenomenon of Multiple Personality Disorder or MPD. Actually, we know today that a person's consciousness can split into several different personalities. This has occurred, for example, in children or people who have been sexually abused. In these instances, a partial or second personality takes over for the time needed and the main personality resigns and then feels a loss of time later. Importantly, all tests carried out up to the present show that abductees do not suffer from Multiple Personality Disorder. In addition, there are numerous cases in which the abducted person actually disappeared during an abduction experience. And of course, this does not occur with multiple personality disorder.

Another hypothesis is that abductees suffer from Paranoia. Paranoid individuals are passive, unsure, evasive people. They are not able to accept their own feelings and they transmit them to others. They feel persecuted by these “other” people; they feel they are under attack and are at the center of a worldwide conspiracy. Paranoia or paranoid episodes develop over a period of years, so there is a traceable history for their illness.

UFO abductees suffer from their share of fears, but they do not show the internal dynamics that you find in paranoid patients. For example, their fear wasn't there before the abduction occurred - it came on suddenly and without any overt stimulus. In clinical psychology it is without precedent for a worldwide Paranoia to be directly linked to the same cause.

Perhaps it is a mass hysteria? Hardly. A mass hysteria can only result from very specific conditions. It is possible in cases of very narrow contact of the participants or in communities that are isolated from the outside world. It has never before been observed with individuals who have no contact with each other and live hundreds of miles away from one another.

Today, it is very popular among skeptics to assume that abductions and the bedroom visitor observations are simply hallucinations during sleep paralysis. Actually, sleep paralysis is a normal physiological phenomenon. During REM (Rapid Eye Movement or during the dream phase) the central nervous system paralyzes the body. Only the pupils can move under the closed eyelids. This paralysis can sometimes last into the first moments of wakefulness: The spirit [mind - consciousness] is already “awake,” but the body is still in the state of sleep.

Many abductees report a similar type of paralysis. They awake from sleep to find that their body is paralyzed and at best, are only able to move their eyes back and forth. It is during this moment of terrible fear that the strange beings approach them or step onto their bed.

The question automatically arises: Have all of these people really experienced temporary sleep paralysis? Did they awaken from a dream to find that they could not move, and then become terrified? Then later they tell stories of small gray beings standing next to their bed? Is this what really constitutes the heart of the visitor phenomenon?

Certainly not. We simply have too much information that contradicts this assumption. First, the perception of the bedroom visitor itself. His appearance is automatically by no means combined with sleep paralysis. Even more important is the simultaneous perception of these intruders by married couples, siblings, friends and acquaintances; as well as the simultaneous paralysis of several persons. The paralysis and hallucinations of one individual can hardly explain this.

In addition, during an abduction, paralysis also occurs in the waking state, for example, immediately after an abductee goes to bed, or after they have already awakened. And finally, we must take into account, the many abductions that have occurred in broad daylight without the abductee being in their bed.

Important questions we must ask during this discussion are: Are all of these people who are experiencing sleep paralysis having completely identical hallucinations? Can so many people be sick in exactly the same manner? Do all of them suffer from identical hallucinations? Do all of them dream about identical figures which do the same thing to them every time? To accept these beliefs is much more improbable than the simple hypothesis that these people have experienced an alien abduction.

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Johannes Fiebag

Johannes Fiebag was born in 1956, and was Germany’s leading abduction research specialist until his untimely death in 1999 from a virulent form of stomach cancer. He was only 43 years old. He published many books about alien contact in ancient and modern times, and four books specifically about the abduction phenomenon in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. His last two books about the UFO phenomenon are titled Sternentore [Stargates] and Das UFO-Symdrom [The UFO Syndrome]. Both books were published in 1996.

Johannes Fiebag studied Geology, Paleontology, Physics and Geophysics at the University of Wurzburg, earning a Ph.D. in 1988, with his thesis in a special branch of Planetology. He wrote many scientific papers in his field, and also worked as a freelance science writer. He also co-authored several books with his brother Peter Fiebag. His latest book, written with Torsten Sasse, is titled Mars - Planet de Lebens.

Dr. Fiebag was one of the most well-known researchers in the field of contacts with extraterrestrial intelligences in the German-speaking countries of Europe. He was also the Chief Editor of the German-Swiss-Austrian editions of Ancient Skies and Scientific Ancient Skies. Dr. Fiebag first published his conclusion – what he aptly termed “The Mimicry Hypothesis” – in 1990, in Ancient Skies, a magazine of The Ancient Astronaut Society.

Dr. Fiebag also founded CE-IV-Report, a newsletter for abductees and began annual meetings through an organization he named Project Exchange, which provided abductees the means to network with one another. In addition to CE-IV-Report and Project Exchange, Dr. Fiebag also formed an interdisciplinary organization of psychiatrists, psychologists and other medical professionals to help alien abductees.


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