March 9, 1993
Location: Braunschweig , Germany
the bedroom window, we saw a bright round shining object
stationary at a height of some 10 metres or so above the
birch trees to the east... it was now immediately quite
clear to me that I was looking at an unknown flying object...
we could see its shape absolutely clearly."
Main sketch of UFO. "Shimmered with all the colours
of the rainbow, white, green, red,
yellow. The cupola was a bright, shining silver."
Dr. Peter Hattwig, German UFO Investigation Group DEGUFO,
in FSR, Winter, 1996
NOTEWORTHY UFO SIGHTING OVER GERMANY(1993)
and interview at Braunschweig, N. Central Germany, by
Dr. Peter Hattwig of the German UFO Investigation Group
DEGUFO (Bad Kreuznach). DEGUFORUM JOURNAL No. 11 (Sept.
is the place that we British know as Brunswick. G.C.)
April 8, 1993, the local paper Braunschweiger Zeitung
carried a report that a local artist, the 72-year-old
Herr Erwin Lohre, had had a very unusual experience with
years later, I managed to interview Herr Lohre. What he
had to tell me was more astounding than Science-Fiction.
He took me out on to the balcony from which he had had
the sighting. Here is my account of the interview:-
"It was during the night of 8th to 9th March,
1993. My wife and I had gone to bed at 10.30 p.m. and
had at once both fallen asleep."
few minutes before 0.30 in the early hours, I was awakened
by a stabbing pain in the area of the spine. I at once
took a painkilling tablet and lay down again. Meanwhile,
my wife had also awakened, simultaneously. "Suddenly,
we heard a clear humming sound coming from the sky. After
three or four seconds, this noise, which seemed "metallic",
as though produced by a centrifugal force, grew louder,
and then, through the bedroom window, we saw a bright
round shining object stationary at a height of some 10
metres or so above the birch trees to the east."
Lohre showed me the spot. The birch tree below the UFO
had been burnt in the episode, and indeed has not yet
fully recovered today, as its leaves are turning curly
and falling already, although it is still summer.)
"There was a full Moon at the time. But despite
that, our bedroom and the terrace outside was lit by something
even more powerful than the moonlight, a bluish-white
colour like neon-lighting. At the same time, we both felt
a strange metallic sort of taste on our tongues."
till then, I had scarcely even given a moment's thought
to UFOs, but it was now immediately quite clear to me
that 1 was looking at an unknown flying object, and I
said to my wife: "Look! See what it is ! They are
going to land here!"
a former fighter pilot myself, l wanted of course to see
what was going on. But when I tried to stand up, I found
that I couldn't move, and with my wife, it was just the
same. We were both totally paralyzed. "Also our two
kittens, which sleep on the foot of the bed, were both
sitting there, bolt upright, and looking as though turned
to stone. Meanwhile, our bedroom window was being bathed,
on and off, in a bright yellow beam of light apparently
coming down from above."
"What were your feelings? Were you scared?"
"I didn't get frightened because I was so completely
spellbound by the event. Indeed, if anything, my feeling
was rather one of annoyance because I was immobilized
and unable to get to the window. But my wife was more
scared. And afterwards, she had a thorough fit of the
eerie apparition lasted altogether about 40 seconds or
so, and then the vivid light ended abruptly. Then, some
30 or 40 seconds later, we saw the UFO fly over our bedroom
window in a westerly direction and vanish."
the paralysis ended for both of us. My wife was too upset
to be able to sleep any more, and so was I. Then, about
half an hour later, we heard the same sound again, coming
from the other direction. Our bedroom has windows on the
two sides, and so we got a full view of the UFO for the
first time. From a distance of about 300 metres, we watched
it flying straight towards us. Again, we heard the same
sounds as before, and for about six seconds or so, we
could see its shape absolutely clearly. Then, just as
the disc which I estimated to be about 10 metres
wide was nearly right over us, something quite
unbelievable happened, it simply dissolved into thin air
between one-tenth of a second and another
and it was gone, without any transition! "I sat down
straight away and made a few sketches."
Lohre showed me the view from the bedroom window and I
photographed it so as to be able to make a photomontage
later with my main sketch).
Hattwig: "Do you know whether anyone else besides
you and your wife saw the UFO?".
"After the newspaper had published the report
on it, 25 people contacted me, including one whole bowling
team who had been travelling home at the time. Unfortunately,
none of them were prepared to go public as eyewitnesses."
Hattwig: "Did you have the impression that the
UFO was seeking you personally?"
"Absolutely! For it was hovering there right beside
my bedroom window, as though they knew exactly where I
was. It is true that my wife and I were both paralysed,
but unlike me she felt no pain in the spine."
Hattwig: "How do you explain that pain?"
"Well now, I'll tell you something else! Next
day, at 4.00 p.m., my wife and my daughter and I
who were all in different rooms at the time saw
a light like a photo-flash in front of our TV sets, accompanied
by a crackling sound. Then, an hour later, phenomenal
discharges came from the T.V. sets downstairs. Furthermore,
we found that our computer had packed up. We never found
any reason for that, and it has never happened again since.
Then, at about 10.00 p.m., suddenly a tremendous banging
started up inside our wardrobe, as though somebody was
shut in there. But despite all our efforts and our searching,
we could find absolutely no reason for the noise. And
every time that we opened the wardrobe, the sound stopped.
On and off, the eerie happenings went on for a further
eight weeks, and disturbed us badly."
(While Herr Lohre and I were chatting, the wife and daughter
arrived and they both confirmed his statement on all the
"After the encounter, I had constant pain in the
spine, and, a week later, using a mirror, I discovered
on my spine, at the level of the buttocks, two red marks,
about 2 cms apart. I went to see a doctor, who then found
two black spots below the skin. He applied an ointment,
and he referred me for a CAT scan (Computer tomography),
but before I was able to go there, two little black lens-shaped
things came out of my back. I put them away very carefully,
to show them to the doctor, but by the second day following,
they had simply evaporated."
Hattwig: "What's your explanation for the little
"I can't say."
Hattwig: "Have you ever heard anything about UFO
Lohre eyed me with an unbelieving look. As he was to admit
to me later, such an idea was utterly new to him, and
up till then he had never heard of anything of the sort).
"I did indeed read about it later on, and I did
play around for a while with the idea of undergoing hypnosis,
but so far, I haven't taken that step."