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The Reincarnation Case of General Werner Seehofer | Helmet Krause
Article by Walter Semkiw, MD
General Werner Seehofer Walks into Enemy Fire
Werner Seehofer was born in Bratislava, Slovania on Auguest 14, 1868. At that time, Bratislava was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. When he became old enough, Werner joined the Austrian Imperial Army.
He lived in Vienna for a period of time and gradually rose in rank. By 1902, Werner was a Colonel and he was assigned to a post in Linz, Austria, where he remained until 1907. By January 1918, he had become a General and was assigned as the Commander of a Division on the Italian front in World War I.
On June 17, 1918, inexplicably, Werner left his headquarters and continued walking until he was beyond the front line. Numerous Austrian soldiers warned Werner from going further, but he ignored their pleas.
It is unclear what happened next, but newspapers reported that Werner was wounded and became a prisoner of the Italian army. He was thought to have died in an Italian army hospital soon after his capture, at the age of 48. In retrospect, it was thought that Werner had developed a mental disorder which impaired his judgment, prompting him to walk into the hands of the Italian enemy.
Helmut Krause Remembers his Past Life Address in Linz
Helmet Krause was born in Linz, Austria, on June 1, 1931, about 13 years after Werner had died. From the age of 4, Helmut spoke frequently about a past lifetime. Helga Ullrich was a family friend who often brought Helmet home from kindergarten. One day, Helmet told Helga:
“When I was big I lived at 9 Manfred Street.” (1) He also said that he had been a “high officer in the Great War,” referring to World War I. (2)
Helga happened to have a friend, Anne Seehofer, a cousin of Werner Seehofer, who was living at 9 Manfred Street, in Linz. Helga asked Anne if a high officer in World War I who had once lived at her address, at 9 Manfred Street. Anne told her that indeed, General Werner Seehofer had lived there.
Helmet Remembers his Past Life Address in Vienna & Inlaws in Linz
Helmet also told Helga, “When I was big, I lived for many years in Vienna.” Helmet then told Helga his address, with street and number, in Vienna. He also gave Helga the address where his past-life in laws lived in Linz. Helga investigated and found that the exact addresses that Helmet gave were indeed the address of General Werner Seehofer in Vienna and the address of Werner Seehofer’s in laws in Linz.
Little Helmet Maintains the Discipline of an Officer & Salutes
When Helmet was 4 years old, he was walking home from school with Helga, who suggested that Helmet keep his overcoat open, as it was warm. Helmet refused to keep his overcoat open, stating: “An officer is not allowed to go with an open overcoat.” (3) When soldiers passed Helmet and Helga, Helmet would face forward and salute.
Helmet Meets his Past Life Wife
When he was introduced to Werner Seehofer’s widow, he behaved very shyly, in contrast to his usual friendly behavior. Ian Stevenson, MD, thought that his atypical, shy behavior may have indicated recognition by Helmet of his wife from a past incarnation.
As he grew older, Helmet developed passions for horseback riding and sports, which was also characteristic of Werner.
A Phobia from a Past Incarnation
Helmet had a marked fear of loud noises, like gunshots, which may have been related to Werner’s experiences in World War I and the injury he suffered, which led to his death.
The strength of this case rests on Helmet’s ability to name three specific addresses related to Werner Seehofer’s lifetime, which were factually verified. Helmet identified Werner’s address in Linz, his specific address in Vienna and the address of Werner’s in laws in Linz.
Helmet also behaved like a World War I officer, even though no family members were soldiers. Helmet’s father was a biologist and there were no contemporary role models who could have prompted Helmet’s military behavior.
This reincarnation case, if accepted, demonstrates the following feature:
Phobia from a Past Lifetime: As noted, Helmet had an aversion to loud noises, such as gun shots, which may have been related to Werner Seehofer’s death on the Italian front in World War I.
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