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The Reincarnation Case of Poldi Holzmuller | Wolfgang Neurath
Poldi Holzmuller, her Lack of Attraction for Boys and her Beloved Aunt, Tantele
Poldi Holzmuller was born in 1913 in Feldkirch, Austria to a Roman Catholic family. Her mother’s name was Elizabeth and her father’s Ernst. Poldi was a quiet child whose favorite hobby was cutting pictures from newspapers and saving them. Her favorite foods were puffed rice and noodle soup. As a teenage girl, she was independent and had no interest in boys. In fact, she even stated that she would have nothing to do with men, as if she was not attracted to them.
Poldi was especially attached to her Aunt Anna, who lived in South Tyrol. Aunt Anna came to visit Poldi and her family occasionally. During her visits, Poldi and Aunt Anna were very affectionate. They would hug and kiss and they had pet names for each other. Poldi was “Poldile” and Anna was “Tantele,” which in German is a variant of tante, which means aunt. As such, Anna’s nick name was the equivalent of “Auntie.”
Poldi Contracts Tuberculosis
When Poldi was 19 years old, she developed pulmonary tuberculosis. Though the Holzmullers were Roman Catholic, Poldi and her mother Elizabeth has some interest in reincarnation. Poldi’s father, Ernst, did not believe in reincarnation.
Throughout the year 1933, Poldi was bedridden. As tuberculosis was often fatal, Poldi started to think about her death. She told her mother that if she reincarnated, she would be a boy and she would be reborn in the same neighborhood, so that she could be with her family again. Further, Poldi said if she reincarnated nearby, she would give them a sign, so that the Holzmullers would know that it was her.
Poldi Says She Will Reincarnate as a Boy and Wants to Ride in Marie Neurath's Carriage
The Holzmuller’s had a neighbor, Marie Neurath, who visited Poldi often during her illness. Marie became pregnant in the summer of 1933. On one visit, Marie told Poldi about a baby carriage she had bought in anticipation of having her new child. Poldi asked if she could accompany Marie on strolls with the new baby. She then added,
“But you know, what I really would like would be to be in the baby carriage myself.” (1)
Poldi died 16 months after she developed tuberculosis on January 13, 1934, at the age of 20.
Poldi Appears as a Swallow in an Announcing Dream
After Poldi’s death, her mother, Elizabeth, had a dream in which she was in their garden watching swallows perched on a power line overhead. One of the swallows said:
“Mama, don’t you see me?”
Elizabeth replied: “Yes, but which swallow are you?”
Then she heard Poldi say: “I am here.” With that statement, one of the swallows flew into a room of Marie Neurath’s home. (2)
Poldi Reincarnates as Wolfgang, likes Puffed Rice and Recognizes Elizabeth &Tantele
Marie Neurath had a son she named Wolfgang, who was born on March 3, 1934, less than three months after Poldi’s death. When Wolfgang was only 8 days old, Elizabeth, Poldi’s mother, visited the Neurath’s home to see the infant, who happened to be sleeping in the new baby carriage Marie had bought.
Wolfgang awoke and when he saw Elizabeth, he stretched out his hands and smiled, as if to greet her. Perhaps this was the sign that Poldi promised to give if she reincarnated nearby.
As a young boy, Wolfgang was observed to be effeminate, which he grew out of over time. His favorite foods were puffed rice and noodle soup, which we recall, were Poldi’s favorite foods. Also like Poldi, Wolfgang enjoyed cutting pictures out of newspapers and he was a quiet child, as was Poldi.
When Wolfgang was three, Aunt Anna came to visit the Holzmullers for the first time following Poldi’s death. Anna was in the family’s garden and Marie went over to chat with her. At that time, Wolfgang came out of the Neurath’s house and when he saw Anna, he ran joyfully to her, tried to climb the fence that separated them and cried out, “Tantele, Tantele,” the pet name that Poldi had given Anna. In contrast, Wolfgang did not call his contemporary aunts by this pet name; rather, he used the proper term “Tante.” (3)
Wolfgang Asks his Past Life Mother to Buy Him Puffed Rice
When Wolfgang was four years old, he ran into Elizabeth at the local grocery store. When she started to leave, Wolfgang said: “Wait for me until I have done my shopping. Then I will go back with you. We belong together, you now.” (4)
Wolfgang walked Elizabeth back to her home, passing up the Neurath home along the way. He then said, “I have to go back home over there. You know I live there now.” (5)
In another incident at the same grocery store, Wolfgang and his mother, Marie, met Elizabeth, Poldi’s mother. Wolfgang said to Elizabeth: “Mama, please buy some puffed rice for me. My mother over there won’t buy me any.” (6)
With this statement, if was as if Poldi was asking her mother, Elizabeth, to purchase her favorite food, puffed rice, which was not a staple at her new family’s home.
Wolfgang Knows his Way Around his Past Life Home
When Wolfgang was about 12 years old, he was running errands for Ernst Holzmuller, the husband of Elizabeth and the father of Poldi. Ernst asked Wolfgang to go back to the Holzmuller’s home to get something that he needed that was stored in the attic. Wolfgang ran over to the Holzmuller’s home and at the door, Elizabeth offered to get the needed article.
Wolfgang replied: “I already know where it is. I know this house well.” (7) In reality, Wolfgang had never been to the second floor of the Holzmuller’s house before, nor had he been to their attic. Ian Stevenson noted that on the second floor, there are 6 nearly identical doors along a central corridor. There was no way to know by looking at the doors which one led to the attic.
Nonetheless, Wolfgang ran up the stairs to the second floor, picked the correct door for the attic and scampered back with the article that Ernst needed.
This is reminiscent of how in the Anne Frank | Barbro Karlen reincarnation case, Barbro knew where pictures should have been found on a wall on her first visit to the Anne Frank House.
Acceptance of Wolfgang as the Reincarnation of Poldi
Elizabeth and Ernst Hollzmuller both believed that Poldi reincarnated as Wolfgang, due to the announcing dream, Wolfgang's recognition of Tantele Anna, the common behavior of clipping photographs out of newpapers, his familiarity with the Hollzmuller’s home and attic, and his fondness for noodle soup and puffed rice. Note that the Neurath family did not eat puffed rice, as evidenced by Wolfgang having to implore Elizabeth to buy it for him.
The Hollzmuller’s also noted that Poldi, prior to her death, told Marie Neurath that she would like to be the baby that would occupy her new baby carriage. It appears that Poldi’s wish did come true.
This reincarnation case, if accepted, demonstrates the following features:
Proximity Reincarnation Case: Though Poldi did not reincarnate in the same biologic family line, she reincarnated to the family next door, to be close to the Hollzmullers and Aunt Anne. We have termed this type of case as a proximity reincarnation case.
Planning a Future Lifetime: In this case, as in all same family reincarnation cases, a soul has actively made plans for an incarnation. As Poldi anticipated her death from tuberculosis, she told her mother, Elizabeth, that she would reincarnate as a boy, which she did as Wolfgang. She also told her mother that she would reincarnate nearby, so that she would be close to the Hollzmullers.
Gender Change: Poldi, a female, reincarnated as Wolfgang, a boy. We have noted that gender change occurs in only 5-10 percent of reincarnation cases. This may be due to a soul having a natural male or female predisposition. It may be that the soul of Poldi | Wolfgang has a preference for male incarnations. Recall that Poldi seemed to have no interest in men. An attraction to men is a trait typical of women or souls with a preference for female incarnations. Poldi told her mother, Elizabeth, that she would be reincarnate as a boy. This appears to be her soul’s preferred gender.
Spirit Being Involvement: From the spirit world, the soul of Poldi appears to have given her mother, Elizabeth, an announcing dream indicating that she would be born to Marie Neurath. In the dream, Poldi appeared as a bird on a wire that spoke to Elizabeth and then flew into Marie’s home.
Split Incarnation: Wolfgang was born only 2 ½ months after Poldi died. As such, Poldi was alive for the first 6 ½ months of Marie’s pregnancy with Wolfgang. If a soul is involved in the development of a fetus, then the soul of Poldi was involved in the development of Wolfgang’s fetus for 6 ½ months while Poldi was still alive. In other words, the soul of Poldi | Wolfgang was inhabiting two bodies at one time, which we have defined as split incarnation.
We observed this same phenomenon, of split incarnation involving a fetus, in another Stevenson reincarnation case, that of Hanan Monsour | Suzanne Ghanem.
Change in Religion: The Hollzmuller family was Roman Catholic, and though Elizabeth and Poldi had an interest in reincarnation, Ernst Hollzmuller did not. In the end, Elizabeth and Ernst came to believe that Poldi had indeed reincarnated as Wolfgang and as such, they had accepted that reincarnation as the way that the human soul evolves.
Note to Readers Regarding Reincarnation Cases researched by Ian Stevenson, MD, at the University of Virginia, on the IISIS web site:
Ian Stevenson cases are presented on the IISIS web site in story form for clarity. For those interested in the multiple witnesses interviewed for each case and their corresponding testimony, please refer to the original reports written by Dr. Ian Stevenson.
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