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• Details the author’s vivid waking vision of a dying German soldier in World War II and how he discovered the soldier was a real person, including his research into German military archives and meeting the man’s surviving family members
• Explores synchronicities, reincarnation, and communication across the veil between life and death
• Reveals how the author helped the dead soldier find forgiveness and healing
While on a spiritual retreat in Peru, journalist Stéphane Allix experienced a vivid waking vision of a soldier dying on a snowy battlefield, followed by scenes from the soldier’s earlier life. He also clearly saw the man’s name, Alexander Herrmann, and felt a disturbing sense of closeness with the soldier.
Obsessed by the power of this extremely real vision, Allix began an intensive investigation that revealed this individual had actually existed: a German soldier who died in World War II during the 1941 Russian campaign. As he began retracing Herrmann’s past, he found that the other images accompanying the battle scene were also of people who had truly existed and were close to the man who died. Diving deep into German military archives, meeting the man’s surviving family members, and following his own intuitive hunches, the author also discovered that the soldier was part of the Waffen S.S., the infamous Totenkopf Brigade, and his investigation broadened to explore what drove Herrmann to become part of such an organization.
While Allix’s initial impression is that this German soldier was a past life, as he progresses in his rigorous investigation and his decoding of the events surrounding it, he realizes that it was actually his own work with the paranormal and his unresolved feelings over the death of his brother and his father that made him particularly sensitive to the veil between life and death, culminating in the soul of this dead soldier coming to him in search of forgiveness and healing. Allix realizes that his mission is not to bring about the rebirth of this person but to heal him--and the victims of his ignominious actions during the war.
Offering a fascinating exploration of visions, synchronicities, reincarnation, and the connections between the spiritual and physical planes, When I Was Someone Else shares a powerful message of healing after death along with the profound epiphany that light needs darkness to be perceived.
“In When I Was Someone Else, Stéphane Allix tells the true story of a remarkable quest, one that begins when he experiences a vision of a German SS officer. As he investigates the history of this man, he gains insight and ultimately wisdom about his connection to him. When I Was Someone Else is both an exciting detective story and an important spiritual exploration. I enjoyed reading it immensely.”
Jim B. Tucker, M.D., author of Before: Children’s Memories of Previous Lives
“When I Was Someone Else reads like a compelling screenplay for a paranormal thriller. Except this is not fiction. It's Stéphane Allix's true life experience, which in many ways reveals more about the deep and mysterious nature of reality—than what you would find in any book of scientific speculation. An exciting, even hair-raising story.”
Dean Radin Ph.D., chief scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences, and author of Real Magic and other books
“When I Was Someone Else is a riveting detective story, a thriller, a harrowing journey back into the darkest days of WWII, and, most of all, the author’s relentless quest for self-discovery and to fathom the nature of his identity. I was hooked by this story from the get-go and astonished to read how Stéphane was led—one would almost have to say “guided”—to ultimately find that everything he had seen in his vision was true, and why it had been given to him. An absolutely stunning, unforgettable book. Five stars and more!”
Kenneth Ring, Ph.D., coauthor of Lessons from the Light
“In his extraordinary investigation, When I Was Someone Else, journalist and former war correspondent Stéphane Allix offers probably the strongest support for a case of reincarnation in an adult person. Trying to understand in the spiritual retreat a vivid vision of a dying soldier, Stéphane followed evidence, weaving between material plane and spiritual world, until he found the important proof in military archives and during a meeting of the soldier’s surviving family members. Scientific evidence is presented in a spellbinding style worth a movie script. A remarkable and important book that can change the readers their view of reality. Must-read!”
Stanislav Grof, M.D., The Ultimate Journey: Consciousness and the Mystery of Death
“By completing his research into the life and death of Alexander, and although he does not share any of his ideas and beliefs—he is now able to let go of his own past that had always pursued him. This wonderful, spiritual, and even sometimes mind-blowing book may help the open-minded reader to accept the possibility of reincarnation. Highly recommended.”
Pim van Lommel, M.D., cardiologist, NDE-researcher, author of Consciousness beyond Life
“In When I was Someone Else, journalist Stéphane Allix reveals his startling encounter with a German soldier who died in World War II, his subsequent quest to discover the reality of the soldier’s life, and his courageous confrontation with the bond between the two of them. This riveting book will challenge you to rethink your ideas about who we are and our interconnections with other people. Allix’s dramatic journey offers profound evidence of healing of psychological wounds through acknowledgment of both light and dark.”
Bruce Greyson, M.D., Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia Health System
“The forensic details of Stéphane Allix’s search for the SS officer he suspects he was in a former life, combined with how this search affected him at every turn, creates a fascinating study of the intermingling of the past and present in our lives. This beautifully written book deserves to travel far and be read by many. A welcomed addition to the growing literature on reincarnation.”
Christopher Bache, Ph.D., author of Lifecycles: Reincarnation and the Web of Life and LSD and the Mind of the Universe
“Stéphane Allix has crafted in a brilliantly riveting and intensely moving narrative that sheds new light on the nature of our identity and links between human lives. Beginning with an arresting and traumatic dream reliving the death of an SS officer in the Russian campaign, Stéphane telepathically receives the name Alexander Herrmann and is astonished to find that he really existed, discovering a detailed 80-page dossier of his life. His epic inner and outer journey reveals the stunning accuracy of his dream sequence while at the same time vividly recreating the horrors of the Russian campaign. His deep humanity, moral courage and penetrating insight shines out from this quite remarkable book with its message of ultimate redemption through the grit of our common suffering and persistent determination. I cannot recommend this book too highly.”
David Lorimer, editor of Paradigm Explorer, program director at the Scientific and Medical Network