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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

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Summer 1936, Halandri, Athens, Greece, Maria K. and 5 or 6 other children:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

From second-hand sources, it seems that in his 2000 book about UFOs in Greece, Greek ufologist Makis Podotas was the first to tell that in the Summer of 1936, in Halandri, Athens, Greece, twelve-year-old Maria K. shortly before lunchtime at noon, was playing with five or six other children in an area where the population was scattered, where today stands Hygeia hospital, Kifissias avenue.

Suddenly, the place was invaded by clouds of dust. The children stopped playing, checked what caused the dust, and saw an egg-shaped silver-solore object a little larger than a plane.

It landed and rested on "little legs" at about 100 or 150 meters from them. They saw no door on the object, but saw that on the ground, under the craft, was a small humanoid with long white hair wearing a white equipment and a wide belt on which small lights shone.

The creature turned to the children for a moment. After that, it waved a hand as if to greet the children, then disappeared suddenly.

A muffled squeal or a loud hiss was heard and the object took off vertically between clouds of dust, climbed into the sky until it was out of sight.

The very shocked childrens did not play anymore, then their parents called them for lunch and all of them told what happened. The families did not believe the children, thinking they were putting on a hoax.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001619
Date of event: Summer 1936
Earliest report of event: 2000?
Delay of report: 6 decades.
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufologist Makis Podotas.
First certain record by: Ufologist Makis Podotas.
First alleged record type: Ufologist book.
First certain record type: Ufologist book.
This file created on: August 7, 2018
This file last updated on: August 7, 2018
Country of event: Greece
State/Department: Athens
Type of location: Halandri, children playground.
Lighting conditions: Day
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1 to 7
Witnesses ages: 12, children
Witnesses types: Children.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid or human
Entities height: Small
Entities outfit type: Yes, with large belt with small lights.
Entities outfit color: White.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Yes.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Long white hair.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Was near landed UFO, turned to witnesses, waved a hand, disppeared, UFO departure.
Entities/witness interactions: Turned to witnesses, waved a hand.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Shocked.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors or hoax.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. tv1:] THANNASSIS VEMBOS:

Humanoids in Greece

Thanassis Vembos, www.vembos.gr
paranormal researcher, spaceflight journalist and science fiction author.

Strange humanoid visitors -connected with the UFO enigma, psychic phenomena, ghosts and other paranormal manifestations- have been reported over the years. This is a very comprehensive list of humanoid sightings in Greece. Cases are cited in chronological order. They also appear in the Humanoid Contact Database compiled by Albert S. Rosales.

[... other cases ...]

Site: Halandri, Athens (where today stands Hygeia hospital, Kifissias avenue)
Date: summer of 1936.
Time: noon (before lunch).
Witness: Mrs. Maria K. (12)

The witness was playing with 5-6 other children. The area of the incident was then a suburban area sparsely populated (now it is heavily urbanized). As the children were playing, the area was filled with clouds of dust. They stopped playing and looked at the direction from which the clouds came (north). There, they saw a large egg-shaped silvery object, slightly bigger than an airplane. It had landed on the ground on small legs, 100-150 m away. They did not see any open door on the object, but on the ground under the object, there was a small humanoid wearing a white outfit and a broad belt with small lights. The creature had long white hair and turned to their direction for a while. After that, it waved its hand like a salute. Suddenly it disappeared. A loud hiss was heard and the object took off vertically between clouds of dust. It rose to the sky until it was gone. The children were shocked and were not in the mood to continue their game until their parents called them for lunch. All of them told the incident to their parents but nobody believed them, thinking that they set up a hoax.

Source: UFO: Greek File, book by investigator Makis Podotas (Athens, 2000).

[... other cases ...]

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

9.

Halandri, Athens, Greece

on Summer 1936, at noon, Maria K, 12, was playing with 5-6 other children in an area that was then sparsely populated. As they played the area was suddenly filled with clouds of dust. They stopped playing and looked at the direction from which the clouds had come from. There, they saw a large egg-shaped silvery object, slightly bigger than an airplane. It had landed on the ground on small legs, 100-150 meters away. They did not see any open door on the object, but on the ground under the object, there was a small humanoid wearing a white outfit and a broad belt, with small lights. The creature had long white hair and turned to their direction for a while. After that, it waved its hand like a salute. Suddenly it disappeared. A loud hiss was heard and the object took off vertically between clouds of dust. It rose into the sky until it was gone. The children were shocked and were not in the mood to continue their game until their parents called them for lunch. The parents did not believe them.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Makis Podotas, UFO Greek File

Humanoid or entity seen in vicinity of landed UFO.

Albert Rosales comments that this is an "early report describing a UFO with an alien standing next to it. A hand gesture was interpreted as communication from the alien.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

Summer 1936 - Halandri, Athens, Greece

Summer 1936 12:00

Halandri, Athens, Greece

Maria K, 12, was playing with 5-6 other children in an area that was then sparsely populated. As they played the area was suddenly filled with clouds of dust. They stopped playing and looked at the direction from which the clouds had come from. There, they saw a large egg-shaped silvery object, slightly bigger than an airplane. It had landed on the ground on small legs, 100-150 meters away. They did not see any open door on the object, but on the ground under the object, there was a small humanoid wearing a white outfit and a broad belt, with small lights. The creature had long white hair and turned to their direction for a while. After that, it waved its hand like a salute. Suddenly it disappeared. A loud hiss was heard and the object took off vertically between clouds of dust. It rose into the sky until it was gone. The children were shocked and were not in the mood to continue their game until their parents called them for lunch. The parents did not believe them.

Hynek rating: CE3

The source is indicated as "Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database".

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

This author writes that in 1936 in Halandri, Athens, Greece, twelve-year-old Maria K. was busy playing with five or six other children, in an area where the population is scattered. The place where they were playing was suddenly invaded by clouds of dust. They stopped playing to see what was causing it, and saw a large, egg-shaped silver object a little larger than a plane.

It landed and rested on "little legs" at about a hundred or a hundred and fifty meters. The witnesses did not distinguish open door on the object, but on the ground under the machine there was a small humanoid wearing a white equipment and a wide belt on which shone small lights. The creature had long white hair and it turned to the children for a moment. After that, it waved her hand as if to greet them, then disappeared suddenly.

A muffled squeal was heard and the object took off vertically between clouds of dust, climbed into the sky until it was out of sight.

The children were very shocked to the point of not continuing their games until the parents called them for lunch. The families learned about the incident and did not want to believe what was told to them.

Jean Sider indicates that the source is FSR, Vol 51, No. 1, 2006, pp. 23-24, according to the records of the Greek ufologist Makis Podolas.

Jean Sider comments that the "behavior of children who no longer want to play could be a side effect of a missing time hiding an abduction" [1], but "in the absence of a formal indication, it is not possible to decide in this direction." He wonders what is the benefit of such an exhibition for "the intelligence that generates this phenomenon?" [2]

([1]) Like other authors, Jean Sider wants to think that there are "possible abductions" even when nothing in the report justifies this idea.

([2] Jean Sider thinks UFOs are not alien, but fake alien UFOs created by "an alien intelligence"... In his opnion, this explains why the reports are often "absurd".)

Points to consider:

Makis Gerasimos Podotas is a Greek ufologist, born in 1949 in Athens, Greece. He has a degree in Electronics Engineering and postgraduate studies in Telecommunications. Since 15, he is interested in the secrets of the universe, UFO reports, the paranormal, searching and gathering information.

In 1967 he had formed with George Balanos and other friends the first paranormal investigations team in modern Greece. In a time that no information or a hint whatsoever did exist in Greece, they started investigating UFO and paranormal phenomena from scratch.

In 1969 he was part of the first official greek investigations group (Section of Extraterrestrial Research within the Scientific Development Organization).

Since then he has been co-operating with almost every investigation group or team formed in Greece. In 1984, he was a founding member of S.E.S.E.P (Universe and Extraterrestrial Civilizations Research Club) established by Mr. George Karpodinis.

He wrote and lectured about examined hundreds of Greek cases, recording cases he viewed as genuine, and cases he revealed to behoaxes. He write books, articles, appeared on TV and radio shows.

His first book "UFO: File Greece" in 2000 met a major success and has been edited 3 times

Halandri is now a continuously and rapidly developing suburb in the northeastern of Athens (Source: www.greekguide.com).

Unfortuetly, I miss the pimary source [mp1] for now, so I can only risk this:

  1. The report is probably very late, maybe heard 6 decades after the alleged event.
  2. Maria K. is probably the only witness who was interviewed.
  3. To the best of my knowledge, no helcipter flew in Greece at the time.
  4. There is the slight possibility of a mongolfer and its pilot, but it is not sure (the dust clouds, the pilot disappearance, pilot standing under the UDO, no report of pilote in a nacel).

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe August 7, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing primary source [mp1] Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors or hoax.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 7, 2018 Creation, [tb1], [ar1], [ud1], [js1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 7, 2018 First published.

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