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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

June 27, 1947, Vorstenbosch, Noord-Brabant, the Netherlands, Anton and Bertus van der Velden:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

In a 1974 book about "apparitions", the Swiss champion of the "Ancien Astronauts" theory Eric von Däniken said that on June 27, 1947, the "Madonna appeared to the children Anton and Bertus van der Velden at Vorstenbosch, Holland, in a sky-blue dress and golden crown of lilies."

This then appeared in Albert Rosales' "humanoid encounters" catalogue on the Web in the 2000's.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001822
Date of event: June 27, 1947
Earliest report of event: July 1947
Delay of report: Hour, 7 days.
Witness reported via: Told people.
First alleged record by: Priest.
First certain record by: UFO book Eric von Däniken.
First alleged record type: Priest.
First certain record type: UFO book.
This file created on: November 15, 2018
This file last updated on: November 15, 2018
Country of event: The Netherlands
State/Department: Noord-Brabant
Type of location: Vorstenbosch.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None.
Witnesses numbers: 2
Witnesses ages: 11, 12
Witnesses types: Not reported. Boys, brothers..
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: "Blessed Virgin"
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Dress and golden crown of lilies.
Entities outfit color: Sky-blue.
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: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: Not reported.
Entities actions: Appeared.
Entities/witness interactions: Not reported.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: The "Blessed Virgin".
Explanation category: Invention, not UFO-related.
Explanation certainty: High.



27.6.1947 The Madonna appeared to the children Anton and Bertus van der Velden at Vorstenbosch, Holland, in a sky-blue dress and golden crown of lilies.


Albert Rosales indicates that in Vorstenbosch, the Netherlands, on June 27, 1947, at an unknown time, two children, Anton and Bertus van der Velden, saw The Virgin Mary in a bluish dress and a crown made of gold lilies. Albert Rosales says that there is no other information.

The source is indicated as "Erich Von Daniken 'Erscheinungen'".

Points to consider:

Erich von Däniken, (www.daniken.com), Swiss citizen, born in 1935, became famous by publishing from 1968 on, books translated worldwide claiming the influence of extraterrestrial visitors on the first human civilizations - what is now called the "Ancient Astronaut Theory". He used ideas already published in France by author Robert Charroux. In his book "Erscheinungen", there is a list of "Blessed Virgin" apparition reports, briefly described and without any indication of sources, such as this one, which he attributed to extraterrestrials influencing humanity through such supernatural manifestations of religious appearance. Some ufologists share this point of view and therefore cited the reports of this list, without any other effort.

One can read about this alleged apparition or so-called "CE3" in a non-ufology source, the "Dictionnaire des 'apparitions' de la Vierge Marie", book by René Laurentin and Patrick Sbalchiero, Fayard publisher, France, 2007:

VORSTENBOSCH (The Netherlands, Brabant): On June 27, 1947, Anton and Bertus Van der Velden, twelve and eleven years old, say they "see the Virgin in a golden light", wearing a crown of lilies and dressed with a blue dress. A rumor says that a second appearance will take place on the following Friday: 3,000 people come running, but to no avail: the two seers* were forbidden to leave the parental home. Father Liebrechts, parish priest of Vorstenbosh, remained very doubtful.

List of issues:

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Invention, not UFO-related.

Sources references:

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

Document history:


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

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross November 15, 2018 Creation, [ed1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross November 15, 2018 First published.

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