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When I Was Someone Else: The Incredible True Story of Past Life Connection
Publication Date: February 9, 2021
Length: 392 pages
Publisher: Park Street Press
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.
Stéphane Allix is a journalist, former war correspondent, and founder of the Institute for Research on Extraordinary Experiences (INREES). He is the author of The Test: Incredible Proof of the Afterlife and the writer and director of the French television series Extraordinary Investigations (Enquêtes extraordinaires). He lives in France.
My Thoughts & Takeaways
When I Was Someone Else by Stéphane Allix is unlike any other book I’ve read I think. But, I’m highly intrigued by World War II history and stories and reincarnation also interests me.
The book is a deep dive based on a dream the author has during a retreat in Peru. During the dream (vision), he encounters a young Nazi and it felt like a very intense vision so much so that he started wondering if he had possibly been a Nazi in a past life.
That’s what leads Allix on the search for answers eventually leading him to finding the individual he had envisioned — a German soldier who died in WWII.
This book will make you consider the possibilities of visions, reincarnation, and spiritual planes.
There were a lot of details that I had a hard time keeping straight or focused, but overall I enjoyed this read of something I possibly wouldn’t have even considered before.