Joachim Koch und Hans-Juergen Kyborg
(Update June 7th, 1997)
The International Roswell Intiative is based upon an idea of Joachim Koch and Hans-Juergen Kyborg who intended to support the research of Mr. Kent Jeffrey in the so-called Roswell-Incident of 1947 after a meeting with him in the lobby of the Palace-Hotel, Berlin, in 1993.
Our idea was to write down a text which should be distributed worldwide and signed by as many people as possible to make it the most powerful grassroots effort in modern UFO history. We wrote a letter to Kent Jeffrey and explained our project. Thus, he wrote the "Roswell Declaration" and brought the International Roswell Initiative to life. At that time it seemed to be within reach that an Executive Order could be induced by Congressman Steven Schiff and the Declaration should be a most powerful tool to support this.
By the time, the Roswell Declaration really became powerful by the signatures of 20,000(plus) people from all over the world. Despite all momentary developements all the 20,000 plus signed Roswell Declarations will be delivered to the White House in early July as Kent Jeffrey promised in a fax dated of May 8th 1997. The Initiative received signed Declarations from people of all ages and professions including two astronauts whereof one walked on the Moon. And it seemed, that the Roswell Delaration could generate within those who had signed it some kind of trust and - hope.
Because of his personal conclusions which he wrote down in a 17 pages paper entiteled "Roswell--Anatomy Of A Myth" and wherof a summary is released on June 7th in the MUFON UFO Journal, Kent Jeffrey marches no longer with us on our way towards the truth about the Roswell Incident which still remains unsolved. As far as we and other researchers know no new documents have surfaced and according to the testimony of Jesse Marcel, Jr., his hypnosis session in Washington in late January 1997 brought no new information to what he has remebered and told before about what he saw when in July 1947 his father brought the unusual debris into the kitchen of his home.
So we, the German Coordinators of the Roswell Initiative, feel obliged to all those who have signed the Declaration to show them all that the trust and hope they have invested in the Initiative was and is fully justified.
We, Hans-Juergen Kyborg and Joachim Koch, are born in a city which has suffered a lot in the years after WW II. Especially we Berliners have experienced what it means to have friends whom you can trust and who give you hope for a better future and what it means to resist in a united effort.
Bound to these ideals we, as the German Coordinators and as Berliners, declare publicly that we stay steadfast to the primary goal of the Roswell Initiative: to find out the truth about what happened in New Mexico in 1947 and to continue in our effort to end the policy of secrecy and cover-ups on a fact that has become crystal-clear to everyone who has done serious and open-minded research in what is called the UFO phenomenon: that we are not alone in the universe.
We shall withstand all attempts to diminish the power of the International Roswell Initiative such as official reports and film footage in the past or secluded conclusions in the present. Independent, serious and self-critical researchers have provided piece after piece of an enigmatic puzzle and will continue to do so. And more and more, one certain picture crops out: Roswell *was something* *else* than the crash of a (or some) balloon(s) consisting of mundane material like balsa wood and flower painted tape.
*Shouldn't we all declare that we are Berliners -- again?*
If you think that what is written above corresponds to your point of view and you would like support this BERLIN MEMORANDUM you are invited to do so - no matter where you are, where you come from and what your education is - by sending us a few sentences with your current view of Roswell and, if you think so, why it is important to have such efforts like the Roswell Initiative.
We would appreciate to add your supporting comments to the many others you can read below (in order of the date of income). We shall publish the updated BERLIN MEMORANDUM from now on several times.
Upon our request worldwide know and respected researchers have sent us spontanuously and immediately in an act of solidarity their view of the current state of Roswell and their opinion about an effort such like the International Roswell Initiative. This is the place to say thank you with all our heart.
(All the following contributions and emails are in order of the incoming date)
Date: Tue, 13 May 97 22:49 +0100
From: *Dr.Johannes Fiebag*
What happened 1947 in Roswell? To be honest: I dont know. But only a few people here on this planet will know what realley happened there. Was it the crash of a weather balloon? Or a spy balloon? Or after all an extraterrestrial spacecraft?
On thing is for sure: since Roswell gained more and more attention for the researchers and the media since the seventies, the attempts of covering-up, disowning and debunking of official and non-official, of governmental as well as obscure private (or alledgedly private) groups and individuals increased in an astonishing rate.
To say it clearly: if it really was "only" a MOGUL balloon, which crashed in the desert of New Mexico, then one must say that the U.S. Air Force during the past decades has done everything to contribute to the momentary confusion and lack of information by its dubious behavior (or was this full intention...?)
And if not? If was something different? Then it is high time - despite all developments, disclaimers and contradictions - finally to put the facts and the truth on the table. To achieve this is the basis of the Roswell Initiative.
And no matter which is one's own point of view regarding this incident, we all should be interested to know the truth!
*Dr. Johannes Fiebag, Germany*
Date: Wed, 14 May 1997 05:24 GMT
From: *Walter-Joerg Langbein*
50 years have passed by since the Roswell Incident. No one, no single group, has the right to have information about "UFOs" for its own. There is the central question: are we alone in the universe? Every human being here on this planet has the right to get every information which could help to answer this.
For these reasons I support the Roswell Initiative since years in my books. It is the main concern that impotant information which are withheld from the public due to official cover-up policy must no put into the open. Therefore was and is the Roswell Initiative still of greatest importance.
*Walter-Joerg Langbein, Germany*
Date: Thu, 15 May 1997 08:29:51 -0300
From: *Stanton Friedman*
As the nuclear physicist who began the civilian investigation of the l947 Roswell Incident in 1978, was the first to locate and talk to many witnesses and as author or coauthor of numerous relevant papers and 2 books "Crash at Corona" and TOP SECRET/MAJIC, I am absolutely convinced that the evidence is overwhelming that the US government recovered the wreckage of 2 crashed flying saucers (one in the Plains of San Augustin, the other near Corona) and several alien bodies New Mexico in July 1947.
The Mogul explanation doesn't fit the data. The government should offer total amnesty to military or other witnesses connected with the two recoveries (New Mexico, July 1947), since according to the USAF a long since declassified MOGUL balloon was all that was involved. If they cannot offer amnesty, one has to ask why not?
*Stanton Friedman, Canada*
Date: Sat, 17 May 1997 10:13:02 -0400 (EDT)
FRom: *Kevin Randle*
There is no doubt in my mind that what fell outside of Roswell, New Mexico was a craft built on another planet. There is no doubt that the military, and the American government initiated a cover-up to hide these facts. And there is no doubt that the copver-up persists today. The Roswell Initiative is important because it is the first coordinated effort to crack through that cover and learn the truth.
*Kevin Randle, U.S.A.*
Date: Sat, 17 May 1997 23:30:19 -0700
From: *Andreas von Retyi*
Blinkered mentality in science is absurd. It is easy, considering the massive official secrecy, to explain away the unusual. But, as long as negativists have no evidence and real explanations for the so far unsoveld facts, we have to do insistent research in "Roswell".
Public pressure, such as it comes from the Roswell Initiative, is of greatest importance ti minimize the imbalance of power and to show the rulers of this world that their hidden activities are not performed in completely darkness.
We have the right of free information. Publicity should not be underestomated as a tool of control whereas everything which happens under complete secrecy is out of any control.
There's no excuse that the public is desinformed in such an amount as it happens, for example, with Roswell by the U.S. Air Force. The contradictions have shown that with this incident far more is linked than the crash of a simple balloon.
*Andreas von Retyi, Germany*
Date: Sun 18 May 1997, 22:22 GMT
From: *Mario Ringmann*
Roswell -- a myth which made history. Until today no one really knows the correct story about the alleged crash of an extraterrestrial craft.
Since six years I know about this incident and meanwhile it became most likely to me that it was something not from this world what crashed there in 1947. Since the beginnig I supported the International Roswell Initiative which has the aim to bring light into the UFO secrecy and bring it to an end. I think it is high time to put one's cards on the table. Humankind has a right to know the truth.
*Mario Ringmann, Germany*
*Editor UNKNOWN REALITY*
Date: 19 May 97 08:10:08 EDT
From: *Bob Shell*
Certainly I support the Roswell initiative. I signed one of the petitions a long time ago, and want an end to all government secrecy. As long as governments hold knowledge captive, there can be no true freedom for mankind. I do not know what happened in New Mexico in the summer of 1947, but I have talked to enough witnesses first hand, and seen and read the witness of others, and I am convinced that something very strange happened. As I have said many times about the "official explanation", this balloon just does not fly!
Date: Mon, 19 May 1997 13:33:10 -0400 (EDT)
From: *Ed Komarek*
Note in support of the International Roswell Initiative:
I Ed Komarek am a co-founder of Operation Right To Know (ORTK). Operation Right To Know has and continues to support the International Roswell Initiative. We too are puzzled by Kent Jeffreys sudden change of heart. We of ORTK feel very strongly that the evidence collected to date on Roswell strongly supports the premise that a flying saucer of extraterrestral origin did crash near Roswell in 1947 and was covered up by the United States Government. We are also aware of attempts by several individuals, some with intelligence backgrounds, to debunk the Roswell case. The arguments being made against Roswell simply to not stand up under close scrunity. These debunkers with connections to the nortorious and unscientific CSICOP organization seem to be part of a UFO/ET containment strategy attempting to discredit Roswell in particular and UFOs in general.
*Ed Komarek* *ORTK*
Date: Tue, 20 May 1997 14:42:53 -0400 (EDT)
From: *Michael Lindeman*
The mystery regarding a possible recovery of a crashed UFO near Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 remains, 50 years later, unresolved. One of the few first-hand eyewitnesses still living, physician Jesse A. Marcel Jr., says he remains convinced he was shown highly unusual pieces of wreckage taken from the debris field near Corona by his father, Major Jesse Marcel. Arguments put forward by authors such as Karl Pflock and Kal Korff, and especially by the U.S. Air Force, that this debris was entirely caused by a so-called Mogul balloon are not conclusive.
Meanwhile, allegations of a second crash site, while problematical, have the support of deathbed testimony by a number of soldiers and other credible eyewitnesses, and are likewise supported by the second-hand but trustworthy testimony of Glenn Dennis.
Furthermore, there can be no reasonable doubt that the U.S. government has engaged in long-running deception regarding possible evidence of UFO activity, such that the recent efforts by the U.S. Air Force to finally resolve the Roswell mystery cannot be considered reliable. With all this in mind, I believe it is essential that the broad public demand for disclosure of official UFO information, as exemplified by the international Roswell Initiative, be carried forward until that public demand is satisfied. The innumerable UFO encounters recorded around the world have profound implications for all humankind. The truth behind these events is not and cannot be the property of any single government, less still of any secret faction within a government. Therefore, the Roswell Initiative and other similar public actions must go forward until the truth is told.
*Michael Lindeman* *Editor, CNI News*
Date: Tue, 20 May 1997 16:55:33 -0400 (EDT)
From: *Dr. Jesse Marcel, Jr.*
I am convinced that Roswell represents an extraordinary event where beings from another star system met an unhappy end. Any single persons story concerning the Roswell event would not stand alone on its own merit, but when you collectively add all of these anecdotal accounts together, you must come to the same conclusion that I have -- and that is the event at Roswell is the crash of an alien interplanatary vehicle. When you rule out all other explanations, the one explanation that is left is the accurate one even if it is most outlandish. Keep up your good work on the 'International Roswell Initiative' , the world deserves a better answer than the one our government would have you believe.
*Jesse Marcel, Jr.*
Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 20:31:44 -0400
From: *Steven M. Greer M.D.*
We would love to see you in England this summer, and certainly support your Roswell initiative. Technically, it may be better to call it the New Mexico UFO crash of the 1947 era, since the crash situation is more complex than anyone could have suspected when it was called the Roswell Event.
*Steven M. Greer, M.D., U.S.A.*
*Director of CSETI*
Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 19:51:07 +0000
From: *Luc Buergin*
The Roswell case could represent one of the greatest revelations in the history of humankind - the knowledge that we, as intelligent life, are not alone. For this reason it should be pursued relentlessly with no respect to the benefit of the researchers. We all should stay close together and steadfast in our quest for the thruth."
*Luc Buergin, Switzerland*
Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 15:24:12 -0400 (EDT)
From: *Jochen Kopp*
The Roswell crash is without any doubt the most important incident for the UFO research. Thousands of hours of investigations, conducted by our most estimated researchers, brought to light hundreds of witnesses, among them first-and second-hand ones and others. these were all humans who were involved in the retrieving of the debris and the deceased extraterrestrial bodies and who have hardened their testimony by their oaths. This caused a severe notch into the armature of the UFO cover-up. Now it is up to us, in a joint effort, together with the International Roswell Initiative, to breack through this armament. Now we have the chance to do so -- let's seize it!
*Jochen Kopp, Germany*
*Editor THE UFO-KURIER*
Date: Mon, 26 May 1997 10:48:12 +0200
From: *Christophe Meessen*
I encourage everybody working on the Roswell Initiative or ufology in general to help the truth to come out. But keep in mind that very few people are ready to face it or would event stand it if it comes out to be true. I can only see two thesis that could explain why the secret is so well kept: there is no secret or there is a serious danger for our humanity and civilization to release it in the current context. In the later case must keep in mind that the people responsible of keeping this truth secret are intelligent and rational people and above all concerned about security. If it is mandatory to push for the truth to come out with actions like the Roswell initiative there should also be an initiative to prepare people to face it if it comes out to be true. Just get people accustomed to this possibility, this would be a great help to release the secret and for the people who have to carry it. So keep doing this good job and also make a lot of publicity and prepare people for eventuality of this ET stories to be true.
*Christophe Meessen, Belgium*
Date: Mon, 26 May 1997 16:36:21 GMT
From: *Erik Beckjord*
At the National UFO Museum in San Francisco, we hand out many Roswell Declaration forms, and we mail hundreds to Clinton and the appropriate senators and representatives. We were not present at Roswell in l947, and we don't care if Kent Jefferies is on or off re the event. The point is to ask, demand, that any or all UFO and body retrievals as well as all ufo info our government has, been reveals to the public. It doesn;t matter if Roswell per se, was involved. There are hundreds, thousands of events. So, if need be, modify the form, and keep signing, and keep sending. Our Museum is dedicated to getting Clinton to reveal the truth.
*Erik Beckjord,MBA, curator*
*National UFO Museum, 709 Union st* *S.F.,CA 94133*
Date: Sat, 24 May 1997 05:33:04 -0300
From: *Carlos Barboza*
En nombre de un grupo de uruguayos aficionados a la busqueda de la verdad respecto al tema UFO en general y a Roswell en particular damos todo nuestro apoyo a los esfuezos de desenmascarar el encubrimiento oficial sobre el caso Roswell.
*Carlos Barboza, Uruguay*
--------- English version of supporting message follows -----------
On behalf of a group of Uruguayan friends fond on the search of truth concerning UFO subject in general and interested in Roswell case in particular, we give all our support to the efforts of unmasking the official cover-up on the subject.
*Carlos Barboza, Uruguay*
Date: Sun, 25 May 1997 07:20:56 -0500
From: *Mark Rodeghier*
I continue to support the Roswell initiative and agree completely with your statement below that there is more reason for optimism now than ever before. The U.S. government must be held accountable for a full and complete explanation of what was recovered at Roswell in 1947.
*Center for UFO Studies*
(Mr. Rodeghier is referring to a letter we once wrote (quote below):
> "There is now more reason for optimism than at any time in the past.
> With the "Roswell Declaration", for the first time ever, there is an
> organized worldwide effort to bring this matter into the open, once
> and for all."
Date: Wed, 28 May 1997 13:41:23 -0400 (EDT)
I am a member of MUFON and a active UFOlogist. I operate Amateur Radio station W4VIW. I also operate a local bbs which is W4VIW's BBS @ 864- 235-8708 located in Greenville, S .C. U.S.A. I would like to go on record as backing International Roswell Initiative. Keep up the good work.
Date: Thu, 29 May 1997 00:15:21 +0200
From: *Jeroen Wierda*
I first heard about the whole Roswell incident when I was 8, and read my first UFO book. The title unfortunately escaped me. After reading letters, articles, and books about the whole Roswell case I do tend to believe that something really did crash there. And in my opinion it was not a Mogul balloon (as in Project Mogul). The US government has changed their mind about this incident far too much to just make us believe that it was "just" a back then TOP SECRET balloon.
It is therefore imperative that we should do some very thorough investigations on site, as well as in archives (for as far as that hasn't yet been done). What IMO the government is trying to do is prolonging the ongoing secrecy until all possible proof is wiped out. This proof is among others the people who were on site at that particular time. In most cases the people who back then were already adults are rapidly reaching an age at which the witness group is thinned. Also the knowledge about the incident is fading from their memories.
I also believe that certain practises are used to disinform the public. One example of this is the Santilli film where one can see people conducting an autopsy on a strange looking being which looks like either an alien type "Grey" or a Progeria patient. Adding minor flawes in the film, as well as making it known very wide, and knowing that it will be exposed as a fake, will IMO contribute to people thinking that the whole Roswell case is fake! I will support as well as participate in any converation that can bring forth some constructive arguments that can lead to better understanding the things that happened out there 50 Yrs ago. I hope we will finally turn around every single stone to find what is underneath!
*President of Picard UFO Research International*
Date: Fri, 30 May 97 09:08 BST
From: *Nick Gleeson*
I have little doubt that what happened in Roswell is not what the Us goverment want us to believe, the most secret thing at the time was the Atomic bomb which has long since been de-classified. One may even obtain a copy of the blue prints for this animal. But why not the truth of the crash at Corona? what could possibly be more top secret than the Atomic bomb... Its time to end this senseless cover-up and let the world know the truth about the crash at Roswell. We don't swallow the Mogule explanation, we are not idiots.
*Nick Gleeson, Ireland*
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 1997 14:55:14 +0800
From: *Professor Dr. John D. Frodsham* June 2 1997
I am President of the Australasian Society for Psychical Research and Vice-President of UFORUM, a Western Australian UFO Research Group. On the basis of our own lengthy and extensive research into available secondary sources, all eight members of our executive committee are thoroughly convinced, after exhaustive discussion, that there is overwhelming evidence that the U.S. government recovered the wreckage of an alien craft, along with alien bodies,outside Roswell in July 1947. No other explanations given seem to us even remotely credible. We believe that the Roswell Initiative is vitally important and deserves the strongest support from the public, as well as from ufologists.
*Professor Dr. John D. Frodsham*
*Foundation Professor of English and Comparative Literature*
*Murdoch University,* *Western Australia*
From: email@example.com (Elaine M Douglass)
Date: Sat, 07 Jun 1997 01:22:02 EDT June 6, 1997 Washington DC
Dear Joachim: Read in CNI news about your continued support for the Roswell initiative. Good work. I agree. You ask for response. Mine is: the US govt, and its lackys, have yet to explain why, if the material recovered at Roswell was mundane, the base commander announced recovery of a "flying disc." This is a wholly surface fact, by which I mean it is not a fact ferreted out by researchers, but is in the undisputed public record. This fact is on the surface, is hard, is prominent--and it is quite unexplained.
A related matter, uncovered by researchers, and wholly consistent, is the amazement of Jesse Marcel Sr at the material recovered--how can this be explained? The CIC officer (what's his name?), who would speak only to the govt's lackys, and is one himself, who was touted by Col. Weaver of the AF as the only living person actually at the site, claimed the recovered material was mundane. If so, then why didn't he tell Jesse Marcel? They spent a whole day or more at the site, and travelling to and fro, together, together, and yet Marcel emerges from the encounter amazed enough to wake up his family to show them the amazing material.
And I must emphazize, although we have heard it before, the 509th was the air unit that dropped the atomic bombs on Japan, and they were the only nuclear-equipped air unit in the world at that time. THEY WERE NOT TECHNICAL NOVICES. It is inconceivable to me that Jesse Marcel would deceive himself into thinking that balsa wood and flowered tape were something extraordinary. These are my reasons for continuing to believe that the Roswell crash was an ET vehicle. Again, my commendations to you for continuing to uphold the Roswell Declaration.[...] My own affiliation is with Operation Right to Know. Let me make known to you that we intend to hold a National UFO March on Washington July 5, 1999, although this date and event has not been officially announced by ORTK. Perhaps you would be interested in coming to America to march with us?
*Elaine Douglass, U.S.A.*
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 1997 13:46:20 -0400 (EDT)
From: *Linda Whitman*
I am a resident of Roswell and am unhappy that so much attention has been focused on our town with no credible proof being provided by those in government and military who are in a position to know. It is obvious to any thinking individual that dramatic things took place in Roswell in 1947 and many other extraordinary events since then. It must be made public, people have the right and the maturity to know.
*15 Riverside Dr* *Roswell NM 88201*
From: *Dr. Richard Boylan*
Date: Sun, 08 Jun 97 09:02:18 -0800
I support the Berlin Memorandum and urge you to press forward with a public presentation of the Roswell Petitions to the U.S. Congress, European Parliament and the U.N. General Assembly. In early July, 1947 a extraterrestrial spacecraft crashed northwest of Roswell, New Mexico, with loss of life to the at least four extraterrestrial crew members on board. This fact has not only been verified by Air Force General Thomas Bose, but also by a CIA officer in Sacramento, who vouched for it to me, and informed me of a second UFO crash considerably west of Roswell in New Mexico at about the same period. With the majority of the American people accepting UFO reality, and convinced that their government is covering up information about UFOs, the time has come to restore credibility in government and make public the fact of extraterrestrial visitation to Earth.
*Dr. Richard Boylan*
behavioral scientist,researcher Sacramento, California, USA Richard Boylan, Ph.D. 2826 O Street, Suite 2, Sacramento, CA 95816, USA. (916) 455-0120 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ; Primary website: www.ufonetwork.com/boylan/ Author of: Close Extraterrestrial Encounters, Labored Journey To The Stars and Project Epiphany.
From: *Wally Cookson*
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 1997 18:16:11 -08
Fifty years of research and the conclusion is we are not alone. Now I want to know what is the government so aftriad of that it cannot tell the truth to a population raised on Star Wars and Star Trek. The coverup increases the fear of the unknown.