Klarer, Elizabeth (1910–1994)
Elizabeth Klarer was the most prominent flying saucer contactee
of the 1950s from South Africa. She was born in 1910 in
Mooi River, Natal, South Africa and rose out of obscurity in
1956 following an encounter with a spaceship reputedly from
Alpha Centauri, of which she took a picture. She was received
enthusiastically among South African UFO buffs who provided
her with a platform to recount her encounters.
As Klarer’s story unfolded, she claimed to have had an initial
UFO sighting in 1917 and again in 1937. Finally, in 1954, while
at her farm in Natal where she was born, she saw a saucer again.
This time it flew close enough that she could see one of its occupants.
Then on April 6, 1956, she was again at her farm in
Natal when a saucer landed and she was taken aboard. The fairhaired
and handsome person she had seen before introduced
himself as Akon. The saucer took her to a large mothership,
where she was shown pictures of Meton, Akon’s home planet.
She was given food, a vegetarian meal, and introduced to their
culture. Two months later she saw the saucer again and took a
picture of it as it flew above her farm.
She told this story at UFO gatherings in South Africa, and
over the years reported additional contacts. The most important
event in these later encounters was her developing romantic
attachment to Akon, with whom she had a son. She claimed
that at one point she stayed for four months on Meton and
completed her pregnancy there. Her son could not live on
Earth, but occasionally visited her. All of these events were discussed
in her 1980 book, Beyond the Light Barrier. Although
warmly received in South Africa, her story was not believed by
North American and European UFO researchers. Except for
the picture, weak evidence indeed, there was nothing to collaborate
her story. She persisted in her claims, however, until her
death in February of 1994.
Sources
Hind, Cynthia. UFOs-African Encounters. Salsbury, Zimbabwe
Gemini, 1982.
Klarer, Elizabeth. Beyond the Light Barrier. Cape Town, South
Africa Howard Timmins, 1980.

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