Nov 8, 1937
More than 7,000 people return to the site. Civil authorities forbid Fr. Staelberg from accompanying the girls. That day, the priest was there at Herkenhoff: “Suddenly, the girls fell to their knees, all together, without one or the other has made a signal to his companions.” Posed several questions to the apparition… After a quarter of an hour, during which continued to be constantly stiff, eyes fixed on a precise point unanswered even when they spoke, suddenly observed Grete alongside. I wonder how the Mother of God feels, She responded to me with a sad countenance: “Mother of God was very sad and very bright.”
April 5, 1939
Margaret was alone at the apparition:
“I saw the Mother of God directly in front of me, two feet away from me and asked her:
Mother, how would you want to be invoked?
As Queen and Queen of the Holy Souls.
With what prayer would you like to be honored?
In the litany of Laurentanas.”
May 12, 1939
In May, the Virgin appeared 13 times, including twice in the initial location, for a full day (6th and 12th). On May 12th, Grete asked:
” We will have diseases?
We come here every day?
At the outbreak of the second world war, the Gestapo put a stop to this “superstitious nonsense” and began prohibiting pilgrimages and placed the four girls in the lunatic asylum at Götingen hospital. After a few weeks the children were released but forbidden to go near the place of ‘The Apparitions’.
From there they went to their houses to prove that they were in perfect health.
Thereafter the appearances were in different places, which they marked with a sign on the stone. Later the four seers had to join the German Army as nurses.