Dauer der Bergung: 06.-10.12.1989 / Duration of
recovery: Dec - 06-10 - 1989
Geborgenes Material / Recovered
Dünnschliffe, Erzanschliffe, Schmelz- und
Presstabletten für Geochemie / Thin
sections, polished ore samples, material for
Plastikdöschen mit pulverisierten Gesteinsproben
und orientierten Bohrkern-Teilstücken / Plastic-cups
containing pulverized rock-samples and oriented
samples from drill-cores
Bohrkern-Teilstücke aus den
Bushveld-Anorthositen (Republik Südafrika) / Pieces
from drill core samples from
Bohrkern-Teilstücke aus der Gebänderten
Eisenerzformation Südafrikas / drill core
samples from the Banded Iron Formation (RSA)
Handstücke aus der Verrucano Gruppe und aus dem
Toskanischen Paläozoikum / Samples from the
Verrucano Group and Tuscan Palaeozoic
Quader-formatierte und polierte Gesteinsproben
der Bushveld-Anorthosite, Republik Südafrika / ashlar-formatted
and polished samples from Bushveld-Anorthosites
originaler Text (in Schreibmaschinenschrift) meiner
(Einige Ortsbezeichnungen und Nachnamen sind unkenntlich
Wie es weiterging: Es gab kein
Gerichtsverfahren. Statt dessen ereignete sich einige
Tage später eine "Blitz- und Donnerkonferenz",
zu welcher H. Engelbrecht nicht geladen war; aber
immerhin durfte er sich zur selben Zeit in seinem Zimmer
bereithalten. Und freilich wurde seine Anwesenheit von
Prof. Z. nachkontrolliert: die Türe ging auf, er blickte
stumm zu mir herein und schloss sie nach einigen Sekunden
wieder. Es gab keine Entschädigung für den
Geschädigten. Keiner hat sich zwischenzeitlich bei H.
Engelbrecht entschuldigt. Auch der von Prof. X. ....
versprochene Arbeitslohn für die Bergung seiner eigenen
Proben aus Südafrika wurde an H. Engelbrecht nie
Notabene: - Seit diesem kafkaesken Ereignis ist die
Abfallgrube per solidem Schloß "gesichert".
- Nach Reinigung seiner eigenen Proben - ca. 230 kg - aus
der Toskana gab er sie in Plastik-Kisten á 25kg, die er
in sein 12m² Studentenzimmer brachte und dort aus
Platzgründen unter dem Bett aufbewahrte.
Translated original text of my declaration:
(Some names of locations and persons deleted; text
Dec - 13 - 1989
Labeled and signated rock samples
and pieces from drill cores (South Africa: Banded
Iron Ores, magmatic rocks from Bushveld; Southern
Tuscany: Verrucano Group, Palaeozoic substratum)
were deposited and stored in room 304 of the
institution of ..... ; they belonged to
candidates of doctor's degree (...., ......, H.
Engelbrecht), supervised by Prof. X.... . H.
Engelbrecht observed that his samples were
missing since the beginning of December 1989. The
answer to an inquiry addressed to Prof. Y. ....
was that these samples, which - according to his
opinion - were deposited in an inappropriate
manner, were removed from room 304; he added
literally that ".....this fact diminishes
the quality of Your doctoral thesis".
Diploma students of Prof. Y. .... had their seats
in room 304 since the beginning of winter term
1989/90. H. Engelbrecht got only obscure and
arbitrary information from a few of these
students concerning the whereabout of his
samples; these circumstances hampered and delayed
the success of his search for the samples. He
never was informed orally, by telephone or by
letter neither about the intentional nor of the
accomplished removal of his samples. The above
mentioned obscure insinuations of the diploma
students motivated H. Engelbrecht to start
excavations at the trash-dump site present in the
backyard of the institution. And he struck gold
there. Prof. X. ...... was informed immediately
by H. Engelbrecht that the missing rock samples
from Tuscany and South Africa were transferred to
that location. The evacuation of the waste-dump
site, which should occur at the following day,
was deferred by Mrs......to Monday, Dec - 11 -
1989. The recovery of the rock samples started on
Dec - 06 - 1989 in agreement with Prof. X. .... .
It lasted till Sunday, Dec - 10 - 1989. H.
Engelbrecht got help from Mrs. ...... and Mr.
...... . Passers-by reacted with
unreasonableness, astonishment, empathy, anger
and irony. Temperatures near 0°C made work hard.
In sum, ca. 1,5 m³ of muddy rock samples were
raised out of the waste-dump site manually or by
shovel. The samples were examined, selected and
put on sorted heaps. The 2m³ waste-pit was
excavated down to 70cm. The splashed samples were
cleaned preliminarily with warm water and were
deposited in room 303A.
In addition to the rock samples, numerous
geochemical probes, thin sections - the glass
splinters of the crushed ones made manual
recovery dangerous - , polished ore sections,
damaged plastic cups containing pulverized rock,
samples without labels or samples with labels
peeling off, plastic bags - containing rock
samples, pieces of drill cores, granulate and
pulverized rock - with faded labels were found
and partially recovered. All these objects should
have been maintained in the institution for
archivation of important geological information
and for recycling of the plastic-containers.
The huge amount of the material to screen and to
select prevented a quantitative complete
recovery. A part of the material trashed is lost
irreversibly since Dec - 11 - 1989. H.
Engelbrecht attemped to minimize the loss within
the appointed time by means of the actions
described above. But he could not prevent that
the doctorands of Prof. X. .... suffered
irreparable losses caused by external forces.
These persons are adversely affected in their
45 full working hours were carried out in sum
from Dec - 06 - 1989 to Dec - 10 - 1989. Mrs. H.
... made 8 and Mr. W. ... 4 ours of work. Further
work is necessary to finish cleaning of the
recovered samples and to reorganize them.
According to H. Engelbrecht, the above described
process was enabled by giving and executing a
command, which clearly was not justified. The
rooms of the persons adversely affected and the
executors of the command are located vis-a-vis.
Some of the executors personally know H.
Engelbrecht: in autumn 1988 he organized for them
a geological excursion to the Verrucano Group and
its palaeozoic substratum present in Tuscany. The
commander and some of his executors knew well
about the scientific projects - not yet finished
- of the adversely affected persons. Additionally
it must be mentioned that - if not present in the
institution - the injured persons were always
within call prior to the execution of the
command: for example, some of the executors -
above mentioned diplomands - had available the
private address of H. Engelbrecht. The reasons
which caused the command is out of all
proportions with the consequences.
It was arbitrarily disposed of other people's
property. Material necessary for scientific
studies was embezzled. The injured persons were
willingly not informed or willingly confused.
Rational and humanitarian acting, fairness,
helpfulness and the good will for cooperation on
academic level is not recognizable on the side of
the perpetrators; these are characterized by
irresponsibility, indifference, negligence and
The injured persons earn compensation and
recover. H. Engelbrecht proposes here that all
injured persons proceed by help of legal advisors
judicially against the aggressors. By doing so,
the above described ways of behaviour can be
stopped and the maintenance of the traditionally
good manners and customs of this institution can
There was no trial. Instead, a blitz- and
thunderbolt-conference occurred some days later, to which
H. Engelbrecht was not invited; but at least he had to be
available during that time in his room. And indeed his
presence was controlled by Prof. Z: he opened the door
and shut it some seconds later; during that short time,
he looked at me and did not say any word. There was no
compensation for the injured person. Since then, nobody
said excuse to H. Engelbrecht. In addition, the wage
affirmed by Prof. X. ... for the recovery of his samples
from South Africa was never paid to H. Engelbrecht.
Notabene: - Since that kafkaescian event the waste-dump
site is "secured" by a solid lock.
- After the cleaning procedure of his own recovered
samples - ca. 230kg - from Tuscany, he put the pieces
into plastic-boxes á 25kg and brought them to his 12m²
student's hostel lodge; because of lack of space, he
stored the plastic-boxes under the bed.