Eberhard Wächtler

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Eberhard Wächtler (born May 10, 1929 in Dresden ; † September 22, 2010 there ) was a German economic historian .

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Grave in the old Annenfriedhof

He passed his Abitur in Dresden in 1947, then studied history, German, philosophy and political economy at the University of Leipzig . In 1953 he finished his studies as a graduate historian and became a reliable colleague of SED history . Until 1955 he worked as a research assistant in Leipzig, after which he worked until 1962 as a research assistant at the Institute for Economic History of the Academy of Sciences in Berlin . On the subject of the history of the situation of the miners in the Saxon coalfield Lugau-Ölsnitz from 1889–1914 , he received his doctorate in 1957 in Leipzig. He completed his habilitation in 1968 at the University of Rostock with the thesis Historical Progress and Tradition in German Mining from 1807 to 1871 .

Wächtler held the chair for the history of technology at the Bergakademie Freiberg from 1962 to 1990 . He was considered an expert in mining history . Together with Otfried Wagenbreth , among others , he wrote a large number of books on the history of technology. B. About the mining and metallurgy of the city of Freiberg . Wächtler was a member of the board of directors of the Hessian Lignite Mining Museum Foundation and was instrumental in setting up its museum in Borken . He had been a member of the Leibniz Society for Sciences in Berlin since 1996 . Wächtler died in Dresden in 2010 and was buried in the Old Annenfriedhof .


  • Eberhard Wächtler: Bibliography 1952-2004 . TU Bergakademie Freiberg, 2004.
  • Eberhard Wächtler: Autobiography of an upright unorthodox. Klartext, Essen 2013. ISBN 978-3-8375-0979-3

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Individual evidence

  1. Karlheinz Blaschke : Explanation . In: Sächsische Heimatblätter 41, 1995, No. 1, p. 52.
  2. Eberhard Wächtler: Bibliography 1952-2004 . TU Bergakademie Freiberg, 2004
  3. Prof. Dr. Eberhard Wächtler passed away. ( Memento from July 10, 2012 in the web archive archive.today )
  4. ^ Obituary Professor Dr. Eberhard Wächtler. Obituary for Prof. Dr. Eberhard Wächtler
  5. ^ Eternal directory of members of the Leibniz Society