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Brennbergbánya Find – At the end of the 19th century a small column measuring 70x70x60 mm was found 100m below ground level in the town of Brennbergbánya, near the city of Sopron. The object of an unknown metal came to light when a coal seam broke and the column fell out of it. It was immediately turned over to the mine’s directors. Károly (Charles) Gurlt, a well-known contemporary geologist, published his opinion in the English journal Nature. He determined the age of the coal seam containing the column to be 30 million years old. The corners and edges of the column were undamaged; but in its side was an indentation 1mm wide and as deep, perhaps as a result of corrosion. On the basis of the material and its age, it was not of our planet, therefore Gurlt judged it to be a meteorite. The column was later taken to Salzburg, Austria, where it was displayed in the local Museum until 1944, when the building suffered a direct hit during a bombing raid that destroyed the entire collection, including the column. – B: 0942, T: 7617.

Brenner, János (John) (Szombathely, County Vas, 27 December 1931 - Outside Rábakethely and Zsida, east of Szentgotthárd, 15 December 1957) – Roman Catholic priest and martyr. His two brothers also became priests. He studied in the Episcopal Primary School (1941), in the Training School of Pécs, later in the Cistercian High School, and in 1946 in the Premonstrian High School of Szombathely. After the nationalization of the schools (1948), he obtained his maturity certificate as a Cistercian oblate at Zirc. Following the disbanding of the monastic orders (1950) he secretly professed himself as a novice in an Order, receiving the name Anasztáz. For a year he was a civil student of the Theological College of Budapest, then a seminarian in the Seminary of Szombathely and, after its disbanding in 1952, in the seminary of Győr. On 19 June 1955, he was ordained. He was chaplain at Rábakethely. About midnight of 15 December 1957, he was called away from the parish by a 16-year-old boy, Tibor Kóczán, under the pretext that his uncle at Zsida was mortally ill. János Brenner, 26 at the time, donned his surplice and stole, took the Holy Sacrament and holy oil, and departedé but he did not get as far as Zsida, because in the outskirts of the village he was murdered with 32 knife stabs and his throat was cut. At his burial service, ninety priests and many hundreds of believers were present. He was buried in the Salesian church of Szombathely. The circumstances of his death and the investigation that followed made it clear that his murder was part of the campaigns of terrorization and intimidation by the Communist regime. Although two people were convicted for his murder: first Ferenc (Francis) Tóka, and after his acquittal, Tibor Kóczán, the actual murderers have never been established. During the course of the investigation, many locals were intimidated. The mother of Tibor Kóczán talked about him and the circumstances of her son’s death. Apparently, a border guard “accidentally” shot him dead in a cornfield. Later on, it was also discovered that the Party Secretary of the village had asked Kóczán to call away the priest. János Brenner’s beatification process began in 1999. At the place of his torture, on top of a hill, a memorial chapel was consecrated on 25 August 1996. At Szombathely his memory is nourished by the names of a kindergarten, a primary school and a college. – B: 0945, 1031, T: 7456.→Trogmayer, Ottó.

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