General Information  
But only a few will be thrilled with a true fire when the pleasure of the adventure no longer exists. From among them comes a staff of carefully working speleologists that are an example and guide for the young.
(Alfred Bögli)
Basic data  

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Speleology is the first science that managed to eliminate differences among all parts of the nation, from worker to scientist, to fight side by side for the ideal aim.
(Hans-Karl Becker 1925)
Targets of association  
„The team was founded on 16th Sept. 1962 ... it is a free, independent and non-profit-making association. It has its headquarter in Dresden …it sees itself as a professional successor of the “Verein für Höhlenkunde in Sachsen, Sitz Dresden.“  
Cave Research Group of Dresden „assembles speleologically interested persons, who like to work together in an amicable and honest cooperation without any territorial restictions for all-embracing exploration of caves, artificial subterranean rooms and karstic phenomenons. The scientific works and all tourist and sport events take place as leisure-time activities.”  
„Once a year the assembly votes for the leader of the group, the vice-chairman and the cashier with simple majority.”
“Activity is financed by voluntary fees of members, donations, and other sources of income.” (from the statute of the Cave Research Group of Dresden)
Blue cheese doesn´t talk to everybody, that it started as a totally simple curd cheese.
(Gerhard Grümmer)
History of Cave Research Group of Dresden (HFG)  
Our group started its foundation with three members and saw its field of research mainly in the artificial underground rooms of Saxony. The association grew, soon monopolized by the Communistic “Kulturbund” (“Cultural Federation”). We intensified scientific activities, especially in sandstone caves, and started to compile a register of caves of the German Democratic Republic, whose datas are still in use. Together with a lot of other cave research groups, we left the “Kulturbund” and joined the climbing association (DWBO of GDR), where we found much support. Highligths of contacts at this time were the annual “Meetings of Cavers” and the education of speleologists with its centre in Dresden.  
There was a prohibition of free caving in GDR (an act against free caving: “Hohlraumverordnung” 17th January 1985) and our caving school and hostel “Cavers Home Pfaffendorf” / Saxony Switzerland was liquidated, our periodical DER HÖHLENFORSCHER was forbidden (for 5 years we published illegally), but nevertheless our group grew in members and activities.  
Our special type of public relations has made us well-known as partners for many years.  
You must be allowed to tell a friend if he smells badly from his mouth.
(by Bertolt Brecht)
Membership / Guests  
We value “human, speleo-mental and physical qualifications,” but academic titles are quite unimportant for us. Everybody may get to know us as a guest, can get an invitation, and after some time apply for membership.  
A subscription to the journal DER HÖHLENFORSCHER (The Caver) is a good informative source.  
Nature is our common home, whicht makes it a shame to be a stranger.
(Emil Adolf Roßmäßler, Naturforscher 1806-67)
Protection of Caves  
The protection of the sensitve and meaningful creations of nature, like caves, is a matter of honour, as well as an obligation for all our members. We use many methods of informing the public to gain their understanding. The annual “Day of Clean Caves” is a date of practical work in this case, as an example.  
But sometimes the new, special finds are kept a secret from the world to protect their integrity.  
There is nothing better than s p e a k i n g .
(Hubert Trimmel)