Camp King Oberursel and the Berlin Airlift 70th

On 3 Feb 2019, our Camp King research group invited the public to a presentation about the ‘Berlin Airlift’ in commemoration of its 70-year anniversary.

It was held at the Kinderhaus at Camp King in Oberursel, and had a good number of visitors. All the chairs were occupied.

Mr. Manfred Kopp, also known as Mister Camp King, opened the event with a few insights of how a couple of ladies at Camp King at that time helped trigger the Berlin Airlift.

Ms. Sylvia Struck talked about the launch, logistics, costs, and impact of the Berlin Airlift.

Sylvia Struck

Ms. Maren Horn explained the connections between Camp King and the Berlin Airlift.

Maren Horn

Towards the end, Mr. Andi Andernacht (center) interviewed two contemporary witnesses, Mr. Beilfuss and Mr. Albrecht. Both had been in (and around) Berlin during the time of the Airlift.

Contemporary witnesses Erwin Beilfuss (left) and Günter Albrecht (right)

The local newspaper Usinger Anzeiger published the following article: Die Berliner Blockade und was Oberursel damit zu tun hat.

Rolls Royce Factory Museum in Oberursel

A friend of mine inquired about the Rolls Royce Museum in Oberursel, and because of my last post dating back to 2015, I checked for any changes to their days and times of operation.

Update Feb 2019: The Rolls-Royce-Museum is open every last Friday of the month from 3pm – 6pm (free of charge), and special arrangements can be made for groups (then there is a small fee of € 2,50 per person).

For more information in German, visit: Rolls Royce Werksmuseum

I had taken this photo on a flight to London a couple of years ago. I looked out of the window and had the Rolls Royce logo right in front of me (we live in Oberursel).

A bit of trivia:

  • Worldwide, Rolls Royce is the oldest air plane engine factory still running.
  • The most expensive single part sold online was for a Gulfstream V Jet with a Rolls Royce engine. This was purchased by an American for 40 million US Dollar in 1999.
  • The U.S. Army (Motor Pool) used the factory for eleven years after the end of WWII.

Old Guesthouse Zum Weissen Ross in Bommersheim, Oberursel

While doing some research on the Gasthaus  ‘Zum Weißen Roß‘ in Oberursel Vorstadt, I also came across this guesthouse with exactly the same name (To the White Horse) in another part of Oberursel, namely Bommersheim.

The guesthouse  ‘Zum Weißen Roß’ in Bommersheim was run by:
* Georg Meister 1925 – listed in the Reichsadreßbuch. d. Wirtschaft (imperial address book of guest houses)
* Hermann Baumann 1937
It has  been added to the list of Cultural Monuments in Bommersheim – you can view the list on Wikipedia.
It closed a long time ago, and is now a residential building.

This postcard belongs to the private collection of  the historian, Bernd Ochs.

70 Years After the Berlin Airlift 1948/49

We, the Research Group Camp King Oberursel, invite everyone to attend our next Open House featuring the following topic:

‘The Berlin Airlift – 70 Years Later’ on 03 February 2019 from 14:00 – 17:00 at the Kinderhaus on Jean-Sauer-Weg 2 in 61440 Oberursel.

The small town of Oberursel and a few of its temporary residents provided a significant contribution to the initiation of the airlift. I bet you didn’t know that.

We will be showing videos, giving presentations, and offering the opportunity for discussions and questions.

On a related note: In June 2013, we had the Berlin Candy Bomber, Colonel Gail Seymour “Hal” Halvorsen,  here in Oberursel for a visit. You can read more here: http://www.pension-sprachschule.de/camp-king-oberursel/the-candy-bomber-visits-camp-king-oberursel/

The Candy Bomber, Col Halvorsen in Oberursel

The ‘Notopfer Berlin’ (Emergency Victims of Berlin) tax stamp sale was an economic aid program to support the Berlin economy during the Soviet Blockade and the post-WWII period. This extra stamp was required on most postal transaction, such as letters and postcards, within Germany until 31 December 1957.

Berlin Tax Stamp on sale until 31 December 1957

Christmas Time Notes from Germany

Pension-Sprachschule would like to wish you a Merry Christmas from Hessen, the heart of Germany.

This year, it is a four-and-a-half-day holiday including the weekend and 25 +26 December. Monday, 24 December, our Christmas, is the one that is only half a day. Everything closes at 2pm that day (except gas stations, fast food restaurants, etc.)

F R O H E  W E I H N A C H T E N !

F R O H E  F E I E R T A G E !

Seen in Zeilitzheim in Lower Franconia

 

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