Life at the Motor Pool Oberursel, Germany, in the 1950s

Jack Stites, a former U.S. Army soldier and now a retired police officer, was stationed in Oberursel at the Motorenfabrik (Motor Pool) from January 1954 to January 1955. Here are some more photos he shared with me.

The guys at work

Shaving cream fight

Vehicles parked near the Urselbach Creek

A description of a wrecker

In front of the Motor Pool Oberursel, with men working underneath the vehicle

Easter Egg Decorations in Germany

We have just returned from a visit to my hometown in Franconia (northern Bavaria). In those rural parts of Germany, where traditions and customs are still more present, we passed by some interesting Easter decorations in the middle of the villages.

Our first stop was in Zeilitzheim to buy some wine from Wein von 3.

Our second stop was in Schonungen, where we rented a vacation apartment at Ferienwohnung Gräf for two days.

Another stop was in the village of Hambach, where I grew up, and we went to visit my parents’ grave.

This tradition is a beautiful spring marker, and I hope there will always be enough volunteers to continue this.

What Goes into the Biomüll?

When you first arrive in Germany,  your new residence comes with quite a few new rules. Among them is the business of how to separate the trash.

Biomüll Tonnen

Some of you care to do so, so here is the list of waste items for the brown container (German: Biotonne):

  • kitchen waste – anything raw or cooked
  • vegetables and fruits (no citric fruits though)
  • cheese, fish, meat, bones, and cold cuts
  • egg shells and nut shells
  • milk, flour, and cereal products
  • dry goods having gone past the expiration date (without the packaging)
  • oils and fats (solidified)
  • coffee grounds, filter bags, tea bags, and tea leaves
  • paper towels, paper napkins, and tissues
  • newspaper used for wrapping
  • lawn cuttings
  • shrubs, fallen leaves, and bark
  • other organic waste, such as  hair, feathers, cat litter, wood shavings, and sawdust (only from untreated wood)
  •  hay, straw, and pots made of peat and cardboard

 

Guided Tour: Tracing Jewish Life in Oberursel

On Sunday, 26 March 2017, the historian Angelika Rieber once again offers the tour Tracing Jewish life in Oberursel.
In the 90-minute tour around town, Ms. Rieber talks about the history of the Jewish community and  some local Jewish families.

On 19 October 1941, deportations of Jews from Frankfurt began. Within a year, more than 10,000 people were deported and murdered in the extermination camps. Numerous Oberursel residents of Jewish origin did not live to see the end of the Nazi regime and the Second World War.

The city tour is about the integration of Jewish neighbors into the town life, as well as the discrimination and persecution during the Nazi era.

The city tour starts at 2.30 pm at the St. Ursula-Brunnen in the market square and the touring fee is three euros per person.

If you want to know more about Ms. Rieber’s work, or get in contact with her, then visit: http://www.juedisches-leben-frankfurt.de/

Oberursel and its Sister City, Epinay-sur-Seine, France

On Easter 1967, 50 years ago this coming Sunday, the Epinay Square was named after Oberursel’s French partner town, Epinay-sur-Seine. The city partnership between these two cities was barely three years old at that time. Idealism and euphoria of the early years, as well as its humble beginnings at that time, became the foundation for a long-lasting friendship between the two cities.

The 50-year-old place jubilee of the Epinay Square will be held:
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The city partnership with Epinay-sur-Seine has been successful and is Oberursel’s oldest sister city. After many years, this alliance is still very active in arranging visits and joint projects.

In the face of  current events and debates about Europe, this event is not run in the form of a regular festival, but is more a rally with speeches, stands, and music. These days, Europe is at a crossroads, and alliances need strengthening.

The rally is organized by the City of Oberursel and the Europa-Union Hochtaunuskreis e.V.