Information on German Citizenship for Oberursel Residents

Graham, from AllThingsGerman, has these important news to share:

The Ausländerbeirat in Oberursel is organising an information evening about the subject of applying for German Citizenship, which will be held in the town hall (Rathaus) on Tuesday, 15th November, 2016 at 6pm.

Read more here:

Camp King’s Unpopular Bugle Calls

Among the many interesting tidbits one finds when rummaging through history was the following post by the Oberurseler Kurier, dated 4 September 1979.

Oberursel residents complain about reveille

Oberursel residents complain about reveille

Local residents took to complain about reveille being played eight times a day.

Interestingly enough, the complaints collected in the petition came only from one side of the fence – the 1972-built area of Im Rosengärtchen and Neuhausstrasse (both facing the Feldberg). The tenants of the high rise buildings Im Rosengärtchen #11 and #13, mostly the upper floors, were hardest hit by the daily round of reveille.

Back then, the Rosengärtchen area was considered a plush neighborhood and residents had a lot of pride in living there. The article also stated they paid high rents and felt entitled to a more comforting and quiet surrounding.

By the time we had moved to the Rosengärtchen in 1995, people only shrugged when I stated my address. By then, this high rise architectural style of the early 70s had definitely lost its former grand appeal.

Residents sent their complaints to the U.S. Colonol, the local regulatory office, and the city of Oberursel. When that did not work, they started an initiative to stop this noise pollution (Lärmbelästigung).

Reveille sounded off at 5:00, 6:00, 6:10 and 7:30 every morning. The evening schedule called for 17:00, 17:15, 21:30 and 21:45 for the trumpet to announce the last call (Zapfenstreich).

The ´Zapfenstreich´ is defined as “Beating Retreat”.
Beating Retreat is a military ceremony dating back to 16th century in England and was first used in order to recall nearby patrolling units to their castle.

The article also mentions that reveille had enjoyed a rest period of six years until May 1979 when it started up again. Back in 1973, a citizens initiative had already brought reveille to a halt.

For those who haven’t heard reveille or just want to reminisce, listen to First Call/Reveille on YouTube.

Alles wird vergehen,
Geschichte bleibt bestehen.

(Everything comes to pass, history will remain)

Quoted from the German Camp King website

Officers’ Club at Camp King Oberursel

Once again, the business deal fell through.

For the past ten years,  the Stadtentwicklungs- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH Oberursel (SEWO) has been trying to sell the Officers’ Club (aka as Mountain Lodge) without success. The original asking price of € 1.5 million has come down to € 900.000, but petitions and restrictions from the  surrounding neighbors make the sale difficult, if not downright impossible.

The building, erected in 1938, served as the Officers’ Club from 1945 until 1993.

The Officers' Club at Camp King Oberursel

The last potential buyer was going to run an office on the first floor, possible rent out two spacious apartment under the roof, as well letting our historian Manfred Kopp keep his Camp King archives in the basement.

Now it is official as yesterday’s e-mail from SEWO confirmed – the house is on the market once more and the search for another location to house the Camp King documents is on.

In October 2009, the Frankfurter Rundschau had published an interesting article Büros in der alten Wiskeybar.

To read more about this project, read my previous Camp King posts.

When time stands still... Officers' Club Camp King

During the construction boom in the late 1990s, this important building was overlooked. Call it negligence or ignorance, but had a specific land-use type for this building been added BEFORE the sale of the surrounding houses, the Officers’ Club would have had a caretaker by now. Instead of being idle inventory, Oberursel could have added this as a historical monument to its portfolio.

I am afraid the tower clock will read 12:15 for many years to come.

Note: U.S. Americans refer to the building as the Officers’ Club, whereas most Germans call it the Mountain Lodge.

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