Street Art by Markus Janista in Oberursel

It is always fun to discover another street art project by Markus Janista.

This one is in the Feldbergstraße in front of the Taunus Sparkasse.

Mohnblume by Markus Janista

die Mohnblume: poppy flower

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Colonel Charles B. King Memorial at Camp King Oberursel

Just last year, I had taken a photo of the flowers left on 8 May in memory of Colonel Charles B. King.

King Memorial at Camp King
8 May 2020 Camp King Oberursel

More here: https://www.pension-sprachschule.de/camp-king-oberursel/honoring-colonel-charles-b-king-at-camp-king-oberursel-on-v-e-day-2020/

Now this year, I’ve noticed the plaque in front is gone. I will notify the office in charge of this.

Memorial for Colonel King, Oberursel, 2021

‘Studio Orschel’ Oberursel Featuring Contemporary Witnesses Live Stream on 10 May 2021

Tomorrow, 10 May 2021 at 20:15 local time, ‘Studio Orschel’ (Orschel means Oberursel in the local dialect) will be featuring two local contemporary witnesses, who experienced WWII in Oberursel as young boys.

When Germany capitulated – for Oberursel this was 30 March 1945 – American troops came to occupy the town. Mr. Manfred Kopp, our ‘Mister Camp King’, and Mr. Helmut Lind, will share their observations from that time.

It was not until 8 May 1985, when the term ‘Capitulation Day’ was changed to ‘Liberation Day’ by the former President Richard von Weizäcker. In his famous speech on that day, he became the first German Head of State to do so.

Mr. Kopp knows English well, so feel free to leave your questions and comments in the chat.

Manfred Kopp, Oberursel

To join this live stream on 10 May at 20:15 our local time Germany, visit:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHpseOTQqgX8364wh6sGASg

What Goes into the Used Clothing Recycling Containers in Oberursel

These pretty red used-clothes containers have been in place since at least 2014, when I last wrote about it here. There are 24 containers to be found throughout the city. Click here for a list of locations.

Altkleider Standort Im Rosengärtchen, Einkaufszentrum

Old clothes, old shoes, and home textiles can be disposed in these containers around 21 spots in the city. These red containers, depicting the famous ‘Wäschfraa-Brunnen(wash woman fountain) are usually located next to the used-glass containers (Altglas Container) and at the city’s recycling center.

Used-clothing container BSO Oberursel

Recently, this question of what happens to the clothing deposited there was directed to me, and my research about this topic answered some of my own questions too.

Yes, you can put in your frayed clothing, such as worn down socks with holes, a stained table cloth, torn curtains, and much more – as long as these items are not soiled.

For many years, I had been putting torn clothing and the likes directly into the waste bin, where they contribute to the global mountains of trash as well as air pollution when the trash goes up in flames.

From the recycling center’s website, I have this information about what happens to the donations after pick up. What happens to the used clothes?

Then click on (in German): Was passiert mit den Altkleidern? and you get the explanation in German.

A brief translation: The old clothes get recycled by the Bremer FWS-Boer-Gruppe. They get sorted in seven certified sorting centers in Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Using 250 points of criteria, they are sorted by hand. This is done without chemical analyses or machines. Based on quality and demand, the next stop might be a second-hand shop, or a worldwide market. The final stage is going to the factory where non-wearable goods get further processed.

Here is a list of what goes in there: ✓ and what doesn’t: ✗


Altkleider Container List of Items

They take (✓list) : wearable clothes, underwear, towels, bed sheets and other household items (tea towels, etc.), blankets, bedding, goose-down feather bed covers, hats, caps, woolen hats, hand bags, belts, shoes of all kind (bundled in pairs) and plush animals.

They do not accept ( ✗ list): wet or dirty textiles, badly damaged textiles, fabric and yarn remnants, umbrellas, suitcases, baskets, carpets, mattresses.

All the other collection-bins or used-clothing containers (usually in plain white/grey) are run by various other organizations and charity groups. I have not seen a list attached to any of them, but it might be safe to assume the rules for acceptable items are similar.

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WWII Era Photos of Oberursel and its POW Collection and Interrogation Center

Our local historian, Manfred Kopp, has gathered all his material about Oberursel and its significance during the WWII era in a presentation called ‘Flieger ohne Flügel’ (Pilots without Wings).

This 53-page article also contains some photos taken during that time (1939 – 1945).

DuLag (Luft)= Durchgangslager: Collection Center

Auswertestelle West: Interrogation Center West

You can view the file here: https://www.campkingoberursel.de/files/Vortrag_2_Kopp_FliegerohneFluegel.pdf

Back to 2021. This house was the former Bieneninstitut (Bee Institute) before WWII, and is now in private hands.

Camp King Oberursel

This is the path leading up to the Mountain Lodge at Camp King. Both photos were taken about a week ago. Spring is late this year.

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