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After stauffenberg’s assassination, the nazis sacked greifenstein castle

After stauffenberg's assassination, the nazis sacked greifenstein castle

In a few days there will be a round commemoration of a remarkable and historically significant event. 75 years ago, colonel claus schenk von stauffenberg was executed at the fuhrer headquarters, the "wolfsschanze", two bombs in his briefcase, with which he wanted to kill the dictator adolf hitler at a meeting. The assassination attempt failed and the subsequent riots also affected french-speaking switzerland.

The 20. July 1944 was a thursday, a day etched in the history books and in people’s minds: the last known attack (of some 40 suspected) on hitler. It failed, but in the eyes of the european public there was a small hope that not all germans were automatically nazis who despised humanity.

Conspirators executed

Hadn’t stauffenberg betrayed himself by flying to berlin and launching "unternehmen walkure"?, the overthrow of hitler’s dictatorship, he might never have been exposed. But hitler very quickly learned of the overthrow plan and was able to take immediate revenge. Still in the night of 20. July, the graf and other conspirators were executed in berlin. Several thousand people were gradually arrested, and about 200 more conspirators were court-martialed. They were sentenced to death by the famous judge roland freisler. A very painful time began for the von stauffenberg family. On 21. July the gestapo occupied the greifenstein castle near heiligenstadt. For three days, the state police interrogated all members of the family, the assassin’s nephew, otto philipp schenk von stauffenberg, recalled many years later. The castle was confiscated in july. According to the will of heinrich himmler, it was to be rounded off in august "and the clan destroyed".

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Senior citizen drives into crowd in essen: eleven injured

Senior citizen drives into crowd in Essen: eleven injured

Dramatic scenes at a streetcar stop in essen: an 81-year-old woman drove her car into a crowd of people there on saturday. Twelve people were injured, three of them with life-threatening injuries, a police spokesman said.

It was initially unclear how the incident could have happened. According to initial findings, the police assume that it was an accident.

The victims rose against 17.15 o’clock just at the stop gervinusstrabe from the streetcar or on, when the silver-colored car drove apparently unbraked into the crowd. Eleven people were injured and hospitalized, including the 81-year-old woman and her passenger, also an elderly man.

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Fraport tests robot shuttles at frankfurt airport

Fraport tests robot shuttles at frankfurt airport

From next week on, two minibuses will be shuttling passengers between terminal 1 and terminal 2, the company announced in frankfurt.

The highly automated vehicles are to be tested for two weeks. First, there will be a 1.5-kilometer test track on the airport’s land; in the end, it will be used on public roads.

Fraport executive board member anke giesen explained that the company expects self-driving vehicles to provide better and more flexible planning. The trial on the fraport land was a test of whether and how the technology could one day be used at the airport. In addition, there is a shortage of bus drivers.

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For 40 years, seats for young players have been the focus here

For 40 years, seats for young players have been the focus here

Concord is 40 years old: the company, which once had its headquarters in stadtsteinach, is now part of the jane group in barcelona. For a long time, concord has been producing not only child seats, but also cars and accessories.
Exactly 40 years ago, the head of the storchenmuhle company – heinz-joachim kauffmann – founded the concord company. It was originally based in gefrees and was to focus mainly on building child seats. It was not until later that concord set up its headquarters in the stadtsteinach industrial area.
"The seats were completely different back then, recalls barbara wohlfahrt, the assistant to the management, and shows a blue seat made of imitation leather in the exhibition. It was simply anchored to the back seat – the isofix fastening system, side impact protection and other features were not yet known at that time.
But even model number two focused on comfort for the little ones: the seats were softly upholstered. For many years, colorful designs and animal cushions were the hallmarks of concord seats. In the meantime the demands of the customers have changed. Seats should adapt to the interior of the car.
Today, the focus when buying car seats is on the i-size standard, explains thore noll, international sales manager at jane. I-size stands for sixfold safety. The seats are fastened in the car with isofix. They take into account the size of the children, no longer the weight. "The rear-facing seats are safer", says noll and shows the latest generation seating system.
Not only babies drive against the direction of travel, but also toddlers. "This backward driving is simply safer because it minimizes the risk of crushing the neck vertebrae in an accident", says noll. And to ensure that this safety is actually maintained in practice, even on short distances, concord’s seats can no longer be rotated. "The most secure system is of no use if it is used incorrectly", so noll. The seats are tested in the company’s own safety laboratory. "That’s certainly an advantage over other manufacturers." Noll recommends that children up to four years old should drive backwards.
"In the latest generation of seats, design and safety are harmonized with each other. The seats must match the design of the cars. We couldn’t inspire consumers with animal pillows anymore," recalls, female noll. In the future, the company would like to focus on the production of car seats as well.
But increasingly important for concord is also the sale of accessories. Concord has also set itself the goal of placing jane strollers in germany as well. "But it is not so easy. In germany, heavy, coarse baby carriages are still in vogue; in other countries, the carriages are smaller. They are collapsible", so noll.
15 people are currently still working at the former company headquarters in stadtsteinach. "We have the customer service here, the back office and all repairs end up in stadtsteinach", says barbara wohlfahrt. There is also a factory sale.