Haibach – Rescue after 17 hours – Bavaria

Haibach:Rescue after 17 hours

Only after 17 hours did a neighbor hear the cries for help from a man who was propped up in a five-meter-deep shaft. “He really stayed there all night,” said a fire department spokesman on Tuesday. But the 42-year-old from Haibach (Aschaffenburg district) was still lucky – according to the police, he was only slightly hypothermic and has a broken foot.

On Monday afternoon, the resident fell out of the window and landed on the roof of an extension, reported the fire department spokesman. He climbed onto the roof made of a kind of corrugated iron, broke in and fell into the shaft. It wasn’t until Tuesday morning that a neighbor heard his calls for help while airing. The emergency services could only save the man through the hole in the roof. “A height rescuer has roped down from the turntable ladder to him,” said the fire department spokesman. Eventually they were both pulled back up by the ladder, and the 42-year-old was taken to a hospital.

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Relics of the NS time: "One shouldn’t do the Nazis a favor"

In Nuremberg, the Zeppelin grandstand from the Nazi era is to be repaired. The architect Thomas Glöckner thinks this is wrong. A conversation about selfies in former places of horror and how one can strengthen democracy with buildings.


Rosenheim – day-care burglars caught – Bavaria



Day-care burglars caught

The police have arrested two men who have broken into kindergartens in Upper Bavaria since December and allegedly stole cash there. The police said on Monday that the 29 and 31-year-old suspects were caught red-handed during the break-in in Neubeuert (Rosenheim district). The men have admitted further break-ins since their arrest on Saturday. They are now in custody. In December the accused broke into kindergartens in Rosenheim and Stephanskirchen (district of Rosenheim), in January in facilities in the districts of Rosenheim and Miesbach. Small amounts of money were stolen and property damage occurred. According to current knowledge, they are said to have committed at least ten break-ins in the region.

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Corona live: 3300 clinic employees in quarantine due to mutations

Care Council urges more vaccinations for carers

The German Nursing Council and the Federal Nursing Chamber are pushing for more and faster vaccinations for nurses. “There are significantly more nurses who are ready to be vaccinated than there are offers for vaccination,” said the President of the Nursing Council, Franz Wagner, of the “Rheinische Post” (Saturday edition). He criticized some federal states. There must be “significant improvements in how the vaccinations are organized”.

“A vaccination of the carers at the workplace must be made possible everywhere”, demanded Wagner. “And a lot more vaccine has to be made available, because currently not even the people with the highest priority can all be vaccinated promptly.” At the same time, work on vaccination information campaigns should continue in order to be able to address different target groups.

A lack of willingness to vaccinate “is not the problem”, said Markus Mai from the Presidium of the Federal Chamber of Care. “The problem is that the vaccine is scarce and the first states like North Rhine-Westphalia have imposed a vaccination ban on clinics,” he also told the “Rheinische Post”. This approach leads “to a loss of confidence of the hospital staff and is coupled with great disappointment”, criticized Mai further.

He also warned of a loss of motivation in the population: “It is to be feared that the population is slowly getting tired after more than a year of corona measures,” said Mai. However, it is a fallacy to believe that “if the number of infections falls, we will be safe,” he argued against the premature lifting of protective measures.


Nazi history in football: Beyond the “Gleichschaltung” (neue-deutschland.de)

In terms of history work, sport is a laggard. Even after five “Carl Diem debates” since the West German 1950s, he cannot bring himself to take a critical stance towards the sports official who organized the 1936 Olympic Games. And for a long time, the process of coming to terms with Germany’s favorite sport, football, was at a snail’s pace. It wasn’t until 2000 that people began to be interested in questions such as how players and officials adapted, who refused and who cooperated, even benefited – and who “disappeared” – as Jews, as leftists. How far this path was, however, hardly anyone knows better than Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling.

The Noah’s Ark story

“There was next to no talk about it in the 1950s. Often not on the part of the victims either, in the interests of the association’s peace, «says the author and historian. The silence was supported by the leadership of the German Football Association (DFB). In the post-war period he spread the harmonious self-image of an “apolitical Noah’s Ark”, which “sailed stably through the various forms of political rule: the German Empire, Weimar Republic, Nazi years – now the Federal Republic.” Anyone who touched this dogma was harshly rejected. Even the well-known intellectual Walter Jens was, according to Schulze-Marmeling, “declared persona non grata” when he asked for more history work in front of gathered dignitaries on the 75th anniversary of the DFB, which was founded in 1900. After that, nothing happened for a long time, both at the DFB and on site. If the association didn’t have a problem, why should one research in the associations?

The Noah’s Ark story goes back to the “history of German football” by Carl Kohepel, a DFB functionary who held leading positions before, during and after the Nazi era; after 1945 he was press spokesman. Accordingly, football had basically remained neutral and clean during the Nazi era. In 1954, this corresponded to the general attitude in the West German post-war state – and the legend persisted for a very long time in the relatively isolated public of the association.

It was only when historians “from outside” and critical fans began to be interested in the history of the association in the 1980s and 1990s that the first critical articles appeared in the Federal Republic. But momentum only got into the matter in 2000 with Arthur Heinrich’s political history of the DFB. In 2003, Bernd Beyer recalled Walther Bensemann – German-Jewish football pioneer and founder of the “Kicker” magazine – with a biographical novel. At the same time, the anthology “Star of David and Leather Ball” was the first major German-language publication on the Jewish side of football history to draw attention to the clubs.

Here, too, for a long time embellished chronicles, often created internally, had predominated. When Schulze-Marmeling and the publishing house “Die Werkstatt” started a series of club stories in the 1990s, the bar was set correspondingly low: “For the years 1933 to 1945, the authors were asked not to be content with the fact that it was dark there over Germany, which is why nobody knows what was actually happening, «he looks back. The results were “initially rather modest” – but “at least this time was no longer simply ignored.”

In 2002, a book about Borussia Dortmund started a more precise history – for the 2006 men’s soccer World Cup, in which the country wanted to be cosmopolitan, proved beneficial in addition to the “Tatort Stadion” exhibition series about right-wing extremists on today’s grandstands. It was in this context that books about the Nazi era of large associations appeared, such as “The Betze Under the Swastika” about 1. FC Kaiserslautern or publications on Schalke and SG Eintracht Frankfurt. Their example also shows how tough it was: “Even in the 1999 book› 100 Years Eintracht Frankfurt ‹commissioned by the association, 39 lines were enough for the Nazi era,” says Matthias Thoma, director of the association’s museum. “Actually, you only learn that a flak tower was built at the club’s headquarters and the stadium was bombed.”

From victim to perpetrator stories

Thoma himself corrected this picture in 2007 with the study “We were the Juddebubbe”. In fact, before 1933, the footballers of the bourgeois-liberal club were often so called because they – as de facto professionals – were employed by the Jewish shoe factory J. & CA Schneider. But although this was still known after 1945 and Eintracht fans were occasionally abused anti-Semitic, the club not only has a “victim story” – although one seems to emerge from the book title.

Thomas Buch showed how the club was brought into line and Jewish members were forced out, how everyday life was organized and how the Hitler Youth took over club sports. It was also discussed who was driving this forward in the club – for example Rudolf Gramlich (1908-1988), former player, long-time president and honorary president until 2020. That Gramlich probably benefited from the “Aryanization”, that he was a member of a skull regiment of the Waffen-SS: All of that was written in Thomas Buch. And yet, in 2018, “Bild” was still able to cause a stir in the context of Eintracht by once again taking up Gramlich’s past with the Waffen SS.

The fact that the motives were not only noble – the article countered President Peter Fischer, who had positioned himself against racism, anti-Semitism and the AfD – is one thing. The other is that eleven years after Thomas Buch, knowing about Gramlich had no consequences. This was made up for after the Fritz Bauer Institute in Frankfurt had created the study “Club Leader”, which examined Gramlich’s deeds at the top of the club from 1938 to 1942 – where he cooperated with Adolf Metzner, who later became the sports reporter of the “Zeit”. According to Thoma, this study “explicitly focused on those responsible for the first time.”

External reappraisal, which also considers perpetrators, instead of cultivating tradition characterized by loyalties: A good 75 years later, this will hopefully become standard in football. FC Bayern is also following this path: At the Institute for Contemporary History Munich-Berlin, a doctoral candidate is currently working on the project “FC Bayern Munich 1929-1949. The rise and fall of a club in the comparative context of the development of German football”. We can look forward to the results. As certainly as FC Bayern was discriminated against as a »Jewish club« in the Third Reich and as much as its fans identify today with the Jewish President Kurt Landauer, who headed the club from 1913 to 1914, from 1919 to 1933 and from 1947 to 1951, so It is uncertain whether facts beyond a pure “victim story” will not open up there too.

In the program of the “Werkstatt” it is noticeable that there is no publication about important Eastern associations under the titles à la “In the Nazi era” or “Under the swastika”. The reason for this is that the clubs from the East, which now play in the 1st to 3rd Bundesliga, were only founded in the GDR – where workers’ sport, which was destroyed in the Nazi regime, was built on and organized sport beyond football, for example Carl Diem had quickly given up.

Nevertheless, there are also initial projects in the East that deal with the forerunners of today’s clubs. In the SV Babelsberg 03 fan project, for example, a »Research Group Babelsberg 03 in National Socialism«: Seven interested parties aged 15 to the end of 20 look for gaps in the club’s history. The current fourth division got its current name in 1938 because the Nazis renamed Nowawes in Babelsberg, which sounded “German”. In the GDR, the BSG Motor Babelsberg kicked in the Liebknecht Stadium, after the fall of the century again as Babelsberg 03.

Missed opportunities

Fourth division games are also played by the newly founded BSG Chemie Leipzig in the Alfred Kunze Sports Park (AKS) today. As part of the 100th anniversary of the venue of the traditional GDR club last year, the book “100 Years of AKS” is being created. Project manager Alexander Mennicke is doing his doctorate in cultural studies and is the lead singer at games. He sees the stadium as a “socio-cultural space” in which the history of the working-class district of Leutzsch is reflected. After communist and social democratic clubs were banned in 1933, no games were played there for two years. Then the workers’ athletes met under a new name. But this story also has breaks. In the GDR the stadium was named after Georg Schwarz, a politician who was murdered by the Nazis. The footballer Alfred Kunze, namesake since 1992, was the club’s successful coach and an important football theorist in the GDR, but also in the NSDAP.

A “history of football in NS” as a synopsis of association and club stories may still be a long way off. Perhaps, however, it is becoming apparent that the picture of “synchronization” does not really fit here either. Many club histories show that hatred and exclusion not only came – almost inevitably – “from above”, but also from an eagerness from “below” that was never entirely without alternatives. In Frankfurt, the Jewish footballer Julius Lehmann was still playing in the third team in 1937, in 1940 Bayern players greeted their exiled president, who had fled to Zurich, demonstratively in the stands: The really bitter thing about the history of the NS is that there were quite separate social rooms in society in which the crackdown by the Nazis could at least have been lessened – if more brakemen had been found. In general, sport was no more an »ark« than soccer in particular, but it was also such a space of wasted opportunities – no matter how small they were: there might have been more small dinghies.


Wiesenfeld: Dead girl in manure pit – new information – Bavaria

Friedrich Schmidbauer (Name changed) had already given up the belief that the Sabine B. case is still being investigated. An unsolved case of murder of a girl 27 years ago, as the hope for groundbreaking knowledge vanished. The 13-year-old did not come home on December 15, 1993 and was found lifeless two days later in a cesspool in her home town of Wiesenfeld. The 25th anniversary two years ago had stirred up the people in the 1100-inhabitant town in the Main-Spessart district, of course. But hardly anyone had expected a large-scale operation in the murder case. Until the investigators are back with numerous emergency vehicles in the village and a neighboring community, almost like in 1993.

A 44-year-old was arrested, he is an urgent suspect. Schmidbauer plays a role in the case, as we know it from previous evening thrillers, but less from actual criminal cases. He experienced what it did to the place 27 years ago when a girl didn’t come home shortly before Christmas. When the whole town was combed through for traces of the 13-year-old who disappeared overnight, two pieces of evidence were found at a riding stables outside of Wiesenfeld: the girl’s bike and a key to the riding stables that the 13-year-old owned . Shortly afterwards, the investigators made a terrible discovery: They first found the clothes of the 13-year-olds. Then in a cesspool of the Aussiedlerhof the lifeless Sabine B. Presumably, the investigators assumed in 1993, the girl was killed on the courtyard’s floor. The investigators found traces of violence on the neck and head, and straw in the girl’s mouth; and on the cesspool there was a heavy concrete slab that was supposed to be used to hide the lifeless 13-year-old. A nightmare for investigators.

The peace came to an abrupt end in that place. The fact that the perpetrator (s) presumably had to come from the small town with the narrow houses near vineyards in Lower Franconia or a neighboring community was something that everyone insisted on, says Schmidbauer. Who else even knew the horse farm near Wiesenfeld, where the village youth and young adults met and passed the time? The investigators then targeted three suspects: a 17-year-old from the area, a 29-year-old from Wiesenfeld and a 15-year-old, also from Wiesenfeld. The suspicion against the youngest of them initially seemed to strengthen. He had become involved in contradictions, was arrested three times, had to be released three times: no urgent suspicion. In the end, the youth had to answer for murder in June 1994, but was acquitted in July 1994. And later died in a car accident.

The investigations stalled, which burdened everyone in the village, but Schmidbauer the most. The now 74-year-old former foreign fitter had no special relationship with the case, he only knew the 13-year-old by sight, a “robust, boyish” girl, they say in the village. In contrast to others, however, he, Schmidbauer, did not want to let the matter rest – “even if it was basically nothing to do with me”. He wrote to the public prosecutor’s office and to Günther Beckstein, the interior minister at the time, complaining that the police officers used in the case apparently did not belong to the first division of investigators. And he complained directly to the police. A leading officer who was considered a Franconian model criminal investigator and also played a key role in the unresolved Peggy case tried to reassure him at the time: They were his best people. It was just that they weren’t successful.

That Schmidbauer has lost his nerve several times over this, he comes to speak himself. He once grabbed a suspect by the neck, supposedly to show him what it’s like to be breathless. Schmidbauer had to answer in court. He’s not proud of it and therefore doesn’t want to read his real name in the newspaper.

As long as there is still blood in his veins, the case will keep him busy, he once told investigators. And now hopes that the case will still be solved and that peace can finally return to Wiesenfeld. DNA is tell-tale, and methods of analyzing traces have improved. Because of these traces, the investigators were now in two places in the Main-Spessart district, one of the two places led directly to one of the former three suspects, the then 17-year-old. He is “urgently suspected of having killed the girl who was four years younger at the time,” explains Chief Prosecutor Thorsten Seebach. The case files were “never closed”, says police spokesman Björn Schmitt, and profilers also dealt with the case. An investigating judge issued an arrest warrant on Thursday for suspected murder against the 44-year-old.


Leipzig does not see a “master’s duty” (neue-deutschland.de)

Julian Nagelsmann refrained from declaring war on Bayern Munich. With RB Leipzig the coach is still the first hunter of the record champions after the first half of the Bundesliga, but nobody wants to put unnecessary pressure on the Saxons. “We don’t have an obligation to become German champions,” said Nagelsmann after the 1-0 (0-0) win over 1. FC Union Berlin.

Leipzig is four points behind the leader from Munich. Four points that RB unnecessarily gave away in Nagelsmann’s eyes. Victories were possible against Cologne (0-0) and Wolfsburg (2-2), the 33-year-old calculated: “We are basically satisfied with the first half of the season.”

Especially in view of the complicated preparation for the season, Leipzig’s performance stands out. Like FC Bayern, RB played the final tournament of the Champions League in Lisbon in August. There followed a short break and another triple load in the first half of the season.

Nagelsmann wants to build on the good appearance. “We’re trying our best to be successful and to get the most out of the second half of the season,” he said.

The minimum goal is to qualify for the Champions League again. In the end, it is also up to Bayern Munich whether it is enough. “There is still a team above us,” said Nagelsmann, who had no sympathy for the recent crisis debate about Bayern.

Munich would have had a phase in which they would not have shown the usual dominance. But: »You still scored at least four points more than all the other teams. So the crisis can’t be that bad. “

Victory against the favorite scare

Nagelsmann’s appearance against Union gave Nagelsmann the courage to hunt down the industry leader. The league’s favorite scare, which had previously wrested points from FC Bayern, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, also held up well against RB.

But the Leipzig people’s patience paid off. Substitute playmaker Emil Forsberg (70th) broke the spell. For his team, success is “a small maturation process,” said Nagelsmann, who praised the calm of his players.

Union also earned recognition. The Berlin team scored 28 points in 17 games, and the underdog developed into a surprise team. Sixth place and the prospect of a place in the European Cup are proof of good work. The conclusion is “of course positive,” said coach Urs Fischer. Nevertheless, he held on to his mantra. “We’re not through yet. The objective remains the same, that means: staying up, “said the Swiss:” For that you need a few points. We have to work on that. “

There are some things “that we can do better,” emphasized Fischer. »When I look at the statistics and see a pass rate of 91 percent in Leipzig and only 79 percent in our case. You have to be able to get out of pressure situations and remain precise. We can improve that. ”Marvin Friedrich saw it that way too. “It’s getting better and better,” said the defender. The defeat in Leipzig should be made up for quickly. “We’ve got a really big cushion down. We can be confident, but you can also get into a bad phase quickly. Of course we don’t hope so, ”said midfielder Robert Andrich. SID


Donauwörth – man steals FCB lollipops – Bavaria



Man steals FCB lollipops

A well-known thief gave the police a curious reason for stealing a two-euro FC Bayern Munich lollipop from a shopping mile in Donauwörth. He is a “Bayern fan” and wanted to be equipped with a lucky charm for the game against FC Augsburg. As a police spokesman reported on Thursday, the 38-year-old had been watched by the sales force as he put the lollipop. While FC Bayern won the away game against Augsburg, the 38-year-old expects a criminal complaint on Wednesday for the theft.

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Markus Söder as candidate for chancellor? Survey at CSU base – Bavaria

The CDU finally has a new chairman, months late. It became Armin Laschet, the delegates elected the Prime Minister from North Rhine-Westphalia at the digital party congress on the weekend. But who will now be the Union’s candidate for chancellor? Laschet too? Or not right now?

The interpretations of Markus Söder’s role in the new constellation are increasing and some prophets are predicting a career for the Bavarian Prime Minister in Berlin. As a rule, he himself only repeats his mantra: “My place is in Bavaria” – and leaves enough room for speculation. But what does your own party actually say? Would CSU members like to let their boss go? A poll at the grassroots level.

Zita Baur, 51, is the head of the town hall in Fellen in the Lower Franconian district of Main-Spessart. Markus Söder? “I’m a fan of his,” says Baur, who only joined the CSU in June. In this respect, she is divided as to its future. She would like to see Söder take responsibility in Berlin as well. But what will happen to Bavaria then, she also wonders. She appreciated the fact that Söder did not hang his political “flag in the wind” in the Corona crisis most about him. She knows that Söder was accused of precisely this in the past: “But at the moment he’s not doing that.”

For René Boldt, 47, city councilor in Coburg, Upper Franconia, the Union’s candidacy for chancellor amounts to a duel. “And if Messrs Markus Söder and Armin Laschet want to have breakfast together, I would invite them – I will cook eggs.” What if Söder should prevail? “Then that would be a shame for the Free State, but very good for the federal government.” Boldt estimates that whether this happens will probably depend on the upcoming state elections – if the CDU does not do well, “then the pressure will grow”. Boldt still knows Söder from the Junge Union. “This is someone who fights with an open visor,” says Boldt. And: “He can be Chancellor.”

Astrid Gabler, 49, city councilor in Augsburg, would find a Bavarian chancellor candidate good for Germany. “But I think that Markus Söder will think twice about leaving beautiful Bavaria and what he has created here.” Somehow yes, but maybe better not, so the diplomatic answer is whether Söder should move to Berlin. There is already a big gap in the Free State, says Gabler. On the other hand, Söder shows, especially in the Corona crisis, that he takes responsibility, that he is “a man of the crisis” – and that is not the worst quality for a candidate for chancellor.

Andrea Louzil, 59, district councilor in the central Franconian district of Erlangen-Höchstadt, fears that Söder will have to run. Because if she goes through the possible CDU candidates, she thinks of a crucial flaw in each one. She is therefore worried that Söder could be “burned up in the election campaign”. As has already happened to other CSU applications as candidate for chancellor. She therefore believes that the Union plays for time in order to give opponents as little time as possible to discover mistakes in the candidate Söder. Because that is clear: Should he compete, an attempt would be made to “finish him off – as a candidate from Bavaria”.

Stephan Geist, 35, JU chairman in Donauwörth, doesn’t have to think twice: Markus Söder should stay in Bavaria, he is the right man here. “They would only spoil him in Berlin, poor Markus,” he says and laughs. The CDU should do it themselves, they would find a suitable candidate. But if Söder was so inviolable, wouldn’t he be the right man for the entire Federal Republic for that very reason? You can be a little selfish, Geist says: “We in Bavaria put the state before the federal government.” If Söder leaves anyway, the JU man won’t be afraid: “We have other capable politicians here,” he says.

Markus Ihle, 46, is the chairman of the CSU local association Passau-Mitte, born in Flensburg. There he used to often “hear the flippant remark: What is your Söder doing there again?” That has changed, Söder now also has great support outside of Bavaria. But chancellor candidate? “I tend not to let him do it if there is a reasonable alternative.” At some point the pandemic will subside, and then the economic consequences will be “clearer than now,” says Ihle. A thankless task, since a chancellor could easily get “a bloody nose”. And in Bavaria the CSU no longer has an absolute majority, it would like to have it back. “The question is: with whom do we want to achieve this then?” The Niederbayern Ihle can only think of one: the Niederbayer Manfred Weber, EPP group leader in the EU Parliament.

Charlotte Konrad, 61, city councilor in Waldkraiburg in Upper Bavaria, Söder could well imagine herself as a candidate for chancellor and also as a chancellor. “But I don’t want it. I want him to stay in Bavaria,” says Konrad, justifying this with “a bit of Bavarian selfishness and egoism” and a lack of possible successors as Prime Minister. Since Ilse Aigner became president of the state parliament, “I don’t see anything now,” says Konrad. In addition, many CDU members wanted Söder to be a candidate for chancellor, but it was not entirely certain whether “someone from Bavaria would be supported by the voters”. Konrad would prefer to stay with Prime Minister Söder. When it comes down to it, act purposefully and consistently – if necessary, with a cabinet reshuffle, as recently with the change in the Ministry of Health.

Andreas Argstatter, 51, dairy farmer from Piding in the Berchtesgadener Land, joined the CSU a good two decades ago for local political reasons. He is declared difficult with Söder and the K question. Personally he is “not necessarily a Söder fan anyway” – also because the Prime Minister “has a certain penchant for shows. Not a day goes by without a press conference from Söder”. In addition, a Bavarian chancellor had never been made, even Strauss and Stoiber had failed. “But what is the alternative?” Asks Argstatter, because he also sees “not such a large selection of good Federal Chancellors” in the Union. And a successor to Söder would somehow be found in Bavaria, Argstatter believes. In Berchtesgadener Land, for example, there is “someone with ambitions,” he says, referring to Agriculture Minister Michaela Kaniber.

Ingrid today, 31, is Vice President of the Mittelstands-Union in the Upper Palatinate. She thinks that Markus Söder is “not doing so badly” in the Corona crisis. At least for the fact that it was the first pandemic for him too. Chancellor? “Mei, you can imagine,” says Heut, “but I think it would be better if he stayed in Bavaria.” Why? He’s doing a “good job”, so it would be a shame for Bavaria and the CSU to lose him, “says Heut. Should Markus Söder move to Berlin as Chancellor in the end, Ingrid Heut is not worried about her party. For the successor in Bavaria there are “some candidates who offer opportunities.” If the worst comes to the worst, the CSU will “position itself well”.