Aschheim: Housing containers for refugees burn out – district of Munich

In a fire in an asylum accommodation in Dornach near Munich, a person was injured early Thursday morning. She was taken to hospital with burns. The emergency services had been alerted because fire had broken out in seven residential containers, the police said. They burned out completely.

As a result, almost 40 residents of the entire accommodation had to be brought to safety – they were accommodated in other homes, it said. The residential containers were located in the industrial area of ​​Dornach, a district of Aschheim in the district of Munich, directly on the city limits to Munich.

According to the police, the alarm came at around 1:45 a.m., a local resident called. The cause of the fire was initially unclear, the criminal police in Munich started the investigation that night.

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Taufkirchen – millions in damage in a major fire – district of Munich

In a fire on a farm in the Taufkirchen district of Potzham, millions of dollars were lost on Sunday evening. The fire brigade spent hours extinguishing an agricultural building that was on fire. After the alarm was received at 5:25 p.m., it took until around 9:30 p.m. before the fire was completely extinguished. The houses adjoining the barn were evacuated as a precaution and four residents were brought to safety.

Because it was no longer possible to enter the barn, the fire brigade concentrated on protecting the attached house and the surrounding buildings. Among other things, three turntable ladders were used for this. Several gas cylinders were recovered from a nearby building. Fire fighters from Taufkirchen, Unterhaching, Oberhaching and Ottobrunn as well as the ABC-Zug München-Land were in action. As a precaution, the Grünwald fire brigade was alerted to Unterhaching to secure the areas of the weirs in use.

According to current knowledge, no people have been injured. The police estimate the damage at 1.5 million euros. According to the police, a fan heater, which was used to thaw a frozen water pipe, may have triggered the fire. The police station 13 has taken over the investigation.

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Precision Research – Scientific Heavyweights – District of Munich

LaDiff (formerly known as Flexx) and Firepod make hearts beat faster in the new year. Not the young hip-hop fans, even if the names suggest that, but those of the researchers at the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz-Zentrum (MLZ) in Garching.

The research institute on the campus of the Technical University of Munich (TU) will namely be the new home of the two million and tons of research instruments; Starting next year, the devices will be relocated step by step from Berlin to Garching and adapted to the local conditions. With their help, the spectrum of research opportunities at the Heinz Maier Leibnitz Center and the connected Munich II research reactor (FRM II) is expanded.

Both instruments are designed to help scientists gain deeper insights into the structure of different materials. To put it simply, this is done by irradiating the desired material and then measuring the extent to which the beam is bent (diffraction). LaDiff will be located in the neutron guide hall west of the FRM II next to the existing Mira three-axis spectrometer and will offer both Larmor diffraction and three-axis spectrometry.

“LaDiff will create new possibilities to measure lattice constants with an external magnetic field with unprecedented precision,” explains Professor Peter Müller-Buschbaum, Scientific Director at the MLZ. That could also be interesting for new user groups. Firepod, on the other hand, is supposed to help satisfy the high demand for scientific research using powder diffraction. With this method, researchers make chemical reactions in batteries visible and determine the exact position of the atoms in a substance.

In total, the scientists at the MLZ already have 26 instruments at their disposal for testing their research hypotheses; According to the research center, four more are currently under construction. The two new devices come from the Helmholtz Center in Berlin.

The devices are no longer needed in Berlin

The center’s research neutron source was shut down as scheduled at the end of 2019, so the instruments there are superfluous. The joy that the scientific equipment is now finding a new home in Garching is mutual. Politicians are also obviously benevolent in continuing to use the special devices: The Federal Ministry of Science and Research is making more than 5.6 million euros available for this.

The move is complex and has been prepared well in advance. Both the large and heavy instruments as well as the existing structure at the MLZ in Garching have to be partially rebuilt so that the Firepod and LaDiff fit the Garching neutron beam. In particular, the connection to the neutron guide from the Garching research reactor will be completely redesigned, explains MLZ spokeswoman Andrea Voit. This can only be done with high precautionary measures, and shielding is also established.

The devices also require, for example, a special, particularly smooth surface so that they can be precisely positioned for every required measurement. This work requires specially trained staff who are now organizing the move in Garching. A total of four years are estimated until both devices arrive in Garching and are ready for use.

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The message of the party leader – Munich district

It is a December morning in Neubiberg and Natascha Kohnen is talking about what she has politically up to next year. That’s a lot, even if she is then no longer chairman of the Bayern SPD. She has to interrupt the phone call because it is ringing at her front door. “This is our really nice postman,” she apologizes. She gave him some homemade jams. Homemade? When does a woman like Natascha Kohnen have time to cook jam between the state parliament and district council, between party and mandate, between Munich, Bayreuth, Regensburg and Aschaffenburg? Even if politics is often done in the home office and digitally in the Corona year. “Well,” she admits and laughs, the family made the jam. But she is sure that she will soon have more time for something like this herself.

More time, that is the luxury she looks forward to when the party leaders take over in the new year. “Cooking with the family” is one of the things she has set out to do. And reading, of course. She has so many books lying there that she has never looked at. Joy, yes, but these are also a bit of her “consolation”, she admits. You won’t hear from her that she’s now under a load, that she is finally rid of this job that has only been losing for many years. It is not like that. Even if there has always been something different for her, her home and family have always been her retreat: She is passionate about politics. And she loves her party. Still. Or right now.

Kohnen has always asserted that she is not sticking to the post, especially when her critics asked her to resign again. Nevertheless, she did the job with conviction. “I’m not someone who just takes on an office like that,” she says. When she was asked back in 2009 if she wanted to become general secretary of the SPD, she asked for three months to think about it. She asked herself whether she could manage it, whether she would meet her own standards. Today she is convinced: “A man would not have thought about it.”

Eventful years

“A little melancholy” also resonates when she, the Bayern boss, the former co-negotiator of the coalition negotiations in Berlin, soon puts her focus back on her constituency in the Munich district. She has seen an incredible amount in recent years, “and I don’t want to miss a single day at this time,” she says looking back. Even if some things were tough, if the evening of the state elections in 2018, when the SPD with top candidate Kohnen achieved only 9.7 percent and thus their worst result, was even “super tough”, as she says.

She had been accused of showing too little presence and focusing on the wrong topics. With her calm, friendly and matter-of-fact manner, she was not noticed enough by the voters. “I’m not someone who just knocks you out, the SPD is not a party of simple words,” she says, “decency and respect is still what I stand for.” You have not been able to assert yourself, that’s probably true. “But I believe that a lot has to change in the long run.” She wants to oppose populism and the simplification of issues. “Nothing is easy,” says Kohnen. For her it is still about objectivity, about explaining the complex processes to people, “that is an important aspect of politics”.

After the election debacle two years ago and the equally poor performance in the 2019 European elections, rumors kept coming up that Kohnen would switch to federal politics. “I am a state parliament through and through,” she continues, “I’m not going to Berlin!” Here, after all, she can also design things and she by no means wants to do without the district council, “you are always put on the floor.” You look in the other direction, towards the lower level of politics. To where she began 20 years ago when she joined the SPD and as a councilor. “I come from local politics, that’s a circular argument,” she says, and wants that to be understood as a message to the state executive. “The communal must move forward.” SPD politicians always reflexively refer to the town halls when they want to make it clear that there are also areas in which they are the boss. “Eleven mayors in large cities,” emphasizes Kohnen.

Living and building on the agenda

She calls for the levels to be more closely intertwined because she is convinced that this is the only way to solve urgent problems. For them, one topic has been at the top of their agenda, not just since the state elections: living and building. She sees this as a central task of her politics and that of the SPD, because it is about social justice. Even if the topic did not ignite during the election campaign, Kohnen never tires of continuing as her parliamentary group’s housing policy spokeswoman. For them, the topic is also a legacy from Hans-Jochen Vogel.

She wants to establish “Housing First”, for example, a successful strategy against homelessness in Finland. First a homeless person gets his own apartment, then re-integration begins and he can work again. “The housing benefit requests are exploding right now, and everything must be done to keep the apartments in any case,” she says. Kohnen starts the new year with three events, all of which are headed: How do we want to live? On February 11, she wants to discuss visionary ideas on the subject of living online with Rupert Voss, a building and social entrepreneur. Then the Lord Mayor of Mannheim, Peter Kurz, is on her digital invitation list. It should be about the question of how the world would change if mayors ruled it. Kurz is chairman of the “world parliament of mayors”. And finally, Kohnen plans to share the screen with Professor Michael Butter from the University of Tübingen, an expert in conspiracy theories.

Is there still time for a yodel course? Kohnen laughs. Ever since her double on the Nockherberg, Nikola Norgauer, warbled “With Gejodel I would be popular”, it has been an option. “We have been friends since then,” reveals Kohnen, “Let’s put it this way: I’m close.”

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Art in Times of Pandemic – Theater of Streams – District of Munich

Michael Altinger, cabaret, Schlaglicht program.  Garching, Theatron in the Römerhof

Michi Altinger at the open air in Garching.

(Photo: Florian Peljak)

Old Trafford, the legendary stadium of the English top club Manchester United, enjoys the beautiful nickname “Theater of Dreams”: Theater of dreams. A not-so-legendary institution in the Munich district will become the “Theater of Streams” this year – the Kleine Theater Haar. The head of the house, Matthias Riedel-Rüppel, and his team faced the pandemic-related restrictions in many ways – including professional live streaming. The offer of the “digital theater” is used respectably, during the cultural shutdown in November and December there are still some virtual well-attended performances in Haar, for which the culture lovers are prepared to pay money. In general, the Art Nouveau house in the district is the hotspot par excellence, of a cultural nature, of course.

To what extent the pair of terms “culture” and “system relevance” correspond, there are different views. With Riedel-Rüppel, this question, and as it has often been discussed in politics, tends to trigger the desire for a bucket. “For me, systemic relevance is the bad word of the year. I find that incredibly disrespectful,” he says, referring to the many fates that are intertwined with the cultural shutdown. “I know a lot of artists, and some of them haven’t earned anything since March. The situation is just as sad for technicians who don’t have a permanent job.” Riedl-Rüppel tried hard to counteract this compulsory break, and also learned something about the implementation of hygiene measures or digitization, but of course he could have done without a lot. “It was exciting, but it was also often very sad. Corona dominated everything.”

The Kleine Theater Haar without an audience.

(Photo: Claus Schunk)

Athletes like the Manchester United footballers, who have not been very successful in recent years, should tick off unpleasant defeats and setbacks quickly in the interests of psychological strengthening: Don’t look back, look ahead, reflect on your own strengths, think positively. On and on, on and on.

Can artists and cultural workers do that too? Just tick off a year crowned by Corona, overcome the swath that the pandemic has made in everyday life for a whole year without long-term consequences? No of course not. Those who got through the year financially without major dents may actually have been happy about the phenomenon of forced deceleration, which created freedom for creative moments without being bound by deadlines, or they perceived the historical state of emergency as an aesthetic experience. Many others, especially the self-employed, complained and suffered from the many rejections, the associated losses and, moreover, from the partial problem of getting adequate support from the state

The final March concert in Grünwald.

(Photo: Claus Schunk)

Some artists who cultivate their outsider existence do not want to be systemically relevant at all, other more socially oriented culture makers like Hannah Stegmayer, director of the Pullacher Bürgerhaus, say: “Art and culture are food.” Many organizers and people working in the cultural sector are annoyed by the speed and severity with which politicians closed theaters, cinemas, museums and stages – especially in the cultural state of Bavaria. Thomas Gotterbarm, cultural advisor in Garching, is also someone who took every opportunity to realize events, including open-air performances in the summer in the Theatron – Michael Altinger’s two appearances there in June were the first for the cabaret artist known as Rampensau the lockdown and long break from the stage. “Everything is better live,” says Gotterbarm, but he also knows: “Cultural events are not an absolute necessity”. As far as the value and necessity of culture are concerned, different approaches were taken in the communities and in the town houses. In many places, those responsible tried, if the opportunity arose, to hold events – whether in Pullach, Oberhaching, Taufkirchen, Neubiberg, Unterföhring or elsewhere. In Unterschleißheim, where the renovation of the community center is dragging on, there was also eager streaming – and it was also possible to successfully move the annual “Lichtblicke” benefit concerts to Garching. In Unterföhring, where the ten-year existence of the Bürgerhaus was celebrated this year, these celebrations took place only to a limited extent: after all, there was a successful open-air cinema in the summer and of course the anniversary theater performance of the Bürgerbühne for the tenth birthday in October – just before the gates for the second Times had to close. Culture did not enjoy prioritization everywhere. In Grünwald, where in March shortly before the first lockdown, the duo Runge & Ammon gave a moving “farewell” concert with the program “Roll Over Beethoven”, the political will was not excessive, the well-known series “Grünwalder concerts” and to continue “Klassik plus” under new, alternative conditions.

Beyond the discourses about the meaning and relevance of culture, there were many beautiful events in the district this year that had an inspiring, enriching effect even under pandemic-related restrictions. The actions of the Unterföhringer association “Tree of Hope” around the artist Zuheir Darwish, who offered a “fence of hope” in the village, where children, adolescents and adults could develop creatively and exude confidence, were a nice little example. The local art association celebrated its 25th anniversary in Ottobrunn: with interesting exhibitions, as good and as long as possible – and here too, not least, the digitally offered options were impressive. The Kallmann Museum in Ismaning was able to show the exciting, inspiring exhibition “The expansion of the market zone” in the summer and autumn, with a good response.

“Expansion of the market zone” in the Kallmann Museum.

(Photo: Claus Schunk)

Worth mentioning is the video-accompanied CD release concert by the brothers and directors of the “Ottobrunner Concerts” Johannes Tonio and Cornelius Claudio Kreusch in the Wolf-Ferrari-Haus in autumn. The jazz pianist Bernd Lhotzky, who lives in Riemerling, would have had a special concert in Oberhaching on December 11th – his 50th birthday concert in the Bürgersaal bei Forstner. That was of course not. Lhotzky himself found this year, so cursed by many, actually quite fruitful. He enjoyed new, freed creative power.

Nevertheless, despite all the ambivalence: 2020 was a difficult year for many. What remains? What’s coming? Wait and hope that at some point there will be more talk of dreaming than streaming.

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Star of Bethlehem – Cosmic Summit – District of Munich

Every 20 years or so, Saturn and Jupiter approach each other so closely that, viewed from Earth, they appear to merge into a brightly shining celestial body. Next Monday, December 21st, it’s that time again. “In search of the star of Bethlehem: the cosmic summit” is the title of an astronomical-theological discussion with sky observation and chat, which will be broadcast live from the hall of honor of the Deutsches Museum on Sunday, December 20, from 4 pm. It is about the common theories about the Star of Bethlehem, which looks like a comet on most historical paintings. Nevertheless there is the thesis that this celestial phenomenon was a supernova or that the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter provided that extraordinary spectacle. This free event will be broadcast online at www.youtube.com/user/vhsmuenchen.

© SZ vom 19.12.2020

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SZ series “Lichtblicke”, part 5 – Palace of a Thousand Cables – District of Munich

Schleissheim has its castles, Garching its light palace. Which hardly anyone suspects in the university town, which is not exactly known for its glamor factor, and certainly not in the bustling Hochbrück industrial park. Whereby the name is rather whitewashed. There is plenty of light in this facility, which is operated by Tüv Süd. But black-colored walls, metal shelves and doors, lots of cables and rooms designed for practicality are more in keeping with the name light laboratory. And then there is the new colleague. Shiny black metal, precise, slow movements. Since this year the laboratory, in which all types of light sources are tested, has a robogoniometer. Florian Hockel is proud of the robot, the head of the light laboratory says, “There is only one system in the world”.

The light laboratory is somewhat hidden in the extensive Tüv area. Here, where different things are tested, from batteries to household or garden tools, there is a separate department for lighting. Hockel, who had previously headed application technology for LED modules at Osram, switched to Tüv in 2017 and, as he says, got to know the “other side of the coin” there. This is where the manufacturers’ lamps are checked for their functions, from the illuminated snowman to street lamps to the designer floor lamp or the integrated table lamp, everything is included.

His department is officially called “Light, Luminaires and Multimedia Devices”, which means that the 25 examiners also test, for example, smartphone displays for their luminance. Customers are manufacturers or sellers, such as large chains, who buy their goods in Asia, for example, and want to know whether they work. The operating instructions are also looked at to see whether they are understandable for the consumer.

The main focus is of course on the light sources. Hundreds of lights are currently being tested in one of the rooms in the Light Palace. 4200 lighting points are available for this. A wide variety of light bulbs are attached to the ceilings. There are small lamps on the tables. It’s a constant on and off. A timer regulates the burning time. A pear flickers in the corner. She will certainly not survive the test. The EU prescribes at least ten lamps of one type as a basis for the test. They have to withstand 6000 hours of endurance test and may lose a maximum of 20 percent of their luminosity. In practice, the tests often only run for 1000 hours, after which an extrapolation is made. Hockel explains that there are enough studies and thus also values ​​on the basis of which extrapolations can be made.

The second room of the Lichtpalast is completely geared towards the new colleague from Augsburg. The robotics specialist Kuka built the robot according to the wishes of the lighting experts. The planning took two years, says Hockel. The Opsira company then programmed it according to the specifications of the TÜV. The robogoniometer could theoretically serve 8000 light points. It has a spectrometer and a photometer. This enables him to check the amount of light and quality at the same time.

Among other things, the testers are interested in whether the Kelvin information is correct, which indicates whether the source emits warm or cold light. In the house, mostly lamps with 2700 to 3000 Kelvin would be used, in the office, however, 4000 Kelvin with a higher blue component would be used. According to Hockel, this bluish light results in a higher level of performance and concentration. There are numerous studies on this. The Robogonio repeatedly hits light sources that are on the shelves. Before, the testers always had to set up the light sources in different test stations, which is now obsolete with the robot.

Light laboratory Tüv-Süd, Garching, Daimlerstrasse 10

Hockel’s newest employee, a robot from Kuka that was designed for the lighting experts, also helps with the inspection of the light sources.

(Photo: Florian Peljak)

Even if the light laboratory is mainly about the most modern light sources, Hockel can also tell something about medieval times. The electrical engineer reports on a project for Bavarian Radio, which was interested in light in the Middle Ages. So the inspectors in Garching got down to work and tested oil lamps, tallow candles and Kienspan. The devastating result: “The amount of light that was catastrophic. You’d break your eyes or set the apartment on fire.” Hockel demonstrates with his hands how people used to put a pine chip in their mouth, for example to be able to read. In terms of the amount of light, it can be compared to a tea light, “and it stank like hell”. The auditor’s hall smelled of it for half a week. Still, Hockel found it interesting.

And what about his home? Does he have his own private light palace? Hockel laughingly denies. He always finds interesting ideas at work, but it’s like with the shoemaker and the shoes. If you deal with the subject all day, you don’t attach too much importance to it at home. However, he does say that he does use different light sources. So he has almost no piece of furniture that is not illuminated. And the light strips on the cupboard, which he has had for many years. “They give a wonderful indirect light.”

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Grünwald – free beer and chicken for the police – Munich district

A beer and a chicken at Oktoberfest can already be more than the police allow – if they are consumed by a police officer and paid for with vouchers from a patron. The head of the Grünwald police station had to experience this. Because, according to the conviction of the public prosecutor, between 2014 and 2019 he had received champagne and other gifts from local companies as well as vouchers for the Oktoberfest in order to distribute them among the employees or to raffle them at Christmas parties, a five-digit penalty order was issued against him enact.

The investigating authorities have also targeted the sponsors, who have received penal orders in the past few weeks. Including Wiesn host Anton Roiderer, who is supposed to pay a penalty of 90 daily rates for having handed in 50 chicken and beer vouchers for the Oktoberfest “as a small thank you” during the inspection in 2018. He will defend himself with his hands and feet, said Roiderer on Wednesday to the SZ.

Roiderer is not the only Oktoberfest host who has to answer for bribery: The spokesman for the Munich district court, Klaus-Peter Jüngst, has confirmed, according to the dpa news agency, that criminal orders against Roiderer and his son Thomas (Hackerzelt) and the Steinberg couple (Hofbräuzelt) have passed. “I thought that they had a bird when the order came,” says Roiderer, because he is not at all aware of any guilt. A mass of beer and a chicken per person was, in his opinion, in the trivial range. The restaurateur is convinced that this is common in Bavaria. The so-called compliance guidelines of the Interior Ministry, however, speak against this, which prohibit such assumptions of advantages and which apply to all police stations – but are handled differently, as Roiderer claims. “I’ve been Oktoberfest host for 30 years, and the police in Munich have always been allowed to accept chicken and beer vouchers.”

If he had known that the police inspections in the countryside were not allowed to do that, then he would not have given the Grünwald inspection any vouchers, explains the Oktoberfest host.

Roiderer announced that he would always appeal against the penalty order. According to the prosecutor, other sponsors have already done so. A date for the main hearing has not yet been set, it says from there.

The Munich police are now dealing with the allegation by the Wiesnwirt that it is customary in Munich for beer and chicken vouchers to be given to police stations. An announced statement on this is in preparation, it says from there. The editorial staff hadn’t received one by Wednesday evening.

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Effects of the Corona Pandemic – Glück im Unglück – District of Munich

Wherever you listen: only whining and complaining. The corona crisis apparently only knows losers. Bar owners, artists, beauticians – they all have to accept heavy losses. But aren’t there also people who are benefiting from the pandemic? SZ has visited winners – the real ones and the supposed ones.

Hans-Peter Kiefer, owner and managing director of the electric bike headquarters in Unterhaching.

(Photo: Claus Schunk)

Hans-Peter Kiefer, the owner and managing director of the Elektrorad headquarters in Unterhaching, can hardly save himself from orders. Long lines in front of the store have been a familiar sight to him for some time. Those who cannot make an emergency credible currently have to wait until February for an appointment in the workshop. The demand for electric bicycles has been rising steeply for years, but the lockdown and distance requirements have made cycling even more attractive for many.

“We certainly did not suffer from Corona,” says Kiefer. In the pandemic, many people have preferred the planned purchase of an e-bike, the bicycle dealer suspects. The owner also observed a small high in the sale of cargo bikes, among other things because of the financial support from the city of Munich. “In principle, no matter what a crisis looks like, the bike shops are always in demand.” Either because people bought a new bike for leisure, as many did during the lockdown; or because they took their old bike out of the cellar and had it set up to save money when getting around. The result: All bicycle dealers in the Munich area are currently “full to the brim”. Kiefer has even hired new staff, a total of ten full-time employees now work in the electric bike center. The bike shops, however, are faced with a problem: Since almost all of them order from the same few manufacturers of spare parts in the Far East, delivery times are now extremely long.

Julia Ströhlein, managing director of Heureka tutoring in Deisenhofen.

(Photo: Claus Schunk)

On the other hand, it is wrong to believe that in times of homeschooling all tutoring studios would be overrun. “Unfortunately, that’s not the case with me, I don’t know why either,” says Julia Ströhlein, Managing director of Heureka-Nachhilfe in Deisenhofen. She is asked again and again that her business should boom now. “We have only been working for rent since July,” that is the truth. Perhaps many parents would not have any more money for tutoring in Corona times, perhaps they would not see any need for it at the moment, because their children have reached the class goal this year with four fives. “In any case, I’m currently alone in four rooms,” says Ströhlein. Only on Fridays is there a lot going on with her. Most of the parents quit, and spending on advertising in the Kyberg news did not help. The situation is currently tense, says Julia Ströhlein.

Britta and Dirk Pressler from “Art Et Design” in Unterhaching.

(Photo: Claus Schunk)

Bid at “Art Et Design” in Unterhaching Britta and Dirk Pressler Lights and living room furniture from well-known manufacturers in Europe. Although they closed their shop for seven weeks at the beginning of the Corona crisis to redesign, it was hardly open again when Dirk Pressler had expected what happened: the customers came back. “Many are now more at home and see that they want to change something in their apartment or house. They let us advise you on this,” said Pressler.

He found that customers were indulging in high-priced items that also had lower VAT. For example, a couple bought a designer lamp instead of spending the weekend in South Tyrol. Perhaps there would also be fewer customers because it naturally takes longer to choose a sofa or wardrobe. This makes mouth and nose protection uncomfortable for some.

He noticed the lockdown in Italy: “A lot of things stood still at Italian furniture manufacturers, which led to delivery delays.” Now German companies are also in production backlog due to short-time work. But he still got everything. “We’re not doing quite as well as bicycle dealers and swimming pool sellers,” laughs Pressler, “but people leave money with us that they can’t spend elsewhere.”

Josef Sedlmair, owner of a Christmas tree plantation in Blindham, with a customer.

(Photo: Claus Schunk)

“Generally things are going badly with Christmas tree sales after Christmas,” joked once Josef Sedlmair, Owner of a Christmas tree plantation in Blindham. This year, he says, things are not going very well before Christmas either. What has clearly collapsed are the tree orders from hotels and restaurants, on which he had been able to rely in all the years before. And last but not least, no Christmas trees are needed in companies due to the canceled Christmas parties. But since more families will be sitting under the Christmas tree at home this year due to travel restrictions, he is hoping for a rush to his plantation in December. But Josef Sedlmair is not worried about his existence: “Even if I make losses, I won’t let that unsettle me,” he says.

Klaus Rettenberger, co-owner of the factory market of the same name in Ottobrunn.

(Photo: Claus Schunk)

No, he doesn’t think Corona is great, says Klaus Rettenberger, Co-owner of the factory store of the same name in Ottobrunn, as if he wanted to apologize for the fact that DIY stores like his are undoubtedly among the winners of the crisis. Because they are systemically relevant, because people are looking for employment when life is being cut down in all areas of society and they therefore tackle work that has been postponed for a long time in the apartment, house and garden. During the first lockdown in spring, Rettenberger reports, wall colors were “unbeatable”. But a number of customers with a green thumb also entered his shop, many with the aim of buying ready-made kits or tailor-made wooden boards for creating a raised bed or for a wooden terrace from him. There were also some customers who wanted to assemble a desk for their home office. And many car owners would have decided to build a shelving system for the garage themselves. “People just have more time now,” says Klaus Rettenberger.

Dieter Süssner, head of the Orterer beverage market in Ottobrunn.

(Photo: Claus Schunk)

Dieter Süssner sounds in a good mood on the phone. There is also no reason to complain for the head of the beverage market Orterer in Ottobrunn, since the corona pandemic has spurred his business, in which he alone offers 450 different beers, since spring. “In the lockdown at the end of March, some older customers were hoarding,” says the 52-year-old. Some who used to buy two or three porters with beverages now got five or six out of fear that the goods might run out. In the summer, customers would have bought more than usual. Süssner speaks of an average increase in sales of ten percent compared to the same period in the previous year. “Summer wines like Lugana went particularly well,” says Süssner.

People who used to go to the Italian for dinner would have preferred to drink the wine at home, he says. The customers would also have bought a lot more of the sparkling wine, prosecco and drinks that are needed for Aperol Spritz this summer. “Instead of going out, many people thought: Then let’s invite a few friends into the garden,” says Süssner. People would have bought a lot of beer too. Because, as Süssner suspects, some people might have said to themselves: “I prefer to drink my beer at home” instead of going to the beer garden, where you couldn’t really have a beer garden feeling because of the distance rules. Young people who met a lot outdoors bought a lot of speci in particular.

On the other hand, florists and owners of flower and garden shops can speak of a truly flourishing business, for example Uwe Rau, the store manager of Pflanzen Kölle in the Unterhaching industrial park on Grünwalder Weg. Like hardware stores, his industry benefited from the lockdown and the associated fact that people have more time for the house and garden – and in his plant market they stocked up on the necessary garden accessories from seeds and fertilizer to bushes and trees, from pricking sticks to large spades , everything for beds, patios and balconies. However, one department in his store could not benefit from the special circumstances this year: the zoo department. Contrary to what one might suspect, parents have not bought more small animals for their children in order to make them happy in the difficult times for them.

If online retail is profiting from the Corona crisis, then in view of the closed restaurants, home delivery services have to be buzzing, such as the home delivery service for pizza from Amit Dawn in Taufkirchen – one thinks. “Wrong, we have fewer orders than before,” says the 40-year-old and explains why that is so and what outsiders do not think about in this context: “Many restaurants are now delivering their meals themselves, and we can feel this competition,” says Dawn. In addition, the business with the Christmas parties breaks away from companies. “It’s a difficult situation for us,” says the entrepreneur.

From a “boom” likes Ralf Vietze do not speak. But unlike many other companies, he cannot complain in the Corona year. Business was going well, says the 45-year-old PC specialist from Unterföhring. His company “LuCs.info” focuses on the concerns of private and smaller corporate customers who come from Unterföhring, Ismaning, Garching, Aschheim, Kirchheim and Munich. Especially after the first lockdown in the spring, when many were sent to work from home by their bosses, there was plenty to do.

However, it was still very quiet in the first two weeks. Only after the paralysis had apparently subsided in the people did the telephones ring in the Vietzes company. “A lot of people invested in new hardware and bought computers and monitors from us,” recalls Vietze. Now, during the new partial lockdown, the orders can almost be compared with those of a normal year. In view of the fact that companies and private households are often re-equipped with computers and the like, one has less to do with repairs and upgrades, said Vietze. However, should something break or the Filius might need a new hard drive for studying at home because the school closes again, Vietze can provide remote maintenance. His customers would also like to come to his office – or he to them.

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