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Neo-Nazi gang member jailed for life in Germany after troubling trial

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Amid sobs and applause, a Munich court sentenced a neo-Nazi gang member on Tuesday to life in prison on 10 counts of murder and 34 counts of attempted murder. After five years and 437 trial days, Beate Zschäpe (43) showed no emotion at the verdict, ending one of post-war Germany’s most staggering – and troubling – court cases. Some 20 years ago the unemployed eastern German gardener and two male friends founded a neo-Nazi organisation they called the National Socialist Underground (NSU). Over 11 years, the two men shot dead eight Turkish and one Greek immigrant as well as a police woman. In addition they detonated at least one nail bomb in a xenophobic terror campaign financed by bank robberies and a shadowy supporter network. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/neo-nazi-gang-member-jailed-for-life-in-germany-after-troubling-trial-1.3561512

Molly Burch announces new album, First Flower, shares “Wild”: Stream

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Denver, CO @ Lost Lake11/17 – Tours, FR @ Le Temps de Machine11/18 – Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up Du Label11/19 – Stuttgart, DE @ Kellerclub11/20 – Lucerne, CH @ Neubad11/21 – Munich, DE @ Unter Deck11/22 – Budapest, HU @ A38 Gallery11/23 – Vienna, AT @ Blue Bird Festival11/24 – Jena, DE @ Glashaus11/25 – Berlin, DE @ Privatclub11/26 – Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus11/27 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso11/28 – Amiens, FR @ La Lune des Pirates11/30 – Gent, BE...https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/07/molly-burch-first-flower-wild/

A brief history of German neo-Nazi group NSU

Thursday, August 2, 2018

MUNICH (AP) — German authorities blame the neo-Nazi group National Socialist Underground for a string of violent crimes including the racially motivated killing of nine men, the killing of a policewoman, two bombings and more than a dozen bank robberies over a period of almost 14 years. Here is a brief history of the group: Early 1990s — Uwe Mundlos, Uwe Boehnhardt and Beate Zschaepe befriend each other in the eastern town of Jena at a time when far-right ideas were on the rise in the formerly communist part of recently reunited Germany. January 1998 — The trio goes on the run from police to avoid arrest over a bomb-making workshop in Jena. By late 1998, they decide to carry out ideologically motivate killings to intimidate ethnic minorities and destabilize the German state. September 2000 — Mundlos and Boehnhardt kill Enver Simsek, a flower seller of Turkish origin, in the southern city of Nuremberg. He is the first of nine men with migrant ba...http://www.tampabay.com/a-brief-history-of-german-neo-nazi-group-nsu-ap_world3d1631f7210641a8829f88373565d674

German state fails completely in NSU case

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Ayşe Yozgat (L) and İsmail Yozgat, parents of NSU victim Halit Yozgat sit in the courtroom before the proclamation of sentence On Wednesday, the NSU trial in the southern German city of Munich came to an end. Having commenced on May 6, 2013, one of the most crucial trials in the history of modern Germany was concluded in over five years, leaving numerous questions unanswered. Still, the families of the victims headed to the court room with the slight hope in their hearts that there may be a soothing verdict. The security measures were overwhelming. Germans and Turks had already camped outside the court building to reserve a spot for themselves as it was well-known fact around here that approximately 50 audience members would be allowed in.In the meantime, a diplomatic crisis between Ankara and Berlin was prevented as some consulate staff spent the night to save seats for the Turkish delegation. Had they not done it, Turkish consul generals, a deputy from Ankara and Turkish justice ministry officials would have to stay outside. What a scandal that would be. Inside the court room the atmosphere was tense. A dozen audience members were dressed in full black, the neo-Nazi style, as if they showed up to support the NSU gang militants. Once the trial day kicked off, the silence crawled back in.Defendant Beate Zschäpe waits in a Munich courtroom before the judges deliver their verdict. The verdict on Beate Zschäpe, one of the three founders of the NSU, was a life sentence. The expected decision. The audience remained quiet. The verdict on Andre Eminger, who was accused of aiding and abetting the NSU: two-and-a-half years not for complicity but backing a terrorist group. On top of that, the judge explained how Eminger is a good family father and how the case has been so exhausting for him. Eminger is to walk free. The neo-Nazis in the court room clapped their hands so hard that it echoes on all corners of the court room. A victory for the Nazism, a defeat for the victims. So the German justice system has decided. After the German court turned into a celebration party for Nazis, the Turkish delegation stormed out of the courtroom."Th...https://www.dailysabah.com/feature/2018/07/13/german-state-fails-completely-in-nsu-case

Antique watering can made in Aesthetic style in 19th century

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Kent County, England, in 1857. It became the Kent Police in 2002. Kent Constabulary buttons are fairly common and sell online for about $1 to $5. Q: I have eight plates marked “Thomas, Bavaria.” They are about 13 inches in diameter. I have no clue what I have. Can you help me? A: Your large plates are service plates, which are used during the first course of a formal dinner under a smaller salad plate, appetizer or soup bowl. They were made by Porcelain Factory Thomas & Co., a factory started by Fritz Thomas in Marktredwitz, Bavaria, Germany, in 1903. The company became a subsidiary of Philip Rosenthal & Co. of Selb, Bavaria, in 1908. Most production moved to Speichersdorf in 1960. Thomas porcelain still is being made. You have part of a set of 12 service plates. A full set sells for $100 to $300. Just eight are worth $100. Tip: The more elaborate the interior fittings for a desk, the more valuable the piece. On the block Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions. Depression glass, cherry blossom, cake plate, pink, footed, Jeannette Glass Co., circa 1930, 10½ inches, $30. Doll, Madame Alexander, Sonja Henie, black dress, gold tirm on bottom and neck, ice skates, blonde hair, 1939, $120. Music box, jewelry, black forest, oak, ram, rocky ground, flowers, leaves, circa 1920, 13 by 7½ inches, $196. Copper cauldron, iron bail handle, rounded bottom, dovetailed, 1800s, 17 by 25 inches, $258. Lap desk, pine, mixed woods, reticulated brass mounts, hinged lids, ink wells, 1800s, 4 by 13 by 10 inches, $319. Fischer figurine, deer, with fawn, seated, green fishnet, white, gilt highlights, signed, 3½ by 5 inches, $393. Microscope, R & J Beck, brass, adjustable, inscribed London Hospital, Marie Celeste, circa 1900, 12 by 6 inches, $516. Vase, porcelain, blue, white, flowers, bands, birds, narrow neck, Chinese, 1¾ by 7 inches, $2,856. Sculpture, pottery, slab, black, gray, white drip, Jun Kaneko, 29 by 22 inches, $4,000. Vase, porcelain, puppy, seated, white, wavy fur, Jeff Koons, 17½ inches, $10,625. !-- div class="entry-...https://www.heraldnet.com/life/antique-watering-can-made-in-aesthetic-style-in-19th-century/

Flower vases, urns, fountains prove popular with collectors

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Q. Can you give me any information about a devil creamer? It’s red-orange and is shaped like a devil on his knees. The cream pours out of his mouth. The bottom is marked “Royal Bayreuth, Bavaria,” with a lion holding a shield with the letter “T” on it. The date 1794 is below the shield. A. Royal Bayreuth is known for its creamers, pitchers, cracker jars, bowls, salt and pepper shakers, and other items made in the shapes of fruit, tomatoes, lobsters, shells, flowers, animals, birds, clowns and more. The red devil is part of a group of pieces known as “Devil & Cards,” a group that was shaped like a devil, playing cards or both. The red devil alone was made as a 31/2-inch creamer, a 41/2-inch milk pitcher and two different ashtrays. A black devil also was made. The mark on your creamer, in blue, green or black, was used after 1900. The date on the mark is the year Royal Bayreuth was founded in Tettau, Bavaria. The company still is in business, now making dinnerware. There is a club for collectors, the Royal Bayreuth Collectors Club (RoyalBayreuth.org), which has an annual convention. A creamer like yours sold for $360 last year. <!-- OAS_AD('Middle'); //--> Q. I bought this cuff bracelet years ago at a yard sale. It’s about 2 inches wide and I don’t know what metal it is, but it has an antiqued finish. The inside has a mark for Miriam Haskell, but it doesn’t look like her typical costume jewelry. Can you help and maybe give me a value? A. The finish on your bracelet is called Russian gold. Other designers of vintage costume jewelry used similar finishes, but Miriam Haskell’s company used a secret signature Russian gold plating recipe developed just for them that resulted in patinas ranging from dull to bright. It was a type of gold plating on brass, and the plating solution is said to have 24-karat gold among the secret ingredients. Pieces were hand-dipped and then sealed. Many were further embellished with glass beads, faux seed pearls and other decoration. Haskell’s Russian gold also is found on many their filigree pieces. Asking prices for Miriam Haskell hinged bracelets like yours range from $100 to $250, but we’ve found selling prices to be less than $100. Embellished examples are worth more. Q. I have my great-grandfather’s accordion, a Pre-1900 Hohner two-row button diatonic. It was appraised and I was told it would fetch four figures. I’d love to keep it, but no one in my family wants it. It’s normal fifth scalar organization, 20 plus treble buttons and 12 bass buttons in very good condition. Where should I start? A. You probably will get the highest price by selling the accordion at an auction of other antique musical instruments. Expect to pay the auction gallery a commission, a percentage of the hammer price. Fees a...http://www.vindy.com/news/2018/jun/24/flower-vases-urns-fountains-prove-popula/

Keukenhof Gardens: Discover a wealth of flowers - United States Army

Friday, April 13, 2018

Dutch growers and a wealth of flowers, sorted by color. The Keukenhof, translated to Kitchen Garden, owes its name to Countess Jacoba van Beieren (Jaqueline of Bavaria), who had a castle at this location in the 15th century. She stayed there very often, because the area provided good hunting grounds. Herbs and vegetables were grown in the yard for her kitchen and these have given way to more colorful plants and flowers. Over six million flower bulbs provide beautiful scenic spots throughout the park. Large flower palaces are filled with oceans of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and smaller varieties of their species as well as orchids, roses, carnations, irises, lilies and many more flowers. As the season progresses, the emphasis shifts to different groups of flowers. It is a display of colors and an overwhelming perfume.Endless varieties of tulips can be seen most of the time, but the best time to view them is mid-April. Other flowers bloom again at a different time. However, the park is always a colorful sight. The flower shops in the park can actually mail flower bulbs to the U.S. for customers.The park is open only in the spring time. This year, you can visit from March 22 to May 23. The Keukenhof is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Ticket office closes at 6 p.m. Entry is €16 for adults and €8 for children age 4 to 11. Keukenhof is easy to reach via the A4 (exit Nieuw-Vennep) and the A44 (exit 3 Lisse). Follow the Keukenhof s...

What's in a Home? - CityLab

Friday, April 13, 2018

He was astonished by Peru’s diversity, both in terms of geography and inhabitants, as he traveled around the country.Thomas Dworzak travelled around the world—Bavaria, Georgia, Iran—to capture the places he had called home: places that he says still burn within him. Of Tblisi, Georgia, in particular, Dworzak wrote in the forward to his photo set, “I force myself away for longer periods but am sure to always come back. And still, I will always remain a foreigner…I think I will never gain the same level of understanding, the language, the dialect, the humor, than whenever I return to visit my father in that place I left so desperately 30 years ago.” Dworzak photographed his father in the Bavarian village from which he was deported as a child; his wife in Tehran; his friends in Tblisi. While Dworzak also included images of location and scenery, it is clear that, for him, home is haunted by the people who inhabit it.It is impossible for “home” to be interpreted exactly the same way by different people, influenced as we are by entirely different things: the way light strikes the wall of our favorite diner, the curve of our grandmother’s cheek, the way it feels to walk the same street for years. But the book proves that there are many ways to think about a home, and even more ways to visualize it.Home is available for purchase at the Magnum shop.