Walter Strauss dies | Fled Nazi Germany, built Atlanta retail landmarkThursday, August 2, 2018
Jeff Steinbook, president of the business and Strauss former son-in-law, was close to him.He always treated people with respect, he said. Thats the cornerstone of who he was.Strauss was born in Alsfeld, Germany, and made it to the United States with assistance from several Jewish families who helped German Jews escape. His parents and a brother eventually reached Zambia. But his sister, Hana Lore, was unable to leave and died in a German concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.While Strauss was heartbroken, he was a very stoic and strong personality, said Schwartz.Strauss attended high school in Atlanta and later joined the U.S. Army, where he served as a translator. He left the Army to go into business for himself.In 1952, Strauss opened his first store, not far from the current location, selling work clothes and overalls. Later, he branched out into what the store would become known for shelves and shelves of sneakers in every style and color.When he started the business, many retailers would not let African-American customers try on clothes, said Steinbook.Strauss abhorred that policy and made sure anyone black or white could try on clothes at his store. Sometimes, he would give customers free socks.He usually worked six days a week. His loved ones said the most important things to him were his family, his business and his employees.He also had a fondness for the Atlanta Falcons. They were his team, no matter what, said Schwartz.And when Strauss spoke, people listened because they knew it was coming from a place of wisdom and love. Never a place of judgment, said Schwartz. It was amazing to watch him, really.Survivors include his...https://www.ajc.com/news/local/walter-strauss-who-fled-nazi-germany-built-atlanta-retail-landmark/PBHYW3yCNpj1SEf0UNZWuO/
7 things you must do in Germany - WanderlustWednesday, October 26, 2016
The route passes through picture-perfect medieval towns with cobbled streets and half-timber houses, each proudly celebrating its fairy tale heritage. Hameln was home to the Pied Piper. Alsfeld boasts its very own Fairy Tale House. And the stretch from there to Fritzlar is known locally as Little Red Riding Hood Land. The countryside is equally magical, passing through eight different nature reserves, each offering trails through enchanting forests and magical glades.
3. Find your perfect German cycle route
As well as cycle-friendly cities and short rides in towns and the countryside, Germany boasts over 200 long-distance cycle routes. Some are tough, including many of the routes in the Alps. Others are more leisurely, running through vineyards or beside rivers. Whatever your fitness level or particular interest, there is bound to be a cycle route to suit. Best of all, each route offers cycle-friendly accommodation along the way.
Cycling in Bavaria (Dreamstime)
You’ll find cycle routes in every region, from the Baltic to the Alps, from the Danube to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The Die Pur route in the Saarland region encompasses spectacular red sandstone formations and unspoilt mixed forest and has been adapted to serve for mountain bike enthusiasts of all levels, from novices to seasoned riders.
The Berlin Wall trail is dotted with remnants of Germany's modern history. The Elbe Cycle route is the most popular in the country and follows the Elbe river from the Czech Republic border, north through the Saxon Switzerland National Park and up to the North Sea coast.
4. Enjoy a stein in an authentic German pub
Germans love their beer. Oktoberfest is national celebration and any German will be happy to share tips on getting more from your visit to the vast beer tents. Thankfully, knocking back a stein of beer is a year-round obsession, so even if you can’t make it to Munich for the last half of September, there are plenty of ways to familiarise yourself with this important part of German culture.
Oktoberfest in Munich (Dreamstime)
In Berlin, head to Hofbräuhaus München Berlin in Alexanderplatz. This traditional Bavarian beer house offer traditional German music nearly every single day of the year, dancing, lederhosen, dirndls ... If you missed Oktoberfest, this really is the next best place to go.
Looking for something a little less boisterous? You’ll want to head to Zum Nussbaum, in Nikolaiviertel, the Old Quarter of Berlin. One of Berlin’s oldest pubs, it’s a great place for striking up conversation with the locals, maybe even practicing your German.
5. Get your walking boots on
Germany is a hugely diverse country, with the landscape changing dramatically from region to region. For hikers, that means a selection of equally di...http://www.wanderlust.co.uk/planatrip/inspire-me/lists/7-things-you-must-do-in-germany
Shirley A. Grover – Cedar Rapids,formerly Independence – Mix 94.7 KMCH - kmch.comSunday, January 26, 2020
In her quiet time, she enjoyed reading and flowers.
Mrs. Grover is survived by 2 sons, Mike (Vicky) Grover of Cedar Rapids and Mark (Jason Hesse) Grover of Coralville, Iowa, 2 daughters, Patricia (Keith) Grover of Mountain View, California, and Beth (Danny) Hinde of Cedar Rapids, 2 grandchildren, Travis Grover and Josh Hinde, and 4 great granddaughters.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother, Paul.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence. Rev. David Beckman will be the Celebrant. Burial will be in Rowley Cemetery in Rowley. Friends may call for visitation from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23rd , at the White Funeral Home in Independence. On line condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com.
The perfect destination foHere is why Germany is the perfect destination for your next holidayr your holiday! Discover nature in Germany - Emirates WomanSunday, January 26, 2020
Alps are characterised by green trees and extensive forests.Rhön UNESCO Biosphere Reserve: at the corner of the three German states, Bavaria, Hesse and ThuringiaThe Rhôn hills are located in the heart of Germany and offer a wide range of beautiful views! And if you are a fan of athletic activities, you can try gliding, water sports, and indulge in a spot of star gazing.Jasmund National Park Mecklenburg-Western Pomeraniait takes you right along the cliffs and features enough natural treasures for several holidays. White chalk cliffs, lush beech forests and the shimmering blue of the sea. You’ll catch sight of a rare white-tailed eagle circling in the skies, while far below a thousand different species of beetle scuttle through the undergrowth in this landscape of contrasts.Black Forest National Park, Baden-Württemberg, South GermanyPerfect for cleansing your lungs. The remarkable feature of this national park is that some areas have been able to develop for more than 100 years without human intervention. This means that all the animals and plants that are found here live in authentic, natural surroundings.You can use Deutsche Bahn trains all over Germany, where it uses 100% green energy. In addition, you can take the InterCity Express for a unique experience, as it is a high-speed train that connects all major cities in Germany with speeds of up to 300 km / hour, and this is one of the fastest ways to reach between Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne!Check out their Instagram: GermanyTourismAr, and Facebook: Germany Tourism Arabia– For more about Dubai’s lifestyle, news and fashion scene straight to your newsfeed, follow us on Facebook Media: Supplied...https://emirateswoman.com/germany/
MALHEUR MOVERS: Vale native builds business to make community blossom - malheurenterprise.comSunday, January 26, 2020
El Campo was once a routine happening in Vale but it declined over time and eventually disappeared. Rodriguez said she remembered going to the carnival as a child and linked up with Todd and Kale Hesse to revive the event.“It was time for our generation to pick it up,” said Rodriguez.Rodriguez said creating small coalitions within the community is crucial. Rodriguez said while she is involved with the community, she is just one of a large number of people who strive to make Vale a great place to live.“These community events only go on because of volunteers,” said Rodriguez. “We are surrounded by a lot of people in this community who like to give.”Rodriguez said her civic involvement can trace its roots to her youth, where she watched members of the community step up and help on a regular basis. Plus, she said, Vale has been good to her.“The community has been amazing to me,” said Rodriguez.Rodriguez and her husband, TJ, both aim to ensure their children, Thomas, Zettie, Tristan and Trent, learn how to give back to their town.Good role models, said Rodriguez, are important. “My parents, they were always giving,” said Rodriguez.The best part of her life and her business, said Rodriguez, is the people.“I get to meet some amazing people and I can go home and be blessed,” said Rodriguez.She said she also likes the variety her shop generates.“Every day there is something very interesting, every day is different,” she said.Letting people down on their orders is her worst fear, said Rodriguez.“That’s hard for me,” she said.Rodriguez said she likes her role as a local businesswoman and a volunteer.“I feel I have to do my job and if that (volunteering) is my job in this world while I am here, I will take that job,” said Rodriguez.News tip? Contact reporter Pat Caldwell: email@example.com or 541-473-3377. For the latest news, follow the Enterprise on Facebook and Twitter.SUBSCRIBE TO HELP PRODUCE VITAL REPORTING -- For $5 a month, you get breaking news alerts, emailed newsletters and around-the-clock access to our stories. We depend on subscribers to pay for in-depth, accurate news produced by a professional and highly trained staff. Help us grow and get better with your subscription. Sign up HERE.
Berlin moves to greatly reduce ‘solidarity tax’ for eastern Germany - EuronewsTuesday, August 20, 2019
We'd better invest this money in education and climate protection."Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, parliamentary party and state leader of the SPD in Hesse, also supports Scholz.What is the Soli tax?The solidarity surcharge was introduced in 1991, to help reconstruction of the east following the reunification of Germany in the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall.The tax was originally supposed to be in place only for a limited time but became permanent in 1995.Initially, the solidarity rate was 7.5%, but since 1995 it has been 5.5%. In addition, the surcharge has been unlimited since 1995.Contrary to some assumptions, taxpayers in the west and east have to pay the tax.According to the Ministry of Finance, in 2018 the German state received €18.9 billion as a result.Criticism of the billAccording to the Ministry of Finance, single people with an annual gross income of up to €73,874 would not have to pay anything. From €109,451 gross annual wages, the full supplement would have to be paid.Accordingly, a family with two children and an annual income of €221,375 or more would have to pay the full solidarity surcharge. Families earning less than €151,990 gross would be exempt from the solidarity surcharge.If the draft is adopted, German citizens would then have to pay around €10 billion less in tax.Criticism comes from parties outside the coalition. Katja Kipping of Die Linke said that the CDU/CSU and SPD were making politics for the rich with their proposal.FDP General Secretary Linda Teuteberg wrote on Twitter: "The Soli is unconstitutional for everyone from 2020. So it must also be abolished for everyone. Our constitution also applies to those who in reality want tax increases, and there you have to choose the normal procedures and not the back door."Many citizens on social networks are also outraged by the fact that they still have to pay the solidarity surcharge. "The solidarity surcharge was introduced in 1991 for a limited period of one year. I believed that," wrote a user on Twitter.https://www.euronews.com/2019/08/13/berlin-moves-to-greatly-reduce-solidarity-tax-for-eastern-germany