Florian Zinnecker © Maria Feck for DIE ZEIT

Dear reader,

Here the holes from the cheese fly straight away, because now it starts, our Polonäse from Blankenese to HinterWuppertal. No, I am not drunk, there is a good reason for this lively entry into today's newsletter, and this reason is unfortunately a very sad one: Werner Böhm is dead, author and interpreter of the hit song from which this text line comes, of course you have long known: the Polonaise Blankenese. Böhm was better known by his stage name Gottlieb Wendehals, he died on Tuesday shortly before his 79th birthday in Gran Canaria, where he had only moved to earlier this year. From Hamburg. 

Böhm, born in West Prussia in the middle of the Second World War, was by no means always a man of nonsense. In the early 1960s he was a pianist for the Hamburg band "Cabinet Jazzmen", later he did an apprenticeship as a decorator and made his way through the Hamburg scene as a jazz pianist, where he accompanied Ella Fitzgerald, Errol Garner and Louis Armstrong and inevitably on Udo Lindenberg and Hans Otto Mertens met the manager of a certain Otto Waalkes. He soon invented his stage figure - a checked jacket, black box glasses, pomade in his hair, rubber chicken under his arm - and called it Gottlieb Wendehals. And he also found the line that (I mean that very seriously) is one of the most poetic that has ever been written in German: here the holes fly out of the cheese. 

This success could no longer be increased for him, the later years seemed rather tragic: one marriage after the other broke, one personal bankruptcy followed the next, finally the need drove him to the "jungle camp". His role as ambassador of Hamburg, Klamauk or not, is not to be underestimated. I can only speak from my own experience: I don't remember how old I was, at least I didn't start school for a long time, when I (at that time still living far away in the south of Germany) from Wendehals' polonaise first of the existence of a place called Blankenese and so on ever heard of Hamburg. And I am sure that many children in their 80s were like me.  

Sure, you don't have to like pop songs if you don't want to. But Werner Böhm brought joy into the world. It is a beautiful life's work. 

I wish you a nice day (and if anyone reads us in Wuppertal: Best regards!). 

Yours Florian Zinnecker 

PS: If Siestatt on Schlager hoped for a thorough analysis of the new Hamburg coalition agreement - my colleague Frank Drieschner took on this task at ZEIT ONLINE, with a very revealing result. This way please.

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The health authority has not registered any new corona infections for the second day in a row . This means that the total number of infections detected has remained at 5096 since the pandemic started. According to the Robert Koch Institute, around 4800 of the Hamburg residents who had previously tested positive can be considered recovered, according to the Institute for Legal Medicine at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, 225 people died from the consequences of the infection. As of Tuesday, 38 Corona people from the city and the surrounding area were treated in hospital in Hamburg hospitals, 20 of them in intensive care units.

The Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Hamburg (KVH) has criticized the dissolution of the health authority and the health policy plans of the future red-green senate. In view of the announced dissolution of the health authority and the integration of the office for health into the much larger social authority, the question arises whether health is less important than "coalition personnel", said KVH chairman Walter Plassmann on Wednesday. "We have to be careful that health issues don't become the fifth wheel on the social car."

From today, in addition to six-year-olds and five-year-olds , the Hamburg daycare centers can also look after children from the age of four and a half, as well as their smaller siblings. That was decided by the Hamburg Senate a week ago, given the low number of infections. If the pandemic continues to be positive, the three-year-old children will probably be able to return to the daycare centers from June 29.

In a nutshell

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"Just briefly, just painting ..."

New rules apply to road traffic. For example, it has become more expensive to park on bike paths, and what's new is that the rules are now being enforced. Our reporterFélice Gritti accompanied two nervous law enforcement officers on their stroll through downtown Hamburg.

Lars Helberg is a man of great persistence. He also explains to people what they did wrong when it is so obvious that every explanation seems superfluous, but is not superfluous, because otherwise nobody would have done something wrong again. Otherwise, for example, this van would have parked somewhere else, with Helberg now standing at the open window and talking to the driver. He could have stopped there, says Helberg. Or up there. "But this," says Helberg, "is truly the worst variant." You have to agree with him. The small van is in the middle of the cycle lane of the Caffamacher range in downtown Hamburg. He is also directly opposite the police station14, where Helberg is on duty.

An old man just had to swing out onto the road with a city bike. "This creates dangerous situations," says Helberg. The driver says he actually always stops here. Deliver mail only briefly, in the district office opposite the guard. Only briefly, just once: Helberg knows that. The man has to pay 70 euros and gets a point in Flensburg, this has been the case since the new catalog of fines came into force at the end of April. When he drives away, the man in the van takes another look at Helberg and says: "But he's serious."

Lars Helberg is an employee of the police force, and if someone does not abide by the rules, it annoys him. Not complying with the rules means for him: no consideration. He is often annoyed. It is nothing new that he experiences every day: drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, all struggle for the limited space on the street. If you accompany him at work for a few hours, you are amazed. About how many people seem to think that following the rules is optional. And how patiently Helberg explains the rules.

Helberg gets ready for his patrol three hours before the van stops on the bike path. It will be a long walk. Meinhardt Hilgendorf, his colleague, packs a packet of Fisherman's Friend against the dry mouth. You will talk a lot. The two step onto the Caffamacher line, cap on, chin out and go: At the Heuberg park, a beverage supplier in the second row can do little for it, because two cars are blocking the space assigned to him. Hilgendorf and Helberg are still looking at the matter there The radio is crackling: two parking banners in the Grosse Bleichen, one in a disabled parking space, the other in a loading zone. You cannot be everywhere at the same time. Even if it seems that people break the rules everywhere at the same time.

You can read in the detailed version of the text on ZEIT ONLINE why illegally parked vehicles are being fined, cyclists on the sidewalk get away with a warning, and what else Hamburgers can learn from Lars Helberg and his colleagues .


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"People come here to have a good evening, to be outside, with people. We're not here for the food."

Franca Cuneo, 40, serves pasta between the sex shops and pubs not far from Herbertstrasse until after midnight. Just like her father and grandfather did before her, because the Cuneo restaurant has been a family business for more than 100 years. The fact that it is not the good food that attracts her guests is a surprising admission by the restaurateur - and illustrates the problem she is now facing. The consumption of pasta can be hygienically contained by plexiglass panes and distance markings. The warmth, the closeness and the promises of the night on St. Paulieher not - their existence is threatened.

Kilian Trotier describes in his portrait of Franca Cuneo in the current Hamburg issue of ZEIT why the landlady does not lose her courage, why she waives her own salary and uses family assets to keep her employees, which you can read again here at ZEIT ONLINE .


"Lunch table in the Café Horst"

Many readers turned to us to report on aid projects in times of Corona. We introduce them; today Britta Blinkmann explains why she distributes lunch and food in Hohenhorst.

Why is?

"We give a free lunch twice a week in the house on the lake. There are quite a few different people coming to us: senior citizens, people with disabilities, families. Nobody has to identify themselves - the offer should not have the character of 'poor food'. It is Rather a gift from the house on the lake to all users. In addition to lunch, there is food to take away: fruit for the children, canned food, sausages, pasta, mashed potatoes. A baker also gives us bread from the previous day to pass on. "

Who is behind the idea?

"The Haus am See is a multi-generational house that houses many institutions. There is a daycare center, a senior group U99, a parent school and the Café Horst. In our house assembly we recently decided to get food and groceries up and running to help people in To support the district. "

How can Hamburgers help?

"Above all, we need financial resources to be able to buy missing ingredients. We also need volunteering help who live near the Hohenhorst social hotspot. They could pick up groceries from shops, bring food to people at home and help with the dispensing."

"Mittagtischim Café Horst", contact at info@ haus-am-see-hohenhorst.de, donation account: Haspa, DE34 2005 0550 1098 2185 79, Erziehungshilfee.V., Haus am See

                                                         Recorded by Anna Heidelberg-Stein


Elbinsel Kaltehofe: The filtration basins were built due to the cholera epidemic in 1892 and have provided Hamburg with clean drinking water for around 100 years. © Kerstin Bittner


At the dining table. Papa once again makes extensive statements. He turns to his little daughter (soon to be 4 years old): "You know, the first televisions were available almost 100 years ago, and the pictures weren't yet in color, but in black and white!" "And you know-u, Papa! When you married, there were still dinosaurs!"

                                                                          Suffered by Holger Philippsen


Furthermore, just different - the new red-green coalition agreement comprises 205 pages, almost twice as much as the old one. But is there more in it?

"Only briefly, just once ..." (Z +) - On the patrol with two police officers who are taking action against illegal parking and rambo cyclists in downtown Hamburg - and need a lot of patience and strong nerves.

"As long as we make it, we'll do it this way" (Z +) - Franca Cuneo runs a traditional Italian restaurant on the Kiez. In the crisis, she foregoes wages and uses family assets so that her employees have no loss of wages.