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Germans ‘value wedding rings like CD collections’

Germans seem to be surprisingly unsentimental about their wedding rings - only about one in ten are sad when their bands of gold are stolen during a break-in - the same share as those who are sad when their CD collection is taken.

Germans 'value wedding rings like CD collections'
Photo: DPA

A survey commissioned by insurer Gothaer Versicherung, and conducted by the society for consumer research GfK showed that just 12.4 percent said they would be very sad if their wedding ring was stolen.

This was the same share as those who would be miserable to lose their CD collection, the Welt newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The most precious loss was personal photographs, with 51.1 percent of people citing these as the thing they would least like to see taken away in a swag bag.

But the second most valued thing that could be stolen during a break-in was the easiest to replace – cash was said by 42.7 percent of people as the thing they would miss most.

Men and women were similarly concerned about stolen photographs and cash, while women were more worried about losing jewellery and men were more focussed on stereos and televisions.

The survey also showed that younger people were more worried about losing their smartphones, while elderly people were more concerned about photographs.

Last year there were 140,000 break-ins in Germany, a rise of around 10,000 over the previous year.

The Local/hc

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GERMANY AND ISRAEL

Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

The German government says it is in talks over further compensation for victims of the attack on the Munich Olympics, as the 50th anniversary of the atrocity approaches.

Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

Ahead of the commemoration in September, relatives of the Israelis killed have indicated they are unhappy with what Germany is offering.

“Conversations based on trust are taking place with representatives of the victims’ families,” a German interior ministry spokesman told AFP when asked about the negotiations.

He did not specify who would benefit or how much money had been earmarked, saying only that any package would “again” be financed by the federal government, the state of Bavaria and the city of Munich.

On September 5th, 1972, eight gunmen broke into the Israeli team’s flat at the Olympic village, shooting dead two and taking nine Israelis hostage, threatening to kill them unless 232 Palestinian prisoners were released.

West German police responded with a bungled rescue operation in which all nine hostages were killed, along with five of the eight hostage-takers and a police officer.

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists  held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972.

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972. Photo: picture alliance / dpa | Horst Ossingert

The spokeswoman for the victims’ families, Ankie Spitzer, told the German media group RND that the amount currently on the table was “insulting” and threatened a boycott of this year’s commemorations.

She said Berlin was offering a total of €10 million including around €4.5 million already provided in compensation between 1972 and 2002 — an amount she said did not correspond to international standards. 

“We are angry and disappointed,” said Spitzer, the widow of fencing coach Andre Spitzer who was killed in the attack. “We never wanted to talk publicly about money but now we are forced to.”

RND reported that the German and Israeli governments would like to see an accord by August 15th.

The interior ministry spokesman said that beyond compensation, Germany intended to use the anniversary for fresh “historical appraisal, remembrance and recognition”.

He said this would include the formation of a commission of German and Israeli historians to “comprehensively” establish what happened “from the perspective of the year 2022”.

This would lead to “an offer of further acts of acknowledgement of the relatives of the victims of the attack” and the “grave consequences” they suffered.

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