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Henckels Four Star High Quality German Cutlery

The knife is one of the smallest tool of the kitchen that makes a big difference. It is an important accessory in the kitchen in absence of which a chef or a cook becomes helpless. It cuts and makes the cooking process smooth and easy. It is always said that food that smells good, looks good…tastes great and all credit for a great looking food goes to knife that cuts it beautifully. Henckels Four Star is a German company manufacturing these scrupulously crafted high precision knives. The quality produced is superb.

Knife serves many purposes in the kitchen. It does de-boning of chicken, turkey, or ham, cuts sandwiches, slicing/dicing of tomatoes or onions, trims meats, or effortlessly slices through a wide array of vegetables. So many different tasks with different grades of toughness, and Henckels knives can survive them all. They have been constructed out of high carbon German stainless steel that makes them durable to last a lifetime.

They are ice hardened for increasing their strength. The quality of steel makes the blades corrosion resistant and provides a great sharpness. Moreover, the company has used Sinter Metal Component Technology to produce blades that will hold its edge for an exceptionally long period of time. These knives come with a hollow edge, which has an added advantage of keeping the food from sticking.

The shape of the knife has been designed to fit perfectly in the hand. It has a contoured handle with a soft grip that does not hurt the palm rather is comfortable to cut with. The bolster head of the knife have been designed for proper balance (between the handle and the blade) and safety. The company manufactures a selection of knives with varying sizes ranging between 8 inches to 3 inches.

Some of the sets they produce are Twin Santoku Asian (comes with a 5-inch hollow edge santoku knife and a 3-inch kudamono hollow edge paring knife), 2 Piece Carving Knife Set (comes with a 7-inch fork and an 8-inch carver), and 3 Piece Starter Set (comes with a 4-inch pairing knife, a 6-inch sandwich knife and an 8-inch chefs knife).

For more than 300 years, Henckels Four Star has been producing quality cutting-blades to meet every kitchen’s need. The company guarantees all their products to be free from defects in materials or craftsmanship. Made for everyday use and with the cost conscience in mind, a Henckels Four Star cutlery product will last for years.

For detailed facts and more information about Henckels Four Star knives and knife sets, visit the #1 online resource at http://HenckelsFourStar.net.

After working in the finance and banking industry for over a decade, Jon Brant turned his attention to serving as a marketing consultant, researcher, and author. His passion for adventure and teaching others has led me to meet and experience many interesting people and places.

German Memoirs in Asia – US President Herbert Hoover in the Post-World Wars Era Europe

Philipp Staebler, a first year student of business economics was narrating the difficulties in the reunification of the separated Germanys.

He said after a brief pause “Well, it is difficult for sometime for some people in West Germany, but East Germany is also part of our nation and somehow or other way we will have to bear the burden”.

Philip elaborated some stories of the Second World War era, which separated Germany, and many yet unresolved chaos. When our discussion turned on the rehabilitation of post-war Europe, a German university student referred to one person who left a lasting legacy. It was none other than Herbert Hoover, an American of German ancestry and was the 31st President of the United States of America (1929-1933). He had taken bold initiatives which saved the lives of millions of Germans and other Europeans in the Second World War that ravaged Europe.

Hoover was born into a Quaker family of distant German and Swiss descent, in Iowa. He helped millions of starving people by his charismatic negotiations between the opposing parties on relief assistance in post-war Europe. He exemplified the Efficiency Movement component of the Progressive Era, arguing there were technical solutions to all social and economic problems – a position that was challenged by the Great Depression that began while he was President.

When Belgium faced a food crisis after being invaded by Germany in the fall of 1914, Hoover undertook an unprecedented relief effort as head of the Commission for the Relief of Belgium (CRB). The CRB became, in effect, an independent republic of relief, with its own flag, navy, factories, mills and railroads. Its $ 12-million-a-month budget was supplied by voluntary donations and government grants.

In an early form of shuttle diplomacy, he crossed the North Sea forty times seeking to persuade the Germans in Berlin to allow food to reach war victims.

After the United States entered the war in April 1917, President Woodrow Wilson appointed Hoover as head of the American Food Administration, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. He succeeded in cutting consumption of food needed overseas and avoided rationing at home. After the end of the war, Hoover, a member of the Supreme Economic Council and head of the American Relief Administration, organized shipments of food for millions of starving people in Central Europe. To this end, he employed a newly formed Quaker organization, the American Friends Service Committee to carry out much of the logistical work in Europe.

He extended aid to famine-stricken Bolshevist Russia in 1921. When a critic inquired why he should help Bolshevist Russia, Hoover retorted, “Twenty million people are starving. Whatever their politics, they shall be fed!”

In June 1931, Hoover issued the Hoover Moratorium that called for a one-year halt in reparations payments by Germany to France and in the payment of Allied war debts to the United States to deal with a very serious banking collapse in Central Europe that threatened to cause a worldwide financial meltdown. The Hoover Moratorium had the effect of temporarily stopping the banking collapse in Europe.

Based on Hoover’s previous experience with Germany at the end of World War I, in the winter of 1946 – 47 President Harry S. Truman selected Hoover to do a tour of Germany in order to ascertain the food status of the occupied nation. Hoover toured what was to become West Germany in Field Marshall Herman Goering’s old train and produced a number of reports sharply critical of U.S. occupation policy. The economy of Germany had “sunk to the lowest level in a hundred years”.

As the Cold War deepened, Hoover expressed reservations about some of the activities of the American Friends Service Committee, which he had previously strongly supported.

He impartially helped not only his distant German relatives of the German Nation but the Russians, and other Europeans as well and showed great human kindness.

Europeans who survived in the Second World War used to praise him that they were still alive because of Hoover’s meals. The Belgian city of Leuven named a prominent square after him. In addition, the Finns coined a new word hoover, meaning “to help,” to their language in honor of his humanitarian work.

Rajkumar Kanagasingam is the author of the fascinating book – German Memories in Asia……A collection of memories by the author in his discussion with German university students who have been volunteering in Asia on the sensitive issues of Early Human Migration, Asian & European historical events especially the German since the Roman Empire era to the times of First & Second World Wars and about the Germans around the world and their Migrations, Life styles, Encounters and Assimilations since the ancient times, his experiences in an American NGO as an officer in the rebel-held war-torn jungles and then in a tsunami relief mission there with German students, and the German students’ life and fashion in Asia….

The book could be ordered at over 30,000 retail outlets world wide & is listed on Amazon.com & more…

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German Memories – Holy Roman Empire Era War to Napoleonic Wars

In a while Pascal Sadune, the leader of the tsunami survey team joined me and my discussion with him digressed into many of the German historical events. As he did political science for his Masters degree, he had shown more interest in historical issues. His confession on the conflicts since the medieval times and major world wars showed how Germany had undergone many a destruction since historical times.

The reformation and Thirty Years War in German states from 1618 to 1648 totally ravaged the German Nation. The conflicts between Catholics and Protestants by their efforts in various states within the Holy Roman Empire to increase their power and the emperor’s attempt to achieve religious and political unity of the empire caused the total devastation of the German Nation. The war resulted in a loss of something like a third of its population and large areas of the German Nation being laid waste.

Another major factor that threw the German Nation into a mess was the rivalry between Prussia and Austria for the leadership over other German states which began since 1640. After the Peace of Hubertsburg in 1763, Prussia too became equally powerful and exerted a powerful influence on German affairs.

Thereafter the Congress of Vienna, a conference between ambassadors from the major powers in Europe affected many of the German affairs.

The foundation of the Congress of Vienna was to reshape Europe’s political map after the defeat of Napoleonic France in the previous spring. The Congress continued its discussions despite the ex-Emperor Napoleon I’s return from exile and resumption of power in France in March 1815. The Congress’s Final Act was signed nine days before his final defeat by Prussia’s Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher with the help of the United Kingdom’s Duke of Wellington at Waterloo on June 18, 1815.

The Congress finally reshaped entire Europe after the Napoleonic wars, with the exception of the terms of peace with France, which had already been decided a few months ago by the Treaty of Paris.

Most of the work at the Congress was performed by Great Britain, Russia, Prussia, Austria and France, the major powers of Europe at that time. The “Congress of Vienna” never actually occurred, as the Congress never met in plenary session, with most of the discussions occurring in informal sessions among the Great Powers. Most of the delegations, however, had nothing much to do at the Congress, and the host, Emperor Francis of Austria, held lavish entertainment to keep them occupied. This led to the Prince de Ligne’s famous comment that “le Congres ne marche pas; il danse.” (The Congress does not work; it dances.)

The Congress of Vienna was an integral part in what became known as the Conservative Order in which peace and stability were traded for liberties and civil rights. Though the Congress was frequently criticized for ignoring national and liberal impulses, and for imposing a stifling reaction on the continent, it had prevented another European general war for nearly a hundred years 1815 to1914.

Rajkumar Kanagasingam is the author of the fascinating book – German Memories in Asia……A collection of memories by the author in his discussion with German university students who have been volunteering in Asia on the sensitive issues of Early Human Migration, Asian & European historical events especially the German since the Roman Empire era to the times of First & Second World Wars and about the Germans around the world and their Migrations, Life styles, Encounters and Assimilations since the ancient times, his experiences in an American NGO as an officer in the rebel-held war-torn jungles and then in a tsunami relief mission there with German students, and the German students’ life and fashion in Asia….

The book could be ordered at over 30,000 retail outlets world wide & is listed on Amazon.com & more…

More about the book: [http://www.authorhouse.com/BookStore/ItemDetail~bookid~41609.aspx]

German compensations for the fighters post wars

Soldiers are also the citizens of their countries but they are different from the normal citizens as they get distinct in the form of their job. These soldiers who vow themselves into the cover of protectors have the biggest responsibility ever. They take up this occupation of fighting for their nation not because they are paid the most or they get benefited in any ways. Think again, how is he benefited if he is the one who is always be in a higher affinity to get killed or is at par with the enemies in a war? He does all this as a respect and value that he shows to the country he is serving for.

They can belong to army, air force, navy or any other internally secret missions when it comes to dole out for the nation with his utmost pride and keeping the heritage intact. Wars have always been there only because of the yearning for higher power and are the best and prove it anyhow!! So was the Second World War which created the maximum devastation and sabotage in the human history. Since then Germany has enacted a number of laws that held war compensation (in german Abfindung ) to the people who suffered from the persecutions at the hands of the Nazis. These compensations were given away in the way of millions and millions of rupees. There were many laws introduced at those times as well which are followed still today. The Federal Republic of Germany first undertook the initiatives for the compensation system in the country.

The German law that compiles of these systems where known under the acronym of BEG. Under this law the individuals who had lost their properties physically (parts of body, minor and major injuries due to wars etc.) and socially (persecuted politically, racially etc) got well compensated.

A large number of people were aided as compensation. There were also many transitional aids (in german Übergangsbeihilfe ) to soldiers given for their effective sacrifices and even to the families of the deceased. People who still have claims regarding the Second World War should know that the period of effectiveness of the BEG law is expired since 1960 and there are other laws that have come to action by the German government which can be helpful for such people. Any government will only be good towards the people who fought for the country and brought back its respect and legacy safely. Apart from compensations, national respect and rewards are also given away so as to make their importance a bit more essential.

Interested to know more about compensation ( in german Abfindung ) or transitional aid ( in german Übergangsbeihilfe  )  ? visit the website.