A friend writes:
My hometown is Braunschweig where Rollei/Franke & Heidecke is located so today I went to the facility to have my 40mm Rollei Sonnar checked out (Leica mount), but that was just an excuse to see them one last time. They have given notice to all employees in July and will close their facilities for good in September, unless a miracle happens and an investor is found.
We were led through the factory, plenty of TLR shells on the production lines as they have a final spike of orders coming in and continue to produce them until the very end. The halls and rooms breathe the history and great legacy, a crying shame but I suppose this is how things go now.
Just thought I share this...
Flip side of the previous post's coin, I guess. How do you say "c'est la vie" in German? So ist das Leben.
(Thanks to D.R. and Adam McA.)