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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Cannon 'guards' serenity Guarding the serenity of Henderson Lake, this re- tired artillery piece stands silent on the parkside shores of Lethbridgc. Mili- tary buffs and war veter- ans can contemplate past victories in the tranquil sunsets of the urban prairis sitting. Tvwdoy, April 17, 1973 THE UTHBKIDGB HERALD 31 Dachau's terrible memory kept alive LAURENCE MARKS London DACHAU, West Gemany Dachau is a pleasant little hill- ide town, tcpped by an 18th century castle, on the outskirts of Munich It was once a coun- try of the Wittelsbach family, the princely house of Bavaria, and 70 years ago a flourishing provincial spa and famous artists' colony. Nowadays, its 34.000 inhab- itants are linked firmly into Munich's sprawling suburbia by the new S-Bahn, a legacy of the 1972 Olympics, but to a casual visitor it retains the distinctive air of independence bestowed by 12 centuries of tradition. The concentration camp, which opened 40 years ago in March, was the Nazis' first. a prototype of a system that eventually spread across Eur- ope In 1918 it had been a munitions factory employing Allied pr soners-of-war During the first weeks after Hitler's ac- cession to power on 30 Janu- ary 1933, it was chosen as a suitable site for concentrating trade unionists, Social Demo- ci.aU, Communists, members of the Catholic youth move- ment and other political oppon- ents who had been rounded up. It stands on a bleak unshel- tered plann at .the edge of a council estate two or three kilometres outside Hie town, a desolate barrack square bound- ed by watchtowers, still full of foreboding. For two decades after the US 7th Army liberated it in May 1945, it continued to house a ,wretched collection of home- less ex-prisoners and war re- fugees. When the last of these were moved into the council estate, and the insanitary huts pulled down, there was under- standable local feeling that, like Bergen-Belsen, this death- ly place should be obliterated But the Dachau International Committee (of whose president is General Al- bert Guerisse of Belgium, be- lieved that it should be pre- served as a memorial to the men whose deaths were recorded there between 1933 and 1945, and to the uncounted number of others who were executed. The committee was support- ed by Dr Johannes Neuhaus- ler, a suffragen bishop in Mun- ich, and Dr Alois Hundham- mer, Bavarian minister of ag- riculture, both of whom had been prisoners The memonal is financed by the Bavarian government Two of the huts have been faithfully rebuilt and refurnished, the avenue of poplars down the middle of the camp replanted, and a museum and archive es- tabLshed It is maintained by the devotion of two German women, the curator. Mrs Ruth Jakusch, whose husband was a prisoner, and her assistant Mrs Barbara Distal wife of a young research zoologist in Munich About people visit H every year, including many parties from German schools and youth clubs. There are pil- grimages by ex-prisoners (sev- eral European grant free rail trips once a year) Occasionally, former SS guards return, perhaps out of sheer about the way in which the camp is being presented to the new genera- tion, perhaps, m the case of one regularly brings of friends, as an undemonstrative act of contrition If the purpose of the site were simply commemorative, this would be served by the three commeruoi alive chapels and by the Carmelite convent just outside the camp walls. The motive, of course, is didac- tic as Mrs Jakusch puts it, "to enable the young people who come here to recognize the symptoms of the disease early enough to prevent it hap- pening again SIMPSONS hears Set, Match and You Win! tennis partners... just snasJiirjg or> 01 off l.ne courts3 Servpa crisp in polyester yc i dry yoj're set to go again! White only vain red-white-navy trun. Sizes 7 to iX, Cardigan A 99 Cuffed top Cuffed Shorts TShm Seooier Sleeveless Drest 3.59 3.59 3.59 5.39 7.99 STORf HOURS from 9 30 a m !e S 30 p m Thurs 9 30 o m 9 Ofl p Mall, 328-9231 You wouldn't disconnect your telephone if you were in business... would you because you know good prospects might be trying to get in touch with you during the periods when your phone is disconnected. It's the same with advertising. People are buying each day. Don't let that business pass you bf because your advertising is "disconnected." Connect your business to our readers with advertising in The Lethbridge Herald! YOUR AD IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD REACHES OVER READERS EVERY DAY! Stop In Or Call One Of Our Courteous Display Advertising Representatives at 328-4411 The Lethbridge Herald ;