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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 21, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta CUEAR Forecast high Tuesday zero VOL. LXIV No. 9 LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1970 PiUCB NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES tr. K5s book Feared Russia would sweep Europe condemnation system By WILLIAM L. RYAN NEW YORK Nikita S. Khrushchev's mem- oirs are the evidence points to has in spile of himself produced a remarkable con- demnation of the Soviet system. His '.'Jews are bound to provoke speculation about what may be amiss in the Kremlin today. Khrushchev .Remembers, already abridged in four Instalments in Life, will be published today in more complete form by Little Brown and Co. The system which developed under Joseph Stalin is here indicted as a political madhouse dominated by murderers. The book then criticizes the present sys- tem, by implication, as one that is overmih'tarized and that keeps its people far-too-firmly sealed off from the rest of the world. If the memoirs are to be credited, Stalin was a murderous madman; former premier George Malenkov was a sneak and a schemer; Lavrenty Beria, the secret police chief, was a brutish, power-loving beast; Lazar Kaganovich, one of Stalin's closest collabora- tors, was a sycophant; the late Marshal Klimenti Voroshilov was a drunken humbler. "I'm no saint Khrushchev says at one point in one of the many spectacular understatements he makes. Mistakes frequent An appearance of authenticity is reinforced by an abundance of Khrushehevisms, plus many contradic- tory statements, obvious errors and downright lies, all characteristically Khrushchevian. The memoirs sug- gest rambling remembrances transcribed from tape, edited, cleaned up and organized into coherent narra- tive. Khrushchev, 76, has not specifically denied the memoirs but rather has denounced as a "fabrication" Hie idea that he participated in plans to publish them. The Soviet news agency Tass quoted him as saying he never "passed on" the material. If the words are his, the manner of their trans- mission westward is a matter of importance. The pos- sibility that tbtre was high-level complicity in get- ting Lh'.-ni IMC at tiio ...op in Kremlin. Somebody, perhaps, badly wanted the memoirs published. Only by implication does Khrushchev criticize the present leaders who ousted him in October, 1964, as a "hare-brained schemer." The man who rose from poorly-educated mine worker to master of all the Rus- sians casually remarks in passing that he "retired" from his offices. One criticism is a suggestion that the U.S.S.R. is being over-militarized. Khrushchev recalls discussions with U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1959 of how the military pressed its demands for a huge share of the national budget. Today, Khrushchev indi- cates, it would be wise for the Kremlin to cut the military budget. LONDON CAP) Ten months before D-Day, Allied military strategists discussed the possi- bility of repelling the Russians if they suddenly began overrun- ning Nazi Germany. Gen. George C. Marshall, Sec- ond World War U.S. chief of staff, asked his British counter- part in August, 1943, if he thought Germany would help Al- lied troops enter Europe "to repel the Russians." The quotation came from offi- cial minutes of the combined Chiefs of Staff which were made public today hi London and Washington. Sir Alan Brooke, British chief of staff, told Marshall he had been thinking along similar lines. He said, however, that Dr. Eduard Benes of Czechoslo- vakia did not think the Russians would try to sweep over Europo immediately. The British marshal quoted Dr. Bencs as believing Russia would be bled so badly by the war that it would need a few years to get its economy going again. RUSSIANS DISTRUSTFUL Marshall commented hi a meeting of the chiefs of staff that Russia was turning an "in- creasingly hostile eye on the capitalist world." The Russians, he said, were becoming increas- ingly contemptuous of their Western allies. Although minutes of the meet- ing did not background the rea- sons, apparently the Russian view resulted from Allied re- fusal to invade Europe as soon as Moscow would have liked. The British chief of staff, while going along with Dr. Benes's view, told Marshall he expected Russia to ask for part of Poland, at least part of the Baltic states and for conces- sions in the Balkans. Strategy was based on the be- lief that Russia would not de- clare war against Japan, or if it did, then it would be so late the- result would be obvious. 'Hie major part of the records of meetings of the Combined Chiefs of Staff, a total of documents, v.'a.s made public today by the British and Ameri- can governments. STRATEGY IX DISPUTE Allied military leaders them- selves fought running battles over strategy in Europe. Time after time, the British sought to pull men and material out of the Pacific to strengthen the planned invasion of Europe but U.S. leaders stubbornly fought won. Moscow pledges backing By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Soviet Union said today it is prepared to expand military and economic aid to Egypt A Kremlin communique said the pledge was made to Vice- President Ali Sabry and other Egyptian visitors at a meeting in Moscow. Sabiy met in the Kremlin with Communist party chief Le- onid Brezhnev, Premier Alexei Kosygin and President Nikolai Podgorny. Another round of talks was set for Tuesday. The Egyptians arrived in Moscow Sunday. Tass, reporting the arrival of Egyptians for an eight-day visit, said the Soviet government had pledged "to give all-round sup- port to (he U.A.R. in its strug- gle against Israeli imperialist aggression." The Soviet news agency also reported that a senior Commun- ist party emissary in Cairo had "reaffirmed the Soviet EDWARD GIEREK he's in New Polan attempts to Criticizes -waste "But from my position as a he says, "I can't help noticing that now money is being wasted on unnecessary items and categories and that this trend of military overspending is putting a pinch on some of the more important but still underfinanced areas of our country's life." Another implied criticism: Discussing restrictions on travel by Soviet citizens, Khrushchev says Mos- cow should let down the barriers and "stop looking for a defector in everyone." Only "dregs and scum" would dream of leaving the Soviet Union. In yet another implied criticism of the present regime, Khrushchev deplores attempts to crack down on writers and artists. Recalling such crackdowns un- der Stalin, he remarks: "You can't regulate the de- velopmenl of literature, art and culture with a stick or by barking orders." This forgets the fact thai he used similar tactics against artists and writers. For all his condemnation of Stalin, Khrushchev pic- tures himself as Stalin's willing and eager servant during the dictator's rule. Khrushchev's descriptions, sometimes almost cas- ual, of the "literal slaughter" of "masses of people caught up in the meat-mincer" provide a shocking record of Stalin purges. Would fill book "Vou could put together a whole book consisting ol nothing but the names of important military, party, administrative and diplomatic leaders'who were Stalin first Khrushchev says. Because of the purges, the U.S.S.R. on the evt> of the Second World War was grievously short of military leaders. American help played a largo part in turning back the Germans, Khrushchev concedes. Khrushchev praises Eisenhower for holding back Allied troops and letting the Russians get to Berlin first, and also for responding to a Stalin complaint and ordering the Ger- man commander on the Austrian front to surreuder to Russians rather than Americans. But while he urges present leaders not to con- tinue hiding such historical facts, his appreciation is grudging. The Allies' basic interest in helping, he says, was the hope that the Russians would "pulverize the life force of the enemy and weaken ourselves at the .same so that the U.S.S.R. could not "occupy a decifiivo position in solution of tha tgyplians. This tended to con- firm predictions by diplomatic sources in Moscow that Sabry and his delegation will get pretty much what they want. DISCUSS ACTION Informants in the Soviet capi- tal said tlie Egyptians and the Russians also would discuss joint diplomatic action to cope with the possibility of Israel's returning to the 'ON peace talks that have been dormant since September. UN mediator Gun- nar V. Jarring is to report to the Security Council Jan. 5 on the prospects for his mission to negotiate a Middle East peace settlement. Arab diplomats hi Moscow say they expect Israel to rejoin the talks before the end of January. TRAPPED IN FLAMING HOTEL At least 28 persons were killed early Sunday when fire struck the Pioneer International Hotel in Tucson, Ariz. The 12-storey hotel is shown later yesterday. At right, bed clothing is tied to windows where residents attempted to lower themselves from lower level windows. Fire ladders could reach no higher than the eighth floor, and many residents jumped to their deaths. Arson suspected in hotel blaze Laporte inquest delayed MONTREAL (CP) An in- quest into the death of kidnap victim Pierre Laporte was post- poned for the second lime today without any witnesses being called. Crown Prosecutor Yves For- tier requested the postponement to Monday, Jan. 4, for the same reason advanced Dec. 10. Prose- cutor Jacques Ducros said then that testimony of witnesses might interfere with the work of police. Judge Jacques Tralian granted the request with the comment that he hopes the hearing will be able to go for- ward Jan. 4. From TUCSON, Ariz. (CP) Police said today they are investigat- ing possible criminal involve- ment in a hotel fire which left 28 dead and 27 injured. Several survivors of the flames which raced through the upper half of the 12-slorey Pi- oneer International Hotel early Sunday said they had smelted a volatile substance in the corri- dors. "I hadn't heard of was the onfy comment by Police Capt. Francis Kcssler, heading Hie investigation. The fire in the 41-year-old building broke out on the sixth floor and flared through hall- ways and stah-cases, penning about 60 persons in their rooms with no way out except through the windows. One woman plunged to her death from the seventh floor. "I'm still still witnesses said she shouted shortly before making the fatal leap. The dead in the dawn blaze were mostly wealthy Mexicans and their families who came to Tucson for Christmas shopping. They were all from Sonora which lies across the border from Arizona 65 miles south of here. They included the wife and five clu'ldren of Maj. Francisco Luken, chief of Sonora's stale judicial police. Also killed was Dr. Jose Jesus Antillon, one of Mexico's most prominent cardiologists, h i s wife and (heir three children. Five grandchildren of the for- mer governor of S'onora, Ignacio Soto, died in the fire. Their par- ents survived. Harold Steinfeld, 82. builder of the hotel and owner of a depart- ment store, died with his wife in their penthouse apartment. Canadians win super prize in Irish Sweepstakes TORONTO (CP) A Toronto prize was added, couple got the biggest Christ- The super prize will remain a mas present of their lives today feature of all Irish Sweepstake draws in the future. The new Bob and Bessie Jacobs were departure is in observance of awakened at 4 a.m. today by a the 40th anniversary of the telephone call from Ireland tell- draw. ing them they had won The official results of the as a super prize in the Irish draw have not yet been released Hospitals Sweepstakes. by hospital officials in Ireland, The prize was for the first but the Jacobs got the good ticket drawn out of the sweeps news fay telephone, drum. The sweeps jackpot nor- Mr. Jacobs is a mally is for a ticket on printer and both were numb the winning horse, but for this with shock after receiving the r a c e h e Sweeps Hurdles news, scheduled Dec. super Mr. 2nd Mrs. Jacobs were un. Seen and heard About town sure how they would spend the money. Mr. Jacobs, 43. said he would pay off the still owing on the three-room bungalow he bought in suburban Rexdale for in 1957 "but beyond that, I just don't know." No Herald The Herald will not publish Friday, December 25, Christ- mas Day. Regular editions will be published Saturday, Decem- ber 2fi. Display advertising for Sat- urday, December 26, must bo received no later than noon, Wednesday, December 23, and for Monday, December 28, by noon on Thursday, December 24. Classified advertisements for Saturday, December 26, will lie taken until noon on, Thursday, December. 24, Deputy justice minister dies QUEBEC (CP) Antonio Dube, 45 Quebec's deputy jus- tice minister, died suddenly at his home Sunday night. Mr. Dube left his office early Friday spying he fell iii. Cause of death was said to be heart failure. hen J-JOSPITALITY king Ralph Doctor revives Remmie moving from lus former house "Halfway Place" to a new apartment ffUllLIll only to find lus brass bed wouldn't fit Bev Carlson managing to remain com- pletely anonymous at work by disguising herself with a wig Francis Weasel Fat wondering aloud who has the most fun at children's Christ- mas parties Santa, the kids or the parents. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Representative L. Mendel Riv- ers (Dem. S.C.) suffered a "sudden cessation of heart ac- tion" at University Hospital but was revived by a physician, a hospital spokesman said today. WLADYSLAW GOMULKA he's out WARSAW (Renter) The new Polish Communist leader- ship under Edward Gierek faces a reappraisal of the "ill-consi- dered" economic policy which set off bloody rioting last week and led to the ouster Sunday of party chief W1 a d y s 1 a w Go- mulka. Gierek used the phrase "ill- considered" in a speech to a plenary session of the party's central committee Sunday which forced Gomulka to resign after 14 years as party secre- tary. Tiie central comrriltee also fired four members of the 12- man ruling polithuro, including President Marian Spychalski, who remains, however, as head of state. Among those dismissed was Boleslaw Jaszczuk, 57, responsi- ble for carrying out economic reforms aimed at modernizing Poland's stagnant ecomony through a transition to more selective, intensive development of key industries. Jaszczuk, a former ambassa- dor to Russia, was regarded as the main advocate of sharp pre-Cliristmas food price in- creases a week ago, which ig- nited smouldering resentment over other aspects of the re- forms and led to strikes and street clashes in Baltic coastal towns. Warsaw radio said workers in riot-torn Gdansk and Gdynia had returned to work today but did not mention Szczecin, hit hardest by the disorders. Tele- phone lines to Gdansk remained down and its airport closed to regular traffic a week after the riots began there. Troops were believed still oc- cupying Szczecin, and a source reported from Gdansk that tanks were on the streets and a nighttime curfew remained in force. Damage at Gdansk alone was estimated at million. An official communique said Gomulka submitted his resigna- tion at Sunday's plenary session of the 90-member central com- mittee because of a serious cir- culatory ailment affecting his vision and requiring long hospi- tal treatment. But political observers had no doubt that he and Ms four polit, buro party id- eologist Zenon Kliszko, Spychal- ski, party organizational secre- tary Ryszard Strzelecki, and being held re- sponsible for last week's disor- ders. Cup of milk fund needs our help It has been cold in southern Albcrla for this past week, but we are fortunate for we have nice warm homes to go to at the end of the day. In Korea, there are many people who live in shacks with- out heat. Children sleep on bare floors covered with what- ever rags they can find, Thei's are even many families who try to maintain some kind of household in lean-tos built be- neath stairs of large buildings. But the winds and rain blows through and children often die from exposure. For many years the Unitar- ian Service Committee has been helping these people in Korea and otter countries. They try to find belter houses for the transients, warmer clothes for families in poor housing developments, and jobs for those who can work. But the USC needs our help. They know that Canadians are generous Iwcause we have helped with so many projects over tha 25 years they been in under dcvelopeu ua- lions. Tins year we are being asked for io supply car- loads of dry milk for the hun- gry. We now have We've still a long way to go to reach our goal. If you haven't sent in your donation, do so to- day in care of The Lcthbridga Herald, ;