Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 22, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
22 'HE IETHBRIDG6 HERALD Thursday, July 22, 1971 Poles massacred TEL AVIV (API A former Polish citizen says he talked with several Russian soldiers who took part in the Katyn mas- sacre of Polish officers during the Second World War. Abraham Viclra, 64, of Haifa told the news p a n or Maariv today that he knew at least two Soviet soldiers involved in the massacre in the Katyn forest near the Russian town of Smo- lensk. Who did the killing had been in dispute for nearly three dec- ades. A United States Congress inquiry concluded the Soviet government ordered the massa- cre The Russians say the Nazis were behind it, but they have refused to allow on interna- tional, on-the-spot investigation. Recently 200 members of the British Parliament signed a pe- tition demanding a new inquiry. The case first came to light in 9-13 when the Nazi occupation orce announced discovery of a nass grave in the forest. Vidra said lie kept his story secret because a Soviet Jewish officer "made me promise not o reveal for 30 years what he had told me-" He told Maariv the Red Army occupied east Poland in 1939 and captured thousands of Pol- ish troops. They were sent to several prison camps, including one at Starobelsk in the eastern Ukraine where Vidra, arrested for "Zionist also was interned. At the end of 1940, 10.000 Pol- ish officers were taken from the camp and were never seen again. Vidra became friends with a Soviet Jewish major named Joshua Sorokin, who supervised the third and last departure of the Poles from the camp. So- Montana strike settlement near HELENA, Mont. (API An Anaconda Co. spokesman says striking employees of the com- pany would be hack to work "the first of next week at the latest." Tentative contracts end- ing the dispute have been ironed out here and in Salt reached but not completely Lake City, Utah. William Kirkpatrick, Anacon- da vice president of industrial relations, said in a telephone conversation from his N e w York City office that negotia- tors in Helena, some 60 to 70 union representatives and the firm's legal counsel are form- ing the new three year con- tract. He declined to disclose de- tails of the agreement. Both sides met in Helena Wednesday behind closed doors and refused to discuss progress of the negotiations. It was believed settlement of the strike would depend on the outcome of a nonferrous met als industry conference in Salt Lake City Saturday. rokin told Vidra that the Polish officers hati been shot in the forests of Smolensk. MET TWO OTHER KILLERS Vidra was transferred in 1941 to Talitza in the Ural Moun- ains, where his job was to treat in new prisoners. Two ar- rivals with Russian names, .euls. Alexander Suslov and Samyun Tichonov, "behaved in a pecular way and no one mew why they were imprisoned at Talitza." One day Suslov, sobbing, told him: I want to tell you my life. Ti- chonov and me, we're the mos miserable people in the World Only to you, because you're Jew, can we tell everything. 1 won't make any difference for us. I killed the Polack tvith my own hands. I shot them myself." Suslov said some of the Rus sian soldiers ordered to kill th Poles committed suicide instcat and threw themselves into th mass grave. The other execu tioners were quickly dispersec around Russia. This month Vidra attended funeral of an old friend and re- alized he did not want to die with his secret. he told Maariv, "I have no more family in Russia. It's time KNJOY IIOSPITLITY VEREENIGING, South Af- ica (AP) Burglars broke nto the home of Piet Jordaan, rank his liquor and got away vith an undisclosed amount of -ash. Jordaan is the district po- ice commandant. FIGHTS SHORTAGE MELBOURNE (AP) The education department of Aus- tralia's Victoria State an- nounced it is trying to hire United Stales and Canadian teachers to beat a shortage of more than 400 high school teachers. BAN DOWRY ROitE (AP) A commis- sion of parliament has voted to ban the traditional bridal dow- ry in a reform of Italian mar- riage and family laws. Parlia- ment's final vote on the reform is expected by the end of 1971. AID IDENTIFICATION Police in Los Angeles are stenciling numbers on the roofs and trunks of the city's Yellow Cabs to make surveil- lance by police helicopters eas- ier. Back in cells FORT SASKATCHEWAN (CP) John Joseph Cardinal, 16, wss returned to Fort Sas- katchewan Correctional Insti- tute, 10 miles north-east of Ed- monton, after escaping from a work gang. AUGUST 21st to SEPTEMBER 6th Disagree on Same fee paid by learner, aulo driver WINNIPEG (CP) Learn- ing to drive now costs Manito- bans as much as driving. Persons applying for learn- ers' permits since June 14 have been charged on the same ba- sis as persons receiving or re- newing regular drivers' li- cences on the premise learners present the same risk on the road as licensed drivers. Previously a four month learner's permit cost after which a successful applicant paid the regular fee for a driv- er's licence- The yearly licence is plus insurance premiums. The Canadian Press incor- rectly reported Saturday that the new rates were to become effective Nov. 1. Set record PORT COQUITLAM, B.C. (CP) Jane Kilmer, who set a record for length of service for women in Canadian civic politics, will be buried Thurs- day. She died July 17 at 82. Miss Kilmer served 34 years as an alderman in this Vancou- ver area community, from 1928 until 1966. tiny hearing aid supplies OTTAWA (CPI Spokesmen for1 an Ontario gas utility and a Calgary firm that wants to ex- port gas disagreed here on whether gas discoveries in Al- berta are declining. Donald McMorland, a geolo- gist, testified for Alberta and Southern Gas Co. Ltd. on gas supplies at the National Energy Board's hearings into applica- tions to export billion cubic feet of gas. Before grant- ing an export licence, the board must declare the gas involved surplus to foreseeable Canadian needs. Alberta and Southern, which seeks to export 1.095 billion cubic feet of gas- over 15 years, estimates a current surplus of billion. J W. S. McOuat, counsel for Union Gas Co. of Canada, cross-examined Mr. Mc- Morland: "The amount of new gas that is being found in Al- berta is diminishing, is it "No, 1 don't think the statis- tics state Mr. McMorland replied. Replying to other questions from Mr. McOuat, Mr. Mc- Morland agreed that gas explo- ration expenditures have de- clined in Alberta and increased u the Northwest Territories. SEES COAL GASIFIED Mr. McOuat asked whether gas derived from coal will be needed to keep existing pipe- lines filled in the 1980s- "I think that gasification of coal is Mr. Mc- Morland answered. There was no reason why the process could not be used. But he declined to estimate when the process would begin saying it will come whenever i is the rate tha they're finding gas, not for the next few years anyhow." Mr McMorland did not agree with Mr. McOuat's suggestion that estimating the size of gas reserves is "more of an art than a science." In his direct testimony, Mr. McMorland stated that Alberta and Southern's estimates of gas supplies do not include supplies in the Northwest Territories or off Canada's East Coast, since there is insufficient information for a definitive estimate. The other major export appli- cant, Consolidated Natural Gas Ltd., estimates the current sur- plus at 3.400 billion cubic feet. 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