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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 3C THI ItTHBRlDGE HERALD Wednesday Junt 20 1973 Only survivor The corvette, Sackviiie, the only survivor of Can- ada's wartime fleet, is now being used as a re- search ship. The Sackville was built at Saint John, NB m 1941 and regis- tered two kills with sub- Hunting squadrons Our very best! Priced as low as it can go. 98 169 a-20 R 80096. Our finest Kenmore offers an array of features at a price that literally defies companson. It's designed for sheer operating simplicity with all the most-used, day-to-day stitches selected on one single dial, A one-second selection to choose plain or zig-zag, choice of 2 separate blind-hem stitches: a special mending stitch; a smocking stitch and, most important, automatic stretch stitching Also features best fully automatic buttonholer on the market lets you dial regular, keyhole, even eyelet styles in 9 sizes. There's more a pull-out basting stitch for professional fitting. Gussying up a dress? 12 cams are supplied includmt complex reverse type for fabulous embroidery in 1 or 2 colours.. There are many more features but we've run out of space Come in for a demonstration lesson. Sewing Our finest plain stitch Kenmore 69 98 b-20 P 80095 'Our smoothest, quietest straight stitch Kenmore features drop feed for mending and darning, snap lock regulator for varying foot pressure and built-in light Available also m a wide range of furniture for as little as more ihan portable prices Open Account STORS HOURS. Open Doily from 9 30 o m to S 30 p m Thursday and Friday 9 30 o m to p m Centre Village Mall Telephone 328-9231 Weary cynicism about war trials eats at Germans B% 01TO DOELLLNG FRANKFURT. West Ger- many (AP) The court is in 1 recess The spectators, a meie half dozen, stand in a dimly lit stairwell outside the i gallery and talk judge is much too young to know it was He can t be moie than 35 "There you see He never was a soldier He should have been at the Front Then he would have orders just like we had to do'' The voices echo West Ger- man y k cynicism ovei wai ciimes trials, which have gone on almost continuously since the collapse of Hitler's Third Reich With the 1965 ex- tension of the statute of limi- tations for wartime murders, the trials theoietically could drag on into the 21st century Though few remember Mok- r o w. Lachwa. Lunini e c, Dawd Gorodok, Gorodiscze. Wysock, Stolm, Janow. Dro- hotshin or Pmsk their stones are told virtuallj without res- pite mealing tragedies a thousandfold So far. West German courts have found moie than 6000 people guilt> of war crimes Wait 10 years On this dav six persons aie be'oie the court Ten eai s befo> e hen the indictments weie issued there were 18 But death and mfirnutj intervened One of the remaining six defendants is Johann Josrf Kuhi Like four of the others Kuhi belonged to a para military police battalion with headquarters in Lublin Po- land The battalion was te- sponsible foi seedling off ghettos rounding up Jews and escorting them to execu- tion trenches outside towns The sick and resisting were shot on the spot 01 en route Kuhr is charged with aiding in the murder of 16 200 Jews at Pmsk and with executing 6 000 Soviet prisoners of wai at Biala Podlaska He does not consider him- self responsible for what hap- pened, but he has been foiced (o under a shadow for nearly 10 years, awaiting the start of his long-delayed tiial He was arrested in 1962, spent six days in jail and then was released on bail of 25.000 Worked in police At the same time he was suspended fiom the Frankfurt police department, where he had iisen after the wai to the lank of captain Three other defendants also are suspended police ofticers To augment his curtailed income. Kuhr 46 ptoduces auto shampoo in }us> bathtub and sells it The defence claims that the six defendants have been ar- bitrarily selected as scape- goats for scoies of others equally or more to blame for the muideis Chief Pi osecutor Gerhard Ott 44 concedes in an mtei- view that "we drew a toe be tween those who received the orders and those who the ordeis Otherwise we would had 300 to 400 people beloie the court he says Ironies result Johann Eck- stein was only a non-commis- sioned officer in his police battalion when it scaled off the Pmsk ghetto Kuhr was one of his superiors Aftei the wai Eckstein past Kuhr to become cnief of Frankfurt s uni formed police M the trial the 57-vear-old Eckstein appears as a witness and tells the court that al- tnough he was repelled bv what happened at Pmsk he saw no to these 01 deis" which he considered binding Career unmarred Eckstein s police career has not been affected hi? testi- 01 his role at Pmsk a police spokesman sa> eial other former battalion members are still actue on the Frankfurt foice Since war crimes aie not ei ed by West s ciimmal code and since a genocide statute cannot be ap- plied expost facto, the six are being tried under statutes dealing with ordinary cides The specific charge Is aid- ing and abetting murder court reasons that they acted under orders, did not show excessive zeal and derived no peisonal rewards from their deeds Adolf (Butchei) Petsch Is said to have bragged about his handiwork to SS comrades who tended to shun him, and decades later he discusses without remorse how he went about the slaughter "Aiter the end of this action CJanowj. my uniform was with blood and even m> hands were smeared with blood I and the other shooters received a clean uni- form after every (mass) exe- cution I never knew if the old unifoim was simply washed 01 whether I received a dif- ferent one each time Not abnormal Petsch s lawyer pleads that client was too dim-witted to known he was doing wiong The court order? Petsch tested A psychologist determines that while he is far from intelligent, the test results are within the norm One of the ouginal accused was declared an imbecile, and his was suspended at the outset of the trial In finding all six guilU the co'irt rulet, The actions cannot be jus- tified on the basis of orders since the orders themselves weie illegal and far e reeded conceivable authority Petich recedes the highest The other sentences range from to lour yeais In explaining the relatnely miln Judge Adalbert Schaefei the six themselves victims of in- h'unan times Pending appeals the six aie continued free on bail Kuhr receives the lightest 3ears instead of the eight demanded by the prosecution He is convicted of aiding in the murder of the Jews at Pmsk but acquitted of taking part in the execution of the Russian PoWs. Bubbleba-th Dr Martin Collis sensors to volunteer Nancy Chamberlayne as part ot o tpst m Pioiect Man Overboard After two years of testing the project has found that vigoious swimming only defeats the body's natural safeguards against pi clanged im- mersion in cold water and leads to death by hypothermia, the medical tpim for dan- gerously low body temperature The girl is in a warming up whirlpool bath after an icy dip m Project Man Overboard at the University of Victoria. ;