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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wadnasday, LETHBRIDGE Swift Current man has large collection of Nazi-era relics Airline spends m. Inquiry confirms death in damage settlements of Indian revolutionary By GARRY FAIRBAIRN SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. (CP) To get to the largest collection of Nazi German rel- ics in North America, you start at the television tower on the outskirts of this west- ern Saskatchewan city. Go north two miles, turn at the one and only tree, drive east two miles over a gravel road, turn north for another half-mile of gravel and you arrive at a typical Prairie farmyard, where a plain 60- by-28-foot building houses Andy Wright's museum. The rows of gleaming dag- gers and the scores of fire- arms on the walls imme- diately make it clear that this is no ordinary rural museum. Half of it is, in fact, given to Canadian and Irish antiques. But in the other half is a collection of weapons, uni- forms, helmets, gas masks, documents and miscellaneous souvenirs that is recognized as the largest collection of Third Reich memorabilia on the continent. The prize items in Mr. Wright's pistol with which Adolf Hitler com- mitted suicide and the shovel with which he turned the first sod for Nazi Germany's first kept out of sight in a bank vault. Mr. Wright and his wife Marg started collecting an- tiques 11 years ago and a year after that Mr. Wright found himself acquiring Third Reich history during a Toronto visit. CAREERS Are you looking for steady work with good pay? Norfab Homes Ltd. A mobile home manufacturer is offering just that. We need capable workers immediately to fill existing vacancies in our production line, previous experience not necessary, however it would be preferred. If you are interested please PERSONNEL MANAGER Norfab Homes Ltd. Box 999, Fort Macleod, Alberta Phone 234-4431 BRANCH HEAD Extension Services Branch Fish and Wildlife Division This is an Edmonton located senior position reporting to the Director of Fish and Wildlife. Assumes re- sponsibility for design and supervision of this newly created branch in the fields of hunter training, re- source education, in-service training and public in- formation generally. Supervises and administers the preparation of information and education materials, displays, etc., related to training courses and associat- ed field camps. Requires university graduation in natural sciences field plus experience in resource management and staff supervision. Current salary range Closes September 13, 1974 Competition number M641-39 APPLY: GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE MAIN FLOOR. CENTENNIAL BUILDING 10015 103 TSJ OH4 OR: Room 500 TERRACE BUILDING EDMONTON, ALBERTA. T5K 2C1 "I bought my first few Nazi daggers and from then on it just started soaring." By 1967, the collection had outgrown the farmhouse and the Wrights put up the mu- seum building as a Centennial project. Except when they take a trailer on tour, there is no admission charge to see the exhibits, although donations are accepted. Part of the reason for amassing the collection was the challenge of the "looking for items that it seems impossible to get." But the educational value is at least of equal importance. Past the handsome uni- forms and glittering weapons, whose designs still radiate the arrogant confidence of the self-styled supermen, are re- minders of the dark underside of Nazi Germany. Bone chips from the human furnaces at Belsen are placed beside the steel blackjacks and barbed-wire lashes used by concentration camp guards. With them are displays and books of photographs of the emaciated or mutilated cor- pses of the camps. "I make the Boy Scouts, ev- ery time they come through here, look through this so they can see what happens under a said Mr. Wright. The museum takes second place to the farm Mr. Wright started running in 1949: "I'm a farmer. That gets No. 1 and this gets No. 2." Visitors frequently keep the Wrights up till midnight, even though there are no signs ad- vertising the museum. The average tour takes 60 to 90 minutes and thousands of people come each year, at- tracted by word of mouth or the few lines on the museum in a thick provincial tourist guide. Articles on display include: A 76-million-year-old duckbill dinosaur bone; the only SS swagger-stick known to be in North America; more than 100 Nazi daggers; a cross in gold, Order of the German Eagle, one of only 16 such awarded; a 16th-century Tur- kish wall cannon; an Indian skeleton; 75-year-old wedding dresses on mannequins; old gramophones and radios and Irish pots and peat. Mr. Wright can give the story of virtually every item in the display of Third Reich and military history, such as a presentation dagger bearing the inscribed signature of leader Ernest Manpower and Immigration Main-d'oeuvre et Immigration THE CANADA FARM LABOR POOL 410 Hammond Building Moose Jaw, Sask. S6H 3K1 Phone 693-3697 for information Has some very interesting Job Opportunities for full time employment, married or single. Experience nec- essary, drivers licence a must. Apply in person to reg- ister. REAL ESTATE IS THE GAME AND BLOCK BROS. HAS THE NAME AND THE NAME OF THE GAME IS PROFESSIONAL MARKETING Wa want pvopM) who ara InlaraMvd in teaming tha game. Wa can anow you tha way Mfc ii M MkA ttmttt UBLUIIIV vvaovv in nva iwi wma fiwo. Our training program is among tha bast in fha businass. Our inconthra program (Hawaiian bonus, cash, prom sharing, tic.) it un- For mora information on Via laaclnaBng fiaM of Baal Estata can our offtea now. Frank Tinordi 327-3478 Tim Grisak 328-2266 BLOCK BROS. NATIONAL 328-2356 REAL ESTATE SERVICE LTD. Storm Troop Roehm. He emphasized the rarity ol such a dagger, noting that after Hitler purged the Storm Troop leadership in 1934 it was decreed that all such in- scriptions be obliterated. Mr. Wright declined to re- veal the value of the collec- tion or the top items, saying he fears publication would only attract would-be thieves. But he was eager to have it known that he has no in- tention of slowing the growth of his collection. He said he pays full market value and spends about a year for new purchases. Some material comes from visits to his Irish homeland, which he left in 1936, other items from acquaintances around the world, and still more from careful reading. MIAMI, Fla. (AP) Eastern Air Lines has spent million to settle damage suits arising from an Everglades jumbo jetliner crash that claimed 101 lives. Payments to survivors and next-of-kin ranged from 000 to The suits followed the crash of an L-1011 jet in the Ever- glades 20 miles west of here Dec. 29, 1972. Ninety-six passengers and five crew members died and 75 passengers and crew members survived. The largest payment, was made to Kenuko Golfuss of New York City, whose back was broken in the crash and whose husband, Bernard, was killed. One lawyer involved in the suits said the average settlement was about The crash also cost Eastern million for the jet. The company had million to million in insurance with four major firms. The National Transporta- tion Safety Board ruled that the crash occurred because the flight crew in the cockpit was engrossed in trying to replace a burned-out warning light and did not realize until too late that the huge jet had lost altitude. Eastern admitted complete liability for the crash after that ruling was handed down. SURPRISE, SURPRISE STOCKPORT, England (CP) Instead of picking up 300 day trippers at Stockport, the train for British Rail's "mystery tour" went to Stoke- on-Trent. The stranded passengers were crammed into a 120-seat relief train which was delayed by a derail- ment before they reached their mystery Whitley Bay in North- umberland. NEW DELHI (Reuter) An official inquiry has reaf- firmed that Indian revolutionary Netaji Subhas Chandri Bose, leader of the pro-Japanese Indian National Army during the Second World War, died in an air crash in August, 1945. The government accepted the findings of the one-man commission of Justice G. D. Khosla who rejected as "completely false and un- acceptable" stories that the netaji (leader) had been seen since 1945. Khosla said he died from third-degree burns in tht crash on Taiwan on Aug 18 1945. Netaji escaped from prison under British rule and forme the Indian National Army or the side of the Japanese. 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