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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 20, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, S.pte.ntwr 10, 19K THI LETHBSiDGi KBRALD B9 Dachau: VIVID REMINDER OF MAN'S INHUMANITY TO MAN By IRA BERKOW DACHAU, West Germany (NBA) When Pfc. Tony Row- land recently joined the unit of United States soldiers at the small Army base here, ho star- tled Ms company commander, a Lt. Wigley, with a strange offer of assistance. Pfc. Rowland said in Lt. Wig- ley's office Uiat he had a spe- cial knowledge of the area. Ho said that during World War II his father had been in the Dachau concentration ca which borders the military post. Pfc. Rowland said that his fath- er had been stationed here wliile a member of (he S.S., the feared elile Nazi polico corps. Lt. Wigley thanked Pfc. Row- land but d'id not sec how he could use the information. The Army camp, namec Eastman Barracks, had been virtually closed down for the last year because of U.S. mili lary cutbacks in the area. I was recently brought back fo an encore. It was liastily rcno vated so that the expected 20, 000 or so G Is in Europe com ing for the Olympics would no descent like homeless locust- on Munich, which is currentl suffering a bousing shortag due to the games. LAW, ORDER The cadre here, made up o Military Police units from post in Germany was assigned "I keep law and order." Pfc. Rowland had been sta tioned in Baumholder, abou 500 kilometers from here. "When I wrote my dad I was going to be stationa here for said Pfc. Ro1 land, "he wrote back that should visit the concentratio camp. He thinks people shou ways remember about man's lumanity to man, so that it on't happen again. He told e about ono particular wall at I should see, where he atched people lined up ind shot to death." Pfc. Rowland, a broad, blond with call-like eyes, eiieves he can sec the wall om the window of the sparse arracks room where he works s the post "disc jockey." That really a glorified title for a oung guy from Spokane, Wash., ho sits with fatigue shirt lash- jnably out of his pants, sticks ock records on a phonograph vith faulty needle and ally announces on the public dclrcss system when the nexi us departs for Munich, nine lilcs southeast. The wall is behind three rows f stark barbed wire fences and le can see one of the watch owers that was onco manner vilh spotlight and machine guns to discourage the hall live prisoners, "political ene mies of the German rom escaping. Dachau concentration cam; j now a museum. It was th irst of all Nazi concentralio camps and their prototype. I was built in March, 1933, tw months after Hitler came I power. The camp was mad house inmates, but usu ally prisoners were eled into the barracks. The prL oners were flogged, starve worked to exhaustion, skimpi clothed in even the most free- ing weather. The lives of u counted thousands ended the Dachau crematoria. Pfc. Rowland's father to Mm he was a clerical work for the S.S. The senior Rowlai was an enlisted man, said h n, and was stationed In Da- au from January, IMS, until orlly before the U.S. Army Derated the camp on April 20, M5. DN'T TALK "Dad didn't talk a whole lot said Pfc. Rowland, mt he did say he saw terrible lings. He saw Jews beaten to eath, and chewed to death by e Nazi's dogs. He saw people e from medical experiments i them. For instance, Nazi octors were looking for a mal- ria cure. So they inoculated ime prisoners with the disease, lie experiments failed. The died. "Dad was just a young guy he's 55 now, so he must've jeen, what, 28 then and he 'anted to do sometlung to stop lat stuff. But he saw three of is buddies get caught plotting o overthrow the camp com- mandant. Those guys got new triped uniforms. They became in the camp, not insoners urg and gave themselves up .0 the advancing U.S. forces. After the war Rowland was Drought to the United States, said his son, and made to stand trial for war crimes. "He wasn't convicted and he was even allowed to stay in the said the younger Row- land. PLAYS RECORD Pfc. Rowland put on a Beatles album now, for the enrichment of the tourist troops. Pfc. Row- land said that his "audience" is here to see the sights, to catch sotne of the Olympics, to drink in the beer halls and to try their luck with the Munich'girls. Others will go to the legalized brothels, Eke the one nearby on Dachaucrstrasse, where they find that the rates for patrons during Uw Olympics is up to 70 Deutsche marks (about from the usual 40 Dms. (about Many of the GIs, said Pfc, Rowland, didn't even know Dachau existed. A lot of them don't care. "They say they don't want to get bogged down in he said. "Others say maybe things like this are stUl going on, like in Nam." To the historian with lively imagination, some of these GIs might have been the sons of men who liberated Dachau, cm- battled soldiers who are seen, in a documentary film in the museun, holding their mouths as Ibey look into an open grave at the hundreds of freshly dead emaciated naked bodies of prisoners. Some of the tourist GI's have since visited the grisly museum when they found out about it from reading a story in Stars and Stripes, the serviceman's newspaper. Others had noticed pamphlet issued by the U.S. Army's Olympic Support Site In- formation Office here: Wiule you are here you might want to take photographs at tha international memorial to con- centration victims (it Is adja- cent to the Eastman Bar- Without even taking a breath for a paragraph, it went on: "One thing is for sure, you'll certainly want to visit the Volksfest (people's festival) of Dachau which is second in size only to Munich's famed Octobcrfest FOUR BUDDIES Pfc. Rowland has four bud- dies who one night under full moon climbed the three barbed wire fences and the thick wall to get into the former concen- tration camp. "They did it for an he said, "Once they got over the wall a big German shepherd came out barking like hell. It took 'em 15 minutes to get in, about 30 seconds to get out." He smiled, but was unim- pressed. "It wasn't so tough getting he said. "Those guys climbed up the part where the poles are, and put their hands between the barbed this buried item in the facts prongs. But not too many pris- DACHAU THEN U.S. r. tho German state." oners had escaped. The barbed- wire tops of those fences and the wall were full of electric currents, about volts worth." SCARED Pfc. Rowland says he Is not ashamed of his father's past. he said. "I mean, I would've been scared to death, too, if I was in his boots. Onco he got into the S.S. lie couldn't get out. I respect him for teTiing ntatlvej In 1945 view the fate of "political of me about It. It's like something I read In the paper the other day. It was a story about Dachau, and said that a lot of people, especially Germans, and Germans around here, wish the place would close down. People say It's 27 years since the war ended, and, hell, let the grass grow over it. But the article also quoted this guy, don't remember his name, who said something like, 'If you don't remember peat, you're condemned to repeat .t.' Dad used to tell me some- Jung like that, too." Then a spooky, almost bokey thing happened. The Bealtes began to stag, "Yesterday, all ray troutlei ..seemed BO far away, Now U looks as though ..they'ro here to stay, Oh, I believe In .yesterday GONDOLA RIDE Pope Paul VI, right, salutes cheering crovfd as he skmcti aboard a gondola during a trip along canal in Venice, Italy. The pope is visiting historic cily of canals during a one-day trip to norlheast Italy. U transfers not simple EDMONTON (CP) The Al-1 berta Colleges Commission has expressed impatience with the University of Alberta's caution concerning proposed entrance requirements for college stu- dents transferring into univer- sities. A statement issued by com- mission chairman Dr. Henry Kolesar and Dr. Day Fast, di- rector of instructional services, said if (lie problem could not lie resolved through negotiation in the near future, legislation applying to the colleges and universities would be recom- mend pfl. The slate m e n t expressed 'grave with recent comments made by Dr. Max Wyman, president of the uni- versity. Dr. Wyman had told a gen- eral faculties council meeting ic was bothered by a commis- sion proposal to permit college students, completing two years of university equivalent work, admission in to any university "upon the recommendation of the sending institution." At present, admission re- quirements arc set by the uni- versities. Dr. Henry KrciscI, academic vice president of the universi- ty, said the university is being cautious "because we want to wait until we can work out a woper agreement so we can lave a clear idea of the nature of the transfers." He said the real issue Is weather or not the colleges should have the right to say what courses of theirs are equivalent to university work. "They're saying to its: 'You'll have lo take these people'." Dr. Krcisel said the universi- ty wants to Iw co operative "but there are some very real problems that just can't be swept away by n simple solu- tion." The value of a president WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ident Nixon's net worth stands at an increase of 218 since he look office, the While House said today. Vice-rrcsident Spiro T. Ag- new has a net worth of an increase of during the last four years, Agnew's of- fice said in a statement re- leased at the same time. The double-barreHed financial disclosures came ns the Nixon- Agnew Republican ticket pre- pared to begin a push for re- election in November. Nixon's Democratic opponent, Senator George McGovern, disclosed his net worth months ago. Nixon's net-worth statemenl caid his assets "consist only o: cash, savings bonds, life insur- ance, properly and real cs- ale." Liabilities consist almost en- tirely of mortgages on real es- tate" in California and Florida, Ihe statement added. The brief statement also said: "With the exception of small sums of interest paid on his savings accounts, the presi- dent's total incomo Is derived from a yearly salary of and a yearly expense account of "The net worth Increase Is attributable to income from his salary which has been used for improvements to his home or deposited in the bank." Nixon's net worth statement showed total assets of anci liabilities of in mortgage anil trust deed notes payable on California and Flor- ida properties. Hees nominated BU1OMTON, Ont. (CP) George Hees was acclaimed as the Progressive Conservative candidate for Prince Edward- Hastings in the Oct. S election here Monday night. Mr. Hees, former minister of transport and minister of trade and commerce in the Tory gov- ernments of John Diefenbafccr, represented the riding during the last Parliament. SIMPSONS-SEARS Popular Stereo IPs at Low Prices. 3.99 A.99 and i CATSTEVENS Wayne Newlon "DADDY DONT YOU WAIK SO FAST" RCA Vklor-3.99 Carpenten "A SONG FOR YOU" A