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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Copy of Nuremburg trial program sparks interest

Can you imagine attending a trial and being handed a program as you entered the courtroom?
I would like to thank Dr. Harry “Bud” Huston of Willoughby for giving me a copy of just such a program. Huston was stationed in Germany at the time of the Nuremburg trial and attended a few times while he was there. Huston was in the Army with the 178th Engineer Combat Battalion.
After seeing “Judgment At Nuremberg” on television recently, I started reading up on the trial and found that there really were several trials. They were grouped by area of activity, medical, legal, ethnological, economic and political. The movie starring Burt Lancaster and Spencer Tracy was loosely based on the “legal” trial.
The real proceedings began Nov. 20, 1945, with the most famous defendants. The defendants were the top echelon of the Third Reich, including Hermann Goering, Hitler’s second in command; Deputy Fuhrer Rudolf Hess; and Albert Speer, Hitler’s architect. According to the program, there were 20 defendants answering for war crimes. With a total of 20 defendants, I now understand the need for a program.
My thanks to Huston for the copy of the program and piquing my curiosity in the historical event.

Library collection highlights First World War
Kirtland Public Library, 9267 Chillicothe Road in Kirtland, will display a collection of colorful World War I era sheet music through Nov. 30. The display includes snapshots of a World War I ambulance driver, a soldier, a picture of a military receiving station for the wounded, and postcards of the era depicting Gen. John J. Pershing’s birthplace and home in Laclede, Mo.
Music of Fannie Brice, Ted Lewis and other famous entertainers of the time are on display. The collection is on loan from Margaret J. Hommel and Ashley Gustafson and available for viewing during regular library hours. For details, call the library at 440-256-7323.

Work party for Boulevard of Flags
Help take down the flags at the Boulevard of 500 Flags. To help, just show up between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot at the Boulevard, 35150 Lake Shore Blvd. in Eastlake. Bring a pair of work gloves and help get the boulevard ready for winter. For details, call Joe Strand at 440-942-9344.
Auxiliary hosts cabbage roll dinner
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host a cabbage roll dinner 5 to 7:30 p.m. today at the post home. For details, call 440-357-7711.

Park board honors
military families
Lake Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners is honoring Lake County military families with free admission (immediate families only) to Country Lights at Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 12. Advanced registration is required and tickets are limited. Tickets include the Toy Workshop. Please call Farmpark admission at 440-256-2158 to reserve tickets by Dec. 5.
Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) card is required at the time of admission.

VFW Auxiliary hosts
breakfast Sunday
The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday at the post home. All are welcome. For details, call 440-354-9090.

Santa to visit Burton
Breakfast with Santa hosted by the Burton American Legion Auxiliary Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton, will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 at the post home. Tickets are $6 for adults; $3 for children ages 6 through 12; and children younger than 5 will be admitted free. For details, call the post home at 440-834-8621.

Operation Christmas
DeJohn Funeral Homes and Crematory is sponsoring the fourth annual Operation Christmas Stocking for Soldiers through Nov. 28. Stop at either location of the funeral home and pick up a Christmas stocking for one of our heroes serving overseas. Fill and decorate the stocking and return it before Nov. 28 and it will be shipped to the troops in time for Christmas.
Stockings can be picked
up or dropped off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through Nov. 28.

Dentist aids Toys-for-Tots
Dr. Stephen T. Carosello, a dentist who practices at 9500 Mentor Ave., Suite 280 in Mentor, will host a collection point for Toys-for-Tots. It is not necessary to be a patient to donate. The office is open for toy drop-offs Monday through Thursday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. until Dec. 13.

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