August 3, 2015

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Germany shelves Nazi war crimes investigation of 96-year-old Minnesota man

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have shelved their Nazi war crimes investigation of a retired Minnesota carpenter whom The Associated Press exposed as a former commander in an SS-led unit, saying Friday that the 96-year-old is not fit for trial. Munich prosecutor Peter Preuss told the AP that Michael Karkoc’s attorney had refused to allow Read More…

10 things to know, Wednesday, June 17

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Six California balcony collapse victims had lives ahead of them A group of Irish and Irish-American young men and women were enjoying their last blast summer in the U.S. before cracking down with college and careers. 2. Read More…

Patriots, not fanatics: Kamikaze pilots debunk myths

KASAMA, Japan — The pilots filed into the room and were presented with a form that asked if they wanted to be kamikaze. It was multiple-choice, and there were three answers: “I passionately wish to join,” ”I wish to join,” and “I don’t wish to join.” This was 1945. Many were university students who had Read More…

‘A frenzy of senseless evil': Holocaust remembered in Lorain

Erwin Froman, left, Holocaust survivor from Amherst, and Sheila Evenchik, coordinator and office manager of Aguduth B'Nai Israel Synagogue in Lorain, light candles in a ceremony at Holocaust Memorial Service at Aguduth B'Nai Israel on April 15.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The horror of the Holocaust was remembered in the words of two survivors who immigrated to Lorain. The Wednesday tribute, part of international Holocaust remembrances, occurred before about 200 people at Agudath B’nai Israel Synagogue. Actor Bob Kenderes portrayed Tibor Messinger, who died in 1993. Actress Marcia Mandell portrayed Goldie Nisenboum, who died Read More…

German Nobel laureate Guenter Grass dead at 87

BERLIN — Guenter Grass, the Nobel-winning German writer who gave voice to the generation that came of age during the horrors of the Nazi era but later ran into controversy over his own World War II past and stance toward Israel, has died. He was 87. Matthias Wegner, spokesman for the Steidl publishing house, confirmed Read More…

Info sought about Avon Lake World War II casualties

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AVON LAKE — Nine Avon Lake High School graduates have died while serving in the armed forces, but little is known about the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two who graduated in the 1940s. Avon Lake at-large Councilman John Shondel, who retired from the Army Reserve in 1985 and is sergeant-at-arms for Avon Lake American Read More…

70 years later, man receives Lorain High School diploma

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LORAIN — Nine dollars. That’s what prevented Leonard Puma from graduating high school. “I couldn’t stand to be embarrassed at graduation with those guys because I didn’t have the money for a suit,” Puma said. “And I didn’t want to bother my mother for a $9 suit.” These were the days when Puma’s mother would Read More…