Archive for March 9th, 2011

Letter regarding AP Exam registration- due March 11!!!

In case you lose it, and I have hyperlinked the online registration site. Just click.

February 2011

Dear AP Students and Parents,

Advanced Placement examinations are scheduled May 2nd through May 13th at the Pattonville Learning Center (with the exception of Friday, May 6th, both exams on that date will be at Pattonville High School).  Transportation will NOT be provided from PHS to the Learning Center.  If transportation cannot be arranged, please see Ms. Caimi, (we will work with administrators to transport students as needed). Students need to arrive at the Learning Center by 7:30 for a.m. exams and 11:30 for p.m. exams.    Please note that p.m. exams will end between 3:00-4:00.  Students may drive to and from the Learning Center if they have a valid parking pass for PHS, or ride with someone that has both. Students must have their Pattonville ID and check in with the receptionist at the Learning Center.

The 2011 AP exam fee is $87.00* per exam.   AP registration for exams will be done exclusively on line.  Beginning Monday, February 28th at 6:00 a. m. and through Friday, March 11th, until 2:15 p.m., please register using the following website:

www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/262575

Carefully follow the instructions at the top of each registration page.  Bring a printed copy of your registration form and payment to Ms. Caimi or Ms. Patrick in the guidance office.  Make checks payable to PHS. NO registration will be available after March 11th. Please contact me or ask your AP Teacher if you have any questions or need assistance with registration.

Sue Caimi

Counselor, AP Coordinator

314.213.8560

scaimi@psdr3.org

*Exam price adjusted for free/reduced lunch status.  Please check w/Ms. Caimi.

Additional information regarding permission for transportation and lunch options will be provided at a later date.

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Munich Pact and Atlantic Charter

Here’s the text for the Munich Pact: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/imt/munich1.asp

Here’s the text for the Atlantic Charter: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/wwii/atlantic.asp

WWII War Crimes trials still continue, even in 2010

A Nazi hit-man was convicted of the murder of three people over 60 years ago.

Here is the link: http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/former-nazi-hitman-heinrich-boere-convicted-of-dutch-murders/19410471

Here’s the text:

(March 23, 2010) — A German court has sentenced an 88-year-old former Nazi hitman to life in prison for murdering three Dutch civilians during World War II.

Heinrich Boere is No. 6 on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of most-wanted Nazis. He was part of the “Silbertanne” death squad — a unit of largely Dutch SS volunteers tasked with killing their countrymen.

His trial, which began in October, capped more than six decades of efforts to bring him to justice in what’s probably one of the last war crimes trials of surviving former Nazis. The court in Aachen this morning handed down the maximum sentence, life in prison, 66 years after Boere’s crimes took place.

Former Nazi SS member Heinrich Boere appears in court on March 23, 2010. 

Frank Augstein, AP
Heinrich Boere, 88, appears at his trial in Aachen, Germany, on Tuesday. He was sentenced to life in prison for killing Dutch civilians during World War II.

The former Waffen SS member admitted to killing a bicycle shop owner, a pharmacist and a member of the resistance movement in the Netherlands in 1944, but said he had no choice but to comply with his superiors’ orders. “As a simple soldier, I learned to carry out orders,” Boere testified in December. “And I knew that if I didn’t carry out my orders I would be breaking my oath and would be shot myself.”

Prosecutors said Boere was a willing participant who joined the SS after Germany invaded the Netherlands in 1940. In testimony, he described being inspired as an 18-year-old after seeing a recruitment poster signed by Heinrich Himmler.

He also testified to how he and another SS man wore civilian clothes during unannounced visits to the homes of people believed to oppose the Nazis. After asking them to confirm their identities, the two SS men shot them point blank with silenced pistols.

Boere was born in Germany to a Dutch father and German mother, and moved to the Netherlands as an infant. He volunteered for the SS in 1940 and fought on the Eastern Front before returning to Holland in 1943. At the end of World War II, he was captured and held in several prisoner of war camps before escaping in 1947.

In 1954, Boere fled to Germany and worked there as a coal miner until the mid-1970s. A court in the Netherlands sentenced him to death in absentia in 1949, and his penalty was later commuted to life imprisonment.

Still, he avoided jail time because he holds dual nationality. One German court refused to extradite him, and another refused to force him to serve his Dutch sentence in a German prison because he was absent from his trial.

Since the Nuremberg trials after World War II, where several top Nazi officials were sentenced to death, German authorities have examined more than 25,000 war crimes cases, but the majority have never reached court. Boere’s trial is part of a recent flurry of arrests as suspected war criminals age into their 90s and pressure builds to bring them to justice while they are still alive.

The most high-profile of recent Nazi trials is that of John Demjanjuk, whose trial began in Munich in November. He is charged with assisting in the murder of 27,900 people at the Sobibor death camp in Poland, where prosecutors say he was a guard.

Boere is now wheelchair-bound and lives in a nursing home near the German town where he was born 88 years ago. During his trial, he spoke openly of the murders. “At no point did I feel like I was committing a crime,” he said. “Now I see things from a different perspective.”