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Re-united

Mystic Marinelife Aquarium had a homecoming of sorts yesterday as two old female were together in California until the summer of 1979.She was lifted by
friends were re-united. Kojak, right, greets his old pool mate from Sea World, San crane into a 34,000-gallon fresh water pool, following her cross-country trip.
Diego, Calif., following her arrival to the Aquarium. Kojak and the still unnamed

Can the Holocaust happen here?

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NEW YORK (AP)- It was just an innocent
question from a curious 16-year-old student. How, he
asked his history teacher, could Germans claim
ignorance of the mass murder of Jews during World
War II?
But the teacher, Ron Jones, didn't just thumb
through a history book or refer to scribbled notes on a
yellow lesson pad for the answer.
INSTEAD, FOR one harrowing week 14 years ago,
Jones showed his students exactly how the Holocaust
could happen-right there, in an enlightened, middle-
class, predominantly white high school in Palo Alto,
Calif.
That week, which one of Jone's former students,
Steve Coniglio still looks back on as "exhilarating-

and frightening," is dramatized in a television movie,
"The Wave," appearing Sunday, Oct. 4 from 7-8 p.m.,
EDT on ABC. Bruce Davison plays the teacher.
Jones, 41, said in an interview yesterday that he
had kept the experience bottled up for years, until he
recently ran into Coniglio in Berkeley, Calif.°
THEY HADN'T seen each other in at least 10 years.
But they saluted each other-that raised cupped-
hand salute that his high school used during that
strange week years earlier to symbolize membership
in "The Third Wave," the Cubberly School equivalent
of the German Nazi Party.
It was then, Jones said, that he decided the time
had conie to tell the world what happened.
The day after the student asked the question about
the Holocaust, Jones darkened the classroom. In the
background he played music from "Die Walkure" by
Richard Wagner, one of Hitler's favorite operas.
"THAT FIRST day was designed to put students in
a restricted environment, to teach them the beauty of
discipline. I wrote on the blackboard, 'Strength
Through Discipline.' I had them practice cryptic,
sharp answers to my questions," Jones said.
The lesson on the second day was "Strength
Through Community," that society is more impor-
tant than the individual; that it feels good to work for
something bigger than yourself.
The experiment grew 'more and more elaborate.
And it spread. By the fourth day, there were 120 kids

packed into Jones's history class. The principal of the
school was giving the Third Wave salute. There were
banners reading "Strength Through Discipline"
going up in the library and the cafeteria.
ALL PROCEEDED with barely a murmur of
protest' from students, teachers, even parents,
despite the fact that at one point students were
assigned to recruit brothers and sisters into "The
Third Wave."
The climax occurred on the, fifth day. Three hun-
dred students packed into an auditorium, where
Jones promised to introduce a new national leader
who would unite the country behind "The New
Wave."
Jones brought in two televisions, turned them on
and said, "Here is your leader." Jones then left the
auditorium, doors were loudly shut, and there was
just silence interrupted only be the hiss of the
televisions.
"My most vivid image of the Holocaust," said
Coniglio, "was imagining. people led into cement
block rooms, the doors slamming phut and then the
gas coming in. Well, we waited two minutes, then five
minutes, and no new leader appeared on the TV
screen. Then I got hit with that same feeling and said
I'm getting out of here."
And so the experiment ended, the lesson learned
indelibly. But Jones now'says his teaching methods
were "dangerous, and I wouldn't recommend it.

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Experts find huge hole in space

WASHINGTON (UPI) -
Astronomers yesterday reported the
discovery of what appears to be an im-
mense "hole" in distant space that is so
big 2,00 ordinary-sized galaxies could
fit within its borders.
The startling finding, if confirmed by
additional observations now under way,
woud mean scientists would have to re-
think some fundamental ideas on how

matter tends to organize itself on a
large scale in the universe over billions
of years.
"IT'S DIFFICULTito explain what
we're seeing in terms of the pictures
that are around of how galaxies tend
to cluster, and how voids might.
form," said Dr. Paul Schechter of
the Kitt Peak National Observatory
near Tucson, Ariz.

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