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JAMESTOWN -- Richard W. Sonnenfeldt, the chief interpreter for the U.S. prosecution at the Nuremberg war crimes trials, will appear at both Chautauqua Institution and the Robert H. Jackson Center.

Born in Berlin, Sonnenfeldt moved to the United States and became an American citizen at age 20. An Army veteran of World War II, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and the conquest of Germany.

At the conclusion of the war, he was named chief interpreter for the U.S. prosecution during the war crimes tribunals in 1945.

Sonnenfeldt will speak at 4 p.m. Monday in the Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua. Afterward, he will appear at a reception and dinner honoring Robert H. Jackson Society members, a group that provides operating gifts to the Jackson Center of $500 or more per year.

Information is on the Jackson Center Web site at


Samara Barend, the 26-year-old who is a former aide to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, said Monday her early fund-raising numbers show that she's a serious candidate to win the congressional seat of departing Republican Rep. Amo Houghton.

Barend, a Democrat who faces an uphill battle in a solidly Republican district, touted her $136,000 in cash on hand at the end of June, noting that it's more than the combined total of the two leading Republicans, State Sen. John "Randy" Kuhl and Mark Assini.

Barend, a community activist who lives in Corning, is best known for leading the effort in the late 1990s to turn New York's State Route 17 into Interstate 86. She also worked on Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign.

Kuhl, who has the backing of Houghton, has raised $269,000 over the course of his campaign, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Kuhl also won the backing Monday of the National Rifle Association.

Complicating Kuhl's campaign is a decision by state Conservative Party leaders Friday to give their endorsement to Assini. Should Kuhl win a GOP primary, that could set up a three-way contest in November, with Assini siphoning conservative votes from the state senator.

Assini, a Monroe County legislator, raised $62,000, according to his FEC filing. He reported about $53,000 cash on hand at the end of June.

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