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Reagan / German Itinerary Controversy #302947

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 12, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Bitburg, West Germany) President Reagan's plans to visit German military cemetery here next month examined; cemetery noted site of graves for Adolf Hitler's 55 troops; their role in Battle of Bulge, massacres of Americans recalled. Films shown. Chancellor Helmut Kohl's position on visit outlined. [US TROOPS - favor visit here.]
REPORTER: Tom Fenton

(Santa Barbara, California) Reagan's surprise at criticism of his insensitivity in visiting German military cemetery while refusing to visit Allied cemetery or Dachau noted. [American Legion spokesperson Robert SPANOGLE, Veterans of Foreign Wars spokesperson Sandy ROTHBART, Representative Bill GREEN - criticize President's decision to honor Third Reich; question sanity of new White House staff.] Kohl's exclusion from recent Normandy observances recalled. [Rabbi Martin WEINER, Anti-Defamation League spokesperson Nathan PERLMUTTER, Buchenwald survivor Mel MARMELSTEIN-consider President's decision insensitive.]
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

Fenton, Tom;
Rather, Dan;
Stahl, Lesley

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