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Reagan / West Germany Trip Controversy #303229

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 26, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Senator resolution asking President Reagan to reassess his scheduled visit to West German military cemetery next month examined. [Senator Robert DOLE - cites Senators' hope that Chancellor Helmut Kohl will be made aware of their concern.] [Senators Arlen SPECTER, Alan CRANSTON - suggest possible economy retaliation against West Germany; question West Germany's need to humiliate US President] Simon Wiesenthal and Elie Wiesel, both asked by White House to accompany Reagan to Bitburg and Bergen- Belsen, said refusing. [Sen Alfonse D'AMATO - thinks changes are still possible.] Chief of staff Don. Regan's defense of visit schedule outlined
REPORTER: Phil Jones Artist: Don Juhlin

(W. Berlin, West Germany) German government's commitment to cemetery visit discussed; outgoing ambassador Arthur Burns said warning national security council that visit's cancellation could allegedly unseat Kohl government State Department noted claiming Burns' assessment is exaggerated. Public poll in W Germany said indicating support of cemetery visit and distinguishing between "hardcore" SS and SS recruits. [W. GERMANS - defense SS recruits; mention Vietnam.] Mrs. Hess mentioned visiting husband Rudolf Hess in Spandau today, his birthday; Hess recalled signing race laws which were foundation of Holocaust.
REPORTER: Doug Tunnell

Jones, Phil;
Rather, Dan;
Tunnell, Doug

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