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World War II Politics / US-USSR Relations #541798

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 14, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(London, England) Impact of modern day pols. on efforts of vets. such as Bill Besswick to organization reunion with USSR allies to observe V.E. Day examined. [BESSWICK - is astounded at pols.] US-USSR association during World War II reviewed; historical films shown. Sov bloc's observance of Adolf Hitler's downfall and President Reagan's pessimism about United States participation considered; last year's D-Day ceremonies recalled offending West German leaders who were not invited. Maneuvers of Reagan and Prime Min. Margaret Thatcher to avoid offending Chancellor Helmut Kohl on V.E. Day described. [British VETS. - dismiss German sensibilities; resent Thatcher's initial decision to ignore V.E. Day.] Thatcher reported changing position. [Royal British Legion spokesperson Major Robert TOMLINS - explains semantic ploy used to court West Germans.] Noel Coward's "Don't Let's Be Beastly to the Germans" recalled.
REPORTER: John Cochran

Brokaw, Tom;
Cochran, John

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