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Reagan / West Germany Trip #543059

NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 19, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) President Reagan's commitment to visit German military cemetery, site of SS graves, despite direct appeal by Holocaust survivor and Congress Gold Medal winner Elie Wiesel during White House ceremony today, examined. [WIESEL - asks Reagan to find another site; feels President's place is with SS victims, not perpetrators; recalls witnessing horrors of the Holocaust.] President's private and public rationalization for cemetery visit noted. [REAGAN - wants to strengthen sense of reconciliation between Germany and Allies.] Pressure on Reagan to keep cemetery on agenda said coming from Chancellor Helmut Kohl; President mentioned now scheduling stop at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. [WIESEL - had hoped President would respond positively to his pleadings.] White House efforts to now blame controversy on Kohl described.
REPORTER: Chris Wallace

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Bitburg, West Germany) Reagan's claim, supported by some townspeople, that SS buried here were young draftees noted disproved by evidence. Roles of SS vols. Eugen Schuler and Otto Franz Bengel cited as exs.; Simon Wiesenthal mentioned supplying documentation of their war activities, incl. latter's medal for killing United States soldiers. [Bitburg RESIDENT - feels Reagan shouldn't honor SS.] [Bitburg RESIDENT - (thru translator) disagrees.] Anti- Semitic response to Jewish reaction described.
REPORTER: Stan Bernard

Bernard, Stan;
Mudd, Roger;
Wallace, Chris

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