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Reagan / West Germany Trip Controversy #543197

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 25, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Controversy over President Reagan's plans to visit West German military cemetery in Bitburg next month reported intensifying; films shown. [REAGAN - avoids questions about issue.] [Representative Charles SCHUMER - considers Reagan's homage to Nazis an insult to Jews.] Cabinet member quoted on screen. United States Info. Agency director Charles Wick's assessment of probable USSR exploitation of affair noted; large number Congress reported sending letter to Chancellor Helmut Kohl asking him to cancel visit. Kohl's response described. Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel's conditions for accompanying Reagan to concentration camp in West Germany mentioned. Nancy Reagan's alleged anger at White House staff over flap noted. [Nancy REAGAN - declines comment.]
REPORTER: Chris Wallace

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Malmedy, Belgium) Some of SS troops buried at Bitburg said participants in 1944 massacre of large number Americans in Malmedy, Belgium; details of event reviewed. [File footage, SURVIVOR - describes massacre.] [Today, SURVIVOR - thinks Reagan's plans disgrace all United States vets.]
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Brokaw, Tom;
Wallace, Chris

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