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Reagan / West Germany Trip Controversy #543280

NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 29, 1985
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(Studio) President Reagan's effort to defense Bitburg, West Germany, military cemetery trip as "morally right" noted.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Studio) President's commitment to cemetery visit examined. [REAGAN - considers visit morally right, remains staunch.] President mentioned blaming press for controversy and contradicting survey results of public opinion. [REAGAN - conts rationalization of Bitburg visit.] [Vice President George BUSH - asks for support of President] Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger mentioned backing trip; House resolution asking President to cancel Bitburg reported [Representative Robert TORRICELLI - feels paying homage to Nazis is not the place for Reagan.] Aide Michael Deaver reported leaving for West Germany to handle arrangements. [Treasury Secretary James BAKER - declines comment.]
REPORTER: Chris Wallace

(Studio) Report introduced.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Bonn, W Germany) Bitburg trip's controversy in West Germany and problems issue raises for Chancellor Helmut Kohl examined; films shown. Some of SS buried in Bitburg noted members of unit which massacred French village of Oradour-sur- Glane; details given, photos shown Kohl aide Peter Bernisch's response to criticism outlined. Chgs. that many Germans have selective memory about World War II noted underscored by former SS mbrs.' denial that Holocaust occurred. [Former SS ofr. Wilhelm BENEDIK - denies millions of Jews were killed.] Benedik said claiming they all immigrated to Israel and US.] West German parliament recalled outlawing such denials recently; rise in neo-Nazi propaganda and concern of some that Reagan's Bitburg visit will be seen as license for incrd. recruitment by neo-Nazis discussed. [Researcher Rochell GILSON - cites membership in neo- Nazi orgs. in Bonn.]
REPORTER: Stan Bernard

Bernard, Stan;
Brokaw, Tom;
Wallace, Chris

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