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Reagan / Germany Itinerary Controversy #95440

ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 12, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Santa Barbara, California) Deputy press secretary Larry Speakes' effort to rationalize President Reagan's decision to visit German military cemetery next mo. while declining invitations to do same at Nazi concentration camp or cemetery for Allied dead quoted on screen. [Anti-Defamation League spokesperson Nathan PERLMUTTER, American Legion deputy director James HUBBARD, American Jewish Committee spokesperson Hyman BOOKBINDER - consider President's decision insensitive and stupid.] No. Jews killed at Dachau during Holocaust recalled. Reagan recalled rejecting invitation to tour Dachau due to unpleasantness of such memories; Holocaust Memorial Council chairperson Elie Wiesel reported calling emergency meeting of council to appeal to President to change his plan. [Jimmy CARTER, Gerald FORD - express sympathy for Reagan's predicament.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter

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