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Reagan / West German Trip Controversy #95513

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 16, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) President Reagan's reversal on earlier refusal to visit Nazi concentration camp during next month's trip to West Germany, despite plans to visit German military cemetery, examined. [REAGAN - explains his earlier decision, change of heart after receive Chancellor Helmut Kohl's letter.] Kohl mentioned sending letter at request of White House in effort to halt controversy over President's plans; background to controversy reviewed. [Conf. of Jewish Orgs. spokesperson Ken. BIALKIN, Holocaust Memorial Council spokesperson Elie WIESEL - oppose Reagan's visit to German military cemetery; cite lack of possible balance; explain.] [American Legion executive director Mylio KRAJA - agrees.] Aide Michael Deaver mentioned scouting concentration camps in W. Germany for President's visit.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Bitburg, West Germany) Criticism of Reagan's intention to honor German mil. dead due to burial of 55 troops in same cemetery examined; films shown. [Mayor Theo HALLET - (thru translator) defends most SS.] Nearby memorial to local Auschwitz victims and Hallet's regular tribute to them noted. [HALLET - (thru translator) hopes relations aren't permanently damaged by conflict.] Local townspeople noted blaming White House advance team; details given.
REPORTER: Hal Walker

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
Walker, Hal

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