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Reagan /West Germany Trip #95556

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 18, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Contd. adverse reaction to President Reagan's commitment to visiting German military cemetery containing graves of Nazi SS troops and to his decision to visit concentration camp only after intense public outcry over earlier refusal to do so examined; films, photos shown. [REAGAN - claims Nazi troops were as much victims as were concentration camp inmates; remains committed to cemetery visit.] White House aid Robert Sims' effort to explain President's remarks outlined on screen. [US Holocaust Memorial Council spokesperson Elie WIESEL - questions if policy makers have forgotten what the SS stood for.] [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - responds.] [Rabbi David SAPERSTEIN, WIESEL - criticize Reagan's lack of sensitivity.] President noted scheduled to present Wiesel with Congress Gold Medal tomorrow.
REPORTER: Steve Shepard

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Dachau, West Germany) Michael Deaver's scouting of possible concentration camp site for Reagan's visit described; films shown. [Jewish community leader Stefan SZAJAK - doesn't feel President visiting a synagogue is an alternative to camp tour.] Status of controversy in Germany over Reagan's visit to military cemetery discussed. [Jewish leader Michael FRIEDMAN - thinks canceling cemetery stop would only intensify emotions.] [German war veteran Werner KIESSING - (thru translator) believes Reagan should honor victims of United States bombs.]
REPORTER: Don Kladstrup

Jennings, Peter;
Kladstrup, Don;
Shepard, Steve

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