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Reagan / West Germany Trip #95633

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Apr 21, 1985
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(Studio) Chancellor Helmut Kohl reported committed to President Reagan's plan to visit German military cemetery during his visit there next month.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Bergen-Belsen, West Germany) Kohl's refusal to scratch cemetery visit, despite his condemnation of Nazi regime at ceremonies here today, examined. [KOHL - (thru translator) cites need for Germans to acknowledge shame and historical responsibility for Holocaust.] Reagan noted agreeing to come here only after uproar over his planned cemetery visit. [Jewish community leader Marek FISCHEL - notes lack of meaning in President's stop at Bergen-Belsen due to purely political motives.] Bergen-Belsen's role in Holocaust recalled; films shown. [Survivor Gena TURGEL - recalls camp's horrors.]
REPORTER: Jim Hickey

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Philadelphia commemoration of Holocaust and contd. criticism of Reagan's visit to honor German military dead featured; films shown. [SPEAKER - questions why President is visiting cemetery.] [Senator Alfonse D'AMATO - feels visit is a mistake.] [Courtesy "This Week", Elie WIESEL - regrets President's lack of action; thinks incident Friday was political mistake for Reagan, plus for Kohl.]
REPORTER: Michael Connor

(Studio) Former White House aide David Gergen's assessment of controversy detailed.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Connor, Michael;
Donaldson, Sam;
Hickey, Jim

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