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Reagan / West German Visit Controversy #95768

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 29, 1985
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(Studio) President Reagan's continued effort to defense visiting a German military cemetery where SS are buried noted include now blaming media for growing controversy.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) [REAGAN - denies Bitburg controversy will ruin economy summit; remains committed to visit; claims trip is "morally right"; blames US media for controversy.] Contd. call by Congress for President to cancel Bitburg noted [Representatives Dante FASCELL, Robert TORRICELLI - ask Reagan not to offend US by paying homage at Nazi graves.] Bitburg's display honoring SS graves shown. [Mayor Theo HALLET - (thru translator) is outraged over US criticism.] Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger mentioned advising Reagan to proceed with Bitburg stop. [Vice President George BUSH - calls for support of President] Pole benefits for Chancellor Helmut Kohl of Reagan's commitment to cemetery visit mentioned.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Admin.'s effort to rationalize Bitburg visit, by claiming SS buried there weren't directly responsible for concentration camps, noted avoiding fact that SS unit buried there massacred French village during WW II.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Oradour-sur-Glane, France) World War II massacre of Oradour, France, reviewed. [Survivor Marcel DARTHOU - (thru translator) can't conceive of Reagan paying respects to SS who massacred village; elaborates.] No. slain here by SS unit buried in Bitburg noted. [TOURIST - doesn't think Reagan has given Bitburg enough thought.]
REPORTER: Don Kladstrup

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
Kladstrup, Don

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