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Reagan's Visit to a German Cemetery

April 26, 1985

Thank you for your consistent, reasonable, but urgent protest against the President's plan to visit the cemetery at Bitburg.

At times it seems as though most of us are allowing the Jews to carry the burden of protest against this proposal, when in fact it is an outrage to all of us who suffered the loss of loved ones during World War II. It is an outrage to every American who worked and sacrificed in the belief that we could not allow an evil and inhumane system to dominate the world.

If we have no organized channels through which to speak, we can speak directly to our President and say, "Please Mr. President do not go to the cemetery and honor the most evil of all representatives of the Nazi system. It brought grief and loss to a generation of Americans.

We can put the past behind us and be friends with the German people, who suffered, too at the hands of the Nazis. We can refrain from stirring up anger and resentment toward the Nazi leaders. But we can not in any way accept the idea of our President even seeming to honor the leaders of the terrible regime!

BETTIE SARCHET

Whittier

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