April 21, 1985 |
President Reagan Friday rejected the plea of a survivor of two Nazi death camps that he cancel a visit to a German cemetery containing the graves of 47 storm troopers and instead honor "the victims of the SS." Elie Wiesel, chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, made the appeal as a man who had "seen the SS at work" to put aside politics and focus on the moral issue of good or evil.
April 14, 1985 |
President Reagan, responding to protests from Jews and veterans against his plan to lay a wreath at a German military cemetery next month, sought Friday to emphasize his commitment to remembering victims of the Holocaust and Americans who died in World War II.
May 11, 1985 |
A member of a federal commission, saying he had found out in the last few weeks "how little is understood about the darkness that is called the Holocaust," Friday disclosed details of a $30-million museum in Washington that is designed to become a major center for education on the Nazi genocide.
April 12, 1985 |
The American Legion joined Jewish groups today in attacking President Reagan's plans to honor dead Nazi soldiers next month in West Germany, saying the President risks alienating millions of veterans who fought Nazi oppression. While Administration officials said they might reconsider, Jewish leaders said they were outraged and flooding the White House with calls, letters and telegrams. The chairman of the U.S.
April 28, 1985 |
With 80 senators sponsoring the measure, the Senate today asked President Reagan to consider canceling his planned visit to a German military cemetery where 49 members of Adolf Hitler's elite SS are buried. The Senate, by voice vote, adopted a resolution hailing the reconciliation between the United States and West Germany 40 years after the end of World War II and calling on Reagan to reassess his plans to lay a wreath at the Bitburg cemetery.
April 22, 1985 |
Secretary of State George P. Shultz, in a strong signal to Jordan's King Hussein and other moderate Arab leaders, said Sunday that the United States will support those nations "who take risks for peace" in the Middle East. Shultz, in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, said, "We know that those Arab nations that are moving toward peace are taking risks.
April 22, 1985 |
Elie Wiesel, the concentration camp survivor who urged President Reagan last Friday to reconsider plans to visit a German military cemetery where 47 Nazi SS troops are buried, suggested Sunday that West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl release the President from his commitment. As a "perfect" alternative, Wiesel said, Reagan and Kohl should go to the site of the grim Ploetzensee prison in the Charlottenburg sector of West Berlin, where leaders of the anti-Nazi underground were put to death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1985
Early in the Reagan presidency one became accustomed to incredible statements and equally incredible acts issuing from the nation's highest official. Yet, in spite of constant exposure, each new experience found one somehow unprepared and unable to deal effectively with it. This could be seen in much of the press's handling of Reagan, culminating in its creation of "the Teflon presidency" myth, and the decision, conscious or otherwise, to simply give up trying to hold the man responsible for fear of public reprisal against any attempt to tarnish the image by printing the truth.
May 2, 1985 |
Assistant Secretary of State Richard R. Burt stalked out of a briefing for the press in Bonn today, and a senior West German official complained that he had "turned West German policy on its head." Burt cut short his briefing on a meeting between Chancellor Helmut Kohl and President Reagan after appearing nettled by questions on what quotes were attributable to which leader.