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.
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October 27, 2006 |
Benjamin Meed, who escaped the Warsaw ghetto and went on to help reunite survivors and establish a national Holocaust registry and two museums, has died in New York. He was 88. Meed died Tuesday at his Manhattan home after a long illness, according to the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, which he helped found in 1981 and led until his death. The American Gathering's first meeting in Israel in 1981 attracted 10,000 Holocaust survivors.
April 20, 1985 |
Pope John Paul II said Friday that "an absence of faith in God" led to the murder of 6 million Jews during the Nazi era in Germany, and he urged Jews and Christians to learn more about each other to prevent such horrors. "Jews and Christians must get to know each other better," said John Paul, speaking in English at a special Vatican audience granted to representatives of several Jewish organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith.
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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.