PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN - PRESS RELEASE SIGNED CIRCA 1985 - HFSID 285971
Ronald Reagan signs a printed press release reporting his speech at the Bergen-Belsen death camp.
Printed Press Release signed: "As per your request/Ronald Reagan", 7p, separate sheets, 8½x14. Headed: "The White House/Office of the Press Secretary/(Bitburg Air Base, Federal Republic of Germany)/For Immediate Release May 5, 1985/REMARKS OF THE PRESIDENT/AT BERGEN-BELSEN CONCENTRATION CAMP/Federal Republic of Germany". President Reagan was in Germany to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the German surrender ending World War II in Europe. German Chancellor Kohl had persuaded President Reagan to accompany him to a German military cemetery in the town of Bitburg. The graves he asked Reagan to honor were of soldiers who had fought against U.S. troops in World War II; a few were members of the dreaded Waffen-SS. The Bitburg visit became a public-relations disaster for Reagan, since he refused to embarrass Kohl by canceling it, despite protests from American war veterans and from Jewish groups. Under American pressure, however, the day's itinerary for May 5, 1985, was expanded to include a visit to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. From this speech: "The survivors carry a memory beyond anything that we can comprehend. The awful evil started by one man, an evil that victimized all the world with its destruction, was uniquely destructive of the millions forced into the grim abyss of these camps. Here lie people--Jews--whose death was inflicted for no reason other than their very existence. Their pain was borne only because of who they were and because of the God in their prayers...." In 1989, the spontaneous destruction of the Berlin Wall signaled the end of Soviet domination in Eastern Europe and two years later the Soviet government itself fell from power. Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) had two careers: actor and politician. His first movie was Love is on the Air (1937) and his 53rd and last film was The Killers (1964). In 1965, he wrote his autobiography, Where's the Rest of Me?, a line from his role as Drake McHugh in King's Row (1942). Reagan left his job hosting television's Death Valley Days during the 1965-1966 season, when he entered politics. Elected Governor of California in 1966, he was reelected in 1970. Reagan began his campaign for the presidency and narrowly lost the 1976 Republican nomination to Gerald Ford. He was elected President in 1980 and was reelected in 1984. After leaving office in 1989, he wrote his second autobiography, An American Life. On February 6, 2001, Reagan became just the third U.S. President to reach the age of 90 and the nation's longest living President until Gerald Ford (d. 2006) lived 45 days longer. Lightly creased. Staple holes at upper left corner.
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