V-E Day: Speaking of Reconciliation

In the din of criticism directed at Ronald Reagan last week, the voice of Elie Wiesel stood out for its passion and simple eloquence. At week's end, in a dramatic coincidence of timing, the author and concentration-camp survivor was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal of Achievement by Reagan at the White House. Excerpts from Wiesel' s remarks at the ceremony:

A few days ago, on the anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald, all of us Americans watched with dismay and anger as the Soviet Union and East Germany distorted both past and present history. Mr. President, I was there. I...

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