Paying Homage to History

Caught in a storm of controversy, Reagan tries to heal old wounds

The scene Sunday was filled with poignancy, the mood as dark as the grim German day. The President of the United States, holding the hand of his wife Nancy, paced somberly through the museum of Bergen-Belsen, one of the concentration camps where Holocaust victims were exterminated as part of Hitler's Final Solution. As the Reagans passed picture after picture of wretched inmates and naked corpses, they had trouble holding back their emotions. Proceeding to an 80-ft. gray stone obelisk that towers above the camp's mounded mass graves, Reagan spoke huskily of Bergen-Belsen's dead, who include Dutch Schoolgirl Anne Frank. Then he...

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