The Presidency: Reflecting on Memory and Morality

Reflecting on Memory and Morality

The feelings of shock and revulsion linger 40 years after Ronald Reagan's California Air Corps unit assembled film of Holocaust victims for the general staff in Washington.

"It was unbelievable to sit there and see that film of not only the dead and the ranks of dead, but the condition of the living," the President said. "I remember one shot--I can never forget. There was a building that looked like a warehouse. The floor was entirely carpeted with bodies. And in that film, while we were looking at that, out in the middle of all those bodies, suddenly, slowly one body...

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