On January 20, 1986, the 44th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, the German-American Council of the United States Holocaust Committee gathered in West Berlin. It was the first time the group had ever met in Germany. The council consisted of six American and six German representatives and was chaired by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. It had been formed in the wake of the controversy over Ronald Reagan and Helmut Kohl’s joint visit to the Bitburg Military Cemetery. This picture shows Wiesel (left) and Heinz Galinski (right), head of Berlin’s Jewish community, at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Jewish Community Center.

Elie Wiesel in West Berlin (1986)


Source: Members of the German-American Council of the Holocaust Committee lay a wreath at the Jewish Community Center in Fasanenstrasse. From left to right: the chairman of the Jewish Community Berlin, Heinz Galinksi, and Mr. Elie Wiesel. Date: January 20, 1986. Location: West Berlin. Photo: Lehnartz. Bundesbildstelle Bonn no. 113 364. 

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