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    DR. GUSTAV HEINEMANN, WHO AT THE AGE OF 69, WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF WEST GERMANY,?

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    ELECTION HALL: CHAIRMAN: DR. HEINEMANN, WEST GERMAN CHECK POINT: VEHICLES: SIGN' AMERICAN SECTOR'.




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    Background: DR. GUSTAV HEINEMANN, WHO AT THE AGE OF 69, WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF WEST GERMANY, AFTER A CLOSELY CONTESTED ELECTION HELD YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) IN WEST BERLIN, IS THE FIRST SOCIAL DEMOCRAT TO HOLD THE HIGH OFFICE SINCE FRIEDRICH EBERT IN THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC OF 1919. DR. HEINEMANN, WHO RECEIVED 512 VOTES, DEFEATED HIS CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT OPPONENT, DR. GERHARD SCHRODER, AGED 58, BY ONLY SIX VOTES AFTER THREE BALLOTS. HE SUCCEEDS DR. LUBKE, PRESIDENT SINCE 1959.

    DR. HEINEMANN, MINISTER OF JUSTICE IN THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATION, WAS BORN IN SCHWELM AN DER RUHR IN 1899, THE SON OF A DIRECTOR OF THE SICK FUND AT THE KRUPP WORKS IN ESSEN. HE STUDIED LAW AT FIVE UNIVERSITIES, TAKING DEGREES AT BOTH MARBURG AND MUNSTER.

    DURING THE THIRD REICH HE WAS A PROMINENT FIGURE IN THE ANTI-NAZI CONFESSIONAL CHURCH. DR. HEINEMANN ENTERED DR. ADENAUER'S FIRST CABINET AS MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR, BUT RESIGNED IN 1950 FOR REASONS OF CONSCIENCE, PROTESTING AT THE PROPOSED REARMAMENT OF GERMANY. HIS G.P.P. PARTY, FORMED AFTER HIS RESIGNATION FROM DR. ADENAUER'S GOVERNMENT, RECEIVED ONLY 5% OF THE VOTES CAST IN THE 1953 WEST GERMAN ELECTION, AND WAS DISBANDED A FEW YEARS LATER.

    SOON AFTER JOINING THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN 1957, DR. HEINEMANN WAS RE-ELECTED TO THE BUNDESTAG AND QUICKLY ESTABLISHED HIMSELF AS THE PARTY'S LEGAL EXPERT, WHILE MAINTAINING A FLOURISHING PRIVATE PRACTICE.

    THE WEST BERLIN ELECTION OF DR. HEINEMANN, WAS HELD AGAINST A BACKGROUND OF EAST GERMAN MOVES DESIGNED TO EXPRESS THEIR OPPOSITION TO WEST GERMAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS BEING HELD IN THE DIVIDED CITY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2MUXR2ZN0VCPD6J8GRNF6MMGB
    Media URN:
    VLVA2MUXR2ZN0VCPD6J8GRNF6MMGB
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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