• Short Summary

    LORD HOME, THE BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY, RETURNED TO LONDON, JANUARY 10, AFTER A 24-HOUR VISIT TO WEST BERLIN, WHERE HE SAW FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE WALL BUILT ACROSS THE CITY BY THE EAST GERMANS.

  • Description

    LORD HOME, THE BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY, RETURNED TO LONDON, JANUARY 10, AFTER A 24-HOUR VISIT TO WEST BERLIN, WHERE HE SAW FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE WALL BUILT ACROSS THE CITY BY THE EAST GERMANS. AS HE STOOD AT THE WALL, HE SAID "IT IS TOO HORRIBLE. ONE CAN HARDLY BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE 20TH CENTURY."
    THE TOUR OF WEST BERLIN CAME AFTER LORD HOME HAD ACCOMPANIED THE PRIME MINISTER, MR MACMILLAN, TO BONN FOR TALKS WITH DR ADENAUER, THE WEST GERMAN CHANCELLOR.

    ACCOMPANIED BY HERR WILLY BRANDT, MAYOR OF WEST BERLIN, LORD HOME STOOD ON THE ROOF OF THE OLD REICHSTAG BUILDING OVERLOOKING THE BRANDENBURG GATE ON THE WESTERN SIDE, AND LOOKED OVER WHAT HE CALLED THE "WALL OF SHAME AND TEARS," INTO THE COMMUNIST TERRITORY FROM A BRITISH ARMY OBSERVATION POINT.

    AFTER INSPECTING BRITISH TROOPS AND SEEING THE WALL, THE FOREIGN SECRETARY VISITED THE CITY HALL, WHERE HE SIGNED WEST BERLIN'S GOLDEN BOOK FOR DISTINGUISHED VISITORS.

    IN A SPEECH, HE TOLD THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY, THE ALLIES WERE WITH THEM "BECAUSE WE CARE PASSIONATELY ABOUT LIBERTY." HE ADDED: "WE THEREFORE MEAN TO SECURE: 1. THE RIGHT OF BERLINERS TO LIVE THE LIFE OF THEIR OWN CHOSING; 2. THE RIGHT OF BERLINERS TO UNINTERRUPTED CONTACT WITH THE WORLD OUTSIDE; AND 3. THE RIGHT OF BERLINERS TO RECEIVE AND BE HOSTS TO ANY OF THEIR FRIENDS AND ALLIES IN THEIR OWN CITY."
    HE ADDED: "THESE RIGHTS ARE ELEMENTARY TO A FREE SOCIETY, AND MUST BE PRESERVED, AND IT IS THESE WE SEEK TO CONFIRM AND STRENGTHEN IN NEGOTIATION WITH THE RUSSIANS."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9HOZ4NNEK0XO2L0GDI24D3I2A
    Media URN:
    VLVA9HOZ4NNEK0XO2L0GDI24D3I2A
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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