• Short Summary

    ONE AND A HALF MILLION WEST BERLINERS GAVE PRESIDENT THE DIVIDED CITY. HIS AIRCRAFT TOUCHED?

  • Description

    ONE AND A HALF MILLION WEST BERLINERS GAVE PRESIDENT THE DIVIDED CITY. HIS AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN AT TEGEL AIRPORT, IN THE FRENCH SECTOR, 15 YEARS AFTER THE START OF THE ALLIED AIRLIFT WHICH BROKE THE RUSSIAN BLOCKADE.

    TICKER TAPE, A FOREST OF AMERICAN AND GERMAN FLAGS, AND A BILLOWING SEA OF WAVING HANDKERCHIEFS GREETED THE PRESIDENT AS HE DROVE THROUGH THE STREETS WITH MAYOR WILLY BRANDT BY HIS SIDE. A WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN CALLED IT "THE GREATEST RECEPTION THE PRESIDENT HAS RECEIVED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD".

    ONE OF HIS ENGAGEMENTS DURING THE PACKED 12-HOUR VISIT WAS A TOUR OF THE BERLIN WALL WHICH MR. KENNEDY DESCRIBED AS "AN OFFENCE NOT ONLY AGAINST HISTORY BUT ALSO AGAINST HUMANITY". HE SPENT TWO MINUTES AT THE BRANDENBURG GATE, STANDING ON A PLATFORM OVERLOOKING THE MASSIVE CONCRETE BARRIER IN FRONT OF WHAT WAS ONCE THE MAIN ACCESS TO EAST BERLIN.

    FACING THE PRESIDENT WAS A HUGE YELLOW PLACARD LISTING PLEDGES MADE IN THE YALTA AND POTSDAM AGREEMENTS AND ASKING; "WHEN WILL THESE PLEDGES BE FULFILLED IN WEST GERMANY AND WEST BERLIN?" FROM THE TOP OF THE GATE FLEW THE EAST GERMAN FLAG.

    THE PRESIDENT'S NEXT STOP WAS CHECKPOINT CHARLIE, MAIN CROSSING POINT FOR FOREIGNERS. THERE HE WALKED RIGHT UP TO THE WHITE-PAINTED BORDER LINE - IN FULL VIEW OF HUNDREDS OF EAST BERLINERS GATHERED SOME 500 YARDS (METRES) AWAY. MR. KENNEDY SPOKE OF THE BARBED WIRE AND CONCRETE OBSTACLES AS "A MOST OBVIOUS AND VIVID DEMONSTRATION OF THE FAILURE OF COMMUNISM FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE".

    MR. KENNEDY MADE HIS TOUR ONLY 48 HOURS BEFORE MR. KHRUSHCHEV WAS DUE TO MAKE A SURPRISE VISIT TO EAST BERLIN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABY5IIH922O0RXTJ68PJA4ZO81
    Media URN:
    VLVABY5IIH922O0RXTJ68PJA4ZO81
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/06/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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