The funeral procession of Dr. Otto Suhr wands its way from the house of mourning?
The funeral procession of Dr. Otto Suhr wands its way from the house of mourning to the town hall Schoneberg, before a silent crowd of Berliners.
The cortege is escorted by German police motor cyclists and, following, Dr Otto's wife and Herr Franz Neumann, the leader of the Social Democrat Party in Berlin.
The police band marches to the Funeral March of Chopin, and over 5000 people await the procession at the town hall, where they are addressed by Herr Neumann.
Dr. Otto Suhr, who has died in Berlin at the age of 63, was elected Chief Burgomaster of West Berlin in January 1955 when the City was settling down after the Alarm and excursions of the Berlin airlift and the East Berlin rising of 1953.
Though Dr. Suhr lacked the warmth and impact of his predecessor Ernst Reuther, he was an able administrator in the intellectual traditio of German socialism, and made a noteworthy contribution to the economic and social revival of West Berlin.
Born in Oldenburg, he studied political economy at the University of Leipzig, saw service in the first World War, and, until the Hitler region dispensed with his services, devoted himself to trade union organisation in the Reich.
Last July was the supreme moment, perhaps, of his career, when he was elected this year's President of the Bundesrat, the Upper House of the West German Parliament.