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    DR. GUSTAV HEINEMANN TOOK OFFICE AS THE THIRD PRESIDENT OF WEST GERMANY TODAY (TUESDAY) AT?

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    DR. GUSTAV HEINEMANN TOOK OFFICE AS THE THIRD PRESIDENT OF WEST GERMANY TODAY (TUESDAY) AT A SWEARING-IN CEREMONY AT BONN, THE WEST GERMAN CAPITAL.

    THE NEW PRESIDENT REPLACES DR. HEINRICH LUEBKE, WHO HAD HELD THE POST FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS. ON MONDAY EVENING, DR. LUEBKE BOWED OUT WITH A GALA RECEPTION AT THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY CASTLE BRUEHL ATTENDED BY POLITICIANS, DIPLOMATS AND OTHER DIGNITARIES. HIS SUCCESSOR WAS PRESENT, AND AMONG THE GUESTS WERE ALSO MAYOR SCHUTZ, GOVERNING MAYOR OF WEST BERLIN, FEDERAL CHANCELLOR DR. KIESINGER, AND VICE-CHANCELLOR WILLY BRANDT.

    DESPITE HIS GLITTERING FAREWELL, HOWEVER, DR. LUEBKE'S TERM OF OFFICE HAS NOT BEEN WITHOUT ITS CRITICS. HE STEPPED DOWN FROM OFFICE THREE MONTHS BEFORE HIS OFFICIAL TERM EXPIRED, TO AVOID A CLASH BETWEEN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS AND THE FORTHCOMING PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS IN SEPTEMBER.

    BUT IN THE LAST THREE YEARS OF OFFICE HE HAD BEEN A CONTROVERSIAL FIGURE. EAST GERMANY REPEATEDLY ACCUSED HIM OF HELPING TO DESIGN CONCENTRATION CAMP HUTS DURING THE NAZI REGIME -- A CHARGE HE DENIED.

    HIS SUCCESSOR, DR. HEINEMANN IS EXPECTED TO CHANGE THE IMAGE OF THE PRESIDENCY WITH HIS HUMOUR AND FORTHRIGHTNESS. THE 69-YEAR OLD FORMER MINISTER OF JUSTICE, ONCE A SOCIAL DEMOCRAT, NARROWLY DEFEATED CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT DEFENCE MINISTER GERHARD SCHROEDER IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN MARCH. THE LOCATION OF THE ELECTIONS IN WEST BERLIN AROUSED MUCH ANIMOSITY FROM THE SOVIET AND EAST GERMAN AUTHORITIES.

    AT HIS SWEARING IN TODAY AT THE BUNDESHAUS (GERMAN PARLIAMENT) DR. HEINEMANN MAINTAINED HIS REPUTATION AS A HUMANITARIAN WHEN HE TOLD THE ASSEMBLY 'MAN IS ABOUT TO SET FOOT ON THE MOON, BUT STILL HAS NOT FREED THIS EARTH OF WAR, HUNGER, AND INJUSTICE.' HE PLEDGED HIMSELF TO WORK FOR UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN ALL THE NATIONS OF EUROPE. TWENTY FOUR YEARS AFTER THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR, HE SAID. WEST GERMANY STILL HAD TO ESTABLISH UNDERSTANDING WITH ITS NEIGHBOURS IN EASTERN EUROPE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE5M8GI86HY8FNJ5KW3YULXF5S
    Media URN:
    VLVAE5M8GI86HY8FNJ5KW3YULXF5S
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:07:00
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    N/A

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