• Short Summary

    German Unity Day, commemorating the abortive East German uprising in 1953, was marked in West Berlin, June 17, with a mass meeting at Schoeneberg Town Hall.

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    German Unity Day, commemorating the abortive East German uprising in 1953, was marked in West Berlin, June 17, with a mass meeting at Schoeneberg Town Hall.

    Thousands gathered in the square outside the town hall, with its tower housing the "Bell of Freedom", to hear addresses by visiting Premier of Schleswig-Holstein, Kai Uwe von Hassel, ex-President Professor Heuss, and West Berlin's Mayor Willy Brandt. Speakers paid tribute to those killed during the uprising against the East German Communist regime and demanded self-determination for all Germans.

    After the meeting, torches were lit from a symbolic flame brought to Berlin from West Germany, and crowds formed a giant procession which moved quietly through the streets of the divided city's western sectors.

    Anniversary celebrations throughout West Germany - including the unveiling of monuments, memorial meetings and bonfires - culminated in a gathering at the Hohe Meissner, the highest point along the East German frontier, where President Luebke addressed a speech to the youth of the two Germanies.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEV09P9FXJX2FABQ0YZC2O6IJ4
    Media URN:
    VLVAEV09P9FXJX2FABQ0YZC2O6IJ4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/06/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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