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    AT AN OPEN-AIR CEREMONY IN COLOGNE, MAY 26, HERR ERICH OLLENHAUER, LEADER OF WEST GERMANY'S SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION, OFFICIALLY OPENED HIS PARTY'S ANNUAL CONGRESS.

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    AT AN OPEN-AIR CEREMONY IN COLOGNE, MAY 26, HERR ERICH OLLENHAUER, LEADER OF WEST GERMANY'S SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION, OFFICIALLY OPENED HIS PARTY'S ANNUAL CONGRESS. THE MEETING WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MAY 30.

    AS NEARLY 100,000 PARTY MEMBERS CROWDED ONE OF COLOGNE'S MAIN SQUARES NEAR THE CATHEDRAL, A CHILDREN'S BAND ARRIVED AT THE HEAD OF A PROCESSION OF REGIONAL GROUPS IN TRADITIONAL COSTUME, REPRESENTING GERMANY'S PROVINCES INCLUDING THOSE AT PRESENT UNDER EAST GERMAN, POLISH AND RUSSIAN ADMINISTRATION. A CONTINGENT FROM BERLIN CARRIED A REPLICA OF THE BRANDENBURG GATE.

    UNDER A HUGE BANNER READING "FURTHER AHEAD WITH THE SPD", WEST BERLIN MAYOR WILLY BRANDT DELIVERED A BRIEF INTRODUCTIONARY ADDRESS, FOLLOWED BY HERR OLLENHAUER'S OFFICIAL OPENING SPEECH. AMONG PROMINENT LISTENERS WAS PROFESSOR CARLO SCMID, VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE BUNDESTAG.

    HERR OLLENHAUER TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO CALL FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF THE 87-YEAR-OLD CHANCELLOR, DR. KONRAD ADENAUER. HE SAID: "NEVER HAS THE POLICY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BEEN SO UNCLEAR AND CONFUSED, NEVER SO LACKING IN LEADERSHIP, AS IT HAS BEEN SINCE AUTUMN 1961." THAT WAS THE TIME WHEN DR. ADENAUER'S GOVERNMENT LOST ITS ABSOLUTE MAJORITY.

    APPEALING TO THE RULING CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO "UNDERTAKE IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST A POLITICALLY UNAVOIDABLE CHANGE IN THE LEADERSHIP OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT", HERR OLLENHAUER SAID GERMANY'S CREDIBILITY IN THE WORLD WAS AT STAKE. "WE ARE NOT DEMANDING ANY SCALPS", HE TOLD THE APPLAUDING DELEGATES, BUT THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY WAS "NOT WITHOUT CONCERN" AT THE STRAIN IMPOSED ON WEST GERMANY'S RELATIONS WITH HER ALLIES, PARTICULARLY THE UNITED STATES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAGRXKY8PGT7WMSBNX1MQXBUZC
    Media URN:
    VLVAGRXKY8PGT7WMSBNX1MQXBUZC
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/04/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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