Replica of Freedom Bell

MO 63.286
Replica of Freedom Bell
Maker unknown
October 24, 1950
Silver plate, wood
5" x 6 3/4"
Silver cast Freedom Bell, a symbol of American support for Berlin and German-American friendship. The bell is decorated in bas relief with five human torch bearers with arms out stretched, holding a torch in their left hands and grasping the adjacent torch with their right hands. The figures are bordered by a running leaf and berry pattern above their heads and an inscription in raised lettering that reads: That this world under god shall have a new birth of Freedom. The bell has a grooved loop handle and sits on a black lacquer base. A silver plate nailed to base is engraved with a presentation inscription: The President of the United States of America John Fitzgerald Kennedy als Zeichen herzlicher Verbundenheit Marz 1961 Willy Brandt Regierender Burgermiester Von Berlin.
This is a replica of The Freedom Bell that was given to Berlin by the United States on October 24, 1950, which hung in the tower of Schoneberg Townhall. The quote on the bell is the last line from the Declaration of Freedom, which was signed by 16 million Americans to promote democracy in Germany. The replica was presented to John F. Kennedy by West Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt at the White House, 1961.
Willy Brandt, Mayor of Berlin, Germany (1957-1966)
  • JFKPOF-023-003
  • JFKWHP-1961-03-13-A
Donated to the United States