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White House Photographs
President John F. Kennedy views the Brandenburg Gate (hung with red banners) in East Berlin, East Germany (Democratic Republic), from an elevated platform at the Berlin Wall in West Berlin, West Germany (Federal Republic). Also pictured: Chancellor of West Germany, Konrad Adenauer; Mayor of West Berlin, Willy Brandt; U.S. Chief of Protocol, Angier Biddle Duke; Military Aide to President Kennedy, General Chester V. Clifton; British Commandant in Berlin, Major General David Peel Yates; President John F. Kennedy’s sister-in-law, Princess Lee Radziwill of Poland. Reporters and photographers observe from below platform at right. Yellow sign in background reads, “In the agreements of Yalta and Potsdam U.S. Presidents Roosevelt and Truman undertook: to uproot German militarism and Nazism; to arrest war criminals and bring them to judgment; to prevent rebirth of German militarism; to ban all militarist and Nazi propaganda; to ensure that Germany never again menaces her neighbours or world peace. These pledges have been fulfilled in the Democratic Republic. When will these pledges be fulfilled in West Germany and West Berlin, President Kennedy?” [Blue streaking on image is original to the negative.]
White House Photographs
President John F. Kennedy (at lectern in foreground, back to camera) delivers remarks before a crowd gathered at Rudolph Wilde Platz in West Berlin, West Germany (Federal Republic). President Kennedy delivered his speech from a platform erected on the steps of West Berlin’s city hall, Rathaus Schöneberg. Chancellor of West Germany, Konrad Adenauer, and interpreter for the German Foreign Ministry, Heinz Weber, stand right of the President; Mayor of West Berlin, Willy Brandt, stands left of the President. Also pictured: the President’s sister-in-law, Princess Lee Radziwill of Poland; Special Assistant to the President for National Security, McGeorge Bundy; U.S. Chief of Protocol, Angier Biddle Duke; West German Ambassador to the United States, Karl Heinrich Knappstein; French Commandant in Berlin, Major General Edouard Toulouse; U.S. Secretary of State, Dean Rusk; Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, Walter Scheel.