50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s visit to Berlin

John F. Kennedy
Image: Deutsches Historisches Museum

On 26 June 1963, U.S. president John F. Kennedy came to West Berlin for the 15th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. He was the first American president to visit the city after the Berlin Wall had divided it on 13 August 1961. With his speech in front of the Schöneberg Town Hall, which ended with the legendary words “Ich bin ein Berliner,” Kennedy left no doubt about his solidarity with West Berlin and the Federal Republic of Germany. A citywide program of events has been organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s visit.


Menschenmenge vor dem Rathaus Schöneberg
Image: Landesarchiv Berlin


AlliiertenMuseum Berlin
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Rathaus Schöneberg
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