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May 24, 2023

Kennedy 1963

US-Präsident John F. Kennedy vor dem Brandenburger Tor während seines Staatsbesuchs 1963.

It was President Kennedy’s only official trip to what was then a divided Germany. June 23 to June 26, 1963, “JFK” spent four days in West Germany, visiting several cities and towns, including Bonn, Cologne, Hanau, Frankfurt, and West Berlin. He delivered remarks, met with government officials, signed cities’ “Golden Books” for distinguished guests, visited with U.S. Embassy employees and members of the U.S. military, and greeted German well-wishers. Occurring during a contentious time in Germany’s history, President Kennedy’s visit represented the United States’ commitment to supporting West Germany and its leaders, including Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and President Heinrich Lübke.