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.
- John F. Kennedy Library: Digitized Photographs from President John F. Kennedy’s Trip to Germany
- John F. Kennedy Library: President’s trip: Europe, 1963: June-July: General (2 of 4 folders)
- Presidential visits since 1945
- Commemorative events on the 60th anniversary of his Berlin speech
- Also check out the German sources in the German version of this page ↑
- We also ran a #JFKinGermany series on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter highlighting traces of Kennedy in Germany:
"Ich bin ein Berliner" – und auch an vielen anderen Orten in Deutschland wird an Präsident Kennedy erinnert. Wir zeigen diese Woche ein paar Beispiele entlang der Etappen seines Staatsbesuchs im Juni 1963.
Habt Ihr Kennedy-Erinnerungen in Eurer Nähe? pic.twitter.com/PnamnF1sn2
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