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JFK outside the town hall at Rudolph Wilde Platz, praising the "fighting spirit of West Berlin."

Enormous West German crowd gathers to hear JFK tell them that "all free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin". (Robert Knudsen, White House/JFK Library and Museum)

Enormous West German crowd gathers to hear JFK tell them that "all free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin". (Robert Knudsen, White House/JFK Library and Museum)

A smiling JFK mingles with the crowd after his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech. (US Army Signal Corps, JFK Library and Museum)

A smiling JFK mingles with the crowd after his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech. (US Army Signal Corps, JFK Library and Museum)

JFK looks over the Berlin Wall from a viewing platform, with a group that includes German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. (Robert Knudsen, White House/JFK Library and Museum)

JFK looks over the Berlin Wall from a viewing platform, with a group that includes German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. (Robert Knudsen, White House/JFK Library and Museum)

JFK at the Berlin Wall crossing point “Checkpoint Charlie”, with West Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt. (US Army Signal Corps, JFK Library and Museum)

JFK at the Berlin Wall crossing point “Checkpoint Charlie”, with West Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt. (US Army Signal Corps, JFK Library and Museum)

Berlin

26 June 1963

In the Rudolph Wilde Platz, West Berlin, President Kennedy delivered a famous speech to a huge crowd of Germans. “Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect”, he said, “but we have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in.”


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