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MM 26/6/15 - President Kennedy's Ich Bin Ein Berliner Speech

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Published on Jul 3, 2015

On this day in 1963, President John F. Kennedy made his legendary “ich bin ein Berliner” speech. Here’s our footage of the event.

JFK's legendary speech in Berlin 1963.

"I am proud to come to this city as the guest of your distinguished Mayor who has symbolised throughout the world the fighting spirit of West Berlin. Two thousand years ago the proudest boast was quivest romanius somum, today the proudest boast is Ich Bein Ein Berliner. There are many people in the world who really don't understand, or say they don't, what is the great issue between the free world and the communist world. Let them come to Berlin. There are some who see all communism as the wave of the future, let them come to Berlin. There are some who say, in Europe and elsewhere, we can work with the communists, let them come to Berlin." "Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect, but we have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in, to prevent them from leaving us. Real lasting peace in Europe can never be assured as long as one German out of four is denied the elementary right of free men and that is to make a free choice. In eighteen years of peace and good faith this generation of Germans has earned the right to be free, including the right to unite their families, their nation in lasting peace with good will to all men."

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