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Germany: 50 years since JFK's "Ich bin ein Berliner"00:57

Germany: 50 years since JFK's "Ich bin ein Berliner"

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June 26, 2013 at 10:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Germany: 50 years since JFK's "Ich bin ein Berliner"

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech by John F. Kennedy, saw Berlin hold a ceremony at the site of the original speech, Wednesday. The former American President addressed his legendary words in front of the town hall of the, then, West-Berliner borough of Schoeneberg on 26 June 1963. The ceremony organised at the same town hall was attended by the mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, and the US ambassador to Germany, Philip Murphy.

Kennedy gave his speech for an audience of 450,000 Berliners 50 years ago. It took place in the wake of the construction of the Berlin Wall which divided the German capital into an eastern and a western part until 1989. Years after the speech historians revealed that JFK wrote the famous sentence phonetically as "ish bin ein Bearleener" on his speech note to make his pronunciation as German as possible.

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Germany: 50 years since JFK's "Ich bin ein Berliner"

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech by John F. Kennedy, saw Berlin hold a ceremony at the site of the original speech, Wednesday. The former American President addressed his legendary words in front of the town hall of the, then, West-Berliner borough of Schoeneberg on 26 June 1963. The ceremony organised at the same town hall was attended by the mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, and the US ambassador to Germany, Philip Murphy.

Kennedy gave his speech for an audience of 450,000 Berliners 50 years ago. It took place in the wake of the construction of the Berlin Wall which divided the German capital into an eastern and a western part until 1989. Years after the speech historians revealed that JFK wrote the famous sentence phonetically as "ish bin ein Bearleener" on his speech note to make his pronunciation as German as possible.

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