26th June
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1963 John F Kennedy: "I am a donut" or "Ich bin ein Berliner"

It was the most memorable point of John F Kennedy's presidency to that point, and occurred soon after the East German authorities erected the Berlin Wall to stop immigration between East and West Berlin. Unfortunately, a Berliner in Western Germany is a brand of donut, but his heart was in the right place...

The speech was delivered to 120,000 of the people of West Berlin in front of the Schöneberg Rathaus or City Hall.

Kennedy had walked from Checkpoint Charlie, the famous crossing point between East and Western Germany, to deliver the speech.

Highlights from the historic speech:

"Two thousand years ago, the proudest boast in the world was 'civis Romanus sum'. "Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is 'Ich bin ein Berliner.'"

"Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect. But we never had to put up a wall to keep our people in."

"All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words, 'Ich bin ein Berliner'"

An audience formed on the other side of the Berlin Wall in East Berlin, but they weren't allowed to fly flags because they were being watched by the East German police...

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