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...
speech was delivered to 120,000 of the people of West Berlin in front of the Schöneberg
Rathaus or City Hall.
had walked from Checkpoint Charlie, the famous crossing point between East and
Western Germany, to deliver the speech.
from the historic speech:
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.'"
has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect. But we never had to put up
a wall to keep our people in."
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'"
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