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  • Title Kennedy looks over the wall and takes Berlin by storm
  • Author Rothwell, Bruce
  • Publication Title Daily Mail
  • Collection Daily Mail
  • Date Thursday,  June 27, 1963
  • Issue Number 20891
  • Page Number 7
  • Place of Publication London, England
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library Associated Newspapers Limited
  • Copyright Statement © Associated Newspapers Limited.
Kennedy looks over the wall and takes Berlin by storm mmsmmmmmMm ism. ■ * m m THOUGHTFUL::: KENNEDY LOOKS INTO EAST BERLIN Stofy by Bruee Rothwell datelined BERLIN, Wednesday PRESIDENT KENNEDY took divided Berlin by storm today. It was never Hitler's city, It has not been Adenauer's either. But to¬ day it was overwhelmingly Kennedy's, and will ever be. There were fantastic scenes as he drove through the glitter¬ ing halt of the rebuilt city to the Communist Wall. Prom the moment of his arrival at Tegel. in the French sector, it vas confetti all the way. His route over 50-odd miles of streets, was jam-packed with young and old. • At the Brandenburg Gate, dividing the British sector from the East. the Communists had draped huge red Hags Between the pillars to block his view of the eastern half and any East Berliner's view of him. But from the distant drab windows of East Berlin the people risked arrest and waved across the cold war's bitterest no-man's land. FERVOUR Only IS days ago Kennedy was calling on Americans to re-examine their attitude towards Oqpununism, calling on Kruschev for an end to the cold war. : Now, buoyed by the fervour. catching the enthusiasm of the crowds, he parroted the cold war rhetoric Berlin evokes. The vast crowd roared as he said: M There are many people in the world who really don't understand, or say they don't, what i£ the issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin. "There are some who say that Communism is the way of the future. Let them come to Berlin. " There are some w^io say in Europe and elsewhere we can work with the Communists. Let them come to Berlin. " And there are even a few who say that it's true that Com¬ munism is a failing system,'but it permits us to make economic progress. Let them come to Berlin." REALITY President Kennedy was visibly shocked by his first sight of the Wall. The grey, grim, sand¬ stone slabs seemed to leer at him. A lone sentry watched through binoculars from a look¬ out box atop the Brandenburg Gate. ■. But . later, conscious of Krus- chev's arrival in East Berlin on Friday, when he. could well reply in kind and ruin all hopes. • > the President changed bis pre* pared speech. ; /' Addressing, the 'University of Free Berlin, ';he/ 'war more restrained. V ' He called on Berliners to ■ "cast offself-deception, t@ '*&• fuse to think merely in slogans." He said: H. Let us, deal. with the realities as they actually are, not as they might have been and not as we wish they were." , Reunification would be neither quick nor easy. What would count, in the long run would be " the realities of Wes¬ tern strength,; the. realities of Western commitment, the reali- boundaries of barbed wire." OFFER The West's military commit¬ ment was tfce Weat'rshield, he said, but'" behind that chield it is not enough to mark time, but adhere to a status Quo- while awaiting a change for the better. " Efforts for a real settlement must continue^ undiminished." President Kennedy repeated General Marshall's offer of the Marshall Plan to- Russia and Eastern Europe.. He said: ".His offer of help was rejected. But it is not too late- tp .think once again in terms of all of Europe." This' was. a time of winds at- change—in Europe as much as in America, where the negroes were going to be helped by The U.8. Government. ' He denounced the ." police states" of Eastern• Europe as an " anachroaisia." They were, like the division of Germany," against the. tide of history. He said: " But when the possibilities of reconciliation appear, we. in the West will make it clear we are not hostile Ur any people or system, pro¬ vided they choose their own destiny without interfering with the free choice of others." SILENCE Earlier the President had stepped a foot-across-the Com¬ munist border—at v Checkpoint Charlie. East German police. wearing huge leather overcoats, focused binoculars all of a mere 20 yards across, the frontier as President Kennedy arrived. From Checkpoint Charlie all the nearby buildings in East Berlin were silent and seemed empty. There were no faces at the open windows. But farther along, as Presi¬ dent Kennedy drove along the border, women waved from time to time from the other side—a hesitant wave, true, but a wave for all that which could have lost them their flats. f News in Pictures 1 page 7 1 HR mm •< < :«£■ ■ 1 m JOYFUL ■ . . TICKER TAPE SHOWERS KENNEDY. MAYOR WILLY BRANDT AND DR. ADENAUER IN WEST BERLIN