The berlin wall the barrier of freedom in germany in two speeches by reagan and kennedy
Kennedys reaction to berlin wall
In a word, I would submit that what keeps you in Berlin is love—love both profound and abiding. In these four decades, as I have said, you Berliners have built a great city. I was struck by the sign on a burnt-out, gutted structure that was being rebuilt. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! But he never actually said it - well, certainly not in his speech in Gorbachev, tear down this wall! And it's my hope that an authority can be found in East Berlin to sponsor visits from young people of the Western sectors. Then I related what the diplomat told me, explaining that after my flight over the city that afternoon I found it difficult to believe. But I must confess, we're drawn here by other things as well: by the feeling of history in this city, more than years older than our own nation; by the beauty of the Grunewald and the Tiergarten; most of all, by your courage and determination. Some of their stories are the most affecting of the Cold War period: men, women and teens who would risk their lives in front of guard towers rather than live lives of towering fear guarding their every word. For decades, the West spoke of the collapse of the wall, a metaphor for the collapse of communism, but its yearning was little different than Christmas dreams of a pony; the likelihood of realizing those wishes seemed to be close to nil. Kennedy visited Berlin, speaking to the people of this city and the world at the City Hall. And there are some who say in Europe and elsewhere we can work with the Communists. While we pursue these arms reductions, I pledge to you that we will maintain the capacity to deter Soviet aggression at any level at which it might occur. It was needlessly provocative.
I understand the fear of war and the pain of division that afflict this continent— and I pledge to you my country's efforts to help overcome these burdens. After listening to Powell recite all the arguments against the speech in his accustomed forceful manner, however, I heard myself reciting all the arguments in favor of the speech in an equally forceful manner.
According to an account by Robinson whose factual accuracy has been disputed, he traveled to West Germany to inspect potential speech venues, and gained an overall sense that the majority of West Berliners opposed the wall. Often calling the wall an "anti-fascist protection barrier", Honecker described the West as fascist in comparison to East Germany, where he claimed "we have nothing to restructure.
Tony took me across the street from the Old Executive Office Building to the West Wing to sell the idea to the director of communications, Tom Griscom.
In fact, on that day the East German government had decided to placate protesters by announcing laxer travel regulations. So we must maintain defenses of unassailable strength. No one could live long in Berlin without being completely disabused of illusions.
Perhaps the composer Paul Lincke understood something about American presidents.
We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. Their speeches were drab. There were people crossing the border on foot and in cars and on bicycles and motorbikes.
In 18 years of peace and good faith, this generation of Germans has earned the right to be free, including the right to unite their families and their nation in lasting peace, with good will to all people.
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