Kennedy with Chancellor Konrad Adenauer.
© Stadtmuseum Berlin | Rolf Goetze Archive | reproduction: Die Kulturgutscanner

With Kennedy through Germany

by Ines Hahn

A journey though pictures

It was one of the most sensational events in German post-war history: US President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Germany in June 1963 and its sensational culmination in West Berlin. The final sentence of his speech, which was heard by around 450,000 people who were gathered at the square in front of the Schöneberg Town Hall, is legendary to this day: “Ich bin ein Berliner”.

On the 50th anniversary of the event on 26th June 2013, the Stadtmuseum Berlin presented a selection of photographs from Kennedy’s visit to Germany in the Schöneberg Town Hall which had never been shown in public before. They were part of the Berlin journalist Rolf Goetze’s (1921-1988) estate. Rolf Goetze was one of the very few to have documented this major media event in colour. His work, which captured the effects of the state visit, is fascinating. Unlike the photographs taken by his colleagues, his pictures have never been used by agencies. Here you are given the exclusive opportunity to see them in a picture gallery.