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This Day in the Yesteryear: “ICH BIN EIN BERLINER” (1963)


“Ich bin ein Berliner” (1963)

In 1963, US President John F. Kennedy traveled to West Berlin to show support for those living behind the Berlin Wall, hemmed in by Soviet-controlled East Germany. Considered a key moment in the Cold War, Kennedy’s speech boosted morale for West Germans, who feared Communist occupation. Kennedy was apparently coached on the pronunciation of the famous line “Ich bin ein Berliner”—”I am a Berliner”—just before taking the stage. Why has it been reported that he in fact said “I am a jelly doughnut”? More…Discuss