Ich bin ein Berliner

Kennedy in Berlin

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John F. Kennedy: “Remarks in the Rudolph Wilde Platz, Berlin,” June 26, 1963. [1]

I am proud to come to this city as the guest of your distinguished Mayor, who has symbolized throughout the world the fighting spirit of West Berlin. And I am proud to visit the Federal Republic with your distinguished Chancellor who for so many years has committed Germany to democracy and freedom and progress, and to come here in the company of my fellow American, General Clay, who has been in this city during its great moments of crisis and will come again if ever needed.

Two thousand years ago the proudest boast was “civis Romanus sum.” Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is “Ich bin ein Berliner.”

I appreciate my interpreter translating my German!

There are many people in the world who really don’t understand, or say they don’t, what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin. There are some who say that communism is the wave of the future. Let them come to Berlin. And there are some who 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 is true that communism is an evil system, but it permits us to make economic progress. Lass’ sie nach Berlin kommen. Let them come to Berlin.

Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect, but we have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in, to prevent them from leaving us. I want to say, on behalf of my countrymen, who live many miles away on the other side of the Atlantic, who are far distant from you, that they take the greatest pride that they have been able to share with you, even from a distance, the story of the last 18 years. I know of no town, no city, that has been besieged for 18 years that still lives with the vitality and the force, and the hope and the determination of the city of West Berlin. While the wall is the most obvious and vivid demonstration of the failures of the Communist system, for all the world to see, we take no satisfaction in it, for it is, as your Mayor has said, an offense not only against history but an offense against humanity, separating families, dividing husbands and wives and brothers and sisters, and dividing a people who wish to be joined together.

What is true of this city is true of Germany-real, lasting peace in Europe can never be assured as long as one German out of four is denied the elementary right of free men, and that is to make a free choice. 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. You live in a defended island of freedom, but your life is part of the main. So let me ask you, as I close, to lift your eyes beyond the dangers of today, to the hopes of tomorrow, beyond the freedom merely of this city of Berlin, or your country of Germany, to the advance of freedom everywhere, beyond the wall to the day of peace with justice, beyond yourselves and ourselves to all mankind.

Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free. When all are free, then we can look forward to that day when this city will be joined as one and this country and this great Continent of Europe in a peaceful and hopeful globe. When that day finally comes, as it will, the people of West Berlin can take sober satisfaction in the fact that they were in the front lines for almost two decades.

All 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.”

[1] http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=9307

Informazioni su Marco Vignolo Gargini

Marco Vignolo Gargini, nato a Lucca il 4 luglio 1964, laureato in Filosofia (indirizzo estetico) presso l’Università degli Studi di Pisa. Lavora dal 1986 in qualità di attore e regista in rappresentazioni di vario genere: teatro, spettacoli multimediali, opere radiofoniche, letture in pubblico. Consulente filosofico e operatore culturale, ha scritto numerose opere di narrativa tra cui i romanzi "Bela Lugosi è morto", Fazi editore 2000 e "Il sorriso di Atlantide", Prospettiva editrice 2003, i saggi "Oscar Wilde – Il critico artista", Prospettiva editrice 2007 e "Calciodangolo", Prospettiva editrice 2013, nel 2014 ha pubblicato insieme ad Andrea Giannasi "La Guerra a Lucca. 8 settembre 1943 - 5 settembre 1944", per i tipi di Tra le righe libri, nel 2016 è uscito il suo "Paragrafo 175- La memoria corta del 27 gennaio", per i tipi di Tra le righe libri; è traduttore di oltre una trentina di testi da autori come Poe, Rimbaud, Shakespeare, Wilde. Nel 2005 il suo articolo "Le poète de sept ans" è stato incluso nel 2° numero interamente dedicato a Arthur Rimbaud sulla rivista Cahiers de littérature française, nata dalla collaborazione tra il Centre de recherche sur la littérature français du XIX siècle della Università della Sorbona di Parigi e l’Università di Bergamo. È stato Presidente dell’Associazione Culturale “Cesare Viviani” di Lucca. Molte sue opere sono presenti sul sito www.romanzieri.com. Il suo blog è https://marteau7927.wordpress.com/ ****************** Marco Vignolo Gargini, born in Lucca July 4, 1964, with a degree in Philosophy (Aesthetic) at the University of Pisa. He works since 1986 as an actor and director in representations of various kinds: theater, multimedia shows, radio plays, readings in public. Philosophical counselor and cultural worker, has written numerous works of fiction, including the novels "Bela Lugosi è morto", Fazi Editore 2000 and "Il sorriso di Atlantide," Prospettiva editrice 2003, essays "Oscar Wilde - Il critico artista," Prospettiva editrice in 2007 and "Calciodangolo" Prospettiva editrice in 2013, in 2014 he published together with Andrea Giannasi "La guerra a Lucca. September 8, 1943 - September 5, 1944," for the types of Tra le righe libri, in 2016 he published "Paragrafo 175 - La memoria corta del 27 gennaio", for the types of Tra le righe libri; He's translator of more than thirty texts by authors such as Poe, Rimbaud, Shakespeare, Wilde. In 2005 his article "The poète de sept ans" was included in the 2nd issue entirely dedicated to Arthur Rimbaud in the journal "Cahiers de littérature française II", a collaboration between the Centre de recherche sur la littérature français du XIX siècle the Sorbonne University Paris and the University of Bergamo. He was President of the Cultural Association "Cesare Viviani" of Lucca. Many of his works are on the site www.romanzieri.com. His blog is https://marteau7927.wordpress.com/
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