I am proud to occur to this city as the visitor of your distinguished Mayor, who has symbolized during the world the battling spirit of West Berlin. And I am proud to visit the Federal Republic with your distinguished Chancellor, who for so many many years has committed Germany to democracy and liberty and development, and to appear right here in the organization of my fellow American, General Clay, who has been in this metropolis through its excellent moments of crisis and will come all over again if ever desired.
Two thousand years back the proudest boast was: »Civis Romanus sum«. Nowadays, in the globe of independence, the proudest boast is: »Ich bin ein Berliner«. There are numerous people today in the entire world who really don’t fully grasp, or say they really don’t, what is the fantastic issue between the Free of charge World and the Communist planet. Let them occur to Berlin.
There are some who say that Communism is the wave of the long term. Permit them appear to Berlin. And there are some who say in Europe and somewhere else: We can perform with the Communists. Let them appear to Berlin. And there are even a number of who say that it’s real that Communism is an evil system, but it permits us to make economic development. Laß sie nach Berlin kommen. Flexibility has a lot of troubles, and democracy is not fantastic. But we have by no means experienced to place a wall up to preserve our persons in, to stop them from leaving us.
I want to say on behalf of my countrymen, who are living numerous miles absent on the other aspect of the Atlantic, who are significantly distant from you, that they get the greatest delight that they have been able to share with you, even from a length, the story of the last eighteen a long time. I know of no town, no metropolis that has been besieged for 18 a long time that still life with the vitality and the drive and the hope and the resolve of the metropolis of West Berlin. Whilst the wall is the most apparent and vivid demonstration of the failures of the Communist program for all the entire world to see, we get no satisfaction in it, for it is, as your Mayor has mentioned, an offence not only from history, but an offence in opposition to humanity – separating people, dividing husbands and wives and brothers and sisters, and dividing up people today who wish to be joined jointly.
What is accurate of this metropolis is true of Germany. Actual long lasting peace in Europe can hardly ever be assured as extensive as just one German out of four is denied the elementary right of free of charge men, and that is to make a absolutely free selection. In eighteen many years of peace and fantastic religion, this generation of Germans has earned the suitable to be totally free, such as the right to unite their households and their nation in long lasting peace with superior will to all people. You live in a defended island of freedom. But your everyday living is aspect of the key.
So enable me check with you as I close, to elevate your eyes over and above the hazards of nowadays to the hopes of tomorrow, past the liberty basically of this metropolis of Berlin, or your state of Germany, to the progress of independence everywhere, past the wall, to the day of peace with justice past yourselves, and ourselves, to all mankind. Flexibility is indivisible, and when 1 male is enslaved, all are not free. When all are free of charge, then we can look forward to that day when this metropolis will be joined as one and this country and this good continent of Europe in a tranquil and hopeful globe. When that day finally will come, as it will, the persons of West Berlin can just take sober pleasure in the simple fact that they were being in the front lines for virtually two a long time.
All free of charge men, anywhere they may well reside, are citizens of Berlin. As a result, as a free of charge gentleman, I take delight in the terms:
»Ich bin ein Berliner«