How John F. Kennedy Learned About the 1,100 Mormon Missionaries in Germany, 1963

U.S. President John F. Kennedy made a visit to five European nations in June, 1963. His first visit was to Germany where, in Berlin, he made his speech with the famous line “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.’”

Kennedy’s speech in Berlin followed speeches in Cologne, Bonn, and Frankfurt. Everywhere he went, he was greeted by enormous crowds of enthusiastically cheering people. They must have been a blur to him – how could anybody know specifically who was in those crowds?

Well, when his car drove through Cologne, Kennedy did learn of one group, mostly Americans, who welcomed him to Germany.

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