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    DR. KONRAD ADENAUER, WEST GERMANY'S FIRST CHANCELLOR, AND A GUIDING HAND IN HER POST-WAR DEVELOPMENT,?

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    ARRIVAL OF ADENAUER'S FAMILY; CHURCH; NURSE AT HOSPITAL; DR. ADENAUER ARRIVING WITH POLICE ESCORT; DR. ADENAUER WITH FAMILY; LEAVES HOSPITAL.




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    Background: DR. KONRAD ADENAUER, WEST GERMANY'S FIRST CHANCELLOR, AND A GUIDING HAND IN HER POST-WAR DEVELOPMENT, CELEBRATED HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY ATTENDING A SIMPLE FAMILY MASS -- WHILE CONGRATULATIONS POURED IN FROM MANY NATIONS.

    DR. ADENAUER, STANDING AS ERECT AS EVER, DROVE WITH A POLICE MOTORCYCLE ESCORT FROM HIS VILLA OVERLOOKING THE RHINE TO A BONN HOSPITAL. HIS BROTHER, MONSIGNOR DR. PAUL ADENAUER CELEBRATED MASS IN THE HOSPITAL CHAPEL, KEEPING A TRADITION THE FORMER CHANCELLOR HAS OBSERVED UNFAILINGLY ON THIS DAY FOR YEARS.

    HIS BIRTHDAY SCHEDULE STARTED AMONG HIS FAMILY AT THE CHAPEL, BUT THEN TOOK ON A MORE OFFICIAL NOTE. AFTER THE MASS, THE OLDEST MEMBER OF THE WEST GERMAN PARLIAMENT DROVE TO THE RHINESIDE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT TO RECEIVE THE PLAUDITS OF BONN LEADERS. HE STOOD FOR HOURS AS DIPLOMATS, MINISTERS, CHURCHMEN, POLITICIANS AND JOURNALISTS QUEUED TO SHAKE HANDS WITH HIM.

    MESSAGES OF CONGRATULATIONS CAME FROM FAR AND WIDE -- THERE WAS ONE FROM PRESIDENT JOHNSON, AN APOSTOLIC BLESSING FROM POPE PAUL, AND AN ITALIAN VILLAGE GIRL FROM HIS FAVOURITE HOLIDAY RESORT, CADENABBIA, KISSED HIM ON THE CHEEK. AMONG MORE THAN 5,000 GIFTS WAS A RARE IKON, PRESENTED BY THE WET GERMAN CABINET.

    DR. ADENAUER, WHO IS CHAIRMAN OF THE RULING CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY, HAS BEEN AN OPEN CRITIC OF THE PRESENT CHANCELLOR, DR. ERHARD. YESTERDAY, HE CALLED FOR A GRAND COALITION BETWEEN HIS PARTY AND THE OPPOSITION SOCIAL DEMOCRATS. THE ERHARD CABINET COMPRISES CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS AND MINORITY FREE DEMOCRATS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA43DBHC856N59O8RM6QCEA4K7C
    Media URN:
    VLVA43DBHC856N59O8RM6QCEA4K7C
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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